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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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagemen 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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems. As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.


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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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagemen 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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. Evelina Manning has constantly fought for independence but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end the engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clockwork repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems. As 1915 England plunges ever deeper into war, the work of an ingenious clockmaker may give England an unbeatable military edge—and Germany realizes it as well. Evelina’s father soon finds his whole family in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

30 review for An Hour Unspent

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. This is, perhaps, Roseanna White’s best book to date. The incredible amount of twists and turns, thorough character development, immersive historical accuracy, analogies and turns of phrase that pull directly from the main characters' jobs and personalities, and familial ties ensure that this story will be not only remembered well b FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. This is, perhaps, Roseanna White’s best book to date. The incredible amount of twists and turns, thorough character development, immersive historical accuracy, analogies and turns of phrase that pull directly from the main characters' jobs and personalities, and familial ties ensure that this story will be not only remembered well but also reread multiple times. We might as well all invest in multiple copies of it, for I fear we’ll be wearing out our first one by sheer love and overuse. The only things that held this book back from being five stars for me: replacement expletives and a few slips in Evelina’s high-class character when she used a few low-class terms. This book would be incredibly quotable… if all those quotes wouldn’t give so many things away! Watch out for Alice. You’re going to love her. I really think she and her honey deserve a full-length (okay, I’ll settle for a novella, if I must) story of their own. Please, Roseanna??? I also want a story on Lucy, Georgie, Clover, and Patch (and all the rest of Barclay’s siblings who don’t already have one). Ever since I read the first book in this series (and definitely read them in order, y’all!), I have been eagerly anticipating Barclay’s story. He’s been my favorite of the siblings from day one, and I must say, this story was even more than I could have imagined for him. It’s my favorite of the trilogy. I’ll be revisiting it often over the coming decades. The faith thread was well thought out and thorough. I enjoyed that aspect very much. It wasn’t just about discovering faith for the first time, as both characters already have at least a bit of belief in God in the beginning of the story. It’s more of a growth of faith as well as sorting out how to hear God, how to follow His call, how to make significant changes in our lives to be the best we can be to bring joy and great glory to God. I loved the lessons learned and the practicality of the faith thread. I think bringing such depth to that aspect of a story is a huge challenge for any Christian writer, and it’s clear in this book that Mrs. White has mastered that art.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    Soooooo my favorite in the series. I've loved everything I've read by Roseanna M. White and I'd be incredibly hard pressed to pick a favorite of her various series. But I can say without a doubt that this one is my favorite in the Shadows Over England series. Barclay is such a lovable hero, a perfect mix of strength and doubt. I love the family angle of this story...how different Evelina and Barclay's families look in the beginning, the things Evelina learns about what makes a family. I love the Soooooo my favorite in the series. I've loved everything I've read by Roseanna M. White and I'd be incredibly hard pressed to pick a favorite of her various series. But I can say without a doubt that this one is my favorite in the Shadows Over England series. Barclay is such a lovable hero, a perfect mix of strength and doubt. I love the family angle of this story...how different Evelina and Barclay's families look in the beginning, the things Evelina learns about what makes a family. I love the clock/watch/time theme woven through the story. The romance is pitch perfect and the mystery kept me turning pages. A wonderful conclusion to a series I'm not ready to say goodbye to!