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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 turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that 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 turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that mean, though, for her and their family? Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who has barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world. All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would join the Church, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. But despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his father and brothers, which has always terrified him. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina from his flaws, in fact harmed her? It sure seems that way when he realizes he all but forced her into the arms of the Prohibition Agent now bent on tearing her family apart at all costs. But 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 the one could mean losing the other.


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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 turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that 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 turned out to be an undercover Prohibition agent. Now she sees how ugly the underworld can be. Ambushes, bribes, murder, prostitution—she thought her beloved Papa was above all that, but clearly he isn’t. What does that mean, though, for her and their family? Maybe Lorenzo, the fiancé who has barely paid her any attention in the last two years, has the right idea by planning to escape their world. All his life, Lorenzo’s family assumed he would join the Church, but he has different ideas—marrying Sabina and pursuing a career in the law. But despite his morals, he knows at the core he isn’t so unlike his father and brothers, which has always terrified him. Has he, in trying to protect Sabina from his flaws, in fact harmed her? It sure seems that way when he realizes he all but forced her into the arms of the Prohibition Agent now bent on tearing her family apart at all costs. But 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 the one could mean losing the other.

30 review for Shadowed Loyalty

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    I debated whether or not it was fair to give this three stars, because I fully realize after reading this that I’m just not the intended audience. However, because I have read and loved so many of Roseanna White’s books, researching whether or not I was the reader for this particular book did not cross my mind, and I know many other conservative readers who may want to pick this up. It is, of course, well-written and engaging. The characters are complex, the setting so real, and the storyline kept I debated whether or not it was fair to give this three stars, because I fully realize after reading this that I’m just not the intended audience. However, because I have read and loved so many of Roseanna White’s books, researching whether or not I was the reader for this particular book did not cross my mind, and I know many other conservative readers who may want to pick this up. It is, of course, well-written and engaging. The characters are complex, the setting so real, and the storyline kept me turning pages. I wasn’t sure exactly who I was pulling for in the beginning because things were so twisted and confusing. I wasn’t sure how certain relationships could be redeemed and feel authentic… but wow, it was so well-done! There was a mix of mystery, espionage, and intertwined relationships that kept you guessing who knew whom and what. A look into the old mafia was very intriguing. Roman totally confused me. I just didn’t like who he was and he was so stuck between his pride and ideals. He was very complex, like a character you were supposed to have mixed feelings about. On the flip side, Enzo was amazingly well-balanced with a streak of heroism and realism, upright and human, yet steady. I did like him very much. I liked both Sabina and Sally for different reasons, but basically, their character development and growth throughout the pages was solid. Now, for the content I didn’t care for, just so other readers can decide whether or not they’d like this book. Romance+ content. I had no problem with Sabina’s actual story. Her failures were more in the past and not on page and she grew and her romance story was sweet and heart-warming. Some of her kisses were a little heavy, but nothing more than White’s other stories. Because this story was all about the mafia, there were speakeasies, brothels, and women of the night. It could be tactfully done, but Roseanna chose to put some of it on page. One scene in particular went past the bedroom and basically up to the bed. A couple of the storylines had too many scenes with hands traveling where they shouldn’t and the feelings associated with it. Spiritual content. There are many good quotes and perspectives presented in this book. Two of the main characters did have a steady spiritual theme where they grew past failures and struggles. However, Chrism Press is a Catholic/Orthodox publisher. I vaguely remember Roseanna posting about it, and I have noticed a Catholic leaning in some of her writing, so it did not surprise me, but I didn’t actually know until I looked at Chrism Press’s mission statement after reading the book. I’m not Catholic and personally have my solid reasons for being Evangelical. With that preface, I am not going to attack the Catholic content in the book. I didn’t agree with it, but like I said, I am not the intended audience. If reading books with Catholic beliefs bothers you, you probably won’t care for the spiritual content in this book. The darkness. Again, this is something specific in Chrism Press’s statement, but I was unaware of it when I picked up the book. Some of Roseanna’s books have had a darker slant to them (thinking “A Lady Unrivaled” with the family murders), but this was more. Understandably, the mafia is not a light place, but there was such a mix of sin on page and in character’s lives. Much of it was presented as sin and in a negative light, it was just too detailed on page for me. I know part of the point she wanted to drive home was that people are not the situations they end up in or the sin they commit (almost a direct quote)… but that is a super fine line. Yes, there are people stuck in situations but I could also see where this thought could be taken too far and someone in a sinful lifestyle could use that mindset as an excuse. So, I get the point, I just think it is a dangerous mindset to not have balanced out with all of Scripture—almost like there is too much grace and no real standard to uphold for right or wrong. I did find it slightly ironic that there were no curse words on page but there were sinful situations on page. Depending on what you’re comfortable reading, you might love this book or be very uncomfortable with it. I thought it went too far in several scenes but very much enjoyed other elements.