By Kelly Bridgewater
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.
Roseanna M. White's stories are well-written. She definitely knows how to dive into her characters and their settings. She does a wonderful job at picking a topic that is a little different, yet in a good way. She moves the story along at a nice pace. The romance builds slowly, which is the way I like my romances, if I want them a story, to happen. No rushing through the romances for me. With a Portrait of Loyalty, I really liked that the heroine had a job that I never heard of during the war. Some of her skills with pictures seems pretty obvious with all the technology we have now, but back then, it really didn't seem that obvious. I really wished the story featured more of this in the story. When it happened, I was fascinated and wanting to learn more of what she was doing to help the war effort. It would have been nice to see her actually doing the task at hand, then just been told that this is what she was doing. As for the heroine, I really enjoyed how he was trying to run from his past, but still struggled with issues in his past. He wanted to do better, but he needed part of his past to be part of his future. A lesson a lot of people today actually need to learn. Overall, A Portrait of Loyalty had its ups and downs. A good story, well-written but had a little holes in the plot for me.
I received a complimentary copy of A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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