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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

    Shirley Revill

    You know you have chosen a really good audiobook when you can't turn the audio off and listen late into the night. I will certainly be looking for more books by this author.

  2. 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.

  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. 5 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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    It's hard to find words to talk about a story this good. So much detail, such absorbing bits, that it was easy to blast right on through to the end. I don't normally like suffragists at all but this portrayal had me agreeing with her reasoning and also relieved to see some of the movement's underbelly shown as well. I especially thought Evelina's slow realization of why she wanted to join the movement felt very authentic. Barclay...my favorite sibling all the way back from book one! Wow...I never It's hard to find words to talk about a story this good. So much detail, such absorbing bits, that it was easy to blast right on through to the end. I don't normally like suffragists at all but this portrayal had me agreeing with her reasoning and also relieved to see some of the movement's underbelly shown as well. I especially thought Evelina's slow realization of why she wanted to join the movement felt very authentic. Barclay...my favorite sibling all the way back from book one! Wow...I never saw his drama coming. He's trying to make sense of his new faith journey and balance his resolve to make an honest living even while continuing to fulfill assignments from V that are allowing him to take part in the war effort. That's threatened by sudden family drama and someone who's trying to get to his mark first, threatening Evelina and her family before Barclay can save the day! So it's another one that's nearly impossible to put down and is a page-turner for sure. :) Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

  6. 5 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.

  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. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    Rtc. . . 5 stars of loveliness

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2CPIdGO In one word, An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is exquisite. I don’t know when the theme of a series and its characters have more completely captured my heart. These stories – A Name Unknown, A Song Unheard, and An Hour Unspent – are so very well written, rich with interesting historical detail, and filled with memorable characters who tug at the heartstrings. Reading the entire series in order will provide the most fulfilling reading expe Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2CPIdGO In one word, An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is exquisite. I don’t know when the theme of a series and its characters have more completely captured my heart. These stories – A Name Unknown, A Song Unheard, and An Hour Unspent – are so very well written, rich with interesting historical detail, and filled with memorable characters who tug at the heartstrings. Reading the entire series in order will provide the most fulfilling reading experience, but An Hour Unspent stands alone and should be read, no matter what. White’s stories feature women who are strong, and the clockmaker’s daughter, Evelina Manning, continues that trend. It took me a while to warm up to her, but that certainly happened as some of her insecurities and family background came to light… “The Manning house…it hadn’t been alive, not really, in fifteen years. It had just kept ticking along, because that was what gears did when set in motion.” The heart of this story, and one of its strengths, is Barclay Pearce – founder, caregiver, leader. Barclay, who we’ve followed as a background character through the two previous books. Barclay, once a thief, now a moral leader working to assist the government as war deepens. Barclay, father to the most precious group of orphans, who emulate what real family means. Barclay, longing to find his brother who “had vanished into London’s orphanage system as surely as their mother had into its prisons.” And Barclay, a relatively new-to-the-faith Christian who struggles with the same questions that seasoned believers face as he asks, “When one’s government told one to slip back into one’s old habits…was it wrong? Or justified?” I have been hoping for and eagerly anticipating his story, and it is so much more than I could have imagined. The element of faith is the sustaining thread that flows gently and effectively throughout. As Roseanna said in her guest post below, this is “a story about how far people should go for love.” And really, should there ever be any limit, deadline, or last chance? An Hour Unspent is an incredibly moving story and Barclay one of my favorite characters ever. While this may complete the series, I certainly hope to see this family and the younger siblings in the future. I can’t resist adding this thought… While the cover perfectly fits the story’s theme, I would love for Barclay to have been featured on it. An Hour Unspent is an all-time favorite, best of the best, highly recommended. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through the author and Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Roseanna has done it again... an exciting tale filled with danger, hints of espionage, and Family. Definitely can’t forget the family. I have been waiting for Barclay’s story and wasn’t disappointed. The thief family is an even stronger thread in this book, which I enjoyed immensely. Barclay being a new believer was a great asset to the story. I enjoyed reading about Barclay’s struggles and how he used a certain verse to bolster him up and keep him on the right track. Lina was a sweet character an Roseanna has done it again... an exciting tale filled with danger, hints of espionage, and Family. Definitely can’t forget the family. I have been waiting for Barclay’s story and wasn’t disappointed. The thief family is an even stronger thread in this book, which I enjoyed immensely. Barclay being a new believer was a great asset to the story. I enjoyed reading about Barclay’s struggles and how he used a certain verse to bolster him up and keep him on the right track. Lina was a sweet character and I enjoyed watching her growth throughout the novel. I was especially interested in how she went from trying to make a difference in a political realm to that which is more applicable to real life. A good balance of Christianity, wit, romance (yeah, a few kisses), history, and adventure, like the rest of the books in this series. Great completion of the series… and I can’t wait until the next series that starts with Margot!! *I received this book from Celebrate Lit and happily provided my honest review*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deon

