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Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera--and possesses u Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera--and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and recreating photographs. With her father's connections in propaganda, she's recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove. After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily. He sees patterns in what she deems chaos; she sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. But both have secrets they're unwilling to share. When her photographs reveal that someone has been following Zivon, his loyalties are called into question--and his enemies are discovered to be far closer than he'd feared.


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Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera--and possesses u Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers, until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera--and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and recreating photographs. With her father's connections in propaganda, she's recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove. After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily. He sees patterns in what she deems chaos; she sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. But both have secrets they're unwilling to share. When her photographs reveal that someone has been following Zivon, his loyalties are called into question--and his enemies are discovered to be far closer than he'd feared.

30 review for A Portrait of Loyalty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    I think it's safe to say that I'm pretty much obsessed with Roseanna M. White's books. I devour everything she writes. I've loved this Codebreakers series and I really thought On Wings of Devotion, the previous one in the set, would end up being my favorite in the series. (Phillip the pilot!! *insert heart eye emojis*) But oh my goodness, this one just became my new fave for several reasons: I have an obsession with Russian history so Zivon's storyline, the plot with the Bolsheviks and his broth I think it's safe to say that I'm pretty much obsessed with Roseanna M. White's books. I devour everything she writes. I've loved this Codebreakers series and I really thought On Wings of Devotion, the previous one in the set, would end up being my favorite in the series. (Phillip the pilot!! *insert heart eye emojis*) But oh my goodness, this one just became my new fave for several reasons: I have an obsession with Russian history so Zivon's storyline, the plot with the Bolsheviks and his brother, was absolutely enthralling to me. Plus, I loved the heroine's photography work with British WWI intelligence. It was intriguing and it rang with authenticity. It's easy to give a character a cool career, but White made Lily's career feel real—not only by including details about camera work and photo retouching but also in the way the reader gets to see the world through Lily's eyes. The author walks such a perfect line between including details/research but not so much that you get bogged down or bored. The plot was wonderfully paced and the characters grabbed ahold of me from the first pages. The romance was as captivating as the element of mystery and suspense. I LOVE this one!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I am so happy to be done with the Codebreakers series in the sense that I loved it so much and enjoyed every page I read. I am sorry to see it end though. Please,please do yourself a big favor and even though each book can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading the series from the start as the books all come together and you will much better understand the stories. Though a fictional series it's based on true events and happenings and I so much appreciate all the hard work and researc I am so happy to be done with the Codebreakers series in the sense that I loved it so much and enjoyed every page I read. I am sorry to see it end though. Please,please do yourself a big favor and even though each book can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading the series from the start as the books all come together and you will much better understand the stories. Though a fictional series it's based on true events and happenings and I so much appreciate all the hard work and research the author has put into her writing of this series. It was all so intriguing and had me turning pages one after another so quickly just to find out what happens not to mention the lack of sleep I got because well you know, just one more chapter turns into half the night reading. But I really couldn't resist with this one! Highly recommend this whole series! Pub Date 08 Sep 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    I listened to the audio version of A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna White and really enjoyed it. It's been a great series set in England during WW One. The characters were very unique and the twists and turns in the story kept me guessing what would happen. The narrator did a great job with the Russian and British accents. Well written and highly recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I’m a big fan of Ms. White’s books and an even bigger fan of The Codebreakers series. Although I knew I’d enjoy this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what about it would capture my attention. Let’s just say the character depth of Zivon and Lilly is what impressed me. I loved how Lily saw the world with a photographer’s eye and inspired those around her to do the same. I loved how cool and calm Zivon was (outwardly) but his mind was going a hundred miles a minute. I found myself looking for these littl I’m a big fan of Ms. White’s books and an even bigger fan of The Codebreakers series. Although I knew I’d enjoy this book, I wasn’t exactly sure what about it would capture my attention. Let’s just say the character depth of Zivon and Lilly is what impressed me. I loved how Lily saw the world with a photographer’s eye and inspired those around her to do the same. I loved how cool and calm Zivon was (outwardly) but his mind was going a hundred miles a minute. I found myself looking for these little details and trying to guess what would happen in each of their scenes. I