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    Wow, what an amazing finish to the series! I don’t think I can describe just how much I love this series. I had really high expectations for this book, and it did not disappoint. I was so excited when I first heard that Barclay was getting his own story. The first two books in the series focus on his sisters, and this last one is about him. All three books have both male and female POVs, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with it being about the brother instead of the sisters. It’s Barclay Wow, what an amazing finish to the series! I don’t think I can describe just how much I love this series. I had really high expectations for this book, and it did not disappoint. I was so excited when I first heard that Barclay was getting his own story. The first two books in the series focus on his sisters, and this last one is about him. All three books have both male and female POVs, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with it being about the brother instead of the sisters. It’s Barclay though so of course it was amazing. <3 He is the sweetest older, protective brother and I love how you really got to see that side of him in this one. Like the other two books in the series, Barclay has an assignment to complete for V. V was so much more than just a boss to them in this one, and I loved that it finally opened up some about who he really is as a person. And of course you have the family dares. You can help but just love this family. They are always there to help and have each other’s backs. They may just be my favorite fictional family. <3 This book never seems to stop. So many new things are constantly happening left and right. Family is found, someone is kidnapped, fortunes are given, and a late night bombing occurs. There is never a dry moment in the story. This book is a perfect ending to an amazing series. Everything is tied up so well. This is one of my favorite series and I definitely recommend it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    An Hour Unspent is the third and final book in the Shadows Over England series. It's pretty evident with Roseanna's very detailed descriptions and obviously many hours of research she loves what she does. By this I mean she loves to research her books and writing them for us and her quality of work really reflects this. You better believe I felt as if I was there in the early 1910's in England. Barclay, it's so exciting to see him get his own story now, it was everything I had hoped it would be a An Hour Unspent is the third and final book in the Shadows Over England series. It's pretty evident with Roseanna's very detailed descriptions and obviously many hours of research she loves what she does. By this I mean she loves to research her books and writing them for us and her quality of work really reflects this. You better believe I felt as if I was there in the early 1910's in England. Barclay, it's so exciting to see him get his own story now, it was everything I had hoped it would be and more! Of the siblings he is my favorite. As you read this book you an just feel it humming with energy through the well developed story line,the many twists and turns. I really enjoyed seeing the character development as well. Barclay is a sweetie in this book, older protective brother but yet keeps his siblings in line as well. I am really hoping to see some of the siblings have their own story, maybe even a novella would be great. I enjoyed all the action happening in this story and the suspense. I kept me reading but I am sad now that it is over. Isn't that how great books work, you want to race to the end devouring the great book but are sad it's ending. I highly recommend the whole series! Pub Date 04 Sep 2018 I was given a complimentary copy by Bethany House through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace

    Barclay's much-anticipated story is finally here! I greatly enjoyed his story, although maybe not quite as much as Rosemary's and Willa's. But it's a close call. Barclay is the most fabulous character ever. I love his big-brotherness, his protectiveness towards his family and his desire to provide for them, his honesty, his integrity, his selflessness. He's just such a great guy, but he's real, too. He has his struggles just like everyone else, which is what I think makes him such a great charac Barclay's much-anticipated story is finally here! I greatly enjoyed his story, although maybe not quite as much as Rosemary's and Willa's. But it's a close call. Barclay is the most fabulous character ever. I love his big-brotherness, his protectiveness towards his family and his desire to provide for them, his honesty, his integrity, his selflessness. He's just such a great guy, but he's real, too. He has his struggles just like everyone else, which is what I think makes him such a great character. The storyline with his mother and brother was incredibly well done, and so realistic. Evalina, also, is an amazing character. Just . . . wow. I don't even know what to say. Since it's hard to say much about her without spoilers, I'll just say she's a fabulous character, and we'll leave it at that. Go read the book and find out for yourself. Following hot on the heels of A Song Unheard, An Hour Unspent is also full of mystery, intrigue, and danger. While a little slow-paced at times, it still kept me reading and wanting to finish it as soon as possible. The ending felt a little abrupt to me, which I was rather disappointed about, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the book too much. Another thing I loved was seeing more of Mr. V, and hearing some of his story. He's such an intriguing character! All in all, White pens another stellar novel of romance, family, intrigue, and history. This series is a must-read! CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 16+ romance and mild violence. (view spoiler)[There are some somewhat-heated kisses, etc, and thematic material, mostly war-related, such as bombings, shootings, etc. (hide spoiler)] FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    Rtc. . . 5 stars of loveliness

