This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in a new series from Roseanna M. White. Whispers from the Shadowscombines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the War of 1812.
Treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild’s world to crumble. The daughter of a British general, she barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could implicitly trust Winter and Bennet Lane, even though their nations are once again at war. After meeting their son, Thad, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that the Lanes trade in a dangerous commodity–espionage.
Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. With family playing the part of enemies and enemies proving themselves friends, a future with Gwyn is uncertain. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them.
Simply Delightful! I enjoyed the first book in this series and so I knew I had to have the second one. And frankly, I think the second one was even better than the first one. This novel starts off with a bang and manages to stay intriguing the whole way through. First off, the secondary characters were amazing. I once heard that you have great secondary characters if there is a story behind them. Let me tell you, I wanted to read the story behind all of them: Philly, Alain, Emmy, Henry, Rose, and of course, Winter and Bennet. Winter and Bennet play big roles in this book and it was good to see them again and see how their family had turned out. Then there was Thad, who personally, I could find little fault with. I loved his relationship with the Lord. Not only did he hear from God regularly, he obeyed. I liked the way he treated his family and the way he treated Gwyneth. Though he had to learn to let God step in as opposed to himself, you can’t help but like a man who wants to be a hero. I will say, that for the first 20% (Kindle) of the novel, I kept wanting to shake Gwyneth and to tell her to get it together. But once she got it together, she was a joy to read and watch grow. I also found that she was a female character who showed strength (eventually) without stepping out of her time era. Spiritually, I love how the novel showed how she needed to stop depending on man to keep her safe. She needed to depend upon her heavenly father. The romance was really nicely done. It was sweet with a little spice. It didn’t overwhelm the novel and yet it was at the center of the novel. While this book was, to a degree, predictable, about half-way through there was this moment that completely surprised me. Loved it. I found this novel intriguing, fun, and different as it dealt with the War of 1812. If you love historical romance, you will love this book!
**I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**
Romantic scale: 9.5/10