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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 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.

413 pages, Paperback

First published September 4, 2018

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Roseanna M. White

50 books2,706 followers
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. She and her family make their home in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
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Profile Image for Shirley Revill.
1,197 reviews240 followers
February 1, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Jocelyn Green.
Author 30 books1,230 followers
June 25, 2020
This book! This series, these characters! #ShadowsOverEngland by @RoseannaMWhite now officially ranks among my all-time favorite series, and Roseanna is officially one of my favorite authors. Her writing is superb. In #AnHourUnspent, about a clockmaker's daughter, I loved all the clock/watch and time metphors and themes she wove in. For all of you who told me this book is your favorite in the series, and that Barclay is your favorite hero of the three--I get it! The redemption arcs in all three books are exquisite. In An Hour Unspent, the action and characterization are a perfect blend, and the amount of romance was just right. I can't say enough good about this novel and series.

Also-the narrator, Liz Pearce, is phenomenal. I'm going to see what else she's done and listen to her more.
Profile Image for Maddy.
114 reviews96 followers
August 28, 2018
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!

Profile Image for Andrea Cox.
Author 3 books1,638 followers
October 6, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Hannah.
2,402 reviews1,336 followers
October 22, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Melissa Tagg.
Author 35 books1,453 followers
September 20, 2018
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!
Profile Image for Sarah Grace Grzy.
629 reviews830 followers
September 29, 2018
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.

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.
Profile Image for Deanne Patterson.
1,829 reviews89 followers
October 16, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Staci.
1,706 reviews519 followers
September 15, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Carole Jarvis.
802 reviews41 followers
October 30, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Mikayla.
924 reviews
September 24, 2021
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. 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.

I loved seeing more about V and his story. I love that Peter basically becomes the big brother to the whole 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.

>>2020. My favorite part of this book is still seeing Rosemary and Peter. <3 The kisses were disgusting, and I never really connected with Evalina.
Profile Image for Ashley Nikole.
Author 5 books32 followers
December 16, 2018
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.
Profile Image for R.F. Gammon.
492 reviews176 followers
September 14, 2019
Meh. This series is good, and I love the WW1 aspect of it, but romance and especially historical romance are never going to be my favorite genres. It was mostly good but I found the characters rather infuriating and some of the situations unrealistically dramatic. So...yeah, I’m afraid this one wasn’t a favorite. Oh well. :/
Profile Image for Amanda Tero.
Author 27 books525 followers
November 9, 2018
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*

Profile Image for Paula Shreckhise.
1,110 reviews86 followers
August 29, 2018
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. *
Profile Image for Carrie Schmidt.
Author 1 book344 followers
November 11, 2018
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)

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Profile Image for Hallie (Hallie Reads).
1,539 reviews108 followers
September 24, 2020
I have been waiting and hoping for Barclay Pearce’s story ever since starting A Name Unknown. Finally, Roseanna M. White delivers it in An Hour Unspent, and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. It is everything I hoped—and more. Perfection.

From WWI history, intrigue, and suspense to clockwork, romance, and a ragtag family full of love and witty banter, An Hour Unspent is an utter delight to read. I don’t want to say too much and risk spoiling the story, but Barclay and Evelina are well-developed, complementary character leads, and the twists and turns their story takes kept me quickly turning page after page. I loved getting to know Barclay better, as well as seeing his interactions with Evelina, and the faith elements they learn and share are beautiful and encouraging.

I loved An Hour Unspent, no question, and I highly recommend it to readers of historical romance. (Read the rest of the Shadows Over England series, too—you won’t regret it!)

This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of An Hour Unspent and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Melanie.
1,979 reviews553 followers
January 1, 2019
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.*

Profile Image for Samantha.
394 reviews1 follower
April 11, 2019
This book really didn't take me that long to read. I had started last year but had set it aside. I really needed a good story this week and Roseanne White never fails to give me one! An Hour Unspent follows the story of Barclay and Evelina. While you could read this book as a stand alone it would be easier to know other characters if you have read the first 2 in the series. I've really enjoyed this series set during WW1 in London. It is one I would reread.
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213 reviews18 followers
June 2, 2019
*happy sigh* A right good romp, this was. :")

I love this story with all my heart. It should have been a five star read; it WOULD have been a five star read.

. . . if not for a certain Insufferable Female. :P

Let's get down to business, shall we? (WARNING: Super long review ahead. Read at your own risk lol)

L I K E S:

-BARCLAY PEARCE. Ummmm . . . did you hear that?? Just the sound of me sCREAMING into the abyss because Barclay Pearce is actually one of the best male characters in existence. He has a huge heart for orphans and is the big brother to his 12+ (adopted) siblings. He knows how to lighten the mood with his adorable sense of humor but also isn't afraid to be serious. He's the sweetest gentleman who forgives & loves so well. In short, he's the perfect combination of gentle compassion, honor, charm, & a dash of cunning street rat. I just adore and respect this man so much and wish the world had more Barclays . . . because we really need them. . :")

