A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White
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.
This is a phenomenal finale to an amazing series.
I loved reading Zivon & Lily’s story, and seeing the world from their perspective.
I’ve never before heard the story of the Bolsheviks. It was interesting to hear a bit of that history, and see that side of the war.
Lily’s position as a photographer was quite intriguing. I had no idea that they would have been able to retouch photographs in that era. Reading that they did this as a way to trick their enemies was especially intriguing.
Lily is quite the heroine. Not necessarily a great beauty, but it’s obvious that she does have a lovely character and personality. I really enjoyed getting to know and understand her.
I also enjoyed reading more about Room 40 and meeting up with some characters from previous books in this series.
This story also faces issues with right and wrong, good and evil, especially as it pertains to a war. It leaves us with lots to ponder.
For lovers of historical fiction, this book is an exceptional read.
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