also thought the romance between them was beautiful. It made me smile and the letters! (Eek, is that a spoiler?) Their romance was full of all the sighs and all the feels and all the smiles. And seeing the characters from books one and two made me squeal (more so in my head than out loud) and produce more sighs. All in all, book 3 was a nice way to end the series. Now for me to wait for her next release. *I'd mark this 4.5 **I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I am pretty sure this is the sixth book by Roseanna M. White that I have read this year, so I may sound like a broken record gushing again, but I love this author. I'm so impressed by her. A Portrait of Loyalty is a lovely conclusion to The Codebreakers series. As always, the history and characterization shine. This little piece of dialogue from p. 272-273 sticks with me: "Who said love had to be shackles? I'm not trying to hold you anywhere, force you to do anything. This is a gift. . . I hope I am pretty sure this is the sixth book by Roseanna M. White that I have read this year, so I may sound like a broken record gushing again, but I love this author. I'm so impressed by her. A Portrait of Loyalty is a lovely conclusion to The Codebreakers series. As always, the history and characterization shine. This little piece of dialogue from p. 272-273 sticks with me: "Who said love had to be shackles? I'm not trying to hold you anywhere, force you to do anything. This is a gift. . . I hope you'll accept my love--not as a prison trying to make you be something you don't want to be. But as . . . wings." As soon as I heard this, I thought how much this reminds me of God's love for us. It isn't shackles, but freedom, in so many ways. I loved this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Do you know the best thing about a favorite author coming out with a new book? That a favorite author has a new book. Do you know the worst thing about a favorite author coming out with a new book? Reading it in two hours. Wow, I love how "A Portrait of Loyalty" is not your usual WWI story. There's romance, there's intrigue, there's hope, there's sadness, there's just so many emotions, thoughts, and feelings spinning through your mind as you read this new masterpiece from Roseanna M. White. I highly Do you know the best thing about a favorite author coming out with a new book? That a favorite author has a new book. Do you know the worst thing about a favorite author coming out with a new book? Reading it in two hours. Wow, I love how "A Portrait of Loyalty" is not your usual WWI story. There's romance, there's intrigue, there's hope, there's sadness, there's just so many emotions, thoughts, and feelings spinning through your mind as you read this new masterpiece from Roseanna M. White. I highly recommend you read this book! Sixteen up due to kissing, mentions of unsaved characters who sleep together, and a pregnancy outside of romance. I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher/review company. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    One of the redeeming factors to be found in 2020 is that this year saw the release of books two AND three in Roseanna White's The Codebreakers. While A Portrait of Loyalty is the final installment - a fact I am loathe to acknowledge - this novel is a gorgeously-writ capstone to White's World War I-era fiction. Here White introduces Zivon Marin, a Russian royalist who fled to England to escape Bolshevik persecution. A master cryptographer, he is determined to offer his services to England and wor One of the redeeming factors to be found in 2020 is that this year saw the release of books two AND three in Roseanna White's The Codebreakers. While A Portrait of Loyalty is the final installment - a fact I am loathe to acknowledge - this novel is a gorgeously-writ capstone to White's World War I-era fiction. Here White introduces Zivon Marin, a Russian royalist who fled to England to escape Bolshevik persecution. A master cryptographer, he is determined to offer his services to England and work to restore the tsar and pre-revolution social order in which he believes - an order he sees threatened by everything Lenin's followers hold dear. The pain and loss inflicted by the revolution threaten to drown Zivon in anger and grief, until an invitation to dinner from a colleague introduces him to Lily Blackwell, a passionate photographer who manages to see beauty every time she looks through her camera lens. But Lily's passion for photography masks a secret: she is the photography expert used by British Intelligence to help both interpret intel and create expert fakes to help tell the story her superiors want Germany to believe. Lily's story touches beautifully on the tension between art and intent, as Lily struggles to reconcile her work for the war effort with her mother's disapproval of the mere idea of using one's gifts - even in the name of service to one's country - to manipulate the perception of truth and reality. I adore Lily and Zivon's blossoming romance, as she has always taken second place to her more vivacious sister, until meets Zivon, his intent and passion masking secrets that threaten to destroy his future - a mystery she cannot leave unsolved. I've always had an interest in Russian history, and here I love how White delves into both sides of the Revolution through the opposing perspectives of Zivon and his younger brother Evgeni. Its rare to see such a balanced depiction of the Bolshevik perspective which really drives home the cost of the conflict in a raw, personal way, particularly given how Evgeni was willing to gamble with his brother's life and future happiness. These novels consistently play with the theme of family - and found family - and its that concept and the gift of grace within those relationships that make Zivon's arc from battered, embittered expatriat to a man once again confident and hopeful in his faith and his future all the more impactful. Given this novel is set during 1918 the portion concerning the Spanish Flu felt eerily timely given the current pandemic. Although it broke my heart, I deeply appreciated that White did not diminish the scope and toll of the 1918 flu relative to her characters. Lily's reaction to the flu and its aftermath felt eerily prescient, a stark and sobering reminder that humanity's reaction to our current circumstance is