-The whole family dynamic. Guyssssssss. Family stories get me every. darn. time. I'm a sucker for them, and this series contains one of my favorite book families ever. I already loved them from the short appearances they made in the previous two books. However, the third book contained waaaaaay more scenes with the whole London street gang family, and I ATE THEM UP LIKE CANDY. Barclay's protective big brother persona melts my heart, and it was so lovely seeing him/Evelina interacting with all his siblings. It's a bunch of orphans who found each other on the London streets and formed a family and I just . . . *deep breath* they're one of the strongest, most love-centered families I've ever read about. It was so fun seeing them react to having a "big house" in this story and just all the antics that took place. Plus, this is something that I never realized in the previous books, but their family is really diverse. A few of the siblings have different skin colors, which during that time period equated to a scandal if someone were to adopt them. Which just makes me love Barclay and his family 1000000x more because they said, "Screw societal norms, we're a family." So, I don't know, I just really love seeing all the family's unique personalities and getting a glimpse of how love had really knit them together. It was something truly special. <3

-The whole atmosphere. Roseanna M. White is a master at crafting a tangible atmosphere through her gorgeous writing style and immersive settings. She's one of the few writers I can count on to make me feel like I'm actually there, living in 1915 London. I especially loved getting a peek into Barclay's backstory (POOR BB *hugs him*) and the gritty areas of Poplar. This book dwelt more on the different "gangs" of London and all Barclay's connections from his former thieving. (Like Dante! Ohmygosh, I loved him.) I liked that An Hour Unspent was mostly focused on London, so we got to explore a bunch of different areas and "ride the Tube" with Barclay as he visited all his friends at the pub, in the alleys near a riot, near all the parliamentary buildings of Westminster, and in the posher residential areas. It was a rollickin' good time, chaps. :)

-The historical detail/social issues. I know I've said this a lot, but Ms. White does her research and it shows. I really appreciated the focus on historical topics that aren't exactly "high-profile." This book explored the differences between the suffragette/suffragist movements and how WWI impacted them. (Which, personally, I loved.) It also dealt briefly with some of the riots and labor protests during that time period, as well as the poverty and street gangs. I really, really, really love Barclay's passion for orphans. His hatred for injustice resonates to this INFJ's core. Additionally, this book touched on the fact that other nations (Bulgaria and Sweden) were helping the Central Powers, and it showed the zeppelin air raids that occurred in London. Not to mention, all the technological developments occurring during the War: the Rolex watch, the synchronization gear, etc. It was a fascinating look at a multitude of glossed-over facets of history, as well as some social issues of that time period. (Discrimination, horrible labor conditions, orphanages, etc.)

-The DIALOGUE. TEACH ME TO WRITE DIALOGUE LIKE THIS, PLEASEEEE. I just love how distinctly different all of White's characters are, which reflects in the way they speak. The dialogue feels really natural, yet so witty and charming. One of my favorite parts of this series.

-The plot. Okay, I'm actually of the opinion that this was the weakest plot in the series, but it was still engaging. I liked the brief adventure to the front lines in France as well as the whole "spies-trying-to-secure-secret-plans" thread.

We FINALLY learn more about V. This has to be one of the most mysterious/intriguing characters ever. No spoilers, but we learn a lot more about V in this book and it's Very Fun. ;)

-Just . . . basically everything. Willa's wedding, the whole family dynamic, the gritty London aesthetic, the historical detail, the writing, the little Easter Eggs involving Cayton from her Ladies of the Manor series, BaRcLaY, the faith themes, literature references . . . and the list goes on. *happy tears*

D I S L I K E S:

-Evelina Manning. I couldn't stand this woman, and it's solely because of her that this book loses a star. She's kind of like a combination of Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey and all the things I DON'T like about Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles. I could sort of understand her at the beginning, but I swear, she gets worse as the book goes on. She's super immature and basically acts like a five-year-old who expects to get her way. She plays the whole "you didn't tell me??" card about everything in Barclay's life, using it as an excuse to be mad at him for inconsequential things. She also shows blatant disrespect towards her parents, acting like a petulant little child. I hate that she basically uses Barclay throughout the whole book as a way of rebelling against her mother. She was clearly not interested in a serious relationship, even though Barclay says "he plays for keeps" (the darling man). She only continues to see him because he makes her "feel things" and because her mother doesn't approve of him. Truth be told, Barclay is a million times better than her, and it makes my blood boil that he doesn't get a girl as wonderful as he is. (Because HE DESERVES IT.) The best part about Evelina is that she's a suffragist. Otherwise, she's either completely cold & heartless or an emotionally-volatile, idiotic drama queen. I CAN'T STAND HER. Which is a huge shame, because this is the only (supposedly) good character in this series that I don't like, and she happens to be Barclay's love interest. It makes it nigh-on impossible to support the romance when I just keep wishing that Barclay got the woman he deserved. :/

Overall, this was deserving of every star and more besides. The series holds a very special place in my heart, and if not for Evelina, I would have loved nearly everything about this book Still, Barclay and his family are a such delight that it's worth suffering through Evelina's drama. ;)

