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Synopsis of the book:
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets — instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she’s offered the challenge of a lifetime — determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown — so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.
When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth — about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
This was my first book by this author and now I am going to go back and read her other series. I loved the story and the characters. This was mystery, intrigue, history, and romance at its best.
Rosemary was such a fun character to get to know. Her background made her a scrapper and she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and others around her. Her need to take care of herself was an obstacle for her when she began having feelings for Peter and I loved reading her struggle to balance her tough side with the emotions that she was unfamiliar with. Even though she was a thief, she cared about others. It made her endearing and a character worth rooting for.
Now Peter, well, I just loved him. A man of great wealth with a heart to match it. He was more timid than Rosemary and she brought out his more protective side. I loved his writer thinking and how he would get lost in his fictional stories. He had a deep faith that he shared with others which made me wish I was more like him.
The historical part of this story was really interesting. I love how good historical fiction can teach us history in entertaining ways and that was the case with this book. I really liked how the royalty slipped its way into the pages.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Definitely Rosemary and Peter. I particularly liked how Peter was able to share his faith with her. I also loved the slow simmering romance that played out through the pages.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Nothing. I loved this story.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely. It was a good story with good characters. It had mystery and intrigue. The romance was slowly built up and wonderful. This is the first book in the series and I will absolutely be reading the others when they come out.
Note: I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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