Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Whispers from the Shadows--Book review


Whispers from the Shadows
(Culper Ring Series book 2)
by Roseanna M. White




About the Book:

This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in a new series from Roseanna M. White. Whispers from the Shadows combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the War of 1812.
Whispers from the Shadows, Culper Ring Series #2   -     
        By: Roseanna M. White
    
Treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild's world to crumble. The daughter of a British general, she barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could implicitly trust Winter and Bennet Lane, even though their nations are once again at war. After meeting their son, Thad, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that the Lanes trade in a dangerous commodity--espionage.

Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. With family playing the part of enemies and enemies proving themselves friends, a future with Gwyn is uncertain. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them.



My Review:
A great sequel to Ring of Secrets. Author Roseanna White did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, painting a clear picture of their surroundings, and packed the story with mystery, trouble, and romance.

The first chapter had me tuning out the rest of the world. Captivated and shocked, I could not put the book down. Following Gwyneth from one continent to another while she is plagued by haunting dreams, finding she is being entrusted to a handsome fellow she did not even know, not to mention the fact these two continents were at war, created a fascinating and memorable story. 

I loved that the original characters from Ring of Secrets were in Whispers From the Shadows. I was immediately able to recall Winter and Bennet's story, who also happen to be Thad's parents. You can read more about their story here. I don't think you will have a problem getting through book two without reading book one first. Even though there are characters from book one, I don't feel you would be confused or lost on what is going on in this story. That said, I do recommend reading the first book because it, too, was a great story.

Who do you place your trust in? In people? The government? The news? These things are sure to let you down at some point. However, if you place your trust in God like they learned to do in this story, you can be confident that He will always come through, and gain peace in your heart through this revelation. This is what I took away from the story. Make sure you are trusting in the One who you can always count on. The One who never leaves your side. The very One who created you and knows what you need before you even ask. Jesus is always there, ready and waiting.

***Thanks Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***

Please pick up a copy of this terrific book from Christianbook.com or Amazon.com.

About the author:
Roseanna M. White grew up in the mountains of West Virginia, the beauty of which inspired her to begin writing as soon as she learned to pair subjects with verbs. She spent her middle and high school days penning novels in class, and her love of books took her to a school renowned for them.
Roseanna M. WhiteAfter graduating from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, she and her husband moved back to the Maryland side of the same mountains they equate with home.
Roseanna is the author of two biblical novels, A Stray Drop of Blood and Jewel of Persia, and the historical romance, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland. Coming in 2013 is a suspenseful historical romance from Harvest House, Ring of Secrets, the first in the Culper Ring trilogy. She is also the senior reviewer at the Christian Review of Books, which she and her husband founded, the senior editor at WhiteFire Publishing, and a member of ACFW, HisWriters, HEWN Marketing, and Colonial Christian Fiction Writers.
Swing by her WEBSITE for more info and more of her books.
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