A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown

Large Print - 2017
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Rosemary Gresham's only family is the band of urchins that helped her survive on the streets of London. Now grown, they've learned to blend into upper-class society and work as thieves for hire. But when a client asks Rosemary to determine if a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or Germany, she's in for the challenge of her life. Peter Holstein writes popular adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling, he's debated changing his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door, his question might be answered.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017
Edition: Large print editon
ISBN: 9781432842123
1432842129
Characteristics: 671 pages ; 23 cm

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suless
Sep 17, 2018

I am a voracious reader, and this is one of my favorites of the year. The English history described was enlightening to me. Period details seemed authentic and the scenes describing emotional healing and personal transformation (which are very hard to write convincingly) were extremely well done. The book is pretty intellectual, but I did not get confused as I read it and easily followed the subplots (with the exception of completely understanding the ancestry information). There were one or two delightful plot twists that made the book unpredictable and kept it from getting boring near the end. I am re-reading it now that I know how the plot turns out so I can enjoy it without worrying about my favorite character so much. Absolutely delightful book! As a side note, I initially thought the woman on the front of the novel looked too thin and her nose was too sharp--but these were details accurately describing the protagonist. I'm very impressed with the art team, because usually they insist on a perfect model and sacrifice accuracy.

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cularien
Jan 09, 2018

I've read a lot of stellar books recently. A Name Unknown, while enjoyable, was not quite up to par, as I found myself bogged down with too many characters and several side plots.

Stuttering Peter - a longtime friend of Prince Edward - bears a passing (and likely all-in-my-head) resemblance to future King George VI, who himself painfully stuttered and, ironically, took the throne upon Edward's abdication. (My temporary mental casting of Colin Firth may have been somewhat inevitable ...)

Make no mistakes, I enjoyed A Name Unknown. WWI England fascinates me, and White brought it to life wonderfully. Rosemary is a charming heroine, and I appreciate her wit and personality. She gives as good as she gets, and I want to see more heroines like her in fiction. I simply struggled with the aforementioned issues.

Looking forward to reading the other books in the series as they release.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of A Name Unknown from Litfuse Group. All opinions are my own.

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miss_emoji
Aug 16, 2017

Wonderful book! Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy when it comes out!!! The Ladies of the Manor (from the author) is also a wonderful series!!!

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