Title: Ring of Secrets (Culper Ring Series #1)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Bennet Lane has returned home to the City of New York in 1779. He has been away studying at Yale and is now a professor there. His brother has sent him a letter mentioning a Patriot spy ring that is working out of New York City and Bennet has arrived to ferret them out. He also is the heir to an estate in England, marking him as one of the wealthiest bachelors in the city. Unfortunately, Bennet is very uncomfortable in the presence of women with the exception of the beautiful Winter Reeves. He thinks there is more behind the empty shell and empty brain she shows society. He vows to discover her secrets and what lies beneath her mask of indifference.
Winter Reeves has been forced from her home into the home of her Loyalist grandparents after the death of her mother and her father leaving to join the Patriot forces. Her grandparents hate her and only tolerate her as a means to better their social position when Winter weds a wealthy man. They are hoping it will be Bennet Lane. Winter has decided to stay away from Bennet as much as possible because he sees too much beneath her façade. He is dangerous to her and her secrets. She must hide her Patriot sympathies and show the world her loyalty to England while secretly passing along information to the Patriots via a spy network, the Culper Ring. She feels this is the place God has called her to be and the duty He wants her to perform regardless of the danger.
What a strong woman of God was Winter Reeves! I was hard to believe she was only 18. Her dependence on and faith in the Lord was tremendous. The way she trusted in Him when her circumstances couldn’t be or look worse was inspiring. Her wit and ability to twist words and make subtle jabs at the expense of her and others was very humorous. There was a lovely romance, intrigue, and some tension-filled moments. My only negative point regarding the book was that the story dragged in a few places. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Whispers from the Shadows, which will be reviewed on this blog soon.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Ring-Secrets-Culper-Series/dp/0736950990/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399056487&sr=8-1&keywords=ring+of+secrets+by+roseanna+m.+white
My rating is 4 stars.