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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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About the Book

Book: A Name Unknown
Author: Roseanna White
Release date: July 4, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White

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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My Thoughts

I’ve been sitting here having a stare down with my little blinking cursor as the gears in my head absolutely spin over my enjoyment of this story! *hugging book* Unfortunately, I seem to be stalled out in the “feelings” phase of the review process and y’all need some words! #swoof 

How about a poignant quote meme while you’re waiting?

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The dreamy cover and sheer size of this book alone are enough to make this reader giddy with anticipation. At 400+ pages, A Name Unknown is an all you can read buffet fit for even the most voracious bookworms. Savory suspense, refreshing faith, endearing relationships, delectable romance, an enticing storyline, and a healthy dose of pre-WWI history filled my reader heart with deep satisfaction.

Rosemary Gresham’s “family” is exactly the sort of ragtag underdogs readers love to root for. Even though their methods are questionable at best, I have to admire the way they not only pool their resources but truly become a family in the deepest sense of the word with a unifying sacrificial love. Rosemary’s dedication to her loved ones is the motivation that pushes her to become an expert in the “family business” of thievery and deception.

Peter Holstein is backed into a corner by accusations of disloyalty because of his German name yet seemingly trapped there by his own inability to deliver an authenticated defense. As Rosemary works to rectify the atrocious state of his library, Peter gleans her thoughts and perspectives on just about every aspect of life. Despite the mounting threats and political tensions, Peter continues to quietly live out his faith by sharing it with others and generously providing aid to those who need it.

White’s engaging style kept me hanging on every word. I am definitely looking forward to reading more about Barclay, Willa, Georgie, and the rest of the “family.” This book is going straight to my all time favorites shelf and I highly recommend it!

I requested the opportunity to read this book through Celebrate Lit and the publisher.
The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Roseanna 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. You can learn more about her and her stories on her website.

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Guest Post by Roseanna M. White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one.

I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent.

Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. ???? (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.)


100 grams butter, cold and diced
225 grams all-purpose flour
¼ heaping teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons baking powder
2 heaping teaspoons baking soda
1 heaping teaspoon ginger
2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice
100 grams superfine (caster) sugar
4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.

In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.


Tour Schedule

July 18: Faithfully Bookish | These Splendid Sentences | Bibliophile Reviews | Neverending Stories
July 19: Bookworm Mama | Seasons of Opportunities | Blogging With Carol
July 20: A Reader’s Brain | Genesis 5020 | Just the Write Escape | Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
July 21: Fiction, Faith, and Fun | Pause for Tales | Connie’s History Classroom
July 22: Bigreadersite | Fiction Aficionado | Avid Reader Book Reviews | D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
July 23: Vicky Sluiter | Inklings and notions | Moments Dipped in Ink
July 24: Pursuing Stacie | Cordially Barbara | Reflections of my Bookshelves | Zerina Blossom’s Books
July 25: God’s Little Bookworm | Blossoms and Blessings | Live.Love.Read.
July 26: Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot | Margaret Kazmierczak | The Fizzy Pop Collection | Carpe Diem
July 27: cherylbbookblog |  Christian Chick’s Thoughts | Splashes of Joy
July 28: With a Joyful Noise | Have A Wonderful Day | Christian Bookaholic
July 29: Thoughts from Mill Street | Raining Butterfly Kisses | Karen Sue Hadley | Faery Tales Are Real
July 30: His Grace is Sufficient | History, Mystery & Faith | Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses
July 31: Reader’s cozy corner | Cafinated Reads | Red Headed Book Lady | The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate



To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White tour giveaway

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Is there a method to the madness on YOUR bookshelves, reader friends?
What advice would you give to Peter for his chaotic library?

25 thoughts on “A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White”

  1. My bookshelves are organized by type of book, fiction and non-fiction, and then categories within those sections. Enjoyed the review and am looking forward to this newest release.


  2. Some are alphabetical by author but the more recently acquired books are stacked in front ! Because I want to read them ALL,!


  3. The method to my madness is unrecognizable by anyone but myself. Ha!
    We have been trying to finish our basement and will be adding a family library wall. Once that is done I will have enough space to put all my books in order, alphabetically by author. I’m quite an OCD person, but when my house is in upheaval there is ZERO organization in anything. Haha.


  4. Organized? Alphabetized? Lol. Mine are in piles all over the house. When I do try to organize they are by authors last name.


  5. Great review! I still haven’t read the last book of her previous series, but looking forward to this one as soon as I can get my hands on it.


  6. How exciting! I love hearing about a MUST have book. Your review definitely put in on my TBR list. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. 🙂


  7. Oops – forgot to answer the question I got so excited. 🙂
    I try to organize books according to author alphabetically both by author and title which makes it easier to find a book that I want to read again or to share with others.


  8. LOVE your review!!!!!! Agree wholeheartedly! All time favorite for sure! I organize my shelves by genre, then author last name, then series title with the books in order in the series, or individual books alphabetically if they are not part of a series.


  9. Hi Beth and Roseanna! Wonderful review! Those fairings, sound delicious.

    Congratulations on your book Roseanna!

    …I am not entering the contest as I am “patiently” awaiting for this book to appear in my mailbox!…

    As to the arrangement of books on my book shelves…I have them separated by genre and then arranged alphabetically by author, with series grouped together in order (1,2,3, etc). If not part of a series, then in order by date published. That way I can go right to a book I want at any given time.



  10. Lovely review, Beth! I can’t wait to read this book! I have my books organized into two mountains–books I’ve read and books I haven’t read yet. A lot of the books I’ve read I put into boxes according to author’s last name. Then I store them in my storage room.


  11. I have a double bookshelf just for my Christian fiction which are somewhat in alphabetical order by author. I say somewhat because I keep getting more so that messes up the order. Some authors are so prolific that they have exceeded their shelf room. I have other bookshelves that aren’t really in any order except I do try to keep books by the same author together.
    I’ve wanted to read A Name Unknown since I first saw it. The cover alone draws me in, but the story sounds quite interesting so I know it will keep me reading till the end. Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. My book shelves used to be organized, but then they filled up. Now I have books stacked in every square inch! I don’t think that I’m qualified to give anyone advice on organizing their home! ????


  13. I have some that are arranged by author and series, and one shelf that is done in rainbow order. No matter how they are arranged, I always find myself trying to make room for more books! I would tell Peter the best way is to arrange them by genre/subject and then alphabetize after that.


  14. I don’t have enough room on my bookshelf for my books, some are on the floor. My daughter re-organizes her bookshelf quite often. She has her non fiction books organized by subject. She has has her fiction books on a different shelf organized by color, kind of an ombre effect. It looks really neat!


  15. My library currently goes according to genre and then is grouped by authors.

    A Name Unknown sounds wonderful! I LOVED your review! How you painted the story and expressed your thoughts was so captivating, that I was left longing to know more! I can’t wait to read this book!!! Thanks for your fantastic review and the opportunity of this giveaway!!!


  16. I used to keep my books separated by genre when I only had two shelves full, but now my sister and I have so many books that our closet has become more of a library. We’ve got shelves lining the walls, and we even went through major clothes purging to make more room! We literally only kept an armload of clothing each and have bookshelves stacked on top of each other all along the walls. Plus we’ve got double shelves on our desks and small bookshelves (and one very big one) in any open spaces along the walls of our room! And on top of that, we have double rows on the shelves (meaning there’s a row in front of another row of books and we have to pull out some books to get to the ones behind!)
    So…yeah. Separation by genre was not working for me anymore. So now I alphabetize by author’s last name and any books written by various authors (such as the Barbour collections), I put at the end and categorize alphabetically by title.


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