  7. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Lovely conclusion to a well done historical series set during WWI. And the cover is just perfect. Barclay is the oldest of his family and the main focus of An Hour Unspent. He's an honorable leading character with his focus on family, street smarts and soft spot for the unloved. As with the entire series, I loved how the author pulled in bits of history to add to the novel. In this one, the addition of Rolex gets my praise. So interesting! Each novel has also shown how Christ is essential and a gu Lovely conclusion to a well done historical series set during WWI. And the cover is just perfect. Barclay is the oldest of his family and the main focus of An Hour Unspent. He's an honorable leading character with his focus on family, street smarts and soft spot for the unloved. As with the entire series, I loved how the author pulled in bits of history to add to the novel. In this one, the addition of Rolex gets my praise. So interesting! Each novel has also shown how Christ is essential and a guiding light for those that will follow. Bravo Roseanna White on the Shadows Over England Series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deon

    This series is best when read in order.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White is book three in Shadows Over England series and takes place in London, 1915. I love everything about this series, not the least are the beautiful covers. Roseanna is a favorite author and her writing style and evident research kept me very interested. My love of history and spies had me devouring this installment. With each book in the series, I was glad to delve into the intrigue that surrounded this family. Our hero, Barclay Pearce, is the self-appointed big b An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White is book three in Shadows Over England series and takes place in London, 1915. I love everything about this series, not the least are the beautiful covers. Roseanna is a favorite author and her writing style and evident research kept me very interested. My love of history and spies had me devouring this installment. With each book in the series, I was glad to delve into the intrigue that surrounded this family. Our hero, Barclay Pearce, is the self-appointed big brother to a patchwork family brought together by necessity and love. They are street thieves- only for preservation and safety of the family. As the children become adults and find spouses, they also find faith in a benevolent God. They turn from thieving to employment helping their government in time of war. On assignment from the mysterious Mr. V, Barclay meets our fiesty, independant heroine, Evelina Manning, daughter of a clockmaker. I like the way Roseanna used clockmaking terms throughout the story to illustrate life. Roseanna’s characlers are flawed but endearing. I love to see how she gets them out of predicaments. This is more than a well-executed yarn, with elements of suspense and intrigue. She weaves a spiritual thread among the words. To me, the theme of this story was : God is here for us. He does all things in His own time. Roseanna’s fresh perspective on what family is can teach us many things. We need to accept our family members and appreciate them, pray for them and lovingly guide them to a closer walk with Christ. But we also need to stand firm for God and Right. If you like historical fiction steeped in realism and interesting facts- don’t miss this series. I recommend all of Rosanna White’s books. I look forward to more stories about this unusual family. I hope we aren’t finished with them yet! *I received this complimentary book from the publisher, Bethany House, on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    This book was so good and Barclay Pearce may be one of my favorite book heroes. I loved everything about this story and was sad to see it come to an end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    So much HEART! This is how I can define this book... the entire series, in fact! I've been very much looking forward to writing this review. But I'm feeling SO MUCH I don't know how to put it into words! Barclay Pearce is a figure! Still finding his steps in this new called faith but with a heart as big as the family he's grown. Steadfast and loyal, he's having a blast seeing his sister find happiness and welcoming new brothers into the family. And as this said patched family grows and find their So much HEART! This is how I can define this book... the entire series, in fact! I've been very much looking forward to writing this review. But I'm feeling SO MUCH I don't know how to put it into words! Barclay Pearce is a figure! Still finding his steps in this new called faith but with a heart as big as the family he's grown. Steadfast and loyal, he's having a blast seeing his sister find happiness and welcoming new brothers into the family. And as this said patched family grows and find their own footing in the world, the question remaining is who will take care of Barclay? One who loves so well and fiercely needs some as determined and passionate as him. Evelina Manning knows what it means to march for a cause, to have to shout, to tackle every nuance life throws her way and win. But, along the way, she has forgotten that she's a mear human BEing and has conformed to a human DOing - not meeting the expectations of those around her. If her fiancé leaving her isn't a surprise enough to have her pondering than the honesty and openness of one Barclay Pearce is sure to unbalance her out of the fastidious environment she's used to be in, though always leaving her smiling. I love how their interaction started organically, without an agenda. With Lina's fire bringing out the protectiveness inside Barclay and his compassion challenging and breaking down the walls around her. These two have many valleys to get through, but there is one thing that ties all the different layers of the story together; something precious grown inside us by the Greatest Clockmaker who doesn't see us as mere tools, but seen and known, good workers with a vocation, redeemed. And this secret is something no treasure or merit can gain, but only grace. This secret that twines it all together is love. *many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy; this is my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    No one has a bigger heart than Barclay ❤❤ No one has a bigger heart than Barclay ❤️❤️

