On Wings of Devotion

On Wings of Devotion

by Roseanna M. White

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764231827
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Codebreakers Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 73,091
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of 16 novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com.

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On Wings of Devotion 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Homesteading 15 days ago
"You'll either be a villain or a hero, Phil. Try to pick the right one, will you?" On Wings of Devotion is an incredible story of compassion and redemption! White has significantly raised the bar in Christian fiction with this one. Even with a tad slow start, it didn’t take long for Phillip and Arabelle to take purchase in my heart. Both so different and yet so in need of the other; their love story is one that I will long remember. This book has a strong Christian theme expertly woven throughout. Phillip’s agony over “The Incident” is palpable and blots out any color in his life…until Arabelle. Arabelle Denler has an incredibly strong faith in the Lord and her compassionate nature is prominent as a nurse. She’s seen the atrocities and toll war takes on soldier’s so it’s only natural she recognize the deep hurt in “Black Heart” Phillip Camden. I’ve always known White has a special gift when it comes to writing conversion scenes but the way she built up the emotional tension and turmoil leading to Camden’s conversion is exceptional. And may have caused a tear or two. I was delighted to see Barclay Pearce and “the girls” (from White’s Shadows Over England series) make brief appearances. It definitely deepened my pleasure in the story. I hope they show up in the next book too. Roseanna White fans are going to love this newest offering! It’s brimming with danger, intrigue, and romance. If you haven’t read her books, I highly recommend them. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. All opinions are my own. No compensation has been received.
Jolanthe0 3 hours ago
On Wings of Devotion is set during WW1, not a common time for many historical fiction books (something to love!), and focuses on the English codebreakers who were helping the war effort, although not in the air or in face-to-face combat. This second book in the series features a former pilot, Phillip Camden, grounded because he is under suspicion of causing the death of his squadron. He is recruited to work with the codebreaking division, and then crosses paths with Arabella Denler, a nurse at a nearby hospital. Her heart is to show him that despite his past mistakes, he is worthy of healing on every level - and love. While I know that these characters are fictional, White does such an incredible job portraying her characters and settings that the reader feels as though the story IS real. Her thoroughness in diving into the historical aspects and creating a plot/storyline that pulls the reader in is always wonderful. When reading, I prefer books that help me learn more about a specific time period (and cause me to do more digging myself), but also leave me with a love for the characters. Roseanna White does this so easily, and I am always ready for the next installment in her series. Her characters possess a depth (she definitely isn't a superficial writer) and face obstacles that are real-to-life, showing their various weaknesses, strengths, and growth. They are far from perfect, but there is such a sincerity to their characters, readers will quickly love them. The simplest way to put it: the characters are human. They make mistakes. They learn from them and grow. Every single one of White's books remains on my shelves because they aren't typical "fluff" reading. This book in the series can be read independently, but I would recommend reading the others - because they are worth the read. I received a complimentary copy On Wings of Devotion from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
KimPotter 10 hours ago
On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna White is the second book in her Codebreakers series. Philip Camden blames himself for the death of his whole flying squadron. Nurse Arabelle Denler sees Camden not as a “Black Heart” so much as a “hurting heart”. Together they will find healing, forgiveness and mercy. I loved how Ara stood up for herself and those she loved. The interaction and jokes between Ara and Camden were hysterical. I laughed out loud so many times throughout this book. There was a mystery in the story that kept you on the edge of your seat not knowing what to expect next. Roseanna again wove her love for the Lord through the story so beautifully. I can’t wait for the next book. I received this book from the author for my honest review.
