My Bookshelf: A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M White

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.

Hello! I know I’ve been insanely absent lately, and I’m hoping to change that soon—once I finish with all of this crazy moving business and am finally settled in my new house—but for now, I’m popping on to share with you one of the fantastic books that I read recently! If you know me, or have been following my blog for any length of time, you probably know that Roseanna M. White is one of my all time favorite authors. I have read, and own, almost every book she has ever written. Her writing is so consistent! No matter what she writes about, I know that I will enjoy every page of anything she has written. A Portrait of Loyalty is no exception.

A Portrait of Loyalty is the perfect conclusion to the Codebreakers series. By giving us glimpses of the characters from both of the previous novels—The Number of Love and On Wings of Devotion—by finally sharing Lily’s story with us, and by giving us a front row seat to the last big pushes made by Room 40 as the Great War reached its final stretch, this novel tied a perfect little bow at the end of this trilogy. Let me just take a moment to say, that is another one of the things I love about Roseanna’s novels, and this one in particular. As someone who is fascinated by history, I really enjoy getting to learn all of the true facts about the history of the time period amid the fictional worlds she has created. Not only does that make the stories feel more real, but that gives you a real glimpse into what life would have been like for someone who really had lived through what the characters are facing.

Let me also say, I never in a million years could have guessed the twists and turns that this story would take. Every time I turned around there was something new happening that surprised me, and I feel like that really made this novel as phenomenal as it is. Lily and Zivon were absolutely perfect, as I expected them to be, and I loved getting to see the way that they grew to care for one another, but I really think my favorite part of this story was the way that I never knew what was going to happen next. It kept me captivated, never wanting to set the book down, until the very last page.

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.

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