Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ring of Secrets.

"After checking over her shoulder to be sure no one watched, Winter stole down the dark, narrow steps and into the forgotten cellar that had been a mass of cobwebs when they first discovered it a year ago. 
Now it smelled of citrus and wax, and the lamp she lit glowed rich and warm upon scavenged, scarred tables and once broken chairs. The shelves Freeman had built for her already held a variety of homemade invisible ink. 
Lemon juice dilute was her top choice, because of its fragrance and because it developed under heat more quickly than the others. She had also tried the onion juice as well as the honey water..... "  From Ring of Secrets,  chapter five. 

"When I decided to explore the world of America's first spy ring, I had the expected visions of cloaks and daggers, grand adventure and suspense. Invisible ink and drop locations, cover stories and daring men....

I instead learned about the reality of a group of people determined to do what they could...getting little thanks and no money for their efforts. America's first spies were just people. Untrained, common people who wanted to do the right thing, who rose to the challenge. And who went through each day afraid their next letter to Washington would be their last."  This is what Roseanna White writes in her authors note at the end of Ring of Secrets. {I truly would recommend that you read the authors note first, as what Roseanna says there is fascinating and sets the stage for her book.} 

"I love little more than redefining history through fictional characters who interact with historical figures, which is what I did in this story."  

I did not discover the author's note until I was done the book, so I had not read these words. However, Roseanna White succeeded in her goal for this novel because this is what I had written for my review: 

Ring of Secrets is a tapestry woven from the stories of true historical people and fictional characters who are crafted so carefully you think they could have lived in New York in 1779. The writing in Ring of Secrets places you there in the story quite well, sweeping you inside a time of secrets and questions, where loyalties are tested. 

I will be keeping an eye out for the second volume of this series, and perhaps I will have the chance to review it as well for Harvest House.   

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