Shadowed Loyalty

About the Book:

Shadowed Loyalty by [Roseanna M. White]

Title: Shadowed Loyalty
Author: Roseanna M White
Publisher: Chrism Press
Release Date: May 2nd, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

Sabina Mancari never questioned her life as the daughter of Chicago’s leading mob boss until bullets tear apart her world and the man she thought she loved turns out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—all her life, her father sheltered her from his crimes, but now she can no longer turn away from the truth. Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world. But can she truly turn her back on her family?

All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would become a priest, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. Despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his mafiosi father and brothers. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina, forced her into the arms of the Prohibition agent bent on tearing her family apart? How can they rebuild what has so long been neglected and do it in the shadow of the dark empire of the Mafia?

Shadowed Loyalty, set amid the glitz and scandal of the Roaring Twenties, examines what love really means and how we draw lines between family and our own convictions, especially when following one could mean losing the other.

Book Review:

This was an excellent book! I have not read a book in this setting before so it was exciting to read. Shadowed Loyalty is a standalone book written by Roseanna M White. It was kind of a different genre but I still loved it!

Sabina was a complicated character. She had lived the life of a mafia boss’ daughter for all of her life and that is all she knew. It was interesting to read about Sabina. There were times when I felt like she was a bit naive, but she ended up growing on me. I felt for her as she tried to navigate her life, learning what right and wrong meant to her. Sabina was struggling to find herself. Along the way she had forgotten what love meant. Sabina had to learn what love truly meant and how she would choose to live her life.

Lorenzo was a sweetheart and I really liked him. He was not without his faults but you could really tell that he loved Sabina. He wanted to protect her and care for her but he also struggled on figuring out how to do that. Enzo had to learn to trust God’s plan and forgive. Enzo wanted to get away from the mafia and honor God. But his past and family kept on creeping back up on him. Enzo had to fight to stay on the narrow path, loving Sabina and striving to do his best in all. 

I really enjoyed Sabina and Enzo’s relationship. They had been friends first and grew to lovers. But things had changed over time. However circumstances in their life brought them back together. I liked how they choose to love each other and work for their relationship. 

The story was so complex and I loved the themes hidden in it. The characters were real and flawed, they each had their own issues to deal with. I greatly enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters. I felt for them both as they struggled to come to terms with the life they lived. I really enjoyed the truth and faith that White wove into the story. There were so many encouraging moments from this book.

Shadowed Loyalty was a great book and I would definitely recommend it! It does not shy away from hard topics though as it does speak of the mafia. I would give the content warning of mentions of death, murder, prositution, and brothels. However White also points us back to God and the hope found in Him. Shadowed Loyalty is a clean historical Christain romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

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