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On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers) Hardcover – January 7, 2020
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- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (January 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076423546X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764235467
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,293,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I loved about this book were the characters and the plot. I was able to disappear in this book, I would look up from my Kindle and have to reorient myself to this world. I loved the cameos by characters from her former books. I am eagerly awaiting her next book as I know it will be awesome. So grab a pot of tea and a plate of biscuits and settle in for a fantastic read.
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Arabelle captured my attention and heart from page one onward. She's the kind of woman I can only hope to be, with unwavering faith, unquestioning compassion, and enough moxie to punch a cheating fiance right in the nose. Now, that doesn't mean she's perfect; she admits to emptiness and anger, and sometimes makes negative choices or assumptions from those places. But her flaws are written so well, they make her more human, relatable, and sympathetic. If Phillip Camden is Black Heart in this novel, then Arabelle Denler is Gold Heart.
That's not to say Phillip deserves the Black Heart moniker, though--oh, no. He's a refreshing change from your typical hero, in that he's introverted, not a people person, and as bitter as day-old lemonade, but manages to remain likeable. As Arabelle learns, Phillip doesn't put everything on the line for just anybody, but once you're considered one of his own, he will move heaven and earth to protect you. His romance with Arabelle, while unconventional, is sweet with a characteristic and enjoyable edge, sort of like a dark chocolate candy bar. However, I liked Phillip's personal journey much better. The twist regarding his squadron, Lewis in particular, was part of what kept me up at night, and his spiritual thread was one of the best written I've seen in a while. Roseanna may be the only author I've read so far who can make a "jailhouse conversion" more sincere and bone-deep than a church conversion or a more, ahem, "respectable" iteration of the same thread.
The plot works as well as Number of Love's did, drawing me into the espionage and dangers of World War I and making me care about the stakes as well as the characters. The subplot involving Diellza Mettler played host for another great twist (although I did get tripped up on her name; I often caught myself calling her Drizella. Whatever). The villainous plot could've been confusing, but Roseanna balanced it so well, it comes across as it should--deceptively complex and frustratingly, deliciously diabolical. New secondary characters added some unique sparkle, and I also enjoyed seeing Margot, Barclay, and other characters again, however briefly. Roseanna has me hooked and ready for the last installment in The Codebreakers--may it hurry along!
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.*
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The main female character is nurse Arabelle, who is a a mix of goodness, generosity and a quick temper.
The story begins when she loses everything she has hoped for and this message is delivered to her by ex-pilot Phillip. He carries a burden of guilt that he can’t escape from and a desire to push away everyone who tries to befriend him. Somehow he finds himself offering to be Arabelle’s protector and spending time with her and her adventurous father.
In the background to the romance is an undercurrent of suspense and all the main characters find themselves caught up in the war of spies.
This story drew me through the book from beginning to end. I loved how unusual the characters were and how their chemistry developed. I enjoyed both the suspense and the romance equally.
I look forward to continuing this series with the final book – A Portrait of Loyalty.
Right from the start, I fell in love with Arabelle, our kind and generous nurse. And you might think that a good heroine might be boring and......you would be absolutely wrong! Arabelle had to learn from a young age what loneliness was and though she held onto her anger and hatred for a long time, the Lord finally opened her eyes and healed her. Ever since then, she learned that if she wanted healing, she should heal others.
One of the targets of her prayers is Phillip Camden. A practical heathen who is filled with, though he won’t admit it, regret. He loathes himself and wishes he would’ve died along side his squadron rather than continue his life of darkness.
Arabelle can feel his pain, it resembles the fury that she had displayed years before. She can see that the Lord is chasing him. Only He has the power to change a man.
This story was certainly exciting! Camden’s “Incident” was hinted at throughout the book but it slowly reveals itself at the end. That’s when it becomes clear what a noble man he really is. But Arabelle, she was simply amazing! One of my favorite characters that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. She is just so good and Godly even amidst her suffering!
Similar to Margot from Book 1, Arabelle dealt in a compassionate manner towards the antagonist. I really love that about White, where instead of the enmity that is seen usually between the hero and villain, there’s more God-glorifying traits in the protagonist in her books.
The romance was very lovely and although Camden is sometimes annoyingly arrogant, the two made such a cute couple. It was endearing to watch them come together. The sweetest parts were when they stood up for each other even though they both had to lose something that was important to them.
All in all, I enjoyed the story immensely! And I hope I’ll be able to read (and review, maybe) the next book, A Portrait of Loyalty!
You can find more of my reviews on my blog at HonestlySpeakingonBook.blogspot.com. Thanks!