Thursday, September 3, 2020

Book Review: A Portrait of Loyalty by Rosanna M. White

About the Book:

He sees patterns in what she deems chaos.
She sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed.

Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them.

Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father's connections in propaganda, she's recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out.

After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they're unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon's loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple's future dreams--it becomes a matter of ending the war.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

Third in the Codebreakers series, A Portrait of Loyalty is a book to savor.  I didn't want the book to end, and I didn't want the series to end, either.  I truly enjoyed immersing myself in this book.

New characters were introduced, and the focus of this book was quite different from the previous ones.  That's what's great about historical fiction by White-there is always something new to learn.  It was also comforting to see a character from a previous book-knowing that person is competent and trustworthy and can handle the situation.

As one can imagine, new love in the midst of the Great War brings with it wonderful highs, and despondent lows.  Saying that I felt the emotions along with the characters is an understatement.

The danger is real, and the romance is sweet.  I highly recommend this book to readers of historical romance.  Students of World War I will enjoy this novel as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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