An engaging historical fiction.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
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.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
I love reading historical fiction. So, when the review opportunity for The Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna White came, I grabbed it. I have read very few books set in World War 1, so, this was another reason I picked up this book. And lastly, look at the gorgeous cover!
Zivon is one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution blows apart his world. How will Zivon rebuild his life after losing everything? He asks himself these questions every day. Can he ever hope of any beauty in his life?
The Portrait of Loyalty is the answer to these questions, in which the author has skilfully blended cryptography, love, forgiveness, redemption, and wartime scenarios to craft an engaging book. She poignantly portrays the efforts of brave men and women to finish the war, and the constant tug of war between guilt and duty that these people went through.
The most important feature of this book is the characters. They are real and are of varied hues. I loved Zivon the best. He is a genius and can see patterns in everything. Even after being betrayed by his countrymen, he yearns for his country and wants peace for his country.
The romance in the book between Zivon and Lily is a slow burn – a courtship of bygone era. I liked reading about them.
I, however, loved the part where one of the characters is telling a story to a grocer girl. It revealed a lot about that character and the story itself regaled me.
The Portrait of Loyalty takes inspiration from real events, but it is a work of fiction. I enjoyed reading the book. My only complaint about the book is it was slow-paced. The ambling pace is required to let the thoughts and feelings of the characters sink in; however, I do feel the book dragged at some places. The author’s note at the end gives an insight into the making of the story. Do read it.
I would recommend The Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna White to lovers of historical fiction.
Genre: Romance, Historical || Pages: 372 || Published on Sept 2020
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Many thanks to Love Books Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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.