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Shadowed Loyalty is different than any book I have read by this author . The book takes place during the 1920's, the Roaring Twenties in Chicago. Though there are some dark themes after all this is about the Mafia,organized crime and Prohibition there is a glamour attached to it as well. The men involved in the Mafia want to keep their wives and daughters safe and act a different way at home than thy do when conducting Mafia business. Our mob bosses daughter believes her father above the darker sid Shadowed Loyalty is different than any book I have read by this author . The book takes place during the 1920's, the Roaring Twenties in Chicago. Though there are some dark themes after all this is about the Mafia,organized crime and Prohibition there is a glamour attached to it as well. The men involved in the Mafia want to keep their wives and daughters safe and act a different way at home than thy do when conducting Mafia business. Our mob bosses daughter believes her father above the darker side of the Mafia business but when she finds out he's not she's torn between wanting to protect her Papa and doing what's right. The book is such an attention getter once I started it I was so fascinated that I couldn't put it down. Impressively researched with such authenticity. We find the elements of faith,love,loyalty and forgiveness. Recommended for historical fiction lovers looking for something a little different that'll grab your attention. Published May 2nd 2022 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 5 Synopsis: When criminal charges are brought against her father, mob boss’s daughter Sabina Mancari sees the world of the Mafia for what it truly is: dark, deceptive, cruel, and self-serving. She also begins to see her fiance—the very same one she be *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 5 Synopsis: When criminal charges are brought against her father, mob boss’s daughter Sabina Mancari sees the world of the Mafia for what it truly is: dark, deceptive, cruel, and self-serving. She also begins to see her fiance—the very same one she betrayed with the undercover Prohibition officer who busted her father—in a new light. In the Light. When her father becomes embroiled in one man’s feverish mission of revenge, will Sabina cling to the Light and the love she has found, or will the darkness overcome it? The moment I found out Roseanna M. White was releasing Mafia Princess—I mean, Shadowed Loyalty into the world, I nearly squealed with excitement! I love the Roaring 20s and the Mafia and all of it (actually...I don’t really love it, because it was all very dark, but it makes for good stories *winks*), and I was eager to read White’s take on it! Naturally, I had high expectations for this book...and I think it exceeded them. Shadowed Loyalty definitely stands out from White’s other novels. Apart from her biblical fiction novels, SL was the darkest of her works, and it certainly wasn’t the traditional romance. Like Dreams of Savannah, White focused more on themes and character arcs than she did developing a romance from start to finish (in both DOS and SL, the hero and heroine were already engaged to be wed), but I actually really enjoyed and appreciated that! (Y’all, Enzo and Bean’s relationship was so much better than Phineas’ and Delia’s, just sayin’.) As far as the grittier elements go, White handled them all tastefully, realistically but not gratuitously, and with a biblical perspective—all of which I greatly appreciated, of course. (I can stomach a lot more than most readers, so some of the *coughs* relationships in here didn’t both me like they would most people...but none of them were detailed, which was a relief. I don’t mind including things like prostitution and extramarital affairs, but don’t treat them like the main romance. Don’t treat them like it’s fun and games. Treat them like it’s harsh reality and vile sin, showing the motivations and consequences with clarity. Which White did exceptionally well!) Speaking of all this, the themes in this. Gosh, y’all. It was so very relevant and applicable, because as Sabina and Lorenzo felt like lone candles in the dark dungeon of the Mafia, we often feel in this depraved world overrun by Satan. But just like Bean and Enzo learned, we were called to be the light, the immortal diamond, and our light—which is the Light of Christ—will be used to change other people, whether through a single lighted candle and whispered prayer, or through diving into the line of fire for them. And that light will never be extinguished. The only qualm I had was how loosely the word love was thrown around. Fortunately, Bean made it clear that she and Roman never loved each other, but love was still applied to whatever Manny felt for his family (and those outside of it) and others. In truth, love doesn’t hurt those whom we love. Love is patient, kind, selfless...and I wished the virtues of love had been explored and defined rather than the term love being slapped like a label on every nice feeling or kind action. I understand that it’s hard to find another word, and that perhaps that painful love is as close to the real deal as humanity can get, but still. Could’ve slipped 1 Corinthians 13 in there, just for good measure. And I’ll be honest. I. Loved. The Catholicism. I know all my Baptist friends are gonna start hating on me, but y’all. The way Catholicism was portrayed in here was so beautiful and genuine; just simple, true faith in God. No confusing theology or divisive doctrines. Just Christianity, which is neither Catholic nor Protestant. And I appreciated that so much! I would love to see more Christian fiction with Catholiccharacters, fiction that can unite both Protestant and Catholic under Christ’s banner of love. Now, y’all are probably waiting for me to get into the good stuff, like the characters and plot and prose and pacing and all those fun