AmyPutney 24 hours ago
This book was an absolute pleasure to read (which is no surprise since I love every single one of Roseanna White's books). As much as I loved the first book in this series, The Number of Love, I think I loved this one even more. I couldn't wait to learn more about Arabelle and Camden after first meeting them in the last book, and they did not disappoint! I love how deftly Roseanna wove a story of redemption and finding your worth and value in Christ into an exciting WWI tale full of spies and intrigue. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! And of course it was a joy to see the heroes and heroines of past books pop in now and then. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
MrsTina42MR 1 days ago
On Wings of Devotion #2 The Codebreakers by Roseanna M. White There is so much to this story that captured me and held me glued to the pages. The two main characters, Arabelle Denler and Phillip Camden—who is called Black Heart, are wonderfully portrayed. Arabelle is a strong, caring, forgiving and godly woman. As a nurse these attributes are evident in the care of her patients, interaction with her fellow nurses and those around her. As a retired RN I especially enjoyed reading a little of the nursing practices of the time period. Her faith is so much a part of her it overflows in all she does. I love that she prays for Phillip even before she ever met him in person. I could feel her uncertainty in regards to herself and her longing for someone to love her and to have a family. Our hero, Phillip, is one handsome man. He is strong, loyal and very wounded. The experiences in his past, and most recently, have hardened his heart—hence the name, Black Heart. However, there is more to him than a black heart, even if he does not recognize it. The tragedy of the loss of his men weigh heavily on his heart and his pain is evident in all he does. I think working in Room 40 with other codebreakers is really good for him even though he doesn’t see it at first. I love that once he meets Arabelle and gets to know her a little, he makes himself her protector. I feel sure God has His hand in this. I enjoyed the interaction between Arabelle and Phillip and their growing feelings toward each other. They are perfect for each other. The ending is all that I hoped it would be and more. I enjoyed the author’s historical notes at the end of the book. The historical aspects of the story are woven within the fictional story-line and weave an amazing story. A story filled with espionage, deceit, spies, honor, integrity, danger, suspense, love, faith and reconciliation. ~I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
simplyannehere 1 days ago
On Wings of Devotion By Roseanne M. White This book is the second in the Codebreakers series. The first one was great and this one was as well. Codebreaking was not as important in this story as it was in the first novel but was in the background. The characters took center stage as they learned to live beyond perception, forgive and love in this story. Labeled Black Heart, Phillip Camden carries the heaviness of war after losing his crew. The secrets he carries from that day eat him and nothing anyone can do or say will pull him from the darkness. Arabelle Denler may be rich but finding love, real love is not something she believes possible. She is plain and average in every way. Rather than wallow in her situation, she takes action and becomes a nurse. Serving at the military hospital she watches as the handsome Black Heart walks to work each day. Having a mutual friend brings these two broken hearts together. Not looking for love but for healing, both Phillip and Arabelle find that God's love is the answer and His love can cover all. I am now waiting excitedly for the third installment of this series. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
amybooksy 1 days ago
On Wings of Devotion, book two from The Codebreakers by Roseanna M White is now my favorite book I have read by her to date. Even though it is part of a series, I believe it can be read as a stand alone. The historical details were so vivid in this one, I felt like I was part of the story. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters, Arabelle and Camden. The plot has a lot I love in a book: adventure, romance, suspense and faith. I could not ask for much more than that. I give On Wings of Devotion five plus stars. I look forward to book three from The Codebreakers to see what will happen next. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed The Number of Love (and the series before it where we are introduced to Margo), and so I was very excited to read the second book in the code breakers series. While the Shadow's Over England is still my favorite series, this book was well written and a very good story. I will admit upfront that I have a very hard time with stories about adultery, and while that's not the main focus of the book, it is a part of it, and because of that I didn't love it as much as I could have. That's all personal preference though. White certainly knows how to tell a compelling story that you don't want to put down. Her characters seem real, and your emotions get into tangles while you learn more and more about these people and their lives. I especially enjoyed old characters popping up in this book because I liked them so much in previous books. However, if you think that you need to read the other books in order to enjoy this one, you'd be mistaken. This can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel, but I would recommend reading the others because they are just as well written and entertaining. We get a small glimpse of what the next book will about, and I'm excited. I can't wait to see where this series goes, and to fall in love with more of these characters. *I received a copy from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
