Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love anything historical fiction that takes place in England. What some of you might not realize is that in the past year, I’ve fallen specifically in love with Cornwall, England so when I read the description of A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White I knew I had to read it.
Taking place right before the start of World War 1. Rosemary, a thief who steals to keep her family safe is asked to go on a mission to determine if a man with German roots living in Cornwall, could possibly be a spy and has loyalties not to England like he claims but to Germany. However, what she doesn’t know is that Peter knows of these rumors and is looking to anything possible to show where his loyalties lay including changing his name.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. I loved Peter, his everyday character had a part to him that I adored while it took me some time to warm up to Rosemary. It wasn’t that I didn’t like her, I just didn’t like how she was written at times, by the end of it though, I was a fan. Here’s what else I liked:
- There was a little bit of mystery on how some characters were related to one another. When I thought I had it figured it and was wrong, I was pleasantly surprised. That doesn’t usually happen anymore
- Not only are most of the characters lovable they also go through some major character development.
- The setting, while there wasn’t a whole lot about Cornwall itself, when there was, you could imagine how gorgeous of a place it truly is
- That it described something that happened in England before the war that I didn’t know happened (learned something new!). I would love to tell you what that is, but it would give away part of the plot!
What I didn’t like:
- Sometimes the character development was a little too much in your face
- It took me way too long to like the main character
- And sometimes I didn’t like some of the other characters. Peter, was definitely my favorite.
Things to keep in mind: this story has a very Christian undertone to it. This wouldn’t deter me from recommending it to anyone, especially because one could look at it as being faith based but in anything you have faith in — a loved one etc. I also believe that in the early 1900s, faith and religion were probably spoken of more often compared to now, but I wanted to add this because I don’t want anyone to be surprised when they read it.
Overall, I gave it 4 stars out of 5 on goodreads and will probably read the rest of them when they come out.
Please note: My opinions on this review are my own, however: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for this review. You can click on the picture of the book cover to get more information on the book and author. Thanks to Bethany House for the book to review!