I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time, but was waiting for it to come in the mail. Meanwhile…..my TBR pile was stacking up because I just knew my heart wouldn’t get into other books until I got this one! And alas, it came. Yay! Let me just say this, it was SO worth the wait!!!
About the Book
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 concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.
But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?
I was hooked right from the very first chapter. Rosemary was such an interesting character, and in fact I found myself wishing I could be a part of this story just to meet her. Sure, she had baggage and made some mistakes, but haven’t we all? She was just so courageous to me, and willing to fight for what she wanted. I loved the way she stood up to different people in this story. She had gumption all right, and it made me smile and laugh at the same time.
Then there’s Peter Holstein. This man truly had a way with words (thank you author!). And to be honest, I thought his stutter was endearing. But what captured my attention the most was the way these two characters came together. This is a prime example of two people from totally different backgrounds finding a common ground and making it work. And make it work they did. I wanted to go to dinner with them, walk behind them when they went for a stroll, or be a tiny mouse in the library when they were interacting. They were fun, charming, and a hoot!
The setting was exquisite and the author was able to bring London, and Cornwall vividly to life in my mind. And, by the way, I have now decided that I want to go organize a library for someone. That must be a job somewhere, right? This book is perfect for the book nerd’s heart. You see a glimpse of how an author can use their own experiences and bring it to their story. And you hear about a library that I probably imagined much bigger then it actually was. But that is the beauty of reading – you can imagine what you wish!
Bonus – you will not read this book without hearing about God’s love, forgiveness, and our need for Christ. It was not forced, not presented in a preachy way. It was perfectly intertwined in the story in a way that makes the reader ponder their relationship with God, as well as give hope to those who need it. I think there are those of us who can relate to Peter’s good relationship with the Lord, and those of us who can relate to Rosemary’s relationship with the Lord (or lack of). Either way, you will find this book uplifting.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com