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nikole

    Oh goodness- I cannot even wait. I am almost through book two- loving Barclay's part in it- and CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE!!!!! STOKEEEDDDDD

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Love. The thing worth fighting for. Worth dying for. But more - - - worth living for." After a dismal termination of her anticipated nuptials, Evelina Manning is bereft of feelings, of any kind; particularly love. And how embarrassing that a virtual stranger, (Mr. Barclay, was it?) stood as a silent eyewitness to the entire humiliating conversation. Lina would just have to endure her mother's histrionics about a ruined future and pursue her commitment to the National Union of Women's Suffrage So "Love. The thing worth fighting for. Worth dying for. But more - - - worth living for." After a dismal termination of her anticipated nuptials, Evelina Manning is bereft of feelings, of any kind; particularly love. And how embarrassing that a virtual stranger, (Mr. Barclay, was it?) stood as a silent eyewitness to the entire humiliating conversation. Lina would just have to endure her mother's histrionics about a ruined future and pursue her commitment to the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society. At least her father understood her . . . the clock maker . . . . always synchronized, never wasting a minute of anyone's time. Would he ever think her "incapable of love"? Barclay Pearce doesn't know quite what to think about his lovely neighbor Evelina Manning; after rescuing her from a supposed mugger and overhearing her fiance dissolve their engagement, it might not matter all that much, because it is her father's project that he has been assigned to explore. If Cecil's Manning's idea has any merit, it could change the entire method of aerial warfare against the Germans. Besides, girls from her side of town don't often mix with his side of town, especially with a past like his. As Evelina and Barclay form a necessary alliance, (which might include some distracting kisses), Evelina begins to understand that love can't be forced into a feeling and that wasting time is something that the Master Clockmaker never does, for "he's there, always there, making sure that every cog and gear is doing what it ought. . . .we can trust that He is using us to create something beautiful" . . . in His time. Unfortunately for Evelina, time may run out. A stunning conclusion to a beautiful series of stories! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    “Perhaps if one viewed God like a Master Clockmaker, then every cog, every gear, every spring was important.“ Another wonderful read by this author. I highly recommend reading this entire series. This book can stand alone, but it’s so much better and a fuller picture if all three are read. The characters are so well done, and I couldn’t help but love Barclay and his family. The witty banter, fun, and the compassion and love shown among them was beautiful and inspiring. It was such a well done cont “Perhaps if one viewed God like a Master Clockmaker, then every cog, every gear, every spring was important.“ Another wonderful read by this author. I highly recommend reading this entire series. This book can stand alone, but it’s so much better and a fuller picture if all three are read. The characters are so well done, and I couldn’t help but love Barclay and his family. The witty banter, fun, and the compassion and love shown among them was beautiful and inspiring. It was such a well done contrast between his family and Evalina’s. The mystery and suspense in this novel is terrific, and it kept me turning the pages well into the night...umm...or...early morning! :) I enjoyed watching the characters develop and grow in spiritual matters as well as in maturity. Evilina’s family is a wonderful addition to this novel...especially her father. His workshop was so interesting, and I loved the history worked into the novel about timepieces. A story of intrigue, combined with a host of interesting and lovable characters,some terrific historical pieces, and a faith theme woven throughout made for a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down so it earns one of my rare five stars. This book will have a place on my forever shelves! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. FAVORITE QUOTES: “Why shouldn’t the Lord love each member of humanity with the same level of care Cecil Manning had given that watch Barclay had found in the gutter?” “...God has forgiven me, and Peter loves me, and somehow, though I hadn’t dared hope it, things have changed for us. For the whole family. We’ve changed.” “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.” “Best might not be the right word to describe himself after all. But he was, without question, the most blessed.”

