One night of the year is “my night.” While the rest of the family is off doing their thing, I remain at home eating Chinese food, cleaning the house, and writing ridiculous parodies in an effort to bide my time for midnight.
Time drags slower than it does when you’re five and it’s bedtime on Christmas Eve. Trust me.
This year, however, I had a distraction. Just after I finished this year’s parody, I took my nap and then slipped off to Denny’s for chicken nachos and… A date with an intriguing man.
No, my husband didn’t join me. Kevin also wouldn’t care that I held a not-so-clandestine tryst with this man—or with the woman who loves him.
Yep, I lost myself so deeply into the pages of the book that I almost didn’t get the first words written on my NaNoWriMo project before 12:01 struck!
I always write 1667 words immediately after midnight. Now, it might take me until 1:30 or 2:00, but I do it because I like to get that jump. I actually prefer to finish with 3K words, but I can do the other 1333 words after I wake up.
Yeah… not last night. Other things waited for me. People. Places. Other times.
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Just How Did My Hours Get Spent Last Night?
I got jilted last night—what a relief. Not only that, I survived a bomb raid and a mugging. I made new friends—good ones, true ones. Too often friends are what we call the people we enjoy spending time with now and then.
I made the kind of friends who will never leave my heart even if I never see them again.
Last night, I also learned what true forgiveness looks like. I saw, through the lives of people I want to know oh so much better, what love really is. Oh, yeah. Last night, I fell in love.
But the best part of all? Last night Roseanna M. White held me hostage for hours, teaching me, misleading me, torturing me. It was the best October 31st I’ve had in twelve years and it stayed the best well into November 1.
And now I sit here and try to tell you why An Hour Unspent will be some of the best hours you’ll spend. The problem is that I can’t do it. There aren’t words to adequately describe what the book better shows.
I tell students all the time. “When you write, show the action on the big screen—let your readers live it with your characters. Don’t just inform them that it happened.”
That’s what this review feels like—a cheap imitation of the real thing. So here’s my take on An Hour Unspent.
Read it. For the beautiful imagery that doesn’t weigh you down? Read it. For the characters that will steal your heart, break your heart, and those that mend your heart. Read it. For history woven in so deftly that you feel as if you knew things you didn’t actually know before? Yeah. Read it. For spiritual lessons that pierce your heart and convict almost before you know it happened? Read it.
But if for no other reason, read it as a gift to yourself. Because this book just jumped to the top of my 2018 top ten favorites.
An Hour Unspent is on tour with Celebrate Lit
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.
About the Author
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. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Guest Post from Roseanna
Last year, as I finished up the writing of An Hour Unspent, my great-grandmother passed away at the age of 103. As I sat at her funeral service and listened to the heartfelt memorial raised up to her by her kids and grandkids, I realized anew that this woman had been a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. She’d taught my family for generations how to love the Lord and each other, how to serve the Lord and each other, and how to trust the Lord and each other. Grandma Seward was, in so many ways, the one who instilled in me my idea of what family really is.
That idea—that it’s those knit together by love more than blood, and that faith is the strongest foundation—is what I built my unusual family of thieves upon in the Shadows Over England series. And strange as it is to liken my twenty-something reformed-thief hero to my 103-year-old-grandmother, Barclay Pearce is very much to his family what Maxine Seward was to mine.
The founder. The caregiver. The leader.
I knew as I began the series that I would write about Barclay in book three, and as I got to know him better throughout the series, I grew so excited to share his story! This is a man who led his family first into and then out of a life a crime, always for the right reasons—so he could provide for the children under his care. All he ever wanted to do was give them what he himself had lost. To show them love. To prove to them that they were worth any sacrifice.
It was truly a blessing for me to get to write the story in which Barclay found someone to come alongside him, to appreciate and learn to understand him. To finally share what started him down this path. I loved the idea that only a reformed thief could steal the time another family needed to overcome their own trials.
There are many historical items in the book that were such fun to explore—watchmaking of the era, the suffrage movement in England, technological advancements of the war—but at the heart, this isn’t a story about any of those.
It’s a story about how far people should go for love. I hope you enjoy Barclay’s story as much as I did!
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To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a London mug, and a 48-pack Twinings tea sampler!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d570/an-hour-unspent-celebration-tour-giveaway