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Publisher's Note:

As England plunges into war, Barclay Pearce uses his skills as a thief to help his nation. But upon rescuing Evelina Manning from a mugging, he begins to wonder what his future might hold. When her fathers invention gives England a military edge, the whole family is in dangerand it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.…

An Hour Unspent

by Roseanna M. White

Overall Book Review:

The Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M. White continues with An Hour Unspent. Although this could be read as a standalone, it is so much richer if a person reads the previous books of the series.  This historical fiction piece takes place in England during World War I. 

Emotions run high in this book.  Some are heart-wrenching, others tender and still others romantic.  The reader is immediately involved in the relationships and feelings of the characters.  Old sorrows and fresh wounds abound as characters try and understand their place in events of the day.

Evelina Manning is an interesting character.  Her personality is quite fun, even though at times she seems a bit naive and shallow.  One of her most endearing traits is her desire to help others.  She truly cares about others even though she herself is undergoing deep disappointments and sorrows.

Barclay Pearce is a man who is mentioned in previous books of the series and it is fun to see how things go for him.  His upbringing and experiences have led him to adopt a wide variety of orphans into his “family.”  His compassion and caring for others is admirable.

Putting these leading characters together in this story makes for a fun and sometimes humorous read.  It also tugs at the heartstrings and reminds readers to be grateful for their blessings.  Enjoy the time spent looking into the lives of Barclay and Evelina.  Laugh with them, cry with them and love with them.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Man grabs a woman and threatens her with a knife; report of a man pushing another and causing blood to flow; several mentions of the casualties of war; report that a man mistreats his employees; suspicion that a person has been abducted.

Sex/Nudity:  Mention that men have mistresses; it is implied that girls might be doing more than just work; non-married characters embrace and kiss.

Mature Subject Matter:

War; death of family members; abandonment; child labor; orphans.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

People in a tavern consume alcohol.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.