In An Hour Unspent, Barclay Pearce has found God and a new life working for the British government after leaving behind his life as one of London's top thieves.  Together with his adopted family, Barclay relocates from his old life in Poplar to the middle-class neighborhood of Hammersmith.  While there, he is assigned to assist a clockmaker with a knack for inventing something worthy of the military's attention.  Evelina Manning sees herself as her father's ultimate automaton, which drives away her fiancé into the arms of war.  After Barclay saves her from an unusual mugging, the Manning family soon finds themselves intertwined with Barclay's unorthodox family.  With the war pressing from all sides, Evelina and her parents face increasing danger and must rely on a former thief to save them from a German plot.


Barclay and his family make their final appearance in this conclusion to the Shadows Over England series.  Readers will be absolutely thrilled with Ms. White's tale, even as they look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!


Overall, I really enjoyed reading An Hour Unspent.  This novel takes a somewhat different stylistic approach in comparison to the series' first two novels, in large part due to the family's reformed state.  With a new-found faith, Barclay finds himself reexamining his life choices and the path of his adopted family.  This storyline provides a fascinating interplay with those involving Evelina and her family, which are more typical to those living a relative life of privilege during the war.  In Ms. White's expert style, she manages to tie together all of the storylines in a satisfying way.  Additionally, she continues to hint at the direction of her future series, which are definitely on my must-read list as soon as they are released.


Special thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of An Hour Unspent!  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog


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