Roseanna M White is a talented author without a nom de plume, but she certainly does her name no shame. This newest offering by her outranks her previous novels by a mile.
Rosemary is part of a "family" of thieves who live by their wits and practiced abilities just to put food on the table. Barclay is the head of the group, and with Rosemary, there are twelve of them in age from twenty down to about six.
There is a man called V who hires Rosemary to steal some information about Peter Holstein, a recluse who is thought to have the ear of the king. Peter owns a manor house and needs some help organizing his library. Rosemary applies for the job, and Peter likes her on sight. Peter has some things he needs to hold onto his lands and mansion and he feels that Rosemary is just the person to find the documents. Peter holds a couple of secrets--that he writes novels under a pen name, and that he still has holdings in Germany.
The political world is in a set of upheaval with Germany making noises of taking over Europe, feelings of distrust among some of the other European nations, and Britain trying to decide what to do about the whole situation. People on the whole were not enamored with folks of German descent, even though they may be loyal to the crown. All of this plays into the plot of Roseanna's novel. Learning some about the history of World War I was quite interesting. Learning to learn faith was inspiring.
This is a five star, two thumbs up novel with a nom de plume for your most secret writings.
My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.