23 March 2013

Roseanna White's New Release Ring of Secrets Reviewed by Marian Baay


Ring of Secrets

Ring of Secrets

Reviewed by Marian Baay
5 stars~*****

Roseanna White pens an intriguing story set in the Revolutionary War, where we meet Winter Reeves—a young lady who lives with her wealthy grandparents in New York. Winter’s mother died and her father is serving in the Patriot army. Winter also believes in the cause her father is fighting for, but she must keep her convictions secret. Her best friend in New York is an agent in the Culper Ring and he asked for her help.

Winter is acting like an unintelligent girl, so that people will easily share secret information with her. People are convinced she’s stupid—a perfect cover to get important information. Colonel Fairchild of the British army is courting Winter. He likes how she is and he thinks it is harmless to share information about the British army with her…of course he has no idea that she actually is a Patriot spy.

Bennet Lane comes back to his childhood home in New York to search for the Patriot spy among the elite. He needs a cover to attend balls and parties and therefore starts courting Winter. He finds out that she is smarter than she let on. He finds her intriguing and mysterious. So he tries to find out what secret she hides. Will he be able to unravel the secrets about Winter?

Now Winter has two men courting her. Winter starts to like Bennet more than Fairchild…but she needs Fairchild for her spying activities. She knows very well that when she’d choose for Bennet then she must tell him where her loyalties lay, and then she’d probably loose him for good. So she decides it’s best to keep her feelings under control.

Can Winter keep her spying activities secret? And what choice will she make when her grandparents give her an ultimatum to get married within 6 months time, or else she must leave their house?

I really enjoyed this first book in the Culper Ring Series. I liked the clever plot, the enjoyable writing style, the suspense, romance, and historical detail. I actually learned a thing or two about American history. Good job, Roseanna!

*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*

You can find Roseanna's books on Amazon, CBD, B&N, and other bookstores.
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GIVEAWAY: "Ring of Secrets" by Roseanna White,  winner's choice of format.

TO DO: like Roseanna's author page on Facebook to enter the contest. Put RW in your comment and don't forget to leave your email address if you haven't won on our blog before.

83 comments:

  1. What an intriguing story, it sounds like it'd keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense!! Great review MARIAN, it has me hooked in wanting to read this story! And I enjoy the historical detail, as I've also been learning about American history and just recently have read another book set during the time of the Revolutionary War.

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    1. Roseanna really did a great job on this one, Noela! I also enjoy learning about American history in fiction books. Yesterday I had a conversation about American history with a friend at my home. I could tell him a lot of things of what I learned while reading novels. Pretty cool!

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    2. I know what you mean! I think I've learnt more history about Aus and around the world while reading novels and discussing books, than I ever did with boring history lessons at school! ;)

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    3. I'm with you ladies--history is so much more fun when delivered in story form!

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  2. Oh my! How dangerous would this be. I would be so afraid of slipping up way. Don't think I could ever do what she was doing. And, how can she choose Bennet, if she thinks when she tells him her secret, that he won't have her. But will she take that chance? Would love to win. Sounds like RW has a winner. I have liked her page. Think you aleready knoe my addy, but here it is just in case you don't. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. I also wondered about that, MAXIE. I really think you will enjoy this book. Hope you'll win. :)

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Maxie, and for liking my page!

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  3. This book sounds SO good. And it is in my favorite time period. Thank you for the fabulous review.
    RW
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It is a great read!

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    2. I've fallen in love with this time period too! Hoping to get back to it soon. Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

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  4. What an awesome review, MARIAN! Roseanna White is an amazing talent...I loved Jewel of Persia!

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I'm looking forward to reading more by Roseanna. Have already requested the sequel to this book for review. :)

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    2. Thanks, Diana, my Shine girl. =)

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  5. Great review, Ring of Secrets is the second book I've read from Roseanna White.

    This book is engaging and intriguing. Look forward to her next book in the series. As Diana already stated, she is truly a talented author.

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    1. Thanks! I also look forward to the next book in this series. :)

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    2. Aww. Thanks. =) So glad you enjoyed it, J. Grace!

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  6. MARIAN great job! This does sound like an intriguing story, :) Don't think I have read one of Roseanna's yet, will have to get busy reading one before long.

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    1. Thanks, mom! When you find the time you should try one of Roseanna's books. :)

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    2. You know, I see both your names all over the place but didn't realize you were mother/daughter, LOL. =) Thanks for stopping by, Teresa!

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  7. This one sounds like a really great read!! Your review was marvelous Marian and makes me for sure want to read it. Here's hoping I win!!!! Blessings! Darlene

    RW

    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I hope you will enjoy the book if you get to read it. Blessings!

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    2. Thanks, Darlene! So glad you stopped by, and I hope you get the chance to read it. =)

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  8. I started reading this book on Kindle via the NG copy and it is very enjoyable. I was wondering how she'd be able to choose. Thanks for the lovely review, Marian! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Carrie! *grin* Have you liked Roseanna's author page? ;)

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    2. Oh yes, I did! I hope she got a lot of "likes" from this and the Tea Party!!!

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    3. I did indeed! BIG thanks again, ladies, for this! And again, sorry I was absent over the weekend. I would have much rather been keeping up with this than whimpering over not feeling well, which is what I was actually doing, LOL.

