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 given this book in exchange for my honest review from Litfuse Group and Bethany House during A Name Unknown blog tour.
I haven’t read a book centered on or around the time WWI broke out, so this was a nice treat. It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I got going, I quite enjoyed it.
I had no idea Peter was secretly an adventure novelist and that he stutters when he is nervous, anxious, or mad – once he gets comfortable with someone, it isn’t so bad. He was also an odd duck, socially withdrawn – an introvert – and wasn’t a ‘mans man’. He was definitely what you’d call a ‘beta hero’, but beta or not, I liked his character, his odd quirks is what made him, him. Now Rosemary, she was an interesting spitfire character. She was one rough, tough, cockney cookie, not afraid to chase after a man after she accidentally got shot with an arrow or taking on one of the town bullies – literally punching the man.
My favorite part of the book, which it took a bit to get to, was when Peter realized e didn’t want Rosemary to leave – he hates change once he gets used to something – , that he needed her to stay, he needed her opinions for his books and well, he just plumb needed her period. Another favorite part of mine was when Peter gets tongue-tied on declaring his feelings to Rosemary and how he ended up asking her to marry him.
I will say I wasn’t expecting the villain to be who it was, which really fooled me.
Since this is a new book in a new series of Roseanna’s, I am looking forward to reading Rosemary’s siblings stories in the near future.