Wednesday, November 7, 2018

An Hour Unspent

GIVEAWAY
WHITE, ROSEANNA M.
AN HOUR UNSPENT

With danger creeping ever closer, do their dreams still matter?

Once 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, including keeping an eye on a talented engineer working as a clockmaker. But not until he rescues the man's daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.

Evelina Manning has constantly dreamed and worked for independence. But she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiance to end their engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clock repair with her father, she can't help being interested. Bus she shoon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems.

As 1915 Enngland plunges deeper into war, the race is on for any technological edge, and Evelina's father's ideas have captured the attention of many -- perhaps too many. As danger seems to encroach from every side, it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape.

My Review:

I LOVE this series and I'm praying that An Hour Unspent isn't the last of it even though it's the dreaded third book in the Shadows Over England series and three seems to the be the magic number in the publishing world. But Barclay has so many siblings and I need a story for each one of them...or at least the ones old enough to make their own way in the world. Is that greedy? Yes? Then call me a Roseanna M. White glutton! I love this patchwork family soooooo much that I can't let them go! Especially since the author has tantalized (or should I say teased) me with alluring glimpses into the backstories of some of Barclay's sisters.

And speaking of this being the third book in a series -- while it can be read as a standalone, I think you're much better off reading the first two books before starting in on this one. There's tons of backstory about these characters and how they got to the where they are now which makes for really good reading that you'll want to savor...just in case this really is the last book in the series. (sob!)

So I've been enamored with Barclay for a while now and really excited to get his story. Wasn't sure what to expect other than spectacular and White definitely delivers that. Unassuming heartthrob comes to mind when I think about how to describe this hero. Not because he isn't memorable, but because his life's work has made him hone the fine art of being invisible. But when he grins....pulses rise and smelling salts might be required -- Lina and I are in agreement on that! And with his family...be still my heart and prepare yourself for many swoon inducing scenes.

And then there's his faith. A new Christian, intent on making changes, becoming a better man. I love his honesty both about his past and what he's feeling in the present. And the way he is open to divine direction. This is a man who faces challenges and danger, hurt and deception and yet he's found that if he gives it over to the Lord -- "The weight on him wasn't any lighter. And yet, somehow, it wasn't quite so heavy. The burden still weighed, but it was as if another shoulder had come alongside his under it. That, he'd come to realize, was how the Lord worked. At least for him. He didn't remove the bad -- He just lent him the strength to face it." (p 205)

Need I say more? One of my favourite heroes of 2018!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of An Hour Unspent, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you include your email in a comment, rremember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 11 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

39 comments:

  1. I've heard over and over how good this series is, with many readers saying this one was the best and Barclay a dream guy.
    I had just bought the first book to get started.
    That quote at the end of your review..perfection!
    This is my number one hope-to-win of the week!!!
    And doesn't this series have the most gorgeous covers?!
    Thanks for the drawing Kav!
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. All us readers can't be wrong, right?! lol I'm kinda jealous that you get to experience the series from the start now. You will adore Barclay by the time you reach book #3. Happy reading! And good luck, Tracey!

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  2. I've heard wonderful things about this author. She is new to me. Thanks for the chance to win!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. She is awesome!!!!! Good luck, Diane!

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  3. Another absolute favorite author. :D lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Totally agree! Good luck, Susan!

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  4. OOh! I've been loving this series! And I just heard that her next book (The Number of Love, Codebreakers series, June 2019) will have close tie-ins to A Song Unheard.

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Eeeeepppp -- you've made my day!!!! I can think of a certain character in particular who will fit into a Codebreakers series!!! Good luck, Rachael!

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  5. Love Roseanna's books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  6. I love reading stories set in this time period.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a fascinating period in history. Lots of scope for imagination for a writer. Good luck, Jana Leah!

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  7. Oohh! I need to read this series!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Yes you do!!!! Good luck, Nicole.

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  8. I love the quote at the end of your review. Thanks for your review. I have read many reviewers who just love this book. On my TBR list.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. This author does an amazing job of weaving faith into her stories. Good luck, Lori.

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  9. Roseanne White is a fellow West Virginian and I pray someday I get to meet her. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Oooohhh -- maybe she'll do a book signing in your area. Wouldn't that be cool?! Good luck, Lucy!

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  10. I just got the first book in this series and I'm so looking forward to delving into these stories! An Hour Unspent sounds like a delightful grand finale! I can't wait to meet Evalina and Barclay. I really liked the quote at the end of your review, Kav! I love when a story not only entertains you, but moves you and challenges you in your walk with Christ. Thanks for a chance to win this book!!! ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You’re going to love this series, Alison! It’s everything a Christian novel should be! Good luck!

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  11. I highly recommend this series. It's a fascinating look at the beginnings of World War I with very interesting characters. I was so glad to finally read Barclay's story. No need to enter me in the book drawing since I received it for my birthday.

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    1. What an awesome birthday gift! But then, books always make the best gifts!

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  12. I would love to read this book. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  13. It seems like most to all of White's books are series of 3 or standalones. Like you, I could always read more. This is the only book I don't already own of hers. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. But there are so many great characters in this series and I want all their stories!!!!!!!!! lol Good luck, Terrill. You definitely need to complete your Roseanna M White collection with this book.

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    2. Maybe she'll do do a spin-off series with the secondary characters. I find authors will do that quite often. A new series, but with familiar characters. You can only hope. ;-)

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    3. It sounds like that's what she's going to do with the Codebreaker series...at least with one of the characters....on tenterhooks waiting find out.

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  14. Yes please! Roseanna has such great series, and I haven't been able to read this one since it came out. This one seems expecially captivating too. You are right, it does seem to be the dreaded third book, and I too hope she continues on. Soemtimes I don't want the characters' stories to end until everyone is happily settled, from main to minor characters.

    LLwaltz (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Yes -- we get so wrapped up in these characters it's traumatic when we have to break it off. Good luck, Laura.

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  15. Looks Good 👍
    I like that it can be read as a standalone but i am going to check ✔ out the series 😃 Thanks for sharing this book 'series' with us 😍
    Thanks for the chance 😍🍯🐝😍
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com 💖😘💖

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    1. It’s a fantastic series — well worth checking out! Good luck, Linda!

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  16. I'm intrigued by this series and can't wait to read it!!!

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon. It's amazing! Good luck, Elly!

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  17. I think I've only read two of Roseanna's books, but I know shops is a gifted writer! This is a stellar review and I hope I get to read this series soon.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Definitely a gifted writer! Good luck, Patty.

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  18. Oh, I want to read "An Hour Unspent" so much, but I maxed out my book budget and the library doesn't have it at this time. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Book budgets should be unlimited! Good luck, LSA!

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