An Hour Unspent: a FIVE star review

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This historical fiction series by Roseanna M. White is phenomenal and I am so glad I stumbled upon it. When the book hit my mailbox I had no idea it was the third in the series so I set immediately to reading the first two. A Name Unknown and A Song Unheard are the first two stories featuring Rosemary and Willa, sisters… by selection. The final installment in the “Shadows Over England” takes an additional step into the life of their “brother” Barclay. An Hour Unspent did not disappoint. As we follow Barclay into the culmination of the story, I was enthralled not only by the strong story line but also by the depth in the characters and the attachment I developed for the family. The story was emotional, exciting, with unexpected points and also the lovely and familiar ebb and flow of relationships that we all know and experience.

The characters throughout the series, and Barclay in An Hour Unspent was no exception, are both strong and sensitive, spiritual and practical, they are familiar and yet also took me by surprise just as the people in our lives do. White did an amazing job of weaving a historical tale that was well researched and believable. You learn while still being swept away in a intriguing tale. These kinds of stories don’t come along that often and I am grateful I had the chance to read all three books! Each chapter left me excited an anticipating the next.

Whether it was morality, spirituality, or survival the story challenged my thinking, and also took be to a place of escape. What a beautiful combination in a story.  I hope you’ll read the guest post from White below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post so you can receive a signed copy of the book and some other fun goodies as well. This is a series you do not want to miss.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher and all the opinions above are my own.

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About the Book

An Hour UnspentOnce 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.

 

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About the Author

Roseanna 2018Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominatedauthor 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. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

 

Guest Post from Roseanna

Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.

That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.

The founder. The caregiver. The leader.

I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.

It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.

There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those.

It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d570/an-hour-unspent-celebration-tour-giveaway

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