Review of A Name Unknown: Historical Fiction from Roseanna M. White

Some time ago, I discovered the acronym PABD on a book review blog. It stands for Post Amazing Book Disorder. And, if you’re a reader, you can probably relate. You know those books- the ones you can’t put down but that you’re sorry to finish because that means you can’t read it anymore. You laugh or cry with the characters as the book reaches its conclusion. And it’s hard to pick up your next read because you know it will be hard to find another book that wonderful.

A Name Unknown was one of those books for me.
Review of A Name Unknown: historical Christian fiction

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About the Book…

From the book’s description: 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 concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

My Thoughts…

The whole premise of this book was different from any I’d ever read. A thief…and a secret author- what awesome characters! The historical time period was interesting as well. The book is set in England as World War 1 begins. And one of the main characters has a German last name. The historical context made for a very interesting read.
The characters are very well-developed. I loved them and even found myself thinking about Rosemary and Peter when I wasn’t reading. (I’m not crazy. If you’re a reader, you’ll understand.) There was a good balance between their inner thoughts and feelings and the action of the story.
The story wasn’t extremely fast-paced. But there was definitely enough happening to hold my interest. I didn’t want to put it down. And it was believable- something that really matters to me when I read fiction.
The romance was sweet. It didn’t overshadow everything else in the book, but there was a definite attraction between the main characters, and the tension of that, combined with what I knew about the characters that the other characters themselves didn’t know, kept me hanging on every word in every section of dialogue. 
This is Christian fiction. The author does an excellent job of talking about spiritual things and even sharing the gospel without ever making the book feel “preachy.” I won’t tell you how, but she incorporates spiritual truths in a unique way in this book, and I loved it.
This is definitely one I’ll recommend. I give it five stars (maybe more!) and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Amazon here.
Review of A Name Unknown: historical Christian fiction

Review of A Name Unknown: historical Christian fiction
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