A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown (Bethany House, July 2017)

She’s out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.

Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

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  • A great start to a new series with a socially awkward beta hero and a spitfire dynamo heroine that is out to steal his name but ends up stealing something else entirely – his heart.

  • Another excellent novel by Roseanna M. White. This story has it all: intrigue, danger, and a budding friendship and romance. I knew from the second I had the book in my hands that I was going to love this book!

  • I came into this book expecting to love it and I was not disappointed. Roseanna White has developed a reputation for creating a cast of well-rounded characters, fully developing romances so that they do not feel rushed, and giving the reader a sense of authenticity as they experience the period setting of the book. She creates well-developed plots that keep your interest without giving away too much and there are always surprises the reader does not expect at the end.

  • Being the first book in the  Shadows Over England series, this book has so much to offer. It’s full of amazing characters, twists and turns, and jaw dropping events that kept  me turning the page one after another. The characters are well developed, relatable, and unique. I love how much thought and detail were put into the characters, their interactions, and the budding relationship. This was my first read from White, but I was not let down! It was an amazing read that I highly recommend to others and would read again!

  • Worthy2Read says:

    White excels at both character and plot development. Her book is rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure.

  • “A Name Unknown” by author Roseanna M. White is a very exciting novel of love, history and family.

  • The characters are very well-developed. I loved them and even found myself thinking about Rosemary and Peter when I wasn’t reading. (I’m not crazy. If you’re a reader, you’ll understand.) There was a good balance between their inner thoughts and feelings and the action of the story.

  • Roseanna M. White is an author whose books I have enjoyed for quite a long time. I especially love the way she makes her characters so human and vulnerable while also strong.

  • The author gives a glimpse into the life of those that are unseen in London, those that have fallen through the cracks, the street urchins, and the year is 1914, and war is looming.

  • Roseanna M. White is one of my new favorite authors, I think. She pens historical fiction with such grace and unique-ness. A Name Unknown, book one in the SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND series, is an interesting, humorous, and heart-touching tale – with a nice amount of suspense.

  • This book was an amazing read. Written by Roseanna White, whom I’ve never had the pleasure of reading before, and who I pray I never have the end of reading! She pulls you into the story and continues to tug you along with no indication of how the story is going to end. Even planning for a happy-ever-after, I was still struggling as I neared the end that everything would be wrapped up by the last page!

  • I like how Peter challenges Rosemary to rethink her plan, and how she get’s to know him for who he is a man loyal to his country. Rosemary and Peter are people who come from very different backgrounds and I love how it brings them together, and how they complement and make challenge each other. This was a fantastic read, I loved the characters, though it was slow to start for me. I love how Rosemary and Peter find logical ways to organize generations worth of clutter, while they also get to know each other. A great start to a new series!

  • The Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White was an okay book for the most part. I did get bored from time to time because of all the details that are in this book. I am sure this wouldn’t have bothered me if I was more interested in the book but I had a tough time staying interested in this book.

  • I enjoyed reading A Name Unknown. Roseanna tells the story with a fresh twist. Rosemary is a thief, yet she’s a likable character. At one point I forgot she was a crook and started rooting for her. The secondary characters add a deeper element to the story, especially Rosemary’s ragtag family.

  • This was a fun and captivating novel! I enjoyed the glimpse into this particular time in history and the real historical figures who make appearances. Roseanna M. White’s new Shadows Over England series is off to a promising start.

  • Ms White did a good job developing characters through the progression of the story, revealing things about some of the characters right up to the end.

  • Will a romance develop and will Rosemary end up stealing his heart rather than his family history? Grab this winner and settle in for an engaging read of wit, mystery and lovable characters that will be absolutely delightful! You’ll love this book, I promise.

  • I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I enjoyed the last series, and the premise of this book sounded very interesting. I’m happy to say that it delivered in almost every way. Rosemary, and the eccentric recluse (who of course turns out to be the author of adventure novels), Peter Holstein were both wonderful, well-drawn characters with realistic flaws and strengths. Londoners are known for being rough tough and often brash, and I think Rosemary’s character portrayed this very well.

