Oh, how I love books about bookish folk! I may have squealed (muffled, of course) when I discovered this one on the shelves at the local library. And you should’ve seen the happy dance when my own copy arrived in the post this week! Well, actually, it’s probably best that you didn’t; there’s a reason I don’t dance in public.
Roseanna M. White’s latest novel, A Name Unknown, is a deliciously book-filled book. 🙂 Peter Holstein, a secretive man, desperately needs someone to organize his massive private library and recover vital documents lost in the mess — documents proving his loyalty to England as World War I approaches. Rosemary Gresham, a London thief, is hired to find evidence to the contrary. Much mystery and sneaking about ensues from there.
I LOVED getting to know Rosemary and her unusual family – they reminded me of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley characters. Both were made up of children left alone, individuals who chose to form a family bonded by loyalty rather than blood. Rosemary, along with brother Barclay and sister Willa, lead the family of a dozen orphans. They tease each other, they dare one another to top their own exploits, and they support and defend the family before all else.
The premise of missing family documents, mysterious espionage business, and romance a-brewing in the last days before WWI is a fascinating combo. Peter’s quiet nature is endearing, and Rosemary’s struggle with her changing emotions is so realistic. The espionage and the family of thieves angle kept me on the edge of my seat the whole book through. If you love historical fiction with a dash of mystery, A Name Unknown is for you!
My rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended for: Roseanna M. White fans; those who enjoy historical inspirational romance; readers who like a surprise espionage plot with a twist at the end; those who favor Edwardian era fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel via the author, the publisher, and NetGalley.