    This series is best when read in order.

  13. 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. *

  14. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

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

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Blissful sigh. Is that enough of a review? Because it’s about all my mind is capable of doing at the moment. And not just because of the romance – although… while we’re talking about it… SWOON. No, I’m sighing blissfully because this is the kind of book that, as soon as you finish it, you want to read it again and hug it and squeeze it and love it forever. The historical details, the mood, the setting, the characters, the message – all of it is perfection. Barclay is such a fabulous hero – i’ve lov Blissful sigh. Is that enough of a review? Because it’s about all my mind is capable of doing at the moment. And not just because of the romance – although… while we’re talking about it… SWOON. No, I’m sighing blissfully because this is the kind of book that, as soon as you finish it, you want to read it again and hug it and squeeze it and love it forever. The historical details, the mood, the setting, the characters, the message – all of it is perfection. Barclay is such a fabulous hero – i’ve loved him since book one and thoroughly enjoyed the journey that White took him on in his story. Watching him navigate his new faith in Christ as well as his new role as a ‘respectable thief’, working for the government to aid in the war efforts with his own special skill set. Evelina is such a marvelous match for him, and his family is exactly what she needs. The scene where she first meets them is so exquisitely written – I could hear the chatter and the clamor and the ‘family noise’ emanating from every corner of the page – a lovable chaos – the kind that Evelina has always dreamed of. I felt the scene from her perspective – as well as Barclay’s love for each member of his ragtag family. And Barclay and Evelina’s first kiss(es)?? Heaven, have mercy. I’ve still not recovered. The theme of clockmaking is intricately and seamlessly woven throughout the story (and – sidenote – I love Evelina’s dad and couldn’t help picturing him like Belle’s dad in Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast lol!). White crafts a tender message of a God who is the ultimate Clockmaker. Not one who puts the pieces together and then leaves us alone, but rather a true Clockmaker who is continually fine tuning his masterpieces, always working on them, because He loves them. Bottom Line: If we have to say goodbye to this ragamuffin band of thieves-turned-family, An Hour Unspent is the perfect sendoff. Flawed but endearing characters, a compelling message of hope, and enough suspense and adventure to keep you glued to the page. The romance is swoonworthy in its own right – with plenty of sparks and chemistry and knee-weakening kisses – but the love story White has written is even more poignant. A picture of family in its truest form – and a reminder of how deeply our Father loves us. This whole series is a must-read! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    3 1/2 stars I was looking forward to this book so much after finishing book two. I mean, it's hard not to love Barclay. He's such a sweet oldest, and so caring to his siblings! I loved watching his interaction with them all, especially with some of them married. My problem came with Evelina. I don't love girls who are all for Women's rights (They just normally come off as obnoxious), but I really wanted to give this character a chance. She had very realistic motives, but she was a pain. (view spo 3 1/2 stars I was looking forward to this book so much after finishing book two. I mean, it's hard not to love Barclay. He's such a sweet oldest, and so caring to his siblings! I loved watching his interaction with them all, especially with some of them married. My problem came with Evelina. I don't love girls who are all for Women's rights (They just normally come off as obnoxious), but I really wanted to give this character a chance. She had very realistic motives, but she was a pain. (view spoiler)[ I was eating skittles during that first scene where she and Barclay kiss five times. FIVE TIMES!!! I nearly spit out my skittles I got so grossed out. I don't mind some kissing, but this was so excessive it was gross. (hide spoiler)] Her motives for hanging with Barclay really bugged me. And I hated how long it is carried on. I did love that Barclay was upfront and says he "Plays for keeps" I thought that was sweet. But still, I did not like the romance. I didn't love what happened with Evelina. I mean, it felt a little childish what she did. (view spoiler)[The scenes about the bombings were so eerie and well portrayed. I cracked up when Barclay directed everyone to go to the side door if they wanted to meet Lukas. ;D (hide spoiler)] I loved seeing more about V and his story. I love that Peter basically becomes the big brother to the whoel family. That was really awesome. Also, him and Rosemary. <3 Overall, this was my least favorite book in the whole series. There was a lot of kissing, and I didn't really love Evalina. But seeing the end of the series was fun, and I loved Barclay.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    An Hour Unspent was a very good ending to a great series. While this wasn't my favorite of the series, I did really enjoy the read. I loved the characters and getting to know everyone better. I felt for heroine right away when her engagement ended...and then when a twist happened in the story, I was shocked. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed that part of the book. All in all, An Hour Unspent was a wonderful read and I recommend it. Definitely read this series in order. *Disclosure of Material Co An Hour Unspent was a very good ending to a great series. While this wasn't my favorite of the series, I did really enjoy the read. I loved the characters and getting to know everyone better. I felt for heroine right away when her engagement ended...and then when a twist happened in the story, I was shocked. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed that part of the book. All in all, An Hour Unspent was a wonderful read and I recommend it. Definitely read this series in order. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. 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 and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Nikole

