On Wings of Devotion
by Roseanna M White
All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But as nurse Arabelle Denler watches the so-dubbed “Black Heart” every day, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their paths twist together and he declares himself her new protector, she realizes she has her own role to play in his healing.
Phillip Camden would have preferred to die that day with his squadron rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved. What comes as a shock is the reborn desire to truly live that Arabelle inspires in him.
But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.
This is the second book in the exciting “The Codebreakers” series. Philip Camden is introduced in the first book, and I was really looking forward to reading his story.
I found Arabella to be a perfect heroine. Her strength, loyalty, determination, are so plainly portrayed. As a child, she was abandoned by everyone, and never had a sense of belonging or value. The issues this brings into her life as an adult are ones that any of us might have to deal with. I loved seeing her character grow as she learns to trust, and opens her heart to the possibility of love, even without realizing it.
Philip Camden, who was painted as the “Black Heart” in the first book is quite the intriguing hero. I was fairly certain he was hiding some deep secrets that would be a total gamechanger.
This book is just full of plot twists and surprises. A few might be a bit expected, but many that are not at all what you’d expect.
Roseanna White is a masterful storyteller. She has taken some little known facts from those fascinating days during World War I and woven another beautiful story. I just loved the story, and was absolutely amazed at how it all played out!! I really think this is my favorite of her stories yet, and I am oh-so-eagerly anticipating #3!
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