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    I love this book, this series, this author, the narrator they have for the audiobook. Honestly, I would keep reading this series even if it was 12 books long so each member of the family could have their own story. (Though, in following the author it sounds like the next series will be semi-connected/continuation, so I'm super excited for it!). This book was amazing! I've liked Barclay's character all the way from book one, and he didn't disappoint in this book! I enjoyed that in here, he is alr I love this book, this series, this author, the narrator they have for the audiobook. Honestly, I would keep reading this series even if it was 12 books long so each member of the family could have their own story. (Though, in following the author it sounds like the next series will be semi-connected/continuation, so I'm super excited for it!). This book was amazing! I've liked Barclay's character all the way from book one, and he didn't disappoint in this book! I enjoyed that in here, he is already a Christian, which breaks the pattern of previous books where one of the characters has a conversion scene. This book focuses more on two struggling Christians deepening their faith rather than one of the characters trying to find faith. Evalina Manning was a good character, though I didn't like her as much as Willa or Rosemary. She's feisty and stubborn, but she doesn't quite have the street smarts of the girls from the streets in the previous books, so she makes a few mistakes that had me shaking my head and sighing. Still, she made a good pair with Barclay as she wants to help people as much as he does. I'm sad to see this series end, but I'm sure I'll be re-reading it nearly as frequently as I re-read this author's previous series, and I'm really, really, really looking forward to this author's next book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Each book in Roseanna M. White's 'Shadows Over England' series has been amazing, thoroughly enjoyable, and thought-provoking. The final book in the trilogy - An Hour Unspent - lives up to its predecessors and is one of the best Christian novels I've ever read. WHAT I LIKED -Pretty much everything? -It was really cool to get stuff from Barclay's point of view! He's awesome. My heart went out to him more than once because he's trying so hard to distance himself from his past and work honestly. Like I Each book in Roseanna M. White's 'Shadows Over England' series has been amazing, thoroughly enjoyable, and thought-provoking. The final book in the trilogy - An Hour Unspent - lives up to its predecessors and is one of the best Christian novels I've ever read. WHAT I LIKED -Pretty much everything? -It was really cool to get stuff from Barclay's point of view! He's awesome. My heart went out to him more than once because he's trying so hard to distance himself from his past and work honestly. Like I said...awesome. -I took me a bit to warm up to Evelina but I think that's because she reminds me of myself (and not always the best parts of myself). I don't always express my emotions - even when something really sad happens - and that can cause me to wonder if I really feel anything at all. So I definitely understood her struggles and I'm also glad she realized the darker side of the suffragette movement and decided to work for women's safety and equality in a somewhat different way. -Seeing Rosie and Peter and Willa and Lukas again was splendid! I've grown so attached to both couples. -The Christian element in this book was beautifully woven into the story. Not preachy, not even mentioned all the time, but there and real and a vital part of Barclay's life. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE -This book didn't quiiiite 'click' with me the way the previous two (especially A Song Unheard) did. Nothing against the book itself - just my personal experience. -WHY DIDN'T WE GET TO SEE LUKAS AND WILLA'S WEDDING I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. Overall, An Hour Unspent is a beautiful Christian historical romance that I know fans of the genre will adore. I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Every time I read a Roseanna White book, I think there is no way it can be better than it's predecessor. EVERY SINGLE TIME, she proves me wrong. I ADORED this book, from start to finish, it had it all: great characters, an exciting plot, humor, mysterious moments and two plot twists that were fantastic!!! I read this book in about 24 hours and would have finished it sooner if life hadn't demanded attention, while I was devouring this book. This book was basically perfect from cover to cover. If Every time I read a Roseanna White book, I think there is no way it can be better than it's predecessor. EVERY SINGLE TIME, she proves me wrong. I ADORED this book, from start to finish, it had it all: great characters, an exciting plot, humor, mysterious moments and two plot twists that were fantastic!!! I read this book in about 24 hours and would have finished it sooner if life hadn't demanded attention, while I was devouring this book. This book was basically perfect from cover to cover. If you like Christian Fiction that is chock full of romance, mystery, humor, a great setting and time period, and moments that will make your heart smile, then read this book! I received this book from the author and publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Campos

