Roseanna M. White is an author whose books I have enjoyed for quite a long time. I especially love the way she makes her characters so human and vulnerable while also strong. “A Name Unknown” is the latest novel I have read and I loved every page. Rosemary Gresham’s character was conniving, thieving, sentimental, witty and totally engaging. Her counterpart, Peter Holstein, was characterized humorously as an inattentive, shy, bookworm.
The era in which the story takes place had so many options to write about and I think that Ms. White hit upon the perfect plot. Before WWI, England was a hotspot for treason and espionage and political sentiment ran high. Rosemary’s reason for going to Kensey Manor was to supposedly to categorize Peter’s extensive library. But her real reason for being there was to get the goods on him. Peter needed to prove his loyalty to England and the crown and needed help doing that. Whatever else Peter was involved in was there for Rosemary to glean for herself. I really enjoyed the cat and mouse game these two played and the supporting characters portrayed in the book were convincing and appropriate. I am anxiously waiting for further novels in this series, Shadows Over England, set in my favorite genre.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from LitFuse.com.