With a war on the horizon lives are about to change and Peter Holstein needs to prove his citizenship to England before the imminent war with Germany. Peter loves books as did his father and grandfather, they also never threw anything away, so in order to prove his citizenship he must find the documentation among his library, so he hires Rosemary Gresham to help put his library in order.
Rosemary takes the job after ever previous applicant turned down the job after they see the task at hand, but what Peter doesn't know is that Rosemary was hired to steal the information proving that Peter has allegiance to Germany.
But as Rosemary works alongside Peter she sees his kind and generous nature, can she help him prove that he is more than his name?
Rosemary is initially overwhelmed by her job, but is smart and comes up with a logical way to catalog Peter's belongings. She grew up with a band of orphans stealing to get by, and she's gotten good at it. But as she get's to know Peter and sees his kindness, she questions whether she will be able to continue working against him.
Peter does have a secret, but it's not the one that everyone thinks. He is clever, and has a kind heart, he even get's around his stuttering by writing letters to Rosemary. He admires Rosemary's quick mind and insight. Though he stutters and repeats himself, he is often able to convey so much with just a single word. His dry wit and Rosemary's habit of saying exactly what she's thinking makes for some great dialogue, and made me love Peter and Rosemary.
I like how Peter challenges Rosemary to rethink her plan, and how she get's to know him for who he is a man loyal to his country. Rosemary and Peter are people who come from very different backgrounds and I love how it brings them together, and how they complement and make challenge each other. This was a fantastic read, I loved the characters, though it was slow to start for me. I love how Rosemary and Peter find logical ways to organize generations worth of clutter, while they also get to know each other. A great start to a new series!
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