“More romance than I usually read, but I received a free copy at the ACFW conference. Having recently read another book involving the Culper spy ring from the American Revolution, I was swept right along by White's idea that the ring of friends and relatives might have been revived during the War...”see full review » see other reviews »
“More romance than I usually read, but I received a free copy at the ACFW conference. Having recently read another book involving the Culper spy ring from the American Revolution, I was swept right along by White's idea that the ring of friends and relatives might have been revived during the War of 1812. The methods they used were a fascinating contrast to modern technology.
One thing that often bugs me in romance writing is that the switch between male and female protagonist POV totally gives away who ends up with whom. White avoids this with two competing male POVs--except that we know very well who we WANT Gwyn to end up with. But the twist in the middle was NOT something I saw coming.
White's factual research appears to be meticulous. I was surprised that she didn't end with the Star Spangled Banner since it was written the morning of her climax. But much as I enjoyed the easy-going camaraderie of blacks and whites in the Lane household, I found it hard to believe in an era when even ardent abolitionists did not anticipate social equality between the races. The warm conversational prayers and tuning to the Spirit of the main characters seemed more akin to twentieth or twenti-first century evangelicalism than to early nineteenth century piety. Nevertheless, this was a good read that makes me curious about the rest of the series.”
“Ever since I finished Ring of Secrets and Fairchild's Lady, I could hardly wait to read Whispers from the Shadows! I just knew it was going to be another fantastic read - and it was!
I loved all of the main characters in Whispers from the Shadows (well, except for Gates - couldn't stand him!) and I especially loved the relationship between Thad and his parents.
I also loved the whole spy aspect to Whispers from the Shadows - especially the codes and encrypted letters. There were a few things in this book that weren't my cup of tea, but the story definitely made up for those things and I just loved this book!
Overall, Whispers from the Shadows was a wonderful addition to the Culper Ring series. As a whole, I think I enjoyed Ring of Secrets a little bit more than this one, but I still absolutely loved Whispers from the Shadows - especially the fantastic ending! I definitely recommend this book and the entire series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
“Title: Whispers from the Shadows (Culper Ring Series Book #2)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Ring of Secrets is the first novel in the Culper Ring Secrets series, which is set in the Revolutionary War timeframe. Continuing with the faith-filled family from the first book, we now look at another generation faced with threats upon American soil. The British fleet is in the water and Redcoat soldiers are coming on land to begin to fight again to tear asunder the unity of the colonies at several locations at one time. As the secrets of the ring were passed to Thad Lane years before, he knows he must put to use all his knowledge to ascertain the sudden appearance of a British general’s daughter from England.
Gwyneth is only 18 years old, but has already been exposed to treachery that no young lady should face. Her father has sent her to America to be safe to people she met a long time ago. Now, crossing the ocean to live with strangers and not knowing the reason propels Gwyneth to discover the reason. However, due to a trauma before sailing, she is unable to communicate the atrocity or the party to be held responsible.
Within the pages of the book, the adventures, dangers, and mystery go far beyond what I share here. One aspect that carried from book one to book two is the including of Puritan prayers that are sure to touch the heart and mind of any who glance at the pages. Also continuing is the Ring of Culpers, who has encoded messages sent and received that are shared with trusted government officials. One huge theme that radiates from the novel’s pages is the need to look to God alone for our needs and entrust our loved ones to His care.
The author has penned a brilliant fictional reading that resonates with patriotism from our past and the need of it to never fade from our land. Sacrifice, love and believing God are definitely a three cord strand woven throughout the story. It is one of forgiveness and learning to trust after suffering a devastating heartache. Plus, the reality that it takes time to deal with heart wounds. Only the Lord knows the perfect timing for the unveiling and the choices faced by each person to forgive and move forward so as not to become embittered.
Part of this tale includes the way some hear or sense the Spirit’s leading and hearing the voice of the Lord. I loved how a couple of the characters looked to the Bible for guidance and comfort when faced with a fork in their journey and not sure of which path to travel. We may never know if such a secret ring ever existed or if it still does today, but in either case I know that God moves in mysterious ways and has his angels watching over His loved ones.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
“With mystery wrapped in letters and works of art, a tender romance, and historical suspense, Whispers from the Shadows is a great continuation of "The Culper Ring" series. White has a knack for writing compelling historical romance with interesting details and a smooth style.
This story starts out with a lot of conflict, which takes a bit to get into but fairly quickly engaged me. While Gwyneth's character might be considered too much of a "damsel in distress" initially, I found myself caught up in her struggles and intrigued by the glimpses into her ways of coping and healing. And the handsome, occasionally brooding, often deeply thoughtful Thad certainly shines in his interactions with the heroine. There are definitely some "swoon-worthy" scenes in this book!
With such a great beginning that drew me into the healing and falling-in-love processes of the two main characters, I confess that I was hoping for a little more from the latter scenes. Not that there isn't action and romance towards the end! I think I was just hoping for some different twists - or outcomes - than the ones that occurred.
The themes of whispers and shadows are well-executed and creatively incorporated, and I appreciated the message of paying attention to the right Voice. I wished for a little more - more kindness toward a certain spurned/confused character, more of the initial romance that melted my heart, and more of a focus on the characters than on the strict conveying of historical events in the latter portion of the book. However, Whispers from the Shadows is still a very enjoyable read for those who love historical romance and stories set during the War of 1812.
*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 August 2013. ”