Deeds Not Words
Set in 1915 there is the theme of trust and the threat of German spies everywhere. Even those with foreign surnames were suspected. No one was immune. The royal family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor as it sounded more patriotic. “Help me to trust.” God can always be trusted even when man cannot.
Sometimes circumstances suggest that God is absent, or even worse, He doesn’t care. “He just sits there in His heaven… not caring a whit.” This is anger and hurt talking because we know that being a Christian does not make us immune to bad things but “He [God] didn’t remove the bad – He just lent him strength to face it.”
Having faith can give us peace in spite of our circumstances. Faith and God are available for all. “The Lord of the universe couldn’t possibly be concerned with… a nobody from the London streets. ” No one is ever excluded from the love of God.
There is the theme of riches. Where is your treasure? “She was the poor one… Raised to believe one must strive always for things.” True treasure is not to e found in stuff but in a person and His name is Jesus. I was reminded of what our pastor Leon Evans once said (and it has stuck with me) “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Treasure and life are found in people and God never in possessions. “Life. This house had it, despite its lack of furniture.”
Knowledge and education are important. “Education could change the world for him.” Education brings freedom and choice. 1915 is the dawn of a new era.
Family is important. Family are the people who love you and with whom you do life. There is a family in the novel who have evolved over time as they take in those who have no family. The reader is reminded that we are all adopted into God’s family.
God is the God of new beginnings. Our past does not define us. We can all leave our past behind and have a fresh start in God.
Roseanna M White marries fact and fiction in this marvellous tale. There are cameo appearances by real life figures as well as real life events such as zeppelin raids included.
Fabulously entertaining, An Hour Unspent had me hooked from the start.
I received this book for free from Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
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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About the Author
Guest Post from Roseanna
Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.
That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.
The founder. The caregiver. The leader.
I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.
It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.
There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those.
It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!
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