On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M.White is the second in her “Codebreakers” series. It is simply fantastic! It can be read as a stand alone novel, but oh the magic in having read The Number of Love and seeing how White weaves together the two stories and the characters is truly remarkable.
In this adventure Arabelle and Phillip Camden go on a ride of romance, hardship, faith, war and true human relationship that has the reader transported and enveloped in all its detail and vivid imagery. White’s powerful storytelling voice had me completely enthralled. She has a true knack for weaving a tale that is also filled with historical accuracy and a beautiful way of exploring issues of faith and hardship that mirrors real life.
Ara and Phillip are individually struggling with self worth, and feeling wanted. They both seem to be looking for fulfillment and long to impact the people around them; and for whatever reason can see the good and worth in each other even when they can’t identify that within themselves. However, Phillip dubbed Blackheart, has huge doubts about God and faith while Arabelle’s steady belief and reliance on God are starkly contrasting.
White really has done a masterful job of entwining history, deep characters, faith, and a plot that kept me reading with baited breath. I will be looking anxiously for White’s next installment and hope you will grab your own copy of On Wings of Devotion or The Number of Love.
Thanks to the author for my copy of the book. All opinions expressed here are my own.
About the Book
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 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.