BrendaLee 3 days ago
What can I say? Amazing? Wonderful? Sweet? Emotional? All of these I think! I loved this book! Phillip Camden, Black Heart, as they called him. Was he a villain or what? He was one of a kind character that I so enjoyed. Well Arabella could certainly hold her own with Brax and Camden. I loved that she was strong and I loved her faith. She even prayed for Camden even before she really knew him. I loved this quote in the book. “He’d thought before that he’d lost it all. That he had nothing to live for. He’d been so very wrong.” So much in this book I enjoyed. I really really recommend this book to my friends. You don’t want to miss this whole series. I received this book free from Bethany House Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
PrincessGlor 3 days ago
What a SPELLBINDING read! This book had more twists and turns than an Ozarks road and was enthralling read from start to finish. Ara was quite a likable character and don't even get me started on our tortured hero/villain Phillip Camden...which will he turn out to be?!?! Roseanna wove quite the tale of romance, mystery and intrigue. Be forewarned: once you start this book-putting it down will be nearly impossible. Can't wait for more of this series! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
PrincessGlor 3 days ago
What a SPELLBINDING read! This book had more twists and turns than an Ozarks road and was enthralling read from start to finish. Ara was quite a likable character and don't even get me started on our tortured hero/villain Phillip Camden...which will he turn out to be?!?! Roseanna wove quite the tale of romance, mystery and intrigue. Be forewarned: once you start this book-putting it down will be nearly impossible. Can't wait for more of this series! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie 3 days ago
This is an incredible historical romance! The main characters, Arabelle Denler and Phillip Camden, are very well developed. In some ways they are similar, but their differences are much more apparent. It was a lot of fun to see how they interacted with each other from the first time they met. I liked seeing how their relationship changed throughout the book. On the other side we have Diellza, or Dee, Mettler and Alwin Weber. This couple gives us a great look at what people are capable of doing for someone they love. The development of the story and the work done by the codebreakers and the intelligence department was fabulous. I was very intrigued by all of it. I’m really looking forward to what comes up for the Codebreakers in the next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
FHlady 3 days ago
I found the first third of this novel a bit slow paced, but once the action began, it was compelling and suspenseful until the end. Character appearances from both her previous series, The Cornwall Novels, and from book 1 in this series added an enjoyable touch. With a plethora of realistic characters and a World War 1 driven plot, this book was an enjoyable read. The 2 main characters, Arabelle Denler, a nurse, and Captain Phillip Camden, and English air force pilot were polar opposites. Ara is faith-filled, hard working, caring, and dedicated to her job even though she is the wealthiest woman in London. She has just survived a break-up with her fiancee over another woman. Phiillip Camden aka "Black Heart" is an English gentleman who believes he can break all the rules just because he is, but his actions have led some of his fellow air force pilots into trouble and eventually a horrible air crash that leaves only Phillip alive. He is now considered a monster by everyone. But Ara sees something beyond what others see in Phillip and believes his heart is actually breaking, and his crusty, rude behavior is a cover for what he truly feels. The focus on repentance, forgiveness, and second chances brought this story to life. I did have a problem though with Ara falling in love with Phillip before he sought Jesus as his Savior and became a believer. Her role, along with his brother's, in planting seeds and changing Phillip was important; but she should have protected herself from deeper feelings until he had become a believer. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
boss421a 6 days ago
Wow, I really enjoyed this story. It was a little bit romance, a little bit spy, a little (ok, a lot) bit war, all rolled into one intriguing story line. Ara is such a strong main character, but I appreciated the vulnerability that she tried so hard to hide. Actually, Cam was the same way. He tried so hard to pretend that what was happening to him didn't bother him, but Ara could see right through him. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop. This is a story about forgiveness and redemption. The bad guys are very clear from the beginning, but even that isn't as cut and dried as you might think it is. I didn't realize until I finished the book that this was part of a series. That's a good sign that this book works well as a stand alone. It's also a good sign that I now have several more books to add to my "to-read" list.