4 stars
Profile Image for Tejomai (bible_and_books).
171 reviews25 followers
May 2, 2021
I don't know if this is just me!! But I'm totally in love with this book..
This book was written impeccably
My Word !! I wish they could adopt me.. can I please be with you all..
Okay .. I'm gonna tell what stuck to me since there are so many reviews and book blurb is known

There are many things I wish I could tell but not everyone gets them right.
Don't we all have a part in us which feels unworthy of all the love we receive , we want to love but quite don't know if we are doing it or not.. i was so connected to Eveline here.. there are so many emotions.. so many truths ..
Coming to Barclay.. I liked him in the first two books and in this book I loved him.. literally I was awstruct.. there is so much to tell about Him, He taught me that it doesn't matter(hurts but still) if others don't return our love.. if not I then who will love them..
There are so many hidden truths in here..so much more on the plate for this book
God's truth relationship
Our mistakes made unintentionally or intentionally. . past. ..regrets
All of this was weaved and penned to perfection..
All these emotions felt so raw and real and relatable.

I felt like there is a part Eveline and Barclay in me.. I think everyone has .. maybe that's the reason I liked this book so much

Will you all believe I literally felt tears at a point..(it's just me) these are the books that make me feel blessed for being able to read books
Don't even get me started on the faith content .. as said Just Wonderful!!
I don't this series to end.. I'm in major hangover (send help please)
Their love confession made my heart race like marathon!!(So So good)
I wish I can have Barclay ..oops Eveline took him (It's okay then Lord bless me with someone who loves like that)
Thank you so much Mrs. White for writing such amazing books
Thank you bookstagram community and Goodreads friends for recommending me this series and joining me in talking about this beauty
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2,960 reviews
July 2, 2019
The final book of this series was my favorite. I have been waiting for the story of Barclay. Such a strong, caring, loving, independent young man. Beginning life as a thieving orphan, taking on other orphans until he has created a family of 12, then finally finding God and turning his life in the direction God would have him go, he is an inspiration to both his friends and adopted family. A man with a heart of gold.

Now Mr. V has given Barclay another job for the government to assist in England's fight during World War I. He is to befriend Mr. Manning, a clockmaker, who is working on a piece for airplanes that would allow the pilot to shoot between the propeller blades. But England is not the only country that is out to have Mr. Manning's technology. When things begin to heat up over England, Barclay and Evelina. Mr. Manning's daughter, have to work together.

Filled with romance, suspense, subtle humor, a delightful ragtag family, a smart, warmhearted hero, and a heads up female heroine, it was an excellent conclusion to a well written series.
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Author 11 books341 followers
May 9, 2022
I love this book, this series, this author, the narrator they have for the audiobook. Honestly, I would keep reading this series even if it was 12 books long so each member of the family could have their own story. (Though, in following the author it sounds like the next series will be semi-connected/continuation, so I'm super excited for it!).

This book was amazing! I've liked Barclay's character all the way from book one, and he didn't disappoint in this book! I enjoyed that in here, he is already a Christian, which breaks the pattern of previous books where one of the characters has a conversion scene. This book focuses more on two struggling Christians deepening their faith rather than one of the characters trying to find faith.

Evalina Manning was a good character, though I didn't like her as much as Willa or Rosemary. She's feisty and stubborn, but she doesn't quite have the street smarts of the girls from the streets in the previous books, so she makes a few mistakes that had me shaking my head and sighing. Still, she made a good pair with Barclay as she wants to help people as much as he does.

I'm sad to see this series end, but I'm sure I'll be re-reading it nearly as frequently as I re-read this author's previous series, and I'm really, really, really looking forward to this author's next book!
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62 reviews17 followers
August 11, 2021
4.5 stars!

This must be my year for finding good books! Let me just say that An Hour Unspent did not disappoint! In fact, this series just kept getting better and better with each book. I loved continuing the story of Barclay's family and seeing them all together again... just yes! I loved reading about their patchwork family and even Pauly had me smiling. Did I mention that Barclay should get the best big brother award?!

I got super excited over the mystery and the whole plot was just well done! I mean, who doesn't love it when characters have to jump off of moving trains??

Unfortunately, I couldn't relate that well with Evelina... she rubbed me the wrong way on multiple occasions but I eventually came around.

I truly admire White's writing style and the historical details she seamlessly weaves throughout such heartfelt stories. I cannot wait to begin The Codebreakers series next!
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485 reviews129 followers
July 8, 2020
4.5 stars. An Hour Unspent was by far the best book I've read by this author. Evelina (the main female character) was layered and interesting, working through self doubt and grief as the story progressed. Barclay was also a well developed character, having an intricate backstory and amazing relationships with his siblings. The plot was fast paced and intense, starting much more quickly than the first book in the series did. There was were two complex family dynamics, as well as a broader focus on some of the fun side characters. The only reason that this book did not receive five stars is that I felt the ending was a little abrupt and anticlimactic. Overall, An Hour Unspent is a very enjoyable read, and a wonderful conclusion to the Shadows Over England trilogy.
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498 reviews46 followers
December 17, 2018
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.
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