About the Book
Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.
Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.
As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.
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I was so happy to finally read Barclay’s story, and what a story it was! White had me sold on this series in the very first chapter of book one, so I already knew I was in for an adventure. But Barclay and Evelina’s story just might be my favorite! Barclay is the kind of man everyone wants in their family – strong, loyal, and always tries to put family first. In this story we also learn about his faith walk, and ever growing interest in what the Lord has to say. That was a whole other story in itself, and one I enjoyed reading. I found it fascinating how one particular verse kept coming to his mind, and I have to admit it’s not one I’ve really thought of, until now. Isn’t it lovely when a book can point something biblically out to you?
White also weaves a story of time, war, and places tidbits of historical facts throughout the book in perfect form. Yes, I learned some things while reading this, the whole series actually. White has managed to teach, inspire, and make a girl swoon all in one sitting! My favorite scene in the whole book was probably Barclay and Evelina’s first kiss. It isn’t your typical first kiss, and that is what made it so wonderful. Evelina’s mother and aunt are characters to laugh over, actually mostly roll your eyes over. You wonder how Evelina turned out like she did, and then her father spits something out that makes you literally laugh out loud, and then you understand. She is completely and utterly her father’s daughter. I loved him too by the way.
With romance, mystery and faith themes that will speak right to your heart, you can’t help but love the latest in this wonderful series. I encourage you to visit 1915 England. Be sure to make room in your schedule too. I did not want to put this down once I started. To be honest, it’s been like that with every book in this series. But be prepared for the emotions that will come as you read the last words. It’s like saying goodbye to family. Thank goodness it’s a book that can be read over and over again!
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
Guest Post from Roseanna
Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.
That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.
The founder. The caregiver. The leader.
I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.
It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.
There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those.
It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!
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