AnnaBrady13 6 days ago
This book was amazing. Utterly amazing. Almost perfect. And it holds tear stains for the first time ever. I've cried in a hundred books, but I've apparently never laid my head down on the book and sobbed. Both characters are amazing. Ara is fierce, but tender and loving, full of Jesus. In some parts, she just shined through the pages at me with how much she understood God's mercy. She could blow up, and be a terror too, but she KNEW. Deep down, despite her insecurities, she KNEW how much God adored her, and because of that, anything thrown her way is a step toward Him. Phillip, or "Cam", or my personal favorite, "Philly", did not know. Oh my goodness, I was head over heels in love. IN LOVE, y'all. He's hurting so much that his pain is disguised with flirting, with a temper that was first shown in A Number of Love, and everyone hates him, which he seems to be fine with, cuz he hates himself. And he's running from God, with the full knowledge that his life is going to end. And I'm not going to be able to stop talking about this book. Possibly ever. The mercy that is shown from God, from his mom, from his brother, from Ara....it's beautiful. I could't stop squealing at the perfectness of how he's treated by the people he loves. (And when Cass comes running out, crying, and he wraps her in a bear hug? *swoon*) It's a beautiful story because it's a true one. In many aspects, but the truest is that so many people hide behind a mask of indifference, of hatred, of feelings that tick the rest of us off. But in reality, they need prayer and love, which Ara gives. Also the storyline of her not being pretty. A lot of books try to do that, but it leads to either fiery descriptions of bodies, or it falls flat. This book does neither, and I love how Roseanna writes those exchanges. I love everything. Okay, I'm going to stop talking. Even though I want to continue. But I must first mention a scene that about had me squealing and just loving Ara and Cam to death. Quiet, tender, vulnerable moments are underrated, y'all. I love them.
Lisa_TheMerryMomma 6 days ago
My favorite fiction books are those that are entertaining AND impactful, and On Wings of Devotion is the perfect example. Not only did the story pull me in (hello, I read it in just over two days!), but it moved me, as well. Arabelle became one of my favorite main characters in Roseanna’s books, and she embodied so much of what I want to be as a Christian woman. I found myself repeatedly thinking, “I want to be more like that!” But in true Roseanna fashion, it didn’t feel forced or heavy-handed. Arabelle was simply a good character who inspired me to develop more of her grace and kindness in my own life. Another thing I loved about On Wings of Devotion (and most of Roseanna’s books, in general) was that the romance wasn’t hurried or cheesy — a rarity among Christian fiction. Roseanna did a wonderful job of writing two characters who came together based on a soul connection, not just a physical attraction. In fact, this story was highly unusual (in a good way) in that the main female character was not a great beauty, and the main male character was not immediately drawn to her physical charms. While I did find the narrative of her plain features to be a bit excessive at points, it was refreshing to read about a main character and romantic pairing that didn’t follow the typical “attraction at first sight” storyline. Finally, as with all Roseanna’s books, I enjoyed the historical component — learning about major events and the peek into life in a different time period. Bottom line: If you enjoy reading historical fiction and fiction that inspires, I highly recommend On Wings of Devotion. You will love it. **I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. A positive review was not required, and all opinions are my own.
RaechelK 6 days ago
This was so good! I’m not surprised – every single one of the books I’ve read by this author have been amazing and quickly become favorites. On Wings of Devotion was no exception! The writing is seamless, the plot amazing, and the characters just astonishingly lovely. Phillip Camden is a hero that is rough around the edges, but what an amazing heart he has, truly. I love his character. Same goes for Arabelle – she was utterly fantastic. So kind hearted, so down-to-earth and so real. The pain she felt at wanting to be chosen, to be cared for and about echoed one in my own heart, and so I bonded to her all the more for that. I loved both hers and Cam’s journey. And their relationship was so endearing.I want more of their story, honestly. Does it have to be the end? I know I will adore the next book in this amazing series, and will fall in love with those characters too, but for right now…I want to hang out with Cam and Ara a bit longer. ^.^Superb WWI historical fiction with everything good.
