A Name Unknown + A Song Unheard – Roseanna M. White // A Double Book Review

Hello again, my dear readers. I am here to share a couple of reviews with you all (obviously you have already know this) of two of my all-time favorite books by one of my all-time favorite authors, but first let me share a bit of backstory.

After receiving the enjoyable Ladies of the Manor trilogy and the wonderful Shadows Over England trilogy as birthday gifts (I think it was for my birthday….), I knew that it was time to begin re-reading them in chronological order. I began my re-reading months ago, completed the Ladies of the Manor trilogy weeks ago and the first two Shadows Over England books yesterday. I am in awe of how I have fallen in love with these stories (particularly ANU and ASU) and characters all over again.

It is remarkable to see how White’s writing deepens and grows from the Ladies of the Manor trilogy to the Shadows Over England trilogy. I have enjoyed this re-reading experience greatly, and I cannot wait to continue to work my way through White’s books.

Title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Publication Year: 2017

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Personal Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts:

Reading A Name Unknown was a throughly enjoyable experience, the first and the second time. It is a satisfying and filling read, much like STSA, although I would liken it to a hot bowl of hearty chili rather than rich chocolate cake.

I love many things about this book, but I must begin with the historical piece. White choose to set A Name Unknown in the early 1900s, right as WWI was beginning. As any of my fellow historical fiction readers can attest to, there are a comparatively few number of books set during WWI to those set during WWII, this element of A Name Unknown makes it even more interesting.

A Name Unknown is set in the English countryside and in London, giving the readers a lovely change in scenery, part way through the story. I enjoyed to being introduced to an entire village and many of its inhabitants.

The characters of A Name Unknown are wonderful. It was difficult not to love Rosemary Gresham and her large family, as well as Peter Holstein and his close friends. Peter’s absentminded writer’s personality was endearing, as is his penchant for note writing, and his heart is simply beautifully. Rosemary certainly undergoes a bit of character growth, as she opens her heart to both Peter and God, but I enjoyed her every bit as much at page 1 as I did at page 426.

A Name Unknown has it’s suspenseful pieces, as does every good story. Mr. V certainly is interesting and mysterious in his way and I will say that one plot twist caught me by surprise.

“And the best sort of villain is smart and subtle and so very tricky that you don’t even know he’s the villain, because he thinks himself the hero in his own story.” – Roseanna M. White

Title: A Song Unheard

Author: Roseanna M. White

Publication Year: 2018

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Personal Rating: ★★★★★

My Thoughts:

And White has done it again. As I read A Song Unheard over the course of a few weeks, a couple chapters a day as I drank my hot latte, I fell head over heels in love with this story.

Willa, Lukas and Barclay, as well as Margot, are easily some of my favorite characters of White’s. They are interesting, well-developed and relatable. Willa and Lukas undergo quite a bit of character growth through out A Song Unheard and become rather lovely human beings.

Willa’s music somehow comes right through the pages and straight into my heart. I can feel the power and beauty of her singing violin as I read of her playing. Nothing makes a good book quite like being able to hear music (or smell food) through ink on paper pages.

I love so many things about this wonderful story; the historical pieces, the adventure and suspense, as well as it’s focus on people with unusual levels of God-given talent.

It wasn’t fair. Not even a little. This was her language, her greatest love—music, dazzling in its brilliance. So how could these people manage to take what she knew by instinct, from that place deep inside her, and make it confusing? – Roseanna M. White

Have you read any of Roseanna M. White’s books? What is your favorite historical period to read/learn about? Has anything exciting happened in your life, lately?

Thinking of you all,

9 thoughts on “A Name Unknown + A Song Unheard – Roseanna M. White // A Double Book Review”

  1. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed these books! I absolutely LOVE all of Roseanna’s! I recommend you read “On Wings of Devotion”–it’s spectacular!


  2. I think I read A Name Unknown awhile ago, and I really enjoyed it! I’ll have to check out White’s other books as well.
    I think my favorite period to read about is WWII (I know, I know, kind of cliché) but I enjoy WWI books as well. 🙂


  3. Great job with this review! Once again I *ahem* haven’t heard of either of these books, but they look really intriuging! I’m normally not a big historical fiction fan, but they look really good!


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