My Bookshelf: On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

Against every warning, she’s drawn ever closer to the man known as “Black Heart”.

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster—a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing—and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs. Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope—and to each other—if they want to survive.

On Wings of Devotion is the second book in Roseanna’s The Codebreakers series, coming after The Number of Love.

Roseanna has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time, so I am always thrilled when I have the opportunity to read another one of her books. One of my favorite things about The Codebreakers series so far are the surprise glimpses we get at some old friends from the Ladies of the Manor series Roseanna wrote a few years ago. Although they are small glimpses, and it isn’t quite the same as reading another book about them, I can’t help but get excited every time I get to see a little bit about what some of my favorite characters from that series are up to.

Anyway, let’s get more specific. On Wings of Devotion is absolutely fantastic. I fell in love with Camden the first time I met him in The Number of Love, so I already knew that he was going to be my favorite character in this book. There is just something about him—even in his surliest moments—that draws you to him and makes you love him. It’s impossible not to see his true character underneath his gruff exterior, and once you see him with Arabelle, you will not be able to resist his charm.

On the other hand, I connected with Arabelle on a very deep level. Although I have never had the same family experiences that she has had, I have struggled with insecurity and the belief that someone could actually love and want me. Not only that, but she inspired me to become more than what I am. Though she might have struggles, Arabelle is strong. In spite of everything that was thrown at her, not only over the course of this book but throughout her entire life, Arabelle was able to rise above it all and be a servant to so many people. And for that, I couldn’t help but be inspired.

All in all, I cannot think of one negative thing to say about this book. Well, except for the fact that I wish it had been even longer. From the very beginning, I got caught up in Camden and Arabelle’s story, in the mystery of the Incident and the suspense of the story surrounding the old acquaintance, and I couldn’t put it down until the end. I had no idea what was going to happen, and as the danger picked up and the story started to come to a close, I was reminded once again just why Roseanna is one of my absolute favorite authors. On Wings of Devotion easily made it onto my all-time favorites list, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series!

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? Yes!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Roseanna M. White and Bethany House Publishing.