technicalities, aren’t you? Well, I think we’ve all been around each other long enough to know that White can write (the rhyme was intentional), and that I always love her prose, no matter if it’s written with a clipped London accent or in flowing descriptions. This story was definitely very character-driven (most of White’s are, actually), and while that can often result in (1) a story that drags like crazy, (2) a story that’s far too short, (3) or a story with no solid focus. This was none of those. It was perfectly paced; not too fast, not too slow, consistently and smoothly flowing over everything in a way that was intense but not stressful. (Books stress me out. I’m that sensitive.) And even though I’ve noticed a plotline decline (again, intentional) in some of White’s other books (i.e., On Wings of Devotion and Dreams of Savannah...both of which were still awesome stories regardless), the plot in SL was perfect. Very focused on the characters and their actions...but since I didn’t know quite what they’d do next, it was very suspenseful and kept me guessing! (Let’s face it. Suspense/mystery novels should all be character-driven.) Speaking of the characters...y’all. This was hard. Of course, I didn’t love Bean...but I didn’t hate her or dislike her or even feel nothing for her (which is quite common for me and heroines). I actually liked her and enjoyed her character (mainly because she wasn’t obnoxious or bothersome), even though she didn’t really have a personality. Like, at all. Then there’s Enzo. He was so perfect, and I admire him to bits, but I’ve found that I tend to fall for the imperfect bad boys, so there’s that. Still, great hero, just not my type. (Scratch that. He’s my type in real life, just not in fiction. *winks*) And Roman. Oh. My. Gosh. I hated this man. I hated his guts. Not necessarily because he was a filthy, rotten, stinkin’ mongrel...but because he was annoying. I can handle mongrels. But not annoying people. He did grow on me, and I have very high hopes that White will write a sequel and redeem his blighted soul. So just who was my favorite character in this novel? The answer will surprise you… Sally. Seriously. This girl. Oh, y’all, she was just hilarious! Her deadpan humor was classic, and of course I just felt for her so much. I think the tenderhearted prostitute character may be overdone a little in some circles (I feel like I’ve read a lot of similar characters, even though I can’t tell you what in), but Sally wasn’t cookie cutter. I kinda ship her and Roman, even though, to be honest? She deserves better. (And then there’s Ava. Liked her too. All these sweet women with tragic backstories are gonna make me cry.) Moving on...loved the cast and how vibrant they were, even if I ended up rooting for Sally the whole time, and the romance between Enzo and Bean was just precious! I LOVE how we started a dialogue about purity and passion and how both are important and can coexist...Julie Lessman would be proud. (Or she will be. As soon as I convince her to read this…) Case in point: I need a sequel. Or five. Seriously. Sally and Roman gotta get their lives right and get together. Isadora and maybe Tony can get together. Helen and either Cliff or Val. Unless...what if Sally and Cliff (kinda ship them too, actually) and Helen and Roman got together? Hmm...I must think on this. It’d be simpler and whole lot less messy if Sal and Rom got hitched, but WAIT. A LOVE TRIANGLE. WE MUST HAVE A LOVE TRIANGLE. *rushes off to plot a fanfiction sequel to Shadowed Loyalty called Shrouded Devotion or Shaded Faith.* Long story short, good book. Need more. Bye. Seriously, though, Shadowed Loyalty was a refreshing read after a lot of duds without heart or soul...it was literally a novel of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, in a clash of loyalties and love that will tug at your heartstrings and make you wonder...have you gotten comfortable in your own darkness? Have you turned a blind eye to all that’s wrong in your life? Or are you striving to live pure and holy? Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. (PS: After writing that synopsis, I realize that the song “You Belong to Me” by Grey Holiday fits this story perfectly.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    In a departure from her usual historical, Ms. White delves into a different part of history. This story is set in 1920s Chicago, steeped in the shadowy, old world Mafia and their families, just as Al Capone is making inroads into organized crime. I appreciate the extensive research that went into this story. This is an intriguing, complex tale that probes the disreputable times, where the characters wrestle with unsettling choices between loyalty to family and doing what is morally right. Lorenz In a departure from her usual historical, Ms. White delves into a different part of history. This story is set in 1920s Chicago, steeped in the shadowy, old world Mafia and their families, just as Al Capone is making inroads into organized crime. I appreciate the extensive research that went into this story. This is an intriguing, complex tale that probes the disreputable times, where the characters wrestle with unsettling choices between loyalty to family and doing what is morally right. Lorenzo is trying to break the mold by being an honest lawyer and separating himself from the Mob. But he finds it difficult not to get caught up when his fiancée, Sabina, needs his help. Sabina has attended Church her whole life, but wrong decisions and certain revelations find her torn and questioning her reality. Will faith sustain them or break them apart? Come along as Ms. White weaves her magic and takes us back to a dark time and still manages to give us a romantic happy ending along with themes of loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness and mercy. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Roseanna M. White, who is one of the best Christian fiction writers in my opinion, has expanded her writing territory. While sticking to her tried and true historical fiction genre, Shadowed Loyalty ventures into the theme of prohibition era mafia families. This was a first for me, and I quite enjoyed this read. First off, being of Italian background myself, I found the cultural elements throughout to be quite accurate. Historical elements were also true to the time which gives evidence of the l Roseanna M. White, who is one of the best Christian fiction writers in my opinion, has expanded her writing territory. While sticking to her tried and true historical fiction genre, Shadowed Loyalty ventures into the theme of prohibition era mafia families. This was a first for me, and I quite enjoyed this read. First off, being of Italian background myself, I found the cultural elements throughout to be quite accurate. Historical elements were also true to the time which gives evidence of the level of research conducted in order to write such a novel. Readers will not find this book to be cliché. There is a lot a realism in both the characters and the plotline. I found this refreshing. Characters are complex, develop well, and feel relatable. The plot line developed to a good climax and while there is a solid conclusion, not every 'i' is dotted, nor is every 't' crossed. Again, this is what made the book feel so much more realistic, while still leaving me with a satisfying conclusion. There are some dark themes in this book (as would be expected with a mafia theme). I would say that while evil is mentioned, it is not glorified. Evil/sin is not all resolved by the end either (which would not make this book realistic), but readers are left with a hope that God's light would shine in the dark places in the time to come. I recommend this novel to historical fiction fans, especially those looking for an era/theme less commonly covered in Christian fiction. I received a complementary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    With her trademark commitment to history and signature wordsmithing prowess, Roseanna M. White brings to life the turbulent world of Prohibition Era Chicago. Robust, fully-dimensional characters dash stereotypes and will have readers flipping pages far into the night to follow their paths through shadows of loyalty, faith, fear, and courage. Fans of historical romance will love untangling this web with Sabina, Enzo, and the Prohibition Agent bent on keeping them apart.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    This was an interesting read from Ms. Roseanna White. I've always read her historical novels so this was a different side to history and I was all for it. In this story you embark to the Roaring 20's Chicago and are introduced to the mafia world. Definitely gave you Godfather vibes which I was all in for! It is definitely a part of history you don't typically see in Christian fiction stories. You can tell that the author did extensive research and it shows in throughout the story. Rich in detail This was an interesting read from Ms. Roseanna White. I've always read her historical novels so this was a different side to history and I was all for it. In this story you embark to the Roaring 20's Chicago and are introduced to the mafia world. Definitely gave you Godfather vibes which I was all in for! It is definitely a part of history you don't typically see in Christian fiction stories. You can tell that the author did extensive research and it shows in throughout the story. Rich in details that truly transported you to that era. The characters were done perfectly. You were able to immerse yourself in the story and believe in these characters and feel their emotions. They also grew throughout the story which I always appreciate as they don't become stale. This story is full of action, lots of tension, twists and of course romance. There is a faith and forgiveness element to the story. Being that this is an Italian family in the 1920's they are deep into the Catholic faith so there is quite a bit of reference to that. Overall I thought this book was good and definitely one that kept you reading. I think it also lends itself to many opportunities to have perhaps a sequel?! I received a copy of this book through Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Shadowed Loyalty was different than any other book I can remember reading. I was drawn into the story pretty much right away and enjoyed it to the end. Some parts of the storyline were gritty and/or dark, but believable for the setting. I really liked it overall. I'm typically not a fan of love triangles and that was also the case with this book, but it was well done. I did not like Roman AT ALL and was rooting for Enzo. He seemed like such a good man who would treat Sabina right. All in all, Shad Shadowed Loyalty was different than any other book I can remember reading. I was drawn into the story pretty much right away and enjoyed it to the end. Some parts of the storyline were gritty and/or dark, but believable for the setting. I really liked it overall. I'm typically not a fan of love triangles and that was also the case with this book, but it was well done. I did not like Roman AT ALL and was rooting for Enzo. He seemed like such a good man who would treat Sabina right. All in all, Shadowed Loyalty was a great read and I'm glad that I read it. I recommend it if you enjoy historical romances and don't mind some gritty/dark elements. I cannot wait to read White's next book. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above 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 and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate Breslin

    A remarkable body of work! Set amid the 1920s Chicago Prohibition, Shadowed Loyalty explores the depths of the soul in beautifully written prose, offering the correlation between love and suffering, belief and doubt, goodness and evil. As Sabina and Enzo undertake a tenuous journey toward reconciliation—which only leads them deeper into the world of temptation and darkness—their prayers eventually begin to illuminate the fullness and truth of real love, that Love on the Cross, having no conditio A remarkable body of work! Set amid the 1920s Chicago Prohibition, Shadowed Loyalty explores the depths of the soul in beautifully written prose, offering the correlation between love and suffering, belief and doubt, goodness and evil. As Sabina and Enzo undertake a tenuous journey toward reconciliation—which only leads them deeper into the world of temptation and darkness—their prayers eventually begin to illuminate the fullness and truth of real love, that Love on the Cross, having no conditions or exclusions, only forgiveness and the light of hope. With her superb writing, author Roseanna M. White paints such wonderfully flawed yet endearing characters, into a story poignant and riveting until the very last page!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angeline

    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 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riley G.