Arcrean_Pen 8 days ago
A fantastic read! From the first intriguing lines to the promising last words, this story swept me up and rushed me directly into the halls and streets of WWII London. The characters were so well developed and consistent all the way through. I laughed at so many antics and cringed at others, loving how the author's descriptive style made me feel like I was there with them! I loved Arabelle, and loved cheering for her as she sought the Lord's will for using her in the lives of others. I cannot wait for Book 3, and was so excited to learn from the Author's Note that my guess regarding who our next hero and heroine will be was correct! Until then, grab yourself a copy of this one (and The Number of Love if you missed it!) and settle in for a satisfying read. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]
Belovedbrat 9 days ago
Title: On Wings of Devotion Author: Roseanna M White Series: The Codebreakers Chapters: 32 Pages: 400 Genre: Christian Historical fiction, Christian Historical Romance Rating: 5 stars Publisher: Bethany House Publishers On Wings of Devotion is Roseanna’s most suspenseful book to date. With two of my favorite characters of hers. I have a new favorite heroine in Arabella and Major Philip Camden has dethroned Barclay as my favorite character of hero of hers. I loved seeing characters from the first book in the series make an appearance as well as a character or two from a previous series. Though I’ve enjoyed all of the books by her I’ve read I’ve loved Roseanna’s books set during WWI the most. She had a knack for getting the time period right, and it nice to see books set during this time period in the Christian market as I don’t believe this is a time period written about very often. Or at least not as much as WWII is. I do like that Roseanna’s heroes aren’t perfect and I like the growth that most of her characters go through before the end of the book. There is a balance between character development and plot driven in books Roseanna’s books have both and they work together to add to the story. And of course no one write a come to Jesus moment in fiction better than Roseanna. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher . I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
HappyBookHugger 10 days ago
This is the second book in The Codebreakers series and I’ve been anxiously awaiting it! As soon as I learned Major Phillip “Black Heart” Camden was to have the starring role, I just couldn’t resist! I met him in the first book, The Number of Love, and was curious to see where the author would take this sourpuss of a character. And I can happily say that this book will definitely be going on my favorites shelf, as soon as I make space for it! As always, I loved Ms. White’s writing! I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t enjoy, and this one is certainly not the exception. I’m not even sure where to start . . . She has such a beautiful way of bringing the characters and time period to life. I could almost hear the clipped English accents, feel the chill in the air, and the stress of war looming so close to home. I enjoyed the cameos from characters from some previous books and how she’s tying the various series together. Though this book is able to stand alone quite well, I immensely enjoyed the first book as well, and would highly recommend it. Frankly, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of Arabelle Denler, at first. She seemed almost too kind to be true. But I soon learned her flaws and couldn’t help but love her character, too. She was someone I easily connected with and could see being a friend, were she real. And she was perfect for Phillip! I didn’t know how the story with them could possibly play out, but the author did an excellent job of making their relationship believable. I laughed out loud more than once at their banter, making my husband glance over and just shake his head, and I’m sure I was found smiling into my book on multiple occasions. I also enjoyed the banter amongst the crew of Room 40 and how the author wove the code breaking element into this story, as well. It wasn’t as front and center as it was in the first, but still played a role, staying with the theme of the series. I will also say, it’s not often that someone can create a “villain” that I both hate what they’re doing and sympathize with their decisions. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I do want to note that I thought Ms. White did an excellent job of finding the balance with that character. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book! From the time period, to the suspense that kept me rushing to turn the next page, to the romance that made me smile, I would have read it in one sitting, given the opportunity. *My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise, and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
EElizabeth 10 days ago
After meeting Phillip Camden in The Number of Love, I couldn’t help but be excited to read his story in On Wings of Devotion. I wasn’t disappointed. Roseanna M. White has a wonderful talent of taking lesser known historical facts and combining them with a fictional story that is full of romance, suspense, mystery and fascinating plots. The plot in this book definitely had me not wanting to put the book down. I always enjoy the historical facts that Roseanna White incorporates into her books. The information on pilots and code breaking during World War I was fascinating. Another part of the story I loved was the characters. Ara is definitely a friend I would want on my side if she were real. I loved her caring, generous, and loyal personality. She even saw through Phillip Camden’s brooding, rude attitude to the loyal, heroic man he really was. I absolutely enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for others who are looking for a great book to read especially those who enjoy historical fiction with some romance during World War I. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own