    Roseanna always has a way with words and painting a beautiful picture of history, but I just...this book rubbed me the wrong way. Evelina's character drove me nuts--and it takes a lot to drive me nuts. She was (in my estimation) a whining, egotistical brat. Barclay deserved better, and it didn't make me jump for joy to see him settle for Evelina. I felt the pacing was quite slow and the plot dragged on and on, and did NOT need to span 400 pages. The main plot felt like a subplot, and it didn't f Roseanna always has a way with words and painting a beautiful picture of history, but I just...this book rubbed me the wrong way. Evelina's character drove me nuts--and it takes a lot to drive me nuts. She was (in my estimation) a whining, egotistical brat. Barclay deserved better, and it didn't make me jump for joy to see him settle for Evelina. I felt the pacing was quite slow and the plot dragged on and on, and did NOT need to span 400 pages. The main plot felt like a subplot, and it didn't feel like it fit with the Shadows Over England series, in terms of the level of suspense and intrigue present. I've never NOT enjoyed myself while reading a Roseanna M. White book, so this is an oddball, for sure. I am beyond confident in her writing abilities, but given the main female character, the plot and the pace--this book irritated me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    You’ll want to steal some hours for yourself to read this wonderful conclusion to the “Shadows Over England” series! “An Hour Unspent” by Roseanna White is the third and final book in the series. I have read the first two books in the series and would recommend reading all three in order, as many similar characters appear in more than one book. But it could be enjoyed as a standalone as well. Since reading the first two books, I have been eager for the remainder of Barclay’s story. Ms. White doe You’ll want to steal some hours for yourself to read this wonderful conclusion to the “Shadows Over England” series! “An Hour Unspent” by Roseanna White is the third and final book in the series. I have read the first two books in the series and would recommend reading all three in order, as many similar characters appear in more than one book. But it could be enjoyed as a standalone as well. Since reading the first two books, I have been eager for the remainder of Barclay’s story. Ms. White does a wonderful job fleshing out Barclay’s character and writing a heroine for him (Evelina). I love the relationship between Barclay and Evelina. Both characters go through journeys of faith throughout the story. Barclay is a fairly new Christian at the beginning of the book. It’s great to see how honest Barclay tries to be; he is struggling with trying to do the right things. It’s inspiring to see the way this thief grows in faith. Barclay realizes God doesn’t always take away the bad, but if we ask, God gives us the strength to deal with it. Evelina sees God as a Great Clockmaker, who sets things in motion but then leaves His creation alone. She learns that like a great clockmaker who is fine tuning his clock and continually working on it, God is doing the same with our lives. He really is involved with and cares about each of His children. “An Hour Unspent” is all about family and relationships. Many of the characters in the story learn that people, not things, are what really matter. Family is what really makes you rich. One shouldn’t spend all their time regretting what they haven’t done, but instead, spend the time they do have with the people who count, especially family. I love the many ways family is portrayed in this story; with biological, broken families and a family of thieves who always looks out for one another. I don’t particularly like reading about war or this time period and I found the story a little slow at times. This is why I didn’t give it five stars, but it is worth the read for me! Ms. White has employed well-written characters and universal themes in “An Hour Unspent!” This is one I would recommend, especially if you love historical fiction and this time period. Content: This is a clean read with a PG rating. Some examples of the content are: a man notices a woman’s curves; talk of a man possibly having a mistress; mention of drunkards; people curse, but the word isn’t actually written; characters mention wanting to drink champagne. Rating: I give this book 4 stars! Genre: Christian fiction; Historical; Romance; Mystery I want to thank Celebrate Lit, Roseanna White and Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  21. 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Perfect finale to this series by Roseanna White! Barclay has been somewhat of an enigma throughout the previous two books. It has been fun to get to know the character that brought this family of London orphans together. Survival and determination to make a better life for those under his care has driven him since childhood. Always searching for his blood brother, whom he hasn't seen since that time. Meeting Evalina was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. She begins to be championing women's right Perfect finale to this series by Roseanna White! Barclay has been somewhat of an enigma throughout the previous two books. It has been fun to get to know the character that brought this family of London orphans together. Survival and determination to make a better life for those under his care has driven him since childhood. Always searching for his blood brother, whom he hasn't seen since that time. Meeting Evalina was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. She begins to be championing women's rights, then her efforts appear fickle and almost like she doesn't really truly understand the cause or the impact she personally is making. She wasn't an easy character for me to warm to. The constant ups and downs were frustrating, but she seems to solidly find her true character in the end. All of that said, I often wonder if this was similar for many women at the time. Campaigning for the lofty goal of suffragettes, yet, always going home to security and comfort at the end of the day. In a way the opportunities that the War afforded the women at home seems to have steered the way forward, more than any of the efforts of the suffragettes. The timing of this story comes during World War 1, and the plot is driven largely on events that take place during this pivotal time in the worlds history. As always I appreciated the authors notes, which piece together the fact and the fiction in history. It was extra special for me to read this during the 100 yrs since the Armistice. Thank you for another well written and researched novel, full of rich characters and engaging storyline. I received this eARC from Netgalley. This is my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Ally