    I WANT THIS BOOK!!!! SO EXCITED!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lynn

    3.5 stars This book was definitely a different take for Miss White and I enjoyed the look at the 20’s! Knowing Roseanna, of course this book has outstanding descriptions and as a fashion designer and seamstress, I enjoyed greatly the nods to all of the fashion aspects of the day! It’s honestly a story I related to more than I thought I would. We live in a world of darkness and while intertwined with it in different ways, we are called to live in the world but not of it, and that aspect of the sto 3.5 stars This book was definitely a different take for Miss White and I enjoyed the look at the 20’s! Knowing Roseanna, of course this book has outstanding descriptions and as a fashion designer and seamstress, I enjoyed greatly the nods to all of the fashion aspects of the day! It’s honestly a story I related to more than I thought I would. We live in a world of darkness and while intertwined with it in different ways, we are called to live in the world but not of it, and that aspect of the story as all three characters navigated this in different ways definitely tugged at the heartstrings! Roman is trying to live out of the world, but ends up living from it. Sabina is in and of and finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. And Lorenzo has done his best to live out and away from the world that is his and finds that this has cost him more than he could have realized. It’s definitely a hard story to read at times. While steeped in reality, this book feels like a heavy cup of black tea that has been brewed too long but that you can’t help drink anyway, the bitter flavor permeating your tongue, but the tea still soothing you as it does. The plot twists, and depth of the story kept me turning pages! Having roots in my heritage of Italian and even catholic backgrounds, I did like how Roseanna was able to display the realities of their culture, but also gave her character a closer relationship with the Lord, and what it looked like to serve Him as a catholic. The details were immaculately done. Something that was both a struggle for me as well as a plus was the way that Roseanna addressed physical attraction between the main characters. She showed the reality of what a struggle it can be, but I was grateful and applauded the fact that her characters chose the right choice to save themselves for marriage and their dedication to being honorable in that respect, despite the struggle. It was nice to see an author show the realities that it IS a struggle, but also show how living in that honorable way is not only achievable, but that it is beneficial. However, the story did approach some more description than I personally enjoy. CONTENT ADVISORY: Rated as MODERATE according to the Book Cave Rating System. https://mybookcave.com/mybookratings/... (view spoiler)[Something that I didn’t love is how far she went at times describing the laciviousness of O’reilly’s character. I felt that it could have been simmered down a little bit and still given the desired effect. While there is no swearing, all of the other content matches with the rating listed above. The bordello’s of the Italian culture are mentioned a lot and have a large part to play in the story so mistresses, prostitution, etc. not only has some key scenes, but also some key characters. I do applaud Roseanna for the tactfulness that she used, however, I would not recommend it for younger readers as a result and would recommend the age range should be 18+. Violence in relation to the mob also takes place and again is described with tact, as are some kissing scenes, physical attraction, one fade to black scene, and mentioning of prostitutes, prostitution, nudity, and lascivious lifestyles, drinking, bars etc. There was one scene in particular with O’reilly and a prostitute that went to far for my liking. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] If you enjoy books set in the 20’s and some darker aspects to those stories, or are interested in prohibition or the start of the Chicago mobs, then you will enjoy this book! (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Latisha Sexton

    When I found out that Roseanna White (one of my favorite historical authors) was writing a book about the roarin' 20s and the Mafia, I was hooked. This story, while being in White's unique voice, was different than her usual books. It was a lot grittier (not surprising given it's about the Mafia). The topics are heavy; alcohol (bootlegging), prostitution, murder, etc. However, White is a master of writing these topics without being graphic, which I really appreciate. Sabina, the main female char When I found out that Roseanna White (one of my favorite historical authors) was writing a book about the roarin' 20s and the Mafia, I was hooked. This story, while being in White's unique voice, was different than her usual books. It was a lot grittier (not surprising given it's about the Mafia). The topics are heavy; alcohol (bootlegging), prostitution, murder, etc. However, White is a master of writing these topics without being graphic, which I really appreciate. Sabina, the main female character, has such amazing character growth throughout the book and I really enjoyed that the love story in this book isn't like a typical book. The two main characters are already in a relationship (not married yet) but have drifted apart. The story focuses on them learning to reconcile and fight for each other. That was so refreshing to see in a book because often, books have the characters breaking up immediately instead of working out their issues. Definitely a great read and although I believe this is a stand-alone, I would definitely be interested in reading more from these characters!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Love, loyalty, trust, guilt, infidelity, faith. This book covers a lot of ground. It’s a well written story about Sabina, the daughter of a mob boss, and Lorenzo, the man she is supposed to marry. It’s set in Chicago during the Prohibition era in the early 1920’s. There is violence, abuse, and loss, but the main characters remain a light in the darkness, and choose to act out of love, even towards the man considered by everyone to be their enemy. I loved both of the main characters and the setti Love, loyalty, trust, guilt, infidelity, faith. This book covers a lot of ground. It’s a well written story about Sabina, the daughter of a mob boss, and Lorenzo, the man she is supposed to marry. It’s set in Chicago during the Prohibition era in the early 1920’s. There is violence, abuse, and loss, but the main characters remain a light in the darkness, and choose to act out of love, even towards the man considered by everyone to be their enemy. I loved both of the main characters and the setting of this novel. I appreciated the struggles they faced in their relationship (and family), and how they found a way to move forward. Overall, I thought it was a beautiful