On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White – Book Review, Preview

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On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White – Book Review, Preview

On Wings of Devotion

by Roseanna M. White


Series: The Codebreakers #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date January 7, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: England World War I Era - 1914 - 1918
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 390

Synopsis:

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.

I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: The Number of Love

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Roseanna M. White presents one of the most beautiful analogies of forgiveness and grace that I have ever read. When Ara was wronged, and greatly so, she responded in such an gracious manner it stunned me. I know that grace is about God showing us kindness we don’t deserve. I have never thought so clearly about the “don’t deserve” part of it. As Christians, we often think that God is good to us because we are His children and therefore He will, of course, treat us well and give us good gifts. Yet how often do we remember that we are also responsible for breaking His heart with our sin. The sin that caused Jesus to offer Himself as a sacrifice for us. He suffered so much for us. The mere fact that He forgives us is AMAZING!!!! And when you add to that the blessings He heaps upon us, eternal life!

That alone would have prompted my five star rating but as with all this author’s other stories, the entire book was wonderful! It was riveting. The story was so beautiful.

Ara had felt alone much of her life. Abandoned. Unloved. She poured herself into her chosen career as a nurse, loving and caring for those brought into her path. Her kindness and compassion were pretty amazing. I love how she was such a light to Cam.

And speaking of Cam… No longer the reckless, gadabout he had been, he was broken. Consumed with guilt over the death of the men in his squadron. If you read The Number of Love, you may remember him as the newest codebreaker – the one sent to the closet because of his surly attitude. (If you haven’t read it yet, hurry and get yourself a copy!)

Favorite characters from other books in the Code Breakers series and the Shadows Over England series return here at least briefly. It is not critical for your understanding to read the first series though I strongly suggest reading The Number of Love before starting this story.

As always, the author has done amazing research for this story making it even more a delight. Lovers of historical fiction will want to be sure to read this wonderful story.

Roseanna's On Wings of Devotion Pinterest Board

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  • Standard Model S - Arabelle's car
  • c. 1916 Pink Silk L.P. HOLLANDER & CO. New York Evening Gown with Gold Metallic Printed Design
  • ~evening dress Callot Soeurs Paris-Winter 1916-1917. This shape fortells the flapper dress to come
  • 1986.22.04, 1916 dress donated by Jane Power Tobin, worn by Mrs. Charles (Mabel) Power
  • Evening Dress 1916...Wow pretty, Love the trim, imagine this in white/cream real or faux fur. Recreate those details that fit your style. Ask your dressmaker for suggestions.
  • A printed and beaded ivory chiffon dress, circa 1914, the floral printed highlighted with beads, with black satin belt to raised waistline; together with a pale peach tulle and organza sequined gown, labelled 'Salomon Davidsen, Copenhagen', c.1914
  • omgthatdress: “Dress 1916-1917 The Goldstein Museum of Design ”
  • 1916 Lucile 'Happiness Dress' From forums.thefashionspot.com:f116:1863-1935-lucy-lady-duff-gordon-62332-2 Posted by Sacheverelle on 1Sep08
  • Amanda's dress for Act II, flowy yet "old fashioned" for 1937 - 1916 vintage dresses illustration  1910s fashion
  • Gorgeous! Would work well with a fine lace or semi-transparent material like chiffon or silk.
  • Ca 1914-1918
  • Uppark House and Garden - my model for Foxwood House, the Camden estate
  • Nurses in WW1
  • Interior of Ara's townhouse (library) - minus the  modern touches. ;-)
  • Ara's townhouse
  • Diellza's necklace -Blue Agate and Marcasite in sterling silver, Germany circa 1910
  • Nurses board a train In London to go to the continent
  • A nurse treating soldiers in France
  • Arabelle's car - a 1913 Morgan quadricycle
  • A Sopwith Camel, developed in 1917

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About Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

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