  • Books like this book are a once in a lifetime read, you will be transported in the time machine to the streets of London, with a charming Rosemary.

  • White has long been an author I’ve desired to read, and this first book of her new Shadows Over England series left me with a remarkable first impression. Afterall, what book lover wouldn’t fawn over a story in which the main characters consist of an author and a librarian?

  • I love getting to read a couple of historical fiction novels each summer. This one greatly exceeded my expectations. I loved it! This time period is fascinating to me, the character development was wonderful, and the historical facts that were woven through were perfect. Highly, highly recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction!

  • Moments says:

    First of all, this cover is amazing, seriously, one of my top favorite book covers ever!  Then I started to read the pages underneath this cover and was completely drawn into the storyline and into the characters’ lives. 

  • A Name Unknown will completely sweep you off your feet. If you are even the slightest bit bookish, you will simply fall head over heels for Peter! A man of incredible character, high standards, genuine compassion, a deep relationship with Jesus, and a serious TALENT with words!Rosemary, is just…AHHHH! A woman who I want to meet. A woman who I wish was a real life person so that I can interview her, have lunch with her, and go for walks together along the cliffs in Cornwall.

  • I love the complexity of the characters! This book takes on some unusual subjects, such as being orphaned and growing up on the streets and the prejudices in the days before WWI broke out. This one is hard to put down!

  • Overall, A Name Unknown is a surprisingly well-written romance with likeable characters, intriguing dialogue, and detailed descriptions. While it wasn’t a fast read (it’s over 400 pages), the pacing flows really well, and I was able to read the novel in three days. I highly recommend the title to other readers.

  • Set in 1914 England, Roseanna White’s A Name Unknown is an intriguing tale of secrets, national pride, family ties, loyalty, love letters and royal connections all woven into one story. 

  • The sparks between the two main characters ignite the page with a chemistry that is memorable. This book magnetized my eyes to the page, keeping me turning the pages late into the night. Truly the twists and turns with this plot prompted a few gasps and several swoony sighs.

  • This was my first book by this author and now I am going to go back and read her other series. I loved the story and the characters. This was mystery, intrigue, history, and romance at its best.

  • The story builds slowly but the tension, when I experienced it towards the end, was unexpected. Once I felt that, I knew there was no putting down this book until I’d read the very last page.

  • A NAME UNKNOWN is a story sure to pull readers in from the beginning and never let go. They won’t be able to resist the likable characters, beautiful setting, and intriguing plot with danger, suspense, tests of faith, and romance. This is one story not to be missed!

  • This was quite a captivating novel, so much so that I found myself dreaming about this book with closed captions. I believe this is the first book of Ms. White’s that I have read, and I know it won’t be my last.

  • The plot was delicious and kept me riveted to the pages.

  • Complex characters readers will instantly fall in love with are the backbone of Roseanna M. White’s book A Name Unknown. Her historical fiction novel, which is set in Britain, weaves an intriguing tale that will have readers turning the pages late into the evening as they yearn to know the book’s outcome.

  • A Book Lover says:

    The plot and characters are interesting, unique, and well developed. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Recommended.

  • Roseanna did an excellent job on this book. The story line and characters are really well written. I wasn’t able to guess exactly what would happen and there were some really good twists dropped in that surprised me and kept me reading.

  • Wow!  Roseanna M. White’s newest book A Name Unknown is a book like no other.  I love historical fiction, and White has reached new heights of excitement and suspense in this story. It’s not just a story of love in the midst of war, although it is – but it’s about political loyalties, chosen professions, the role of faith in our lives, and how money affects our integrity and place in society.

  • A Name Unknown is a beautiful story of hope, faith, love and trust. We watch as our characters struggle through each of the stages throughout the novel in the backdrop of misunderstanding and hatred fueled by race. It is a well written novel that I just could not put down.

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