Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Review of Ring of Secrets

Here's a description of the book from Harvest House:

"This exciting romantic spy novel from Roseanna M. White combines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the Revolutionary War.

Winter Reeves is an aristocratic Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the Loyalists of the City of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she's caught, if she's hung for espionage…well, she won't be. Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade: the wonders of invisible ink, drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.

Both believers…and both committed to a separate cause. Will their faith in God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?"

My Rating

Spring/Summer

My Review

Ring of Secrets is one well-choreographed masquerade, but the high stakes and the desperate situations make the story anything but a party for Winter Reeves. Longing to make a difference for her father's cause, Winter endures abuse from her grandparents, overtures from high-society men who don't understand her true nature, and suspense brought about by her role as a spy as she delivers messages via her childhood friend, Robbie. But as her life becomes more and more complicated - and dangerous - Winter must decide how far she's willing to take her act, and how much of her heart she's willing to give to the men vying for her affections.

Historical romance is generally my genre of choice, especially when it comes to Christian fiction. So White caught my attention with Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland - a story set in the early years of the United States that is intellectually stimulating, sweet, and well-written. But Ring of Secrets might just have one-upped that story in my book, as White injected more excitement and intrigue into this story! There are some great twists, great romance, and great historical tidbits (with an author's note at the end that tells the fact vs. the fiction), all tied together with an emphasis on God's overarching plans and provisions for our lives.

Rings of Secrets showcases some interesting characters and an engaging romance. Fans of the Christian historical romance genre, the American Revolution era, and authors like MaryLu Tyndall and Maureen Lang, should find this to be an enjoyable read!

*With thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

Note: This book will be released March 1, 2013.

4 comments:

Kara said...

Great review, Amber! I have not heard of this author, but the book sounds wonderful and unconventional (my fave kind)!

LOOOOOVE the new winter blog photo and background, wow! You've done such a great job making it look Christmasy, blessings Amber :)

Amber S. said...

Kara,

Thank you so much! I'm pleased I could introduce you to Roseanna! :) I've read this one and Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland (link to that review is in this review), and I really enjoyed both of them - great historical romances! She also has written some biblical fiction, but I haven't read any of those.

And thank you for your kind words about my blog design!! I'm glad it feels Christmasy and welcoming. :)

Blessings to you, as well! I'm happy you stopped by!

~Amber

Abbi Hart said...

Looks like a pretty good book! Great review!

I nominated you for The Sunshine Award! Christian Novels: Sunshine Award

Amber S. said...

Abbi,

It's a great book! I'm glad you enjoyed the review! :)

And thank you so much for nominating me for the blog award!! That's very kind of you! :) The Sunshine Award was actually the first blog award I ever received - I guess it's made the rounds again, LOL! I'm not sure if I'll put together an award post this time around, but thank you again for thinking of me! The questions do look fun. :)

~Amber