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.
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She 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.
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"Fiction is truth in a pretty wrapping"
I also felt for Rosemary, a well-seasoned thief, who had been orphaned since the age of eight. In her mind, she wasn't like all the others, she did it to survive and take care of the others in her family that needed her. I was anxiously awaiting til she saw the error of her ways.
Peter's faith also resonated with me, as he tried to show Rosemary what living like a Christian was like. This was something completely unnatural to her. What else could I love about this book, well, the library for one!! Here is what Rosemary had to say, "Whoever the Holsteins were, they had a serious problem with book collection." Ah! How many times could I say the same of myself. A problem indeed! One more thing I appreciated was the talent Roseanna gave Rosemary as a seamstress who could copy the clothes others were wearing, go home and design her own - a dream of my own.
There isn't much negative to say. At first when Peter in introduced and as a writer he is often switching between what is happening - reality, and the characters and setting in his books. It took me a little while to catch on to what was going on and I had to kind of go back and re-read a time or two to figure it out.
Mostly this is a steady read, with a slight twist and a great ending. Roseanna adds quite a bit of detail, so for those who don't enjoy alot of detail, it might bog you down some. Still the book is well worth the read. I am eagerly awaiting book two!
I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of the author and publisher. All opinions are my own! I was not required to write a positive review.
Tomorrow I will be posting the cover reveal for the next book in the series, a guest post from Roseanna White, and a recipe for some delicious Ginger Fairings. Don't miss it!
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