    I’ve finished this lovely and engaging story, and gobbled down the series. Set in WW 1, the story follows a plucky clockmakers daughter, Evelina, as she meets the family members we have met in Ms White’s previous books in the series, ‘Shadows Over England’. Roseanna White, a new author for me, creates the kind of story that involves a lot of characters, a lot of action, and a story of optimism and redemption with the extra fun of romantic intrigue. With all the darkness in the world, her books a I’ve finished this lovely and engaging story, and gobbled down the series. Set in WW 1, the story follows a plucky clockmakers daughter, Evelina, as she meets the family members we have met in Ms White’s previous books in the series, ‘Shadows Over England’. Roseanna White, a new author for me, creates the kind of story that involves a lot of characters, a lot of action, and a story of optimism and redemption with the extra fun of romantic intrigue. With all the darkness in the world, her books are a true pleasure to read, in which most people are worthy of notice and just need a bit of thawing from the hurts and fears where life has scarred them, to return to the person that God intended them to be.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lilian

    I'M FINALLY FINISHED. It took me so long to get into it (not the author's fault- I was just in a slight reading slump) so I'm so happy that I'm finally done reading it! But it's sad since I loved reading about Barclay and his family- I went into this book without any knowledge about it besides that my friends really love this series? So yeah... I read the 3rd book before reading the 1st and 2nd. *cough* The characters had some brilliant development throughout the book (*pokes a certain aunt and I'M FINALLY FINISHED. It took me so long to get into it (not the author's fault- I was just in a slight reading slump) so I'm so happy that I'm finally done reading it! But it's sad since I loved reading about Barclay and his family- I went into this book without any knowledge about it besides that my friends really love this series? So yeah... I read the 3rd book before reading the 1st and 2nd. *cough* The characters had some brilliant development throughout the book (*pokes a certain aunt and a certain V*) and I really loved reading about them. Barclay is the sweetest guy ever and I love his thieving skillz. He's so amazing to his family and Evelina and I really hope we see lots more of him in future books. <3 I didn't really like Evelina from the beginning, and some of the other characters didn't give me very good impressions. But overall, I really liked reading An Hour Unspent! It was the first book I've ever read from Roseanna and it certainly didn't disappoint. I'll definitely be checking out more of her books in the future! 4 stars. *FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

  25. 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.

  26. 5 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.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stangl

    4.5 stars. Great characters, and I love the dynamic between the main couple. The story drags in sections, some of the mentions of faith feel awkwardly placed, and I don't quite buy that the government would let a civilian woman go on a mission behind enemy lines during WWI, but otherwise it's a solid and engaging historical.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Bolds

