If you enjoy historical pieces, then you will love reading this new novel by Reseanna M. White. In her new book, A Name Unknown, the reader gets to know characters that live and work in the days prior to World War I. Life is already difficult, and people barely have the everyday essentials that are needed to survive. So what do some individuals do? They learn how to take care of themselves and their families in a very different way, which is exactly what Rosemary Gresham does. She masters the art of pickpocketing. Yet how long can she keep living this type of lifestyle? What happens when she gets caught?
Peter Holstein has his own troubles too. As the war approaches, it becomes more and more difficult to know who you can and cannot trust. People even begin to wonder about his loyalties because of his German last name. Does he stand with England or the land of his heritage? As he searches to understand his past better and to show others his allegiance to the crown, he meets a young woman who dazzles him. Can she help him find his place in this world?
This book covers more than history, because it keeps the reader guessing. Even if you are familiar with the history of World War I, there are still so many parts and stories one could never know or understand. I love when books introduce readers to those who lived in the past--even if they are fictional. As an avid reader, I know people like these characters lived in those days, and I want to know more about them. I want to know their perspective regarding the war and the time period they lived in. I remember when I visited Edinburgh castle years ago. Once of the most fascinating things was seeing World War I though their eyes.
If you love intrigue, danger, mystery, and history wrapped up within the pages of a book, I recommend checking out this story by Roseanna White! Happy reading!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Litfuse for my copy.
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?
*Synopsis is from the back cover of the novel.
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.