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    4. I'm glad you are feeling better to stop by now, Roseanna!

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  9. RW's stories always hold my intense interest. She is an excellent writer and her research on the historical era she writes about is evident. I admire her unique abilities. This book is a definite show stopper and will indeed become a popular read with the historical fiction enthusiasts. Thanks for this great giveaway and the opportunity to win a fine writing of Roseanna White. Marian, great review!!

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. Nicely said, Barb. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Hello, Barb! *waving* Good to see you, and thanks so much for your kind words!!

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  10. Wow this book sounds great! Loved the review! I am a fan of RW on Facebook!
    Lisa
    deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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    1. Great to hear that you are a fan of Roseanna! Wish you lots of luck in the drawing.

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    2. Thanks, Lisa! It's a great review, isn't it? Marian's awesome. =)

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  11. RW

    Oh what a tangled web we weave....what a book....

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melody!

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    2. Very much tangled, yep, LOL. Only a few moments when I confused myself in the writing. ;-)

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  12. I have heard so many great things about this novel!! Would love to win and read it! RW on Facebook!

    sylvesternator@yahoo.com

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  13. I have not seen this book before. It looks good to me. Thank you for the chance to win. I have shared for you on twitter, facebook and google+ as well as I liked RW on facebook. Thank you.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Angela. This really is an enjoyable read. Blessings!

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing and liking!

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  14. Thank for the chance to win this book. It is a new one to me. I have like RW on Facebook and I will share on the other sites as well.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  15. Would like to read this book - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

    A fan of RW on Facebook.

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  16. Great review. Keep up the good work.
    RW

    librarybooks at religious dot com

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    1. Thanks, Rick! Good luck in the drawing.

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  17. I just recently heard of Roseanna White and would love to read this. I have heard great things =) Please enter me to win. RW and my e-mail is sunydey26 at aol dot com

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    1. I think we'll hear much more from Roseanna in the future, Johnette. I hope you'll enjoy her books when you get to read them.

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    2. Lots more in the works from me, that's for sure. =) Thanks for stopping by, Johnette!

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  18. Marian another good review!
    I can't wait to read the book of RW. I have always loved stories on the civil war, especially one that are written so well. I saw on facebook that she has written many more novels.... so on my wish list I have added Roseanna M. White 's name and hope the first book will be Ring of Secrets :)
    mirjamatfotoflitsdotcom

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    1. hi Mir, thanks for stopping by!
      This is not a book on the Civil War, but the Revolutionary War, or the American War of Independence (about 1780 if I remember correctly). But you will love this story anyway--I know what you like and this is it!
      You're entered & good luck. :)

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    2. Yep, it's Revolution. But book 3 in the series, which I'm writing right now, is Civil War! So you know, you can start at the Revolution, take a stop at the war of 1812 in book 2, and then reach your favorite era. ;-)

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  19. Marian, you did a wonderful job on this review. Yes, now I must get the book. As you presented it in your review, the story sounds intriguing, one of those "edge of the seat" kinds of books. I'm looking forward to reading it. Great job with the review!
    Joy Ross Davis

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    1. hi Joy, thanks for taking the time to stop by! :) This really was an enjoyable read. Hope you'll enjoy it as well.

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    2. Marian did a wonderful job, I agree! Thanks again for the review, Marian, and thanks, Joy, for stopping by! Hope if you get your hands on it, you enjoy it. =)

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  20. What a FUN-sounding plot!! Whether I win or not, this is definitely on my list of "to read"'s! :)

    Thank you for the opportunity! ~Mikal

    RW
    mhermanns at cox dot net.

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    1. That's great MIKAL! Hope you will enjoy the story! :)

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    2. Thanks, Mikal! I really hope you enjoy it when it makes it to the stop of that list. =)

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  21. This sounds like a great book! The plot sounds wonderful. RW shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. All the best in the drawing, Veronica!

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    2. Thanks, Veronica! I had so much fun writing about a real-life spy ring. =)

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  22. I commented on Facebook, put RW in the comment box, liked her facebook page.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Janet and good luck!

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    2. Love the screen name. =) Libraries are close to heaven in my approximation, LOL.

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  23. Thanks for the contest! RW mysterybook75@hotmail.com

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  24. Roseanna has penned another fabulous story! She is a phenomenal writer!!!
    Not entering since I already have the book :)

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    1. I have Roseanna's next book on my Kindle for review. Haven't read it yet.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Anne! I mean, Abigail Jackson. =)

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  25. A few months ago I saw a TV show with an episode devoted to the conspiracy theory that the Culper ring is still alive and active today, and so upon seeing this book, I became highly excited!

    Is there anything we can do to enter the RW drawing if we don't have facebook?

    Rachael K.
    rdalquis@css.edu

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    1. Was it White Collar, Rachael? When my crew at Harvest House saw that one, they were all so excited my editor had to call to tell me about it. =) It was actually inspired by an episode of Brad Meltzer's DECODED that focuses on the Ring. Fun stuff!

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    2. Indeed it was!

      Rachael

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  26. Thanks so much for stopping by, all! I've been meaning to reply as comments came in, but have been down sick all weekend. Will try to catch up here now. =)

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Roseanna! Hope you are feeling well now.

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