    These books just keep getting better. This last book in the Shadows over England series follows Barclay, the big brother of the orphan family. A thoroughly enjoyable book, An Hour Unspent continues the Shadows over England series that follows a family of street urchins (think a nice version of Charles Dicken’s Fagin gang) who steal to provide for themselves. They’ve gained such a reputation as clever thieves that they are recruited by a mysterious “Mr. V” who needs their special skills as WWI beg These books just keep getting better. This last book in the Shadows over England series follows Barclay, the big brother of the orphan family. A thoroughly enjoyable book, An Hour Unspent continues the Shadows over England series that follows a family of street urchins (think a nice version of Charles Dicken’s Fagin gang) who steal to provide for themselves. They’ve gained such a reputation as clever thieves that they are recruited by a mysterious “Mr. V” who needs their special skills as WWI begins to rage around the European countryside. The third book follows their “brother” Barclay Pearce as he befriends a clockmaker and his daughter. When the clockmaker disappears, Barclay’s dark past comes in handy, and he must decide what he values most. Roseanna White’s characters are brilliantly written and delightfully well-crafted. There is a lot of quick wit and unexpected plot twists that keep you on your toes, while still providing a happy ending and a satisfactory smile on the face of the reader. Highly recommended for people who like classics and historical fiction. It’s a nice twist on both.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    A FANTASTIC conclusion to an AMAZING series!!! It’s a given that An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is a remarkable story. Without a doubt, the characters are exceptionally drawn out, the plot is completely engaging, and the historical time period is so well researched and illustrated that I truly felt like I was transported back in time to 1915 London. An Hour Unspent is an excellent final installment to what has been a stellar series. I so very much enjoyed my time with Evelina and Barclay, a A FANTASTIC conclusion to an AMAZING series!!! It’s a given that An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White is a remarkable story. Without a doubt, the characters are exceptionally drawn out, the plot is completely engaging, and the historical time period is so well researched and illustrated that I truly felt like I was transported back in time to 1915 London. An Hour Unspent is an excellent final installment to what has been a stellar series. I so very much enjoyed my time with Evelina and Barclay, and I am a bit emotional about having to say goodbye. I feel like Barclay’s family has sort of become my family! We humans take time for granted. We set alarms to make sure we wake up on time. We calendar in on our planners important dates, appointments, and meetings. We plan our days according to various things we have to accomplish at certain times. We deal with time every day, but we very rarely think about what time means, or who is the Boss of it. Somehow, we believe that by setting alarms we are somehow controlling our time, but that is far from the truth. In An Hour Unspent, Evelina loses someone close to her, and it’s only after this loss that she realizes how much she took her time with that person for granted. Of the many topics discussed in this novel, this notion resonated with me the most. This past June 1, I had a brother named Tim. He was 42 years old, and one of the healthiest humans I’ve ever known. In a million years I never thought he would die so young. June 2, I lost my brother in a freak accident. Not a day has gone by that I don’t think about him and miss him. An Hour Unspent really drove home how important it is to not take one single second of our time for granted. It is imperative to cherish the time we have with the people we love. We cannot assume someone will be there tomorrow. If you need to call your mom, call her now. If you need to hug your son, hug him now. If you need to see your best friend, do it now. Don’t wait until it is too