An Hour Unspent

An Hour Unspent

Book - 2018
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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 fiance 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.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
ISBN: 9780764219283
Characteristics: 412 pages ; 23 cm.


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Nov 17, 2019

I absolutely loved this book!
After getting to know a lot more about Barclay in the previous book, I was really excited to read his story and this book definitely did not disappoint.
I love his role as the older brother/father to his family and how he has often gone out of his way to supply for his family.
I also really loved Evelina’s character. How she’s a rich girl who really tries to make a difference in the world by advocating for human rights, voting rights and freedom, but she doesn’t fully understand what she’s fighting for. I loved reading about how she starts to see the world differently and through a different pair of eyes.
I think that the chemistry and relationship between Barclay and Evelina was so beautifully written.

Kim Potter
Sep 06, 2018

An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White is the third book in her Shadows Over England series. This is Barclay’s story. No longer a thief on the streets of London, he uses his expertise to help a nation at war. His job is to keep an eye on clockmaker, Cecil Manning, who may have stumbled on a revolutionary idea for the Admiralty. Rescuing his daughter from a mugging is a bonus he hadn’t counted on. I think this was my favorite in the series. I love how compassionate Barclay was and the way he took care of his family without being made to do it, it just came from his heart. “Family isn’t blood. It should be, but it isn’t, not always. Family is choice. Love.” The spiritual lessons woven through-out was an inspiration. The reference to God being the Master Clockmaker were inspired. The way Ms. White dropped in the little history tidbits really made it come alive without being a boring history lesson. I’m sad to see this series come to an end. I would highly recommend the whole series.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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