Review: His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman

untitledAh, it’s always a pleasure to review a book for a friend! (That being said, this is, of course, an honest review.) I love Julie’s books, and His Steadfast Love is no exception. Cat and Chase’s story wraps up this charming contemporary series set in Isle of Hope, Georgia, and my, my, my, the sparks do fly!

Cat’s the rebel of her family, with a mountain of past heartache driving her away from her faith. Chase is a former SEAL-turned-local pastor. They’re competitive, they’re falling for one another, and boy do they both try to fight it. Continue reading


Please Welcome…Roseanna M. White!

Okay, y’all, give a warm welcome to today’s guest blogger, Roseanna M. White. She’s here to talk books and share about her newest novel, A Name Unknown, so settle in with a cuppa and enjoy her visit!


bookshelvesAnyone who has seen my house knows that I have a thing for books. My living room is lined with shelves. And the shelves aren’t full of knick-knacks. They’re full of books. Stacks of books. Books piled in front of the stacks. Books on top of the shelves, beside the shelves, in front of the shelves. I have books on nearly every flat surface in my house—window sills, the mantel, my kitchen hutch. They’re my decoration. They’re my style. They’re me.

Just today, my son (age 9), asked, “Why are you trying to turn our house into a library?” To which I reply, “Because libraries are awesome!”

What can I say? Some people might think I have a problem. But those people are (a) just plain crazy and (b) have obviously never met Peter Holstein. Because if you want to talk about someone whose collection has outpaced his shelves, then look no further than the hero of A Name Unknown.

Yes, okay, he may have been inspired by the true story of my living room—but exaggerated. I promise, it’s an exaggeration, LOL. Peter, also a novelist, has a thing for books too. And comes from a line of men with the same tendency. The result is that the library at their manor house no longer looks like a library, with neat orderly stacks on neat orderly shelves. It looks like an avalanche of books. And this, my friends, is the backdrop for A Name Unknown. It’s up to my heroine—not a book lover to nearly the same extent (gasp!)—to bring order to these shelves. And to a girl with no formal education whatsoever, who’s only there to steal evidence proving him a traitor…well, she’s got her work cut out for her.

Me? I don’t have a problem—my book addiction is quite in hand, thank you very much. I mean, you can totally still see the floor through the books. So I’ll just keep on collecting…

About A Name Unknown

She’s Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

RosNameUnknown_mck.inddemary 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 moves 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.

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.


RoseanRoseanna Whitena M. White 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. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia. You can learn more about her and her stories at


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Roseanna M. White’s A Name Unknown

unnamedOh, 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.

News from Becky Wade!

Hey there, fellow bookworms! Apologies for the radio silence the last couple weeks; it’s been hectic in my little corner of the world of late. I’m currently reading Roseanna M. White’s new release, A Name Unknown, and hope to have a review for y’all soon.

In the meantime, here’s an intriguing post from Becky Wade with news about her upcoming story collaboration with other Bethany House authors Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Karen Witemeyer. A multigenerational novella collection with a family legend to boot, plus a connection to the fabulous Bradford Sisters series!

Check it out here:

I’m already swooning over Leo the history professor from Merryweather, and I haven’t even read his story yet. 😉 Go see what Becky has to say and add this one to your TBR list!

Six Reasons British Books Are the Best

I love British settings in my historical fiction (thanks, Jane Austen), so this post from Bethany House is right up my alley. If you fancy European-set historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this, too. AND if you love FREE BOOKS….there’s also a giveaway to enter!

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that American readers have long been fascinated with stories featuring their British cousins. Here, I’m talking about historical romances (though I’m sure modern-day Brits are just as dreamy). Whether we’re going all the way back to the streets of Victorian London or to the noir England of Agatha Christie, there are reasons we’re drawn to books set across the pond.

One: Tidbits of Interesting History

Those of us who grew up in the States have probably been well-educated in the (relatively short) timeline of our own country. Not to say it isn’t interesting, but there’s very little that surprises me anymore.

But The Captain’s Daughter taking me backstage behind the real workings of Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous operas? That I’d never thought of, and everything from the dangers of Victorian London to the life of an actress to the new spotlight technologies was a learning…

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10 Problems Only Bookworms Understand

Check out this fun post from Rachael over at Bethany House! Only 10 bookworm problems?? 😉

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We’re shaking things up a bit at the office this month! Our fiction publicist, Amy Green, is usually the one behind these blog posts, but I was given the opportunity to write this one. I’m Rachael Wing, the editorial and publicity intern here at Bethany House Publishers for the summer. I started reading at the age of four and have been buried in my “to-be-read” pile since then, always finding new books to add. I’ve been passionate about Christian fiction since I started book reviewing two years ago and am thrilled to now be working directly with authors and their manuscripts at my dream workplace.

As fellow bibliophiles, we’ve all picked up on some bookish habits over time yet we’ve learned to embrace them as who we are. Here are some that I admittedly relate to:

1. Owning more than one copy of your favorite book(s)

You have to own…

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Review: High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

51sRkaVS-iLKate Breslin’s latest novel, High as the Heavens, is a WWI masterpiece. Would you look at that cover? Gorgeous. Plus, there’s this perfect blend of romance, history, dynamic characters, and intrigue in her writing.

By day, Eve Marche is a widowed nurse in occupied Belgium. By night, she’s a member of an underground resistance network. When an Allied plane crashes nearby, Eve is shocked to realize that the injured airman and spy is Simon Forrester – her husband. Eve and Simon struggle toward reconciliation while Simon recovers and they both continue their spy work. Rather hard to trust a spy, no? Continue reading