late. What I love so much about all three novels in the Shadows Over England series is how brave the main characters are. Rosemary, Willa, and Barclay are SO strong and courageous. They willingly do whatever is necessary to protect their loved ones AND do what is right for all of mankind. Yes, they go through periods of doubt and uncertainty, but they don’t stay there. Barclay is a good man. He cares for others because he knows it is the path God has set him on. Rosemary and Willa were the same in their stories. In this day and age where good is bad and bad is good, it is so refreshing to escape into a world where people are brave because the alternative is unfathomable. My biggest take away from A Name Unknown, A Song Unheard, and An Hour Unspent is to fight my fear. Fear is a liar. Fear says it is bigger than God, but I know better. I want to be like the members of Barclay’s family — willing to do what is necessary for the betterment of others regardless of my fears! An Hour Unspent is a wonderful read. I chuckled a bit, I cried a little, I was terrified by the Zeppelin attack, and I cheered for Evelina and Barclay the whole time. This book took me through the whole gamut of emotions, and then some! I am truly going to miss my time with Barclay’s phenomenal family. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the author via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I LOVE this series and I'm praying that An Hour Unspent isn't the last of it even though it's the dreaded third book in the Shadows Over England series and three seems to the be the magic number in the publishing world. But Barclay has so many siblings and I need a story for each one of them...or at least the ones old enough to make their own way in the world. Is that greedy? Yes? Then call me a Roseanna M. White glutton! I love this patchwork family soooooo much that I can't let them go! Especi I LOVE this series and I'm praying that An Hour Unspent isn't the last of it even though it's the dreaded third book in the Shadows Over England series and three seems to the be the magic number in the publishing world. But Barclay has so many siblings and I need a story for each one of them...or at least the ones old enough to make their own way in the world. Is that greedy? Yes? Then call me a Roseanna M. White glutton! I love this patchwork family soooooo much that I can't let them go! Especially since the author has tantalized (or should I say teased) me with alluring glimpses into the backstories of some of Barclay's sisters. And speaking of this being the third book in a series -- while it can be read as a standalone, I think you're much better off reading the first two books before starting in on this one. There's tons of backstory about these characters and how they got to the where they are now which makes for really good reading that you'll want to savor...just in case this really is the last book in the series. (sob!) So I've been enamored with Barclay for a while now and really excited to get his story. Wasn't sure what to expect other than spectacular and White definitely delivers that. Unassuming heartthrob comes to mind when I think about how to describe this hero. Not because he isn't memorable, but because his life's work has made him hone the fine art of being invisible. But when he grins....pulses rise and smelling salts might be required -- Lina and I are in agreement on that! And with his family...be still my heart and prepare yourself for many swoon inducing scenes. And then there's his faith. A new Christian, intent on making changes, becoming a better man. I love his honesty both about his past and what he's feeling in the present. And the way he is open to divine direction. This is a man who faces challenges and danger, hurt and deception and yet he's found that if he gives it over to the Lord -- "The weight on him wasn't any lighter. And yet, somehow, it wasn't quite so heavy. The burden still weighed, but it was as if another shoulder had come alongside his under it. 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." (p 205) Need I say more? One of my favourite heroes of 2018!

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