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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Name Unknown + Giveaway - Shadows Over England Book 1 - Roseanna M. White


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About the Book

Book title: A Name Unknown  
Author: Roseanna M. White  
Release date: July 4, 2017  
Genre: Historical Romance  

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? As Europe moved closer to World War I, 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. When danger and suspicion 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.

My Rating
Ok y'all...I MAY just have to implement a 1/2 star rating...Because A Name Unknown is is definitely deserving of a 5 1/2 stars. As in....I want to start this book over again RIGHT NOW! Let's label THIS rating...."Fiction is truth...in a pretty wrapping." (More Info)

My Thoughts
White's Ladies of the Manor series was my first (and only) taste of her books, and EVERY.SINGLE.ONE brought me to tears, pulled at my heart in ways that I can't even describe and helped me to realise things about myself that I never knew. Things that I may never have admitted to if I hadn't cracked open the pages of that first book The Lost Heiress

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. Also, Roseanna talks about Cornish Pasties...Um...those are perhaps my very favorite meal EVER! (Here is a recipe, Jody Hedlund also talks about them in Undaunted Hope...I use butter and not margarine and I do not put rutabaga in them.) 

Throughout the story both Peter and Rosemary struggle with secrets that lay in their past. Some known, some unknown, (even to themselves) some discovered along the way. As they grow closer they come to understand that they can not have these barriers between them."With the greatest risks come the greatest rewards", but is it worth it to risk everything that they have built their lives on? Will they be able to confide in one another before all is revealed? And will the past stand between them and keep them apart? Or draw them closer together?

There is SO MUCH we can learn from this story. And ONE of the biggest points is that God is able and willing to forgive us...NO MATTER our past, no matter what we have done, what we have been through. The question is, do we want Him to? Do we want Him to change us for the better? The other message that stands out SO.STRONGLY...Is that God hears us. He may not always give us the answers we WANT...But He HEARS us...Even if it doesn't feel like He does. 

Set at the very beginning of WWI, this book begins an incredible adventure for Rosemary's family. I am SO looking forward to the next books. 

I received a complimentary copy of A Name Unknown from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


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 is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one. I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent. Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. 😉 (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.) 

GINGER FAIRINGS RECIPE 
100 grams butter, cold and diced 
225 grams all-purpose flour
¼ heaping teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
1 heaping teaspoon ginger
2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice
100 grams superfine (caster) sugar
4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup 

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar. In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Giveaway


To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bc0e



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Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise. 


32 comments:

  1. I'm reading this book now, and loving it! I really don't want to it end.
    I'm with you on leaving out the rutabaga. I do not like Rudabaga (yuck)!

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    1. Hahahaha! Thankfully it is a long book! And we have more adventures to come! Yaya!

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  2. I have not read any books by this author yet but am most excited at the thought of doing so!

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    1. Oh My Goodness! She is INCREDIBLE!!!

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  3. Thank you for a great guest post and a fantastic review! Looking forward to reading this one!

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  4. Ummm....the link to giveaway isn't working?

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    1. Oh dear! This always happens when I copy and paste the link. So sorry! Fixing now now!

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  5. I'll be reading this soon.... your review makes me all kinds of excited! I think I will love it! :)

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  6. Sounds like a very good read.
    Marion

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  7. Thanks for the review. I definitely have A Name Unknown on my TBR list - now more so than ever.

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    1. Woooo! This is going on my forever favorites list for sure!

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  8. oh my this sounds like such a compelling story. can he help her see that Christ is the only way? wonderful review.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. Well...You will just have to read it and find out hehe! ;)

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  9. I think I've been missing out by not reading any of Roseanna's books yet. I've had them on my "want to read" list but haven't been able to read them. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

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    1. WHhhhaaaat? YES they must move to your NEED to read list! Can you request them at your local library?

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  10. Great review Rachel, you have a way with words too. If I hadn't read the book I certainly would after that accolade.

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    1. Oh Maggie! Thank you so much!!! So glad you HAVE read the book!

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  11. Rachel, I just love your reviews! You always bring each book to life with your descriptions. In the end I am swept away with the yearning for another fantastic book to read...and so it is with 'A Name Unknown'! I can't wait to read it!! Thank you!!! ~Alison Boss

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    1. Oh my goodness, Alison...Thank you! That means a great deal to me!

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  12. Rachel, you review is exquisite! I'm so excited to read Roseanna's new series!

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    1. Thank you Caryl! You are going to LOVE it!!!!

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  13. I love the sound of this book. Can't wait to read.

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  14. I cant wait to read this book!!!! your review of it just makes me even more excited lol

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    1. Music to a book bloggers ears right there! Thank you!!!!

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  15. Your review makes me want to check out this author. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of the new book. Cookies are a nice addition!

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    1. YAY! She is so amazing! LOVE her books!

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  16. New author to me. The cover is beautiful and the book sounds great. I would love to win a copy.

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