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A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are my own.  

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.

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. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.roseannamwhite.com.

A Portrait of Loyalty is the third book in Roseanna M. White's The Codebreakers series. While characters from previous books were mentioned, you do not have to have read them to fully appreciate this story. 

In this book, we head back to the intelligence division in Room 40 during World War I where Lily works as a photographer and Zivon has just transferred from Russian intelligence. Both of these character's were previously introduced in past books, but it is in this one that we really get to know their whole story... and of course, see their romance develop. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters--- they were very well developed and complex by themselves and their chemistry was fantastic as well. The story was full of drama and heartache, but also a really beautiful message of love and faith as well.

The thing that I really enjoyed about this book and the series in general was how well the author blended true historical events and people with the fictional stories that she has created. I can only imagine the amount of research the went into it, and I appreciated learning in the author's note just what was inspired from fact. 

Overall, this is really intriguing read that fans of historical romance are sure to enjoy. 


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