story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars. I received a complimentary ebook from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: Shadowed Loyalty Author: Roseanna M White Ch: 23 Pg: 356 Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 4 stars Publisher: Chrism Press Shadow Loyalty the newest book by Roseanna M White, however it’s different than her previous books. But it’s just as good. Shadow Loyalty has Whites trademark faith filled stories as well as the character growth and love. Shadow Loyalty takes place in 1920s and Sabina Mancari is a mob bosses’ daughter. Lorenzo has first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks... Title: Shadowed Loyalty Author: Roseanna M White Ch: 23 Pg: 356 Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 4 stars Publisher: Chrism Press Shadow Loyalty the newest book by Roseanna M White, however it’s different than her previous books. But it’s just as good. Shadow Loyalty has Whites trademark faith filled stories as well as the character growth and love. Shadow Loyalty takes place in 1920s and Sabina Mancari is a mob bosses’ daughter. Lorenzo has loved her since then were kids as a lawyer he wants to give her a life away from the mob but will a prohibition agent who seems to be slight shady to this reader sway her away. Shadow Loyalty was a great read that gives the reader action, a slight love triangle that doesn’t feel like one, and a love story. That still manages to be sweet and full of faith. Fans of Rachel Scott McDaniel’s The Mobster’s Daughter and The Red Canary will also enjoy this one. I received a copy of this book from the author I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (The_CozyBookworm)

    Shadowed Loyalty has all the ingredients I've come to expect from a Roseanna M. White book - unique, multi-dimensional and unpredictable characters and a thoroughly researched plot that SUCKS YOU IN from the first chapter. I was immediately engrossed in the world of 1920's Chicago told from the perspective of the daughter of an Italian mob boss and her lifelong friend and fiancé. I found the complexity of the characters, the choices they were presented with and our two main character's struggles Shadowed Loyalty has all the ingredients I've come to expect from a Roseanna M. White book - unique, multi-dimensional and unpredictable characters and a thoroughly researched plot that SUCKS YOU IN from the first chapter. I was immediately engrossed in the world of 1920's Chicago told from the perspective of the daughter of an Italian mob boss and her lifelong friend and fiancé. I found the complexity of the characters, the choices they were presented with and our two main character's struggles between doing what they know is right in God's eyes and what is expected in the world and families they live in intriguing. The characters in this story are first generation Italian and true to their heritage and era they live in, Roman Catholic. Roman Catholic practices are heavily included throughout. I knew this about this novel prior to agreeing to review it, so I won't speak to that. I did have a few issues with the way some of the situations were handled regarding one character's mistress who was living in unrepentant, willful sin and it being stated and alluded to (without it ever being corrected) that this person's prayers are heard by God and it is implied they are saved even in their refusal to do what was right and walk away from the life they knew was wrong. The way the mistresses odd and frankly offensive relationship was handled with another character (don't want to spoil) was abhorrent and disrespectful to the people she was hurting most. To be clear - I love seeing character growth and realistic situations being presented in fiction, and do not shy away from grittier aspects, but if I am reading a story that is representing biblical truth, I do expect sin to be called sin. Persons choosing to live 20+ years in unrepentant, willful sin involving an ongoing marital affair should not be comforted with any assurance of being truly converted, but should be called to repentance. Overall, I did enjoy my time with Sabina and Lorenzo. I would love to see a story told from Izzy's point of view, as I thoroughly enjoyed the short snippets we had with her. *I received this ebook for review. This is my personal opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    People were never just their sins. Fans of Roseanna M White will fined this book different than what they are familiar with, however, it is just as good, entertaining and impactful. Readers who prefers character growth books, will love this one. The growth of the main female lead was evident through this book, and where she started out as this naïve and bit spoiled girl in the beginning, she ended as a strong, insightful women who found her way to true love and God's light in her world of darknes People were never just their sins. Fans of Roseanna M White will fined this book different than what they are familiar with, however, it is just as good, entertaining and impactful. Readers who prefers character growth books, will love this one. The growth of the main female lead was evident through this book, and where she started out as this naïve and bit spoiled girl in the beginning, she ended as a strong, insightful women who found her way to true love and God's light in her world of darkness. Lorenzo - now, if you love dashing gentlemen who loves unconditionally, but also has and owns up to his own faults, you will love Enzo. I loved his solid faith and how he was the perfect example of what it means to "Love the sinner, not the sin". forgiveness isn’t a ticket you buy, a one-time thing bought and paid for. Forgiveness is the train you choose to ride through life’s journey. You have to stay on it, even though sometimes you don’t know where it’s taking you. You have to trust it to protect you from the elements that rage outside—and inside. There was love triangles, love interests, murder, action and some very lost characters, all which added to the mystique and danger of the Mafia world, but the author did a great job of shining God's light through it all. Definitely worth a read for fans of this author. I would have loved an epilogue though. *I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    There were so much facets to this novel that created the world in Shadowed Loyalty. The year, the mafia way of life, the faith of Lorenzo, and the very real consequences of living a life of crime. Not only that, but as Sabina uncovers more truth in her life, she grows in morality and faith. It was very interesting to read her transformation. This was more than a romance novel and one I think historical fiction lovers will love. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not There were so much facets to this novel that created the world in Shadowed Loyalty. The year, the mafia way of life, the faith of Lorenzo, and the very real consequences of living a life of crime. Not only that, but as Sabina uncovers more truth in her life, she grows in morality and faith. It was very interesting to read her transformation. This was more than a romance novel and one I think historical fiction lovers will love. