Whispers from the ShadowsRoseanna M. White
This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in the Culper Ring 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. Treachery causes Gwyneth Fai... Read More
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. However, 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, the Lanes' son Thad begins to experience 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 - and each other - as a shield around them.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 1, 2013
- UPC: 9780736951012
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 350
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0736951016
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- Lovely historical romance set during War of 1812 by Carole on 8/16/2013
Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White is book 2 in the Culper Ring series, taking place 35 years after the wonderful Ring of Secrets. The setting is the Chesapeake Bay area during the year of 1814, as the British begin their march on Washington and Baltimore, and the focus is on the Culper spy ring that was initially formed during the Revolutionary period. It is a story where things aren't always as they seem - family can become the enemy, while enemies prove to be true friends. Whispers from the Shadows combines elements of history, romance and intrigue with well-woven spiritual themes, and it is a story that I am glad to recommend.
I'm unashamedly a fan of historical romance, but Whispers from the Shadows is that and so much more. Roseanna has a great gift for storytelling and characterization. From a historical standpoint, Roseanna has done her research well, focusing in this second book on the War of 1812, a war that doesn't get much fictional attention. The whole series seems well thought out and planned; in fact, I can't imagine how much time Roseanna put into her research.
Thad is a great hero, a man who cares deeply about the people of America: "The farmers and merchants and smithies all laboring to build a legacy for their offspring. The fishermen who could weave a yarn like no other, the trappers who had explored the great unknown to the west, the lawyers who philosophized on what their land could be with the proper guidance. The strangers who could someday be friends." And he understands that this war is about revenge for the Revolution, about hatred.
The Culper spy ring is fascinating because of its composition - ordinary people wanting to help their country - and how successful it was. It is a joy to see an older, but very happy, Bennet and Winter from Ring of Secrets - Bennet with his arsenal of chemicals and Winter with her experience with codes. Winter even pulls her famous "clueless" stunt on one occasion. I loved her line: "When one acts utterly silly, no one ever thinks to look for deeper motives."
The romance between Thad and Gwyn is my kind of romance, very tender, sweet and real. I also loved the deep friendship and camaraderie between Thad and Alain Arnaud, which only grew stronger out of past heartbreak and their ability to be open and honest.
Gwyn's journey from relying on Thad and turning to the true source reminds me of the beautiful passage from Psalm 121: "I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord . . ." And Gwyn discovers that God's path can be found in the most unlikely people and places.
On a purely human side and along with a lot of other fans, I hated to see General Fairchild die - this is not a spoiler; it happens in the first few pages - but his death is a necessary plot vehicle for everything else that happens. While this book can stand alone, readers really need to begin with Ring of Secrets for a greater understanding of how everything fits together.
I greatly enjoyed Whispers from the Shadows and highly recommend it to all readers. Thank you, Roseanna, for giving me the opportunity to review this book. I eagerly await the next novel, Circle of Spies, which releases in April 2014.
Roseanna writes: "What I love about the Culper Ring is that they weren’t specially-trained spies. No James Bonds or Jason Bournes. No action heroes with razor-sharp instincts. They were just people like you and me. People who changed the world by actively looking for a way to help their neighbors, their compatriots, their country."
In the first two books of this series, Roseanna draws from a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions that I often use for meditation and highly recommend, The Valley of Vision, edited by Arthur Bennett.
This book was provided by Harvest House Publishers and Roseanna M. White in exchange for my honest review.