    An excellent finish to an interesting series. Well researched and written, and full of interesting historical details from 1915 England during WW1. Overall, I preferred her Ladies of the Manor series over the Shadows Over England, but this series comes highly recommended nonetheless. She sure knows how to write a high stakes ending! *I received a copy for review from the publisher via Booklist.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. This third and final book in the Shadows Over England companion series was just as entertaining as the previous two books. Roseanna M. White has become one of my favorite Christian romance authors. I love the historical settings of her books and the added m 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. But not until he rescues a clockmaker’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold. This third and final book in the Shadows Over England companion series was just as entertaining as the previous two books. Roseanna M. White has become one of my favorite Christian romance authors. I love the historical settings of her books and the added mystery involved in each of them. This series involved spies during World War I. She makes sure to include little bits of history in each of her books, including real people from history who make appearances. My one problem with this book, just like most historical romance, is that there is a silly thing that breaks the couple up for a while. It's always either a lie or a misunderstanding. This time around it was a lie that was believed way too easily. I began to dislike the character Evelina to an extent at this point, and it took until the end of the book for me to really like her again. I do wish that authors would come up with some other way to create drama in their romance stories. On the other hand I loved Barclay throughout the book. It was really nice to get to read his story this time around. Other than that I thought this was a good ending to the series. All three books included themes that I found interesting. The first book was about books -so that was a given- and the second one was about music. This time around it's clocks and mechanical inventions. I liked the clock-maker aspect of the book and all of the toys and things he invented, and the invention of the synchronization gear for the bi-planes during the war was a good plot devise. This time around, the historical figure we meet is the inventor of the Rolex watch. We see the beginnings of the use and popularity of the wristwatch, an idea that was embraced by the military because of its ease of use during wartime. If you like Christian historical romance, then I highly recommend this trilogy. I'm also happy to know that the author is writing a spin-off series that includes minor characters from this one, so I'll be reading that one as soon as I can. Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for providing me with an ARC of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    Genre: Historical Christian Fiction. My Rating: 5 Stars. Recommendation: 15 up. My favorite character/s: Barclay is the big brother, I loved finding out more about him and I really enjoyed getting to see who made all of the "family" into who they were. Barclay was an awesome character. I now think he is my favorite of all of the characters in the series. I liked how he treated his siblings and was always kind!! My Verse for Barclay is James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Fat Genre: Historical Christian Fiction. My Rating: 5 Stars. Recommendation: 15 up. My favorite character/s: Barclay is the big brother, I loved finding out more about him and I really enjoyed getting to see who made all of the "family" into who they were. Barclay was an awesome character. I now think he is my favorite of all of the characters in the series. I liked how he treated his siblings and was always kind!! My Verse for Barclay is James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (English Standard Version.) I also loved every other character, but I don't want to give any spoilers, so that's all for my favorite characters! My thoughts: I loved the other books in the series, but this one topped them all so far! I loved this book even more because it had more about the rest of the "family" and I really liked the new and old characters! This book seemed even more realistic than the first two, and I am eagerly waiting for Roseanna M. White's next book! I received this book in exchange for my honest review. (And I am thrilled to provide it! :-) )

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    We are back in WWI England, and lucky for us back with some old friends! I love the play the author uses on the title of this book, sounds impossible, until you find out how it is done! We are given some non-stop action, and some new characters to enjoy, or not, but the book becomes a page-turner as we look for answers, and hope that all will survive to the end. Now this is the third book in this series, but can be reads alone, there is enough information given, but you might want to treat yourself We are back in WWI England, and lucky for us back with some old friends! I love the play the author uses on the title of this book, sounds impossible, until you find out how it is done! We are given some non-stop action, and some new characters to enjoy, or not, but the book becomes a page-turner as we look for answers, and hope that all will survive to the end. Now this is the third book in this series, but can be reads alone, there is enough information given, but you might want to treat yourself to the others. