Historical Fiction Book Review: Portrait of Loyalty
About the Book
Title: A Portrait of Loyalty
Series: The Codebreakers, Book 3
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: September 8, 2020
“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.
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.”
As a reader, I desire to learn, to grow, to be challenged, to be comforted, to be entertained, and to be inspired. A Portrait of Loyalty is a book that easily fulfills each of those desires leaving me in awe of how much the author, Roseanna M. White is able to accomplish with mere words on paper. A Portrait of Loyalty, the final book in The Codebreakers series, is a truly thrilling and utterly enjoyable historical fiction novel. This well-researched story is certainly compelling and exceptionally well-written. Brimming with history, romance, danger, and intrigue, this book is interesting, thoughtful, and genuinely moving.
great skill and remarkable thoughtfulness, Ms. White has written a
novel that shines with excellent pacing and captivating details.
Offering a fresh perspective and relevance to historical events that
happened in England, Europe, and Russia during WWI, this story is rich
in characterization and unforgettable plot points. Themes of
perseverance, forgiveness, faith, and hope add depth and meaning to a
story that is wholly inspiring and emotionally-stirring.
Ms. White has undoubtedly secured a place as one of my favorite authors. Her splendid talent for storytelling thrills me again and again. Thought-provoking, encouraging, and memorable, A Portrait of Loyalty is a very special novel and a superb conclusion to a stunning series. I eagerly recommend it to all readers.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
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.”
--Biography from Roseanna M. White’s author page on Amazon.com.