boanoite 11 days ago
This book. It took me a while to sit down and write this review, because this is likely one of the most meaningful, fiction books I've read in a while. I will begin by saying that I do like ALL things Roseanna M. White. She is a very talented and well-researched writer, which is something I have to say about all of her books. The chronologically best place to start reading, building up to this latest release, is about 2 series ago. That said, if you read nothing else she's ever written, this would be THE book to read. The characters in this book deal with such real and deep issues, and their individual and internal conflict seems not only real to the reader, but also authentic to the time and to their situations. This is not a clean and tidy, perfect boy meets perfect girl. The main character (Arabelle) struggles with feelings of abandonment and low self-esteem as even the main guy (Camden) describes her as "plain" upon their first meeting. Camden himself is dealing with deep issues stemming from war and an "adventurous" past, wherein he believes he is responsible for the deaths of the men in his company. Even more fascinating is the development of the antagonists, a kind of side development that is rather dark, but also very true to humanity on both sides of the war. This is much more than a historical romance. This book... it's something special, and the way it is written makes you feel every moment. I received a complimentary copy The Number of Love from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
DixieJudy 12 days ago
I have always been a fan of Roseanna M. White’s writing since the first book I read by her. In this one she brings us another book about room 40 and the code breakers. This one deviates somewhat from being about the code breakers exclusively and centers on a man accused of letting his men under him die when he could have saved them. He even believes it himself and believes he deserves to die as they did. Phillip Camden and Arabelle Denler are the main characters. Phillip a wounded war hero dubbed “Black Heart” a monster with no feelings, accused of a war crime. Arrabelle a nurse who tends to the wounded men in the hospital. I loved reading how these two unlikely people were brought together and what they learned from each other, how they fell in love never expecting to at all. What an enthralling book filled with Spies, espionage, treachery and deceit. Still we find honor, integrity and compassion and a strong thread of faith through out……I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
eLynda 13 days ago
Through her last several series, Roseanna M. White has continued to hone her craft and create books that sweep the reader away to another time and place. In this latest novel, she has outdone her previous works and created characters that exceeded my high expectations for her storytelling. On the surface, Arabelle and Camden have little in common. She is a believer; he is not. She speaks kindly and helps to heal others; he repulses them with anger and holds himself apart. But their outward actions are driven, at least partially, by the same cause: guilt. But I absolutely loved how White delineated these characters, showing how the same causes can lead to vastly different effects. Arabelle is frustrated, can be hurt by words, but still digs deep into her heart and leans on her faith to respond in a largely saintly way to whatever injury or insult may be directed at her. Camden keeps others at a distance, pretending that he doesn’t desire friendship, love, or even another’s good opinion of him. These characters are so well-drawn, they had my emotions widely swinging at various points. I enjoyed the unlikely romance, the careful dancing together, then apart, circling around each other for a time. Then the author masterfully tugged on my heartstrings, evoking gasps at cruel words expertly aimed and clenched fists at injustice and wrong assumptions about the people I have come to care for, no matter that they are fictional. As always, White’s historical detail and plot are well-thought out and executed, but for me, it’s the characters that make this story stand out. I can honestly say this is my favorite book of hers to date, and I eagerly await what she has in store for readers next. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Mommynificent 14 days ago
I absolutely loved this newest release from Roseanna White! As always, her characters are my favorite part of her books. She creates such complex, flawed, and relate-able characters, and I especially love that she brings back characters from previous books and series so you feel like you're visiting old friends and meeting new ones when you read her books. What struck me about both this book and the previous one in this series, The Number of Love, was how the author portrayed the remarkably overflowing generosity of spirit that characterizes those who truly follow Jesus. There were a couple instances in both books where this generosity not only surprised me but rather took my breath away, and I found myself looking for opportunities to give more generously of myself even before I had finished the book. Another thing I found unique about this book was that the reader is allowed to be so much inside the head of the major players that what is going to happen isn't as much of a mystery but how it will all play out and how each will react is what kept me riveted. I have nothing negative to say about this book. I absolutely loved it, and recommend it without reservation to lovers of historical fiction and/or romance. This book will join this author's Shadows over England series and The Number of Love on my homeschooling shelf of must-read World War 1 fiction as I personally have learned more about WW1 from this author than I ever learned in school! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of her launch team. All opinions expressed are my own.