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    An Hour Unspent is book 3 in Roseanna White's Shadows over England series. While I have loved all 3 books I believe this one to be my favorite. Barclay Pearce is a delightful character who truly loves his family and as a reformed thief works for the government. Evalina Manning is a clockmakers daughter and suffragette. I really enjoyed the light suspense along with the romance. I really hope this is not the final book on the family as there are still several siblings with stories to tell. So gra An Hour Unspent is book 3 in Roseanna White's Shadows over England series. While I have loved all 3 books I believe this one to be my favorite. Barclay Pearce is a delightful character who truly loves his family and as a reformed thief works for the government. Evalina Manning is a clockmakers daughter and suffragette. I really enjoyed the light suspense along with the romance. I really hope this is not the final book on the family as there are still several siblings with stories to tell. So grab a mug of good black tea and a few biscuits and settle in for a good read. I was given a preview copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    An Hour Unspent is the third installment from Roseanna M. White exciting series, Shadows Over England. I have loved series and this one did not disappoint me at all. I loved Evelina and Barclay’s story. To me, they had instant chemistry that made me enjoy their scenes together and, also, the best parts of the book. In addition to the romance, there was an element of mystery and suspense that they were thrown into that made me want to find out how they were going to solve. The historical details An Hour Unspent is the third installment from Roseanna M. White exciting series, Shadows Over England. I have loved series and this one did not disappoint me at all. I loved Evelina and Barclay’s story. To me, they had instant chemistry that made me enjoy their scenes together and, also, the best parts of the book. In addition to the romance, there was an element of mystery and suspense that they were thrown into that made me want to find out how they were going to solve. The historical details were so vivid, I felt like I was right there among the characters. An Hour Unspent is my favorite book from the Shadows Over England. I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend this book, as well as, the other books in the series. Great job, Roseanna! I recommend this book for readers who love a good, clean, suspenseful and romantic historical. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    Lovely look at 1915 London with clockmakers, the Westminster Great Clock, a military spy story and a romance. I like that the heroine has suffered from polio but is determined to be able, and while she does not do war work she goes to factories and requests that women workers - replacing the men - are well treated. She is a suffragette but has not made demands to vote while the war is on; however her officer fiance has put their relationship aside and gone to war. This leaves the way clear for a Lovely look at 1915 London with clockmakers, the Westminster Great Clock, a military spy story and a romance. I like that the heroine has suffered from polio but is determined to be able, and while she does not do war work she goes to factories and requests that women workers - replacing the men - are well treated. She is a suffragette but has not made demands to vote while the war is on; however her officer fiance has put their relationship aside and gone to war. This leaves the way clear for a reformed thief to strike up a relationship. His ulterior motive is her father's inventions. I enjoyed the plentiful background detail, including a Zeppelin raid, and characters from various classes, all of which makes London feel very real. This romance is suitable for all readers. I downloaded an e-ARC from Fresh Fiction. This is an unbiased review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Ohh how I loved Barkley's story and will too! More of a review to come!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Bravo! Ms. White will not disappoint her readers in the long anticipated ending of this series. The Shadow of England series focuses on an adopted family of reformed thieves who use their talents for the British Admiralty war efforts of WWI. While each book can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading them in order. I was so happy to finally read Barclay's story. He is by far my favorite in a wonderful, emotional, messy family that is easy to love. In Barclay, Ms. White has given us a Bravo! Ms. White will not disappoint her readers in the long anticipated ending of this series. The Shadow of England series focuses on an adopted family of reformed thieves who use their talents for the British Admiralty war efforts of WWI. While each book can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend reading them in order. I was so happy to finally read Barclay's story. He is by far my favorite in a wonderful, emotional, messy family that is easy to love. In Barclay, Ms. White has given us a character that demonstrates that relationships have the power to transform, especially a relationship with God. Barclay has been given the task to assist a clockmaker named Cecil Manning in his work with technical designs that have attracted attention from both sides of the conflict. Barclay and Evelina, the clockmaker's daughter, navigate affairs of the heart as they race against time in this story filled with intrigue and danger. Ms. White masterfully crafts a story rich in historical content, lyrical prose that appeals to the senses and a spiritual message that is relevant in any setting. A few of my favorite quotes: "But perhaps if one viewed God like a master clockmaker, then every cog, every gear, every spring was important." "...a man only has so much time upon this earth. It seems to me that if you spend it all regretting what you haven't accomplished, you've only managed to waste what hours you have, which you ought to be spending with the people who make them count." "the Lord uses even our broken pieces in the most remarkable ways." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    4.5 stars: Barclay is such a dear, living up to every hope I had for him. I loved that he's trying to do things in such a way that he won't be ashamed to stand before God, even when it's his skills at theft that the government so desires. I especially loved that he is honest about his motives and intent when he meets with Evelina's father to discuss the propeller plans. It's refreshing to see an example of honesty as the best policy from the outset, even when it is his nature to con his way in r 4.5 stars: Barclay is such a dear, living up to every hope I had for him. I loved that he's trying to do things in such a way that he won't be ashamed to stand before God, even when it's his skills at theft that the government so desires. I especially loved that he is honest about his motives and intent when he meets with Evelina's father to discuss the propeller plans. It's refreshing to see an example of honesty as the best policy from the outset, even when it is his nature to con his way in rather than tell the straightforward truth. Evelina was a little harder to understand, especially when she goes off the rails from Basil's unexpected gift. I didn't dislike her, but I didn't completely get her. In her dysfunctional household, I can see how independence would be so highly desired--and thus her involvement in the suffrage movement, though I appreciate that she has a heart for more than just for other suffragettes. On a historical note, I hadn't known about the disparity in the movement before, that many of the wealthier suffragettes only wanted the vote for the wealthy women--that they didn't want the lower classes included. While I have really enjoyed this series on a family of thieves (and would love to read about more of the younger ones), now what I'd really like to read is a book on V--just those few, brief lines of his history were enough to win me over to what must be an incredible tale. May it someday be told in full! Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Let me just get right to the point and then I’ll delve in a little deeper: Barclay’s story was completely worth the wait! The self-appointed older brother to a patchwork family of orphans and street thieves, Barclay’s heart for those he has chosen to love and protect shines throughout the pages of An Hour Unspent. When he is given an assignment by the mysterious V and connects with a clockmaker and family, he is drawn to the man’s daughter. Evelina Manning’s drive and determination hide a more vu Let me just get right to the point and then I’ll delve in a little deeper: Barclay’s story was completely worth the wait! The self-appointed older brother to a patchwork family of orphans and street thieves, Barclay’s heart for those he has chosen to love and protect shines throughout the pages of An Hour Unspent. When he is given an assignment by the mysterious V and connects with a clockmaker and family, he is drawn to the man’s daughter. Evelina Manning’s drive and determination hide a more vulnerable side that Barclay sees clearly. Set against the backdrop of World War I, Barclay’s story has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. But one of my favorite parts of reading a Roseanna M. White book is gaining the little pieces of history that I’d not ever thought about throughout. Barclay is new in his faith and struggles with his past choices (especially when a couple of them come back into his world), but the man has a heart of gold and that is what makes you cheer for this guy to get his HEA with someone who understands him and his love for those less fortunate. The final book in The Shadows Over England series, An Hour Unspent gives readers an additional treat with a little peek into V’s life as well as the chaos and closeness of Barclay’s charges. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I read a previous series of hers and loved it so much! This series did not disappoint! I loved all the different situations they all got into and the suspense aspect of it was so fun! I loved the story of Evelina and Barclay! I felt like I got to know “Lina” just as much as Barclay, which was very nice! I loved the way you were really thrown into the lives of the whole family this time. I enjoyed being updated on Rosie and Willa for most of the book as well. There was a lot of closure in this bo I read a previous series of hers and loved it so much! This series did not disappoint! I loved all the different situations they all got into and the suspense aspect of it was so fun! I loved the story of Evelina and Barclay! I felt like I got to know “Lina” just as much as Barclay, which was very nice! I loved the way you were really thrown into the lives of the whole family this time. I enjoyed being updated on Rosie and Willa for most of the book as well. There was a lot of closure in this book which made it a really good ending to the series! The only thing I felt I needed more information on was Barclay’s father and also the character of V. This book dealt a lot with feelings of being inadequate and problems between a daughter and her parents. There were a lot of feelings and misunderstanding. I liked the way the author kept it realistic and conflicted. The relationship between Lina and her mother was heartbreaking, but I was pleased with the end results. The love story of Lina and Barclay was so good! The instant chemistry was fun to read about even if it started as a ploy. I think the friendship between them was beautiful and they learned so much from each other throughout the book. She learned how selfless Barclay was, and he learned how strong and loving Lina could be. The last few chapters where the relationship was very strained is sad, but also really realistic. I liked that the author showed how much fear could get in the way of something good and pride can prevent people from moving forward. It was a good lesson in being honest and not being afraid to love someone else and hold onto a good thing. Overall, I just really loved this book! I was given a copy of this book from the author to read and give an honest review.

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