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not influenced nor required. **Full review at https://tonishiloh.com/2022/05/02/boo...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    What a roaring story! Roseanna M. White has written a thrilling narrative of family, love, and loyalty set in 1920’s Chicago. Sabina is the daughter of a mafioso in Chicago, in 1922? In this story she grapples with her worth, her faith, and how to honor God while loving her law-breaking family. Lorenzo Capecce is the son of a mafia lieutenant, and has felt the call of God on his life since he was young. He learns how to follow that call while continuing to love and honor his family and the love What a roaring story! Roseanna M. White has written a thrilling narrative of family, love, and loyalty set in 1920’s Chicago. Sabina is the daughter of a mafioso in Chicago, in 1922? In this story she grapples with her worth, her faith, and how to honor God while loving her law-breaking family. Lorenzo Capecce is the son of a mafia lieutenant, and has felt the call of God on his life since he was young. He learns how to follow that call while continuing to love and honor his family and the love of his life, Sabina. Both characters had to learn how to forgive, to stand against temptation, and communicate well as a couple. As with several other books by Roseanna, there were actually 4 character POVs in this novel. She does a good job of helping you see the antagonist’s perspective and motives. There was also a love triangle, which is honestly one of my least favorite tropes. But it was done well. As usual, the historical descriptions were also done well and accurate. This was such an exciting story- if I’d had the time, I could have read it in one sitting! This is one you don’t want to miss! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    April

    I love Roseanne M. White’s historical fiction. She always weaves an amazing story full of history that keeps me reading late into the night. When I saw that she had ventured outside of her usual time period and setting, I knew I had I read it. Thank you to Just Read Tours for the opportunity to help promote this book. Sabina Mancari is the daughter of a mafia boss. She thinks she has fallen in love with Roman, only to realize she was a big part of his attempt to take down her father. Lorenzo is a I love Roseanne M. White’s historical fiction. She always weaves an amazing story full of history that keeps me reading late into the night. When I saw that she had ventured outside of her usual time period and setting, I knew I had I read it. Thank you to Just Read Tours for the opportunity to help promote this book. Sabina Mancari is the daughter of a mafia boss. She thinks she has fallen in love with Roman, only to realize she was a big part of his attempt to take down her father. Lorenzo is a lawyer determined to stay out of the life his family is part of, the mafia run by Sabina’s father. When he finds out that his fiancé, Sabina, has cheated on him, he can’t decide exactly what to do. He has loved her for so long and she has hurt him deeply. A close call puts Sabina and Lorenzo on the path to reconciliation and it is such a journey. As they realize they are each only human, and that life together will mean being willing to forgive over and over, we see them become closer than ever before. At the same time, Roman is still trying to bring down Sabina’s father. This story is such a wonderful journey. We see what life was like in Chicago during prohibition, when the mob was in such control. Underneath all of that is a journey of faith, and learning how to truly stand for what you believe in. I highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction, Christian fiction, and someone wanting a different era to read in. I enjoyed everything about this book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "Whether we feel it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, He's there. He's present. He's pouring out His grace on us." Grace. His presence. Feeling it or not. Right now guilt was about the only thing that Sabina Mancari was feeling. What had possessed her to flirt with excitement, when she should have been perfectly content to bask in a once-in-a-lifetime love? It was too late now, her sins had been exposed for all the world to see, wounding the two men that held her dearest; her fa 3.5 stars "Whether we feel it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, He's there. He's present. He's pouring out His grace on us." Grace. His presence. Feeling it or not. Right now guilt was about the only thing that Sabina Mancari was feeling. What had possessed her to flirt with excitement, when she should have been perfectly content to bask in a once-in-a-lifetime love? It was too late now, her sins had been exposed for all the world to see, wounding the two men that held her dearest; her father and her fiance. Something should have warned her that the dashing Mr. O'Reilly was a cleverly disguised Prohibition agent, practically salivating over the opportunity to bring down her mob-boss father and using her to do it. Would Enzo demand that she take off his ring, break their engagement? She certainly deserved no less. " . . . forgiveness isn't a ticket you buy, a one-time thing bought and paid for. Forgiveness is the train you choose to ride through life's journey. You have to stay on it, even though sometimes you don't know where it's taking you." Dear, sweet, honorable Enzo. Willing and daring to love in spite of . . . . and there were boatloads of those. Sabina was the daughter of a powerful Chicago crime family boss and he was the son of a high ranking member; still, he had turned down the priesthood in order to become a reputable lawyer. . . . . and if the truth were known, so that he could also be free to marry the love of his life. Now they could only offer prayers, prayers that their lives might become an "immortal diamond" of light for their families, for "the job of a candle was to shine despite the fact that the darkness could never comprehend it". This is the kind of story that movies are made of; good people doing wrong things for what they think are the right reasons, leaving all kinds of collateral damage in their wake. Add in misunderstandings, a woman scorned, a jilted lover, a kind mistress, and a love most tender . . . and what do you have? "Shadowed Loyalty." