Author: Roseanna M. White
Series: Shadows over England #1
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Are a thief and an author really that much different?
Rosemary Gresham is one of the best thieves in England, even pulling off a museum heist. Now with England on the brink of war with Germany, everybody’s loyalty is being examined. Who better to find documents to exploit someone’s disloyalty than a thief? That is exactly what Rosemary has been hired to do. Peter Holtstein has the King’s ear and many believe that he is loyal to Germany given that his German parents left England so that Peter could be born in Germany to maintain citizenship. But this may be the biggest challenge Rosemary has ever accepted. Disguised as a librarian hired to help catalogue Peter’s massive library, Rosemary must try to find letters or record archives that prove his is sympathetic to Germany. But she isn’t allowed in his study where he spends most everyday typing. What could he be doing that involves typing all day?
This was a fun and well thought out story. I always enjoy literature during the Great War period as it typically provides a lot of conflict throughout the story, but this particular story had mostly inner conflict that occurred within Rosemary. Her character development was fun to watch. She grew from being a street rat thief to finally believing in God after seeing someone who chose to do good to help her. The romance was brief but the growing feelings for each other were a welcome part of the story. It didn’t center around that, it actually centered around the theme of God’s love and that is what made the story so worthwhile. I’ll be very interested in the future installments of this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.