not, perhaps, as "unprecedented" as news headlines might have one believe. And even so, through tragedy, God's mercy and provision remain equally constant, a potent counterpoint to the pull of hopelessness and uncertainty. I adored Zivon and Lily's story, peppered with cameos from beloved characters introduced in previous books. More than just a standalone romance, White has crafted a fully realized world and family of characters that I adore spending time with. I don't re-read a lot of novels given the size of my TBR stack, but these are books I will happily choose to revisit as often as possible. White is a master at nuanced character development, organic faith threads, suspenseful plotting, and heart-stopping, swoonworthy romance. Like its predecessors, A Portrait of Loyalty is a masterclass in transportive, immersive historical fiction populated with characters sketched so real they leap fully formed from the page to the heart. I adored every moment!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Oh my goodness. Roseanna White is simply the best. I’m going to miss Barclay Pearce/family and al the Codebreakers. Sooooooo good. Just... I’m gushing in my mind, y’all. Can’t do her or her work justice with a simple review. Just read them all!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    I have been a big fan of Roseanna's writing style for years, and I've read almost all of her books! Any new release of hers is an automatic add to my to-read list, and this book is no exception. What is exceptional is that A Portrait of Loyalty quickly toppled to the tippity-top of my mental rankings of all her titles and is now my favorite of all. The hero with his Russian accent and mission to put down roots in his new country while still serving his homeland -- swoon. The heroine with her skill I have been a big fan of Roseanna's writing style for years, and I've read almost all of her books! Any new release of hers is an automatic add to my to-read list, and this book is no exception. What is exceptional is that A Portrait of Loyalty quickly toppled to the tippity-top of my mental rankings of all her titles and is now my favorite of all. The hero with his Russian accent and mission to put down roots in his new country while still serving his homeland -- swoon. The heroine with her skill behind the camera, love for her family, and dedication to her own wartime assignment -- spellbinding. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I laughed. I cried. I adored the family dynamic and the slow love story. I can't recommend this book highly enough!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    How could I not give this book 5 stars. It is beyond excellent. With all the polish of a John Le Carre novel, Roseanna White concludes her Codebreakers series. Although this story depicts a different era, it reminded me of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy. From the nesting Russian dolls to the altering of photographs, this story is full of interesting references to the spy game. Characters patterned after real people are fascinating and Ms. White crafts them well. Zivon Marin had to flee Russia and How could I not give this book 5 stars. It is beyond excellent. With all the polish of a John Le Carre novel, Roseanna White concludes her Codebreakers series. Although this story depicts a different era, it reminded me of Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy. From the nesting Russian dolls to the altering of photographs, this story is full of interesting references to the spy game. Characters patterned after real people are fascinating and Ms. White crafts them well. Zivon Marin had to flee Russia and now seeks to help his homeland by being of service to British Intelligence. Lilly Blackwell, whose father works for the government, is a photographic expert for the war effort. I love learning from history and this story proves that old ideas are new again. The old Bolshevik agenda seems to be rearing its ugly head today. But one character says: Quote: I just find it sad that so many people think they can find true happiness by taking. They cannot. We can only ever find it by giving. Ms. White does a great job of showing us how Lily views the world through a photography artist’s eyes. As her mama says: Quote: The camera cannot capture what you do not first see. You always see the beauty. And you have taught me to find it too. God is there. His promises have not changed just because my circumstances have. He is still good. This story is rich in human emotion. Zivon struggles with how to forgive and how to be still and wait on God. Lily wants to be a loyal subject but also seeks to please her mother. The manipulations of war and the heartache of the Spanish Flu become real in this book. Ms. White takes the events of 1918 and personalizes them through her very relatable characters. I am sorry to bud farewell to the Codebreakers but I am oh so glad I met them in these pages. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    Lily and Zivon’s story was the perfect ending to this series. It was more sweet and solid than suspenseful, compared to the other books. Also compared to the other book, this one seemed a little more distant from the actual war than the others, but perhaps that’s because it was toward the end of the war. Being a hobby photographer myself, it was fun to learn facts about photography from WWI and I especially loved the work Lily did for the war effort. And the Spanish Flu! Having recently researche Lily and Zivon’s story was the perfect ending to this series. It was more sweet and solid than suspenseful, compared to the other books. Also compared to the other book, this one seemed a little more distant from the actual war than the others, but perhaps that’s because it was toward the end of the war. Being a hobby photographer myself, it was fun to learn facts about photography from WWI and I especially loved the work Lily did for the war effort. And the Spanish Flu! Having recently researched it myself, I loved seeing it featured in a WWI novel, even though it was heart wrenching. I personally liked Nadya and Evgeni’s story. Roseanna White did a great job with making the characters fully convinced of their beliefs, even though as an American reader you can fully see the flaws in their reasoning. They believed their reasons, so it came off as believable—and