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    4.5 stars In Shadowed Loyalty, author Roseanna M. White's talented pen completely immerses the reader in the roaring twenties where prohibition, speakeasies, and the era of the Sicilian mafia is in full swing. She paints such a vivid picture of life at this time, you feel like you are there. Sabina Mancari has always been the apple of her father's eye, and his principessa. When she was younger, she took great care of her siblings when her mother was ill. While Sabina knows that her father is a maf 4.5 stars In Shadowed Loyalty, author Roseanna M. White's talented pen completely immerses the reader in the roaring twenties where prohibition, speakeasies, and the era of the Sicilian mafia is in full swing. She paints such a vivid picture of life at this time, you feel like you are there. Sabina Mancari has always been the apple of her father's eye, and his principessa. When she was younger, she took great care of her siblings when her mother was ill. While Sabina knows that her father is a mafia boss, she eventually becomes acutely aware of the evil that comes from that life when her father's personal life and work life collide because of her. Lorenzo Capecces is an honest man born into a Sicilian family, and he loves Sabina. Since they got engaged, Lorenzo has spent the last three years studing and working hard to become a lawyer to be able to take her away from the their mafia families. But in doing so, he inadvertently makes her feel all but ignored, fighting off despair, and lost in the darkness that is mafia life. He has a good reason for staying away, but he realizes he should have kept her in the loop. Can she forgive him? And can he forgive her actions that betrayed him? I enjoyed reading their honest conversations as they try to figure out if they still have a future together or not. Lorenzo at one time had wanted to become a priest. He discerned that through the vocation to marriage he could best serve God. "I didn't choose you over the Church. I chose both. I chose to serve God through loving you, raising a family with you." "It helped to realize the words of the prayers, and even more the sacraments....they can do their work in us even when we're too numb to realize it." "Whether we feel it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, He's there. He's present. He's pouring His grace on us." "Would God even hear the prayers of a mafioso's daughter?" "Strengthen him. Strengthen me. Strengthen us. Help us, somehow, to be a light instead of part of the darkness." Roseanna M. White does a beautiful job highlighting the humanity of all the characters in the story despite their present choices or past actions. Redemption is for all, if only all would choose it. Shadowed Loyalty is a well reseached, well penned, multi-layered story that doesn't shy away from the difficult life in the mafia, murder, prostitution, bribes, body guards, alcohol, and mistresses, and how it's completely incongruous with their faith and family life. Forgiveness, and choosing God are/become important for the two members of this family who want out of this way of life. I highly recommend this book of forgiveness and redemption! Thank you to the author for allowing me to read a copy. All opinions are my own. I am looking forward to putting my pre-ordered copy on my keeper shelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaci (Ms. Darcy Reads)

    Shadowed Loyalty by Roseanne M. White is a fabulous Mafia romance that deals with struggle between loving God and family loyalty. I loved White’s foray into Chicago during the 1920s and her vast cast of characters. The story is total from numerous points of view to create a rich story that allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in Chicago’s Little Italy. I enjoyed the struggle Sabina experiences as she realized how her father supported the family. Sabina and Enzo have a complicated relati Shadowed Loyalty by Roseanne M. White is a fabulous Mafia romance that deals with struggle between loving God and family loyalty. I loved White’s foray into Chicago during the 1920s and her vast cast of characters. The story is total from numerous points of view to create a rich story that allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in Chicago’s Little Italy. I enjoyed the struggle Sabina experiences as she realized how her father supported the family. Sabina and Enzo have a complicated relationship with their families that I really enjoyed. While this is a Mafia romance, it also a story of exploring the complexities of it. Neither supporting or condoning the mob but instead looking at the Catholic faith and the moral issues of the mafia. If you love Rachel Scott McDaniel’s stories, then you need to read Shadowed Loyalty!! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All views expressed are strictly my own honest opinion.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    Roseanna M. White proves she can write in any time period! This latest standalone novel set in 1920’s Prohibition Era Chicago is perhaps Ms. White’s most raw, gritty, emotional work to date and somewhat of a departure from her other books. It completely captures the feel of the Roaring 20’s and the Italian mobster underworld. Trying to choose between an honest life and their families’ complicated legacy, Sabina and Enzo work to change their future and make their upcoming marriage successful. How Roseanna M. White proves she can write in any time period! This latest standalone novel set in 1920’s Prohibition Era Chicago is perhaps Ms. White’s most raw, gritty, emotional work to date and somewhat of a departure from her other books. It completely captures the feel of the Roaring 20’s and the Italian mobster underworld. Trying to choose between an honest life and their families’ complicated legacy, Sabina and Enzo work to change their future and make their upcoming marriage successful. However, a government agent in love with Sabina is determine to foil their marriage plans and take down Sabina’s father. While her famous mafioso father deals in illegal speakeasies and houses of ill repute, the beautiful Sabina enjoys the luxurious life his money offers. When the man who tempted her away from her fiancé turns out to be a government undercover agent, she’s forced to question everything about love, faith, her future, and her father. Seeing her fiancé Enzo again makes her realize her horrible mistakes, but will he forgive her? Can she free herself from the man who tempted her? Three long years after proposing to Sabina, Lorenzo or Enzo has finally graduated from law school and is working as a defense attorney. He’s looking forward to marrying the woman he’s loved since childhood and wants to live an honest life free from his family’s underworld dealings. When he receives a distressed call from Sabina asking him to help her father, he immediately agrees, but is torn between his principles and helping the woman he loves. When he finds out about her unfaithfulness, he questions whether he can forgive her and ever really leave the mafia world. Agent Roman O’Reilly can’t forget the forbidden mafioso’s daughter. Though he’s trying to put her father behind bars, he’s still in love with her. Determined to win her back, he tries to convince her that his love is more enticing than Enzo’s. All the while, he’s not exactly faithful and is working desperately to get the goods on Sabina’s father. This complicated story of revenge, love, and forgiveