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, who 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.
My Thoughts: There’s nothing like slipping into a Roseanna White novel. She has a way of creating memorable characters and an unstoppable story. A Portrait of Loyalty featured a bitter Russian man, who we had met in previous books. I loved watching his character soften and evolve. I’ll admit that the Russian side of the story took me a little while to gain my footing. So if you find yourself slightly confused at first, just press on. Things level out and the story is one you won’t want to miss. The relationship between Zivon and his brother was just as gripping as his budding romance with Lily. But my favorite parts were the words of wisdom and encouragement sprinkled throughout the book.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian historical fiction, WWI fiction, or Russian history.
~ I received a copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to give a favorable review.