Book Reviews

“An Hour Unspent” by Roseanna M. White


Shadows Over England #3

(Read my review of #1 and #2 here )

From the back cover:

Danger Creeping Ever Closer,
Do Their Dreams Still Matter?

Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.


My Thoughts:

I knew I was going to love Barclay’s story from the moment I knew there was a Barclay Pearce. This excellent thief, big brother extraordinaire, man-as-real-as-they-come is everything worth waiting for, and so was his story. 

Roseanna M. White has a rare skill when it comes to storytelling, and an even rarer ability to weave the Gospel like threads of gold through her stories. Unimposing, ever present, glinting only when the sunlight strikes it. An Hour Unspent is no exception to either talent. 

This third book in the Shadow Over England Series explores the truth of family, of love, loyalty, and sacrifice. And I dare you to finish it without fighting back the urge to gather up every lonely child into your arms, feed and clothe even your enemy, and to never put your loved ones at risk when it’s within your power to improve your chances.

Also, don’t fight that urge.

It might carry risks. But with the greatest risks…. (I’ll let you figure that one out).

Buy “An Hour Unspent” by Roseanna M. White here!


roseanna-2018Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

Being educated at St. John’s College (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict.

Connect with Roseanna M White on her social media accounts and blogs here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I also bought my own copy of the audio edition. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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