very sad. The romance was probably more of a steady thread in this than anything else, but it was more a sweet romance. There were a few kisses described in detail and a situation of a couple living together, but I appreciated the way it was presented as fact without providing the intimate details. The spiritual message was consistent throughout the story, especially Zivon learning how to wait on the Lord. Again, these were characters who didn’t force thoughts of Christianity—they just were Christians and were concerned about following God, and it showed. As a final book in the series, I felt like it tied up all the loose strings, which means I left the series satisfied. *I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Zivon Marin is either the greatest asset or the greatest enemy I've ever encountered. I think he is the first. But I can't dismiss the possibility that he is simply more clever than I." And that was the real question, wasn't it? Who was Zivon Marin? Friend, foe, or merely a man fleeing one terrible side of a war in order to aid the other. The problem was, who was going to believe him in any scenario? Fortunately, after fleeing Russia and making it into England Zivon has been given a second chanc "Zivon Marin is either the greatest asset or the greatest enemy I've ever encountered. I think he is the first. But I can't dismiss the possibility that he is simply more clever than I." And that was the real question, wasn't it? Who was Zivon Marin? Friend, foe, or merely a man fleeing one terrible side of a war in order to aid the other. The problem was, who was going to believe him in any scenario? Fortunately, after fleeing Russia and making it into England Zivon has been given a second chance, plus an incredible opportunity to use his vast linguistic skills on behalf of British intelligence. Sadly, he was separated from his younger brother in the process, carrying only snippets of his former life, and one very intriguing photograph. Lillian Blackwell meets the enigmatic Russian around her own family table, her father having issued Zivon a dinner invitation as he so often did with young men whom he thought might be suitable social companions for his lovely daughters. As an accomplished photographer, Lily sees a man who is shuttered, only giving away token glimpses of what he might be thinking or feeling; a man of sorrows, who has seen far too much taken away to have anything left to give. Nonetheless, as Lily's sister so cleverly points out, "He intrigues you . . . . I maintain that your heart knows something your mind hasn't caught on to yet." The path that Lily and Zivon travel is not an easy one. Not only is there danger, intrigue, and misunderstanding, but deep seeded guilt and a thirst for revenge vie for attention. Their faith will be tested, their lives rocked by grief and unanswerable questions, but in the end they will state with confidence that "He is God . . .. He has not changed. That the same Lord who loved us when all is well loves us still when all is lost. His promises are as true today as they were yesterday. . . . We must trust that His love is enough to see us through now." What an incredible story, one that readers will savor long after the pages have finished turning. It is Roseanna White at her very best! I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Camy

    What a fascinating historical romance! I was initially drawn toward the codebreakers aspect of it, but the hero’s escape from Russia and the history of the revolution made for an exciting backdrop for the plot. I loved how Lily was portrayed, and how she saw the world with her eye for photography. The photographs she chose to take, the things that captured her attention, spoke volumes as to her personality and character, and made her incredibly likeable. Her secret job creating falsified photogra What a fascinating historical romance! I was initially drawn toward the codebreakers aspect of it, but the hero’s escape from Russia and the history of the revolution made for an exciting backdrop for the plot. I loved how Lily was portrayed, and how she saw the world with her eye for photography. The photographs she chose to take, the things that captured her attention, spoke volumes as to her personality and character, and made her incredibly likeable. Her secret job creating falsified photographs was also incredibly interesting. The hero was a little harder for me to like at first, but then the scene where he happens upon Lily and her sister, and yet he immediately looks at her first, was so incredibly romantic! I was also interested in why he was being pursued by the Russians, and I liked how he felt as an outsider among his codebreakers. The story was a slow start for me, but it really picked up at around the midpoint and I thoroughly devoured the rest. The ending was so sweet, too! I really enjoyed this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Wow! What an ending to this series. I was intrigued by both Zivon and Lily after their appearances (however brief) in Ara and Camden's story, so I was looking forward to seeing their own story unfold in this book. I really liked how both Zivon and Lily were believers, yet each had things they needed to work on to draw closer to God, and how they encouraged each other in that way. I also really liked how their relationship grew naturally from being friends first. The suspenseful element, especially Wow! What an ending to this series. I was intrigued by both Zivon and Lily after their appearances (however brief) in Ara and Camden's story, so I was looking forward to seeing their own story unfold in this book. I really liked how both Zivon and Lily were believers, yet each had things they needed to work on to draw closer to God, and how they encouraged each other in that way. I also really liked how their relationship grew naturally from being friends first. The suspenseful element, especially when Zivon's loyalties are called into question was really well played. I wasn't sure how things were going to play out, and there were definitely a few surprises in store. Without giving away spoilers, I will say that there was one character in the book that I hope will eventually get their own story told in some future series/stand alone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    What a wonderful conclusion to this series! Zivon Marin was one of Russia's premier cryptographers until the October Revolution sent him off to England to escape the Bolsheviks. Fortunately, he was hired on by the British as a beginning cryptographer in the intelligence division as World War 1 continues. Lily Blackwell sees life through her camera lens but has been recruited by the intelligence division to retouch and recreate images to confound the enemy. When their paths cross, will their live What a wonderful conclusion to this series! Zivon Marin was one of Russia's premier cryptographers until the October Revolution sent him off to England to escape the Bolsheviks. Fortunately, he was hired on by the British as a beginning cryptographer in the intelligence division as World War 1 continues. Lily Blackwell sees life through her camera lens but has been recruited by the intelligence division to retouch and recreate images to confound the enemy. When their paths cross, will their lives intertwine and romance begin to bloom or be cut short? Well developed characters, including some from the previous two books, bring this interesting story to life. Lily was definitely a young woman ahead of her times with both her nursing and photography skills. Compassionate and caring along with a deep faith, I enjoyed the way she brought Zavin back to life. The relationship between her and her sister, Ivy, was also endearing. The way the characters all worked together to discover Zavin's real true story was a great conclusion to this series. Well crafted series that was definitely a winner!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Roseanna White knows how to deliver a well-balanced story that inspires, intrigues, and entertains! This book is one that draws you back (if you reach the point where you have to put it down), demanding to be cracked open again and again for more. I loved the characters - Zivon is absolutely endearing with his quiet nature and observant ways, which allow him to prove his loyalty and genuine care through intentional actions and well-chosen words. And Lily is a heroine to root for as she navigates Roseanna White knows how to deliver a well-balanced story that inspires, intrigues, and entertains! This book is one that draws you back (if you reach the point where you have to put it down), demanding to be cracked open again and again for more. I loved the characters - Zivon is absolutely endearing with his quiet nature and observant ways, which allow him to prove his loyalty and genuine care through intentional actions and well-chosen words. And Lily is a heroine to root for as she navigates questions and hopes that seek to cross each other while confusing her well-intentioned decisions in life. This series has been so much fun, and this was a great, stirring conclusion! I look forward to more from this author (as well as going back to read what I've missed!). [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    A compelling and timely read, set against tumultuous First World War. Lily Blackwell is a skilled photographer who not only knows how to take good pictures, but how to edit them. Her father is well connected in the Navy, while her mother shuns the political use of the arts. She wants to do something that matters, putting her skilled eyes to work. I loved how supportive her family is, though they might not always see things the same way. Zivon, one of Russia's top cryptographers, fled his home co A compelling and timely read, set against tumultuous First World War. Lily Blackwell is a skilled photographer who not only knows how to take good pictures, but how to edit them. Her father is well connected in the Navy, while her mother shuns the political use of the arts. She wants to do something that matters, putting her skilled eyes to work. I loved how supportive her family is, though they might not always see things the same way. Zivon, one of Russia's top cryptographers, fled his home country in hopes of helping to bring the war to a favorable end. Zivon is incredibly observant with great intuition that serves him well. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down, the author does a great job of blending the tension of the times and situation, with strong character growth and relationships. I love how this book delves into the families of Lily and Zivon, we see the relationships and dynamics that make them who they are and bring this story to life. I loved the friendships and the relationships in this book, as well as how it brings back many familiar faces from the previous books in the series. This was a fantastic read all the way through, with amazing chemistry and strong family ties, mystery and intrigue along the way. Highly engaging, with terrific pacing, a fitting conclusion to what has been a truly memorable series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    If your ever craving a fantastic historical novel, look no further than Roseanna M. White! She writes with such authenticity, passion, and faith that you will be drawn in and glued to the pages until the end. A Portrait of Loyalty is the third book in the Codebreakers series and it is absolutely enthralling. Lily is a photographer that works with the British Admiralty to retouch and photoshop (before photoshopping was a thing) pictures, helping with the war effort. Her skills are unsurpassed and If your ever craving a fantastic historical novel, look no further than Roseanna M. White! She writes with such authenticity, passion, and faith that you will be drawn in and glued to the pages until the end. A Portrait of Loyalty is the third book in the Codebreakers series and it is absolutely enthralling. Lily is a photographer that works with the British Admiralty to retouch and photoshop (before photoshopping was a thing) pictures, helping with the war effort. Her skills are unsurpassed and intriguing. Zivon has escaped Russia as his enemies want to see him stopped. He has something they want and doesn't even realize it. When Lily and Zivon meet their friendship blossoms and it's beautiful to watch. They compliment each other perfectly and I enjoyed it very much. The strong faith and family elements are also something I greatly enjoyed! Ms. White has a wonderful way of including faith without being preachy or pushy. This story has some events that are incredibly relevant to today's headlines and they're also heartbreaking. SO well done! I'm greatly looking forward to see what comes next for Roseanna M. White! I received a complimentary copy of this story through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I had so many mixed emotions with this book. I knew I would like the main characters from the first couple of chapters. Zivon was an awesome guy, and Lilly fit with him perfectly. I loved all the references to photography and seeing characters from previous books. The ending was very bittersweet. I won't give spoilers, but I got I had so many mixed emotions with this book. I knew I would like the main characters from the first couple of chapters. Zivon was an awesome guy, and Lilly fit with him perfectly. I loved all the references to photography and seeing characters from previous books. <3 The strong family was also epic. You don't often read a book where the characters a whole family and actually gets along with all of them. It was really nice to read! The ending was very bittersweet. I won't give spoilers, but I got the idea that there will not be another trilogy following any of these character, and that made me kind of sad. But still, all nine books, starting at the Lost Heiress, and ending here were amazing. I loved seeing each of the characters develop and grow. <3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This series is so good! I love historical fiction and these stories have a fresh take on lives in intelligence during war. This one was a bit different as it dealt with pictures instead of codes but happened in the same building as the other books so previous characters were still around and involved in this story too. I think these books can stand on their own but I would highly recommend reading them in order. They are all so good. I loved Zivon. LOVED him. The way he thought things through and This series is so good! I love historical fiction and these stories have a fresh take on lives in intelligence during war. This one was a bit different as it dealt with pictures instead of codes but happened in the same building as the other books so previous characters were still around and involved in this story too. I think these books can stand on their own but I would highly recommend reading them in order. They are all so good. I loved Zivon. LOVED him. The way he thought things through and tried so hard to be a good person. He had depth and loyalty. Lily was pretty great as well and I loved how her talents for photos were used in this story. I never really gave thought to how photo editing was done back then or even that it was a thing that could be done. I learned something new while being entertained. This story started off slow for me. It took me a bit of time to become invested in it but it did happen. The story has a slow build to it and by the end of the book I was completely hooked- feeling the emotions and invested in the outcome. This is probably one of my favorite historical fictions series and definitely my favorite this year. Content: mild peril, death, mild violence, kissing - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is a lovely conclusion to the Codebreakers series! After having been with these characters for 9 books(3 series!) I am sad to say goodbye but this finale was just about perfect. It has been exciting following these characters through World War 1 and their contributions to the war effort. Lillian and Zion were fun to meet and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. Lillian’s photography skills were such a cool element and it was neat to see how a skill like that could have been used back t This is a lovely conclusion to the Codebreakers series! After having been with these characters for 9 books(3 series!) I am sad to say goodbye but this finale was just about perfect. It has been exciting following these characters through World War 1 and their contributions to the war effort. Lillian and Zion were fun to meet and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. Lillian’s photography skills were such a cool element and it was neat to see how a skill like that could have been used back then. This was a fun read, that’s for certain. If you like historical fiction, don’t miss Roseanna’s stories. They will not disappoint! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    When I'm looking for a brilliant historical novel, I know I need to look no further than Roseanna M. White. I've learned a lot about the WWI timeline from these past 2 series that she has authored. While this is book 3 in the Codebreakers series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, they do go in chronological order (and the main characters from books 1 and 2 make cameos in this book as well), so if you're going to read them all, I would read them in order - otherwise you're reading the war When I'm looking for a brilliant historical novel, I know I need to look no further than Roseanna M. White. I've learned a lot about the WWI timeline from these past 2 series that she has authored. While this is book 3 in the Codebreakers series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, they do go in chronological order (and the main characters from books 1 and 2 make cameos in this book as well), so if you're going to read them all, I would read them in order - otherwise you're reading the war backwards. :) But this story does stand on its own. If you've read the other books, you'll recognize the main characters in this one as they've made small appearances in the other books and be glad to see them get their own story. This one follows Lily, the photographer extraordinnaire (who "photoshopped" pictures before photoshop existed!) and Zivan, the Russian cryptographer who'd fled from Russia and landed a job with the Admiralty in the codebreaker division. Lily volunteers part-time as a nurse at Charing Cross hospital where our heroine from book 2 also works, and works part time at the OB (Old Building - for the admiralty) developing and creating pictures that relate to the war effort. We learn more about Zivan, why he felt the need to flee his home country and what brought him to England. Zivan is drawn in by Lily's quest for capturing beauty in the lens of a camera and learns to see the world differently because of her. Lily is taken in by the sad, knowing eyes of the Russian and seeks to peel away the layers he's placed around his heart. As is typical in White's historical novels, there is an intense mystery, some action and adventure, and danger in addition to the budding romance. The characters are well developed and relatable and even the villian has a voice that makes you sympathetic to their cause. In reading the author's note, I was actually quite surprised on how much of the story was based in fact, and I had an "aha" moment about the timing of the war, the Bolshevic uprising and the Spanish flu all coinciding at the same time. Because of the politics created by all of that, there were some scenes that felt eerily similar to 2020 (I messaged the author to find out if current events altered the manuscript in any way, only to find out the re-writes were actually done 4 months before the pandemic hit, so none of it was making a current political statement - just coicidence), but I think that makes it a good read for our current time! Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    How often have you ever considered the perspective of Russians during WW1? For me, never. In fact, I had to get a history lesson from my husband after starting this book because I didn't know anything about Russian history during this time except like, Anastasia. 🙈 Zivon Marin and Lily Blackwell are both on the fringes of Room 40- their skills are necessary, but they're excluded from the camraderie of the team. As both have secrets and a unique way of looking at a situation, they are drawn togeth How often have you ever considered the perspective of Russians during WW1? For me, never. In fact, I had to get a history lesson from my husband after starting this book because I didn't know anything about Russian history during this time except like, Anastasia. 🙈 Zivon Marin and Lily Blackwell are both on the fringes of Room 40- their skills are necessary, but they're excluded from the camraderie of the team. As both have secrets and a unique way of looking at a situation, they are drawn together and must figure out if the other is someone they can trust. Both also have extremely challenging family situations to navigate and as they gradually learn to love and support each other, they challenge each other in their faith. Roseanna White does a good job of dropping the reader into 1918 London and fleshing out what life as a whole was like- the war, the weather, the culture, the food. Zivon and Lily were people that I didn't necessarily relate to or connect with, but that was kind of the point of the book, that people who have a different way of looking at life from me are valuable and their opinions aren't the whole of a person. There was some good meat to chew on, as some parts of their journeys are things everyone can relate to on some level. Also, props for seeing old friends again, which is one of the highlights of Roseanna's series. I'm going to miss these characters and now I want to see how Roseanna can insert Brook into her Savannah book (kidding!). But really, the Staffords are the best! I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley, but my opinions are my own and I was not compensated or required to give a positive review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    In the final novel of The Codebreakers Series, readers are exposed to how altering photographs played a part in WWI. Quite interesting. There is also a glimpse of the impact of the Spanish Flu during this time period.

  25. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    ***EXCELLENT END TO THE WWI SERIES*** // Zivon Marin / Evgeni Marin - Two Russian brothers battle for what they believe is right and just for the future of the world, each shrouded in covert operations during the war. "He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder: he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." // Lilian Blackwell deals in her own c ***EXCELLENT END TO THE WWI SERIES*** // Zivon Marin / Evgeni Marin - Two Russian brothers battle for what they believe is right and just for the future of the world, each shrouded in covert operations during the war. "He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder: he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." // Lilian Blackwell deals in her own clandestine maneuvers; extremely talented behind her Kodak No.1 Autographic Special, model A camera and in the darkroom. "Something about him struck her as photographic, as if he were already a still life captured on film. What would he look like when actually put to paper? Would the camera see the same thing her eyes did, or would it not translate into a photograph, where everything was caught in a moment devoid of motion? No. She'd learned to capture motion - or its story, anyway - with her camera. She would just have to see if she could capture its opposite too. A challenge she'd never taken up before, but one she was determined to meet. // Tea Quote: Perhaps she would see if Ara would like to have tea or something. They rarely had the chance to socialize outside of Charing Cross (hospital). // This story is chock full of information & wonderful detail. I loved how it was woven through the tense war years, the 1918 flu epidemic, and the faith of believers vs the righteousness of non-believers. I also found it precious that people brought together during those difficult days could still find love, clinging to one another for support. I was NOT prepared for the part of the story that brought me to sobbing tears. It was very emotional and definitely required pause and tissues. Very well written and highly recommended. // "His promises have not changed just because my circumstances have. He is still the giver of all. The lover of our souls. No matter how bad our situation, He is still good. All we have to do is look for Him." // I received a complimentary eBook from the author via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own without compensation or further expectation. // Bethany House Publishing, 384 Pages, (c) 09-08-2020 CODEBREAKERS SERIES: 1 - The Number of Love, 2 - On Wings of Devotion, 3 - A Portrait of Loyalty GOODREADS STAR RATINGS: 1= Did not like it, 2= It was ok, 3=Liked It, 4= Really liked it, 5=It was amazing

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 stars A Portrait of Loyalty is the final book in The Codebreakers series and it was such a great conclusion. I've been a fan of Roseanna M. White's novels for years now and always look forward to her new releases. This one did not disappoint. :D I loved the characters and how realistic the story felt...even if things didn't always go as I expected. Lily was probably my favorite character and I especially loved her passion for photography. All in all, A Portrait of Loyalty was a fantastic stor 4.5 stars A Portrait of Loyalty is the final book in The Codebreakers series and it was such a great conclusion. I've been a fan of Roseanna M. White's novels for years now and always look forward to her new releases. This one did not disappoint. :D I loved the characters and how realistic the story felt...even if things didn't always go as I expected. Lily was probably my favorite character and I especially loved her passion for photography. All in all, A Portrait of Loyalty was a fantastic story and one that I'm sure most historical fiction lovers will enjoy. I recommend it! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Bravo! Can I ask for an encore? It is always sad to see a good series come to an end. This book can definitely be read as a standalone, however the setting of Room 40 and its inhabitants have become a well-loved fictional family. Ms. White's sparkling prose and impeccable attention to detail bring to life a story filled with danger, espionage and romance. While the main storyline centers on the codebreakers in England during the last days of WWI, it also focuses on the Russian Revolution and how Bravo! Can I ask for an encore? It is always sad to see a good series come to an end. This book can definitely be read as a standalone, however the setting of Room 40 and its inhabitants have become a well-loved fictional family. Ms. White's sparkling prose and impeccable attention to detail bring to life a story filled with danger, espionage and romance. While the main storyline centers on the codebreakers in England during the last days of WWI, it also focuses on the Russian Revolution and how the instability of the world at war affected the civil war in Russia. But it is the inner battle of the spirit that the author deftly brings to life, challenging me as a reader with truths that are relevant regardless of historical setting. While each harbored secrets, Zivon's resilience and Lily's sweet spirit tugged at my heart as they joined forces to fight a common enemy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Twists and turns abound in this beautiful story, along with pain. The depth of loss during war is incomprehensible to many of us. I appreciate the amount of research Roseanna White must have done in order to write such a believable story. It is a fitting ending to The Codebreakers! Zivon Marin intrigued me greatly in the previous book (On Wings of Devotion) but in A Portrait of Loyalty he captured my heart. Quiet, determined, and steadfast are just a few of his admirable qualities. I loved hearin Twists and turns abound in this beautiful story, along with pain. The depth of loss during war is incomprehensible to many of us. I appreciate the amount of research Roseanna White must have done in order to write such a believable story. It is a fitting ending to The Codebreakers! Zivon Marin intrigued me greatly in the previous book (On Wings of Devotion) but in A Portrait of Loyalty he captured my heart. Quiet, determined, and steadfast are just a few of his admirable qualities. I loved hearing the letters he wrote Lily. They were deeply romantic and sigh worthy. No spoilers as to why he had to resort to writing. Lily Blackwell has an incredible talent when it comes to photography and editing images. It was a joy to see what she saw through the author’s descriptive language. But heartache comes and it is a real shocker. I would recommend reading the books in order to get the full enjoyment and intricacy of the time period and characters. I received a copy of the book from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    I have been dying to read this book! Roseanne M. White is my favorite Christian fiction author since her books always involve spies and danger and intrigue. The romances are always well done, and the historical research is impeccable. This book is no exception. I flew through the audiobook, listening to it at every spare moment. Zivon and Lily are an adorable couple. Parts of this book with the Spanish flu and the riots and diverging opinions tearing apart countries was eerily applicable for thi I have been dying to read this book! Roseanne M. White is my favorite Christian fiction author since her books always involve spies and danger and intrigue. The romances are always well done, and the historical research is impeccable. This book is no exception. I flew through the audiobook, listening to it at every spare moment. Zivon and Lily are an adorable couple. Parts of this book with the Spanish flu and the riots and diverging opinions tearing apart countries was eerily applicable for this year. While I think book 2 is still my favorite, I still LOVED this book, and will definitely be re-reading/re-listening frequently!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    From the first page until the last this delightful book held my imagination captive. The heart of these characters seized my own and I felt part of their story. Roseanna M. White has expertly crafted a delightful work of art in this story. I loved how we see the world through Lily Blackwell’s eyes as she photographs the world around her. This character came to life in this story and at one pivotal moment, my heart broke right alongside hers. The twists and turns in the story had me holding my bre From the first page until the last this delightful book held my imagination captive. The heart of these characters seized my own and I felt part of their story. Roseanna M. White has expertly crafted a delightful work of art in this story. I loved how we see the world through Lily Blackwell’s eyes as she photographs the world around her. This character came to life in this story and at one pivotal moment, my heart broke right alongside hers. The twists and turns in the story had me holding my breath and rapidly turning pages to see what would happen next. I said up late reading until my eyes turned blurry more than once because I just didn’t want to put this book down! I highly recommend this story! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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