Happy Valentine’s Day, fellow book lovers!
I hope, whatever your relationship status, that you find something beautiful to celebrate about today.
Today, in addition to my family, I am celebrating the cover reveal for Book 3 of Roseanna White’s Codebreaker series, A Portrait of Loyalty.
You don’t have to look far back into my posts to see that I’m kind of obsessed with Roseanna White’s books and her characters…They’re all amazing, what can I say?
Before we get to the cover reveal, I thought we would look back on some of her previous book series, and particularly the third books in those series because, in the spirit of codebreaking, I have discovered a pattern! Mwahahaha!
In The Ladies of the Manor series our heroines are Brook (who has thus far managed to make a rather noticeable appearance in both of the previous Codebreakers books…typical Brook style 😉 ), Rowena, and Lady Ella. The overarching plot of this series centers on the very rare, and possibly cursed “fire diamonds” and the villains who will stop at nothing to steal them!
Lady Ella, the heroine of Book 3, A Lady Unrivaled, is the youngest in the group of friends. She loves a good fairy tale, believes in the good of others, and is not to be underestimated, in spite of the fact that everyone around her tries to keep her in the dark about the danger of the fire diamonds. She loves to laugh and make others laugh, and my favorite thing about her is the way she coaxes Lord Cayton out of his sour moods. She is honestly my favorite in the entire series (Sorry Brook and Rowena!) even though I JUST now realized that hers is the only book in the series I have not featured on my blog! How??! I will have to remedy that soon.
The Shadows Over England series features a group of adopted siblings and thieves who use their talents to collect information for England in the days leading up to World War 1.
Book 3, An Hour Unspent, features the leader of the gang, Barclay Pearce as he works with a clockmaker on a top secret project for England. While working with the clockmaker, her becomes friends with Evelina, the feisty suffragette.
Evelina has battled childhood illness, her domineering aunt and mother, the loss of her brother, and a broken engagement. As a suffragette, she goes to battle daily for the working-class women working in factories to support their family. She kind of thrives on battles, actually. While her heart is in the right place, sometimes she struggles to see which battles are worth fighting, and which ones are worth surrendering. She has some fantastic character defining moments in this book that I really enjoyed!
Which brings me to the final series in this sequence, The Codebreakers. The Codebreakers takes place in the middle of World War 1, and features men (and one woman), who work tirelessly to crack German codes and uncover plots.
Now for Book 3, A Portrait of Loyalty.
Zivon Marin was one of Russia’s top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee after speaking out against Lenin and separated from his brother along the way, he arrives in England driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits.
Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera—and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and recreating photographs. With her father’s connections in propaganda, she’s recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove.
After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily. He sees patterns in what she deems chaos; she sees beauty in a world he thought destroyed. But both have secrets they’re unwilling to share, and no one is quite certain where Zivon’s loyalties really lie—until his enemies are discovered to be far closer than he’d feared, and only Lily’s skills can save him.
We get a short introduction to both of these characters in On Wings of Devotion, and I cannot WAIT to find out more about them!
And now for the cover!!!!
First of all, GORGEOUS! I looooove the lighting in this cover! The expression in her eyes tells me that she’s capturing something in her mind’s eye (as well as the eye of her super-cool looking camera) and committing it to memory. I wonder what she’s looking at and how important it is to the story???
I can’t wait to find out!
Okay, did YOU pick up on a pattern with these heroines and covers from the third books of these series? I wonder what kind of character Lily Blackwell will turn out to be? I think it’s safe to say, being a Roseanna White character, that there is a certain amount of feist in her. 😉 It will be interesting to see how that will manifest in her own unique personality.
Blessings, friends! May your day be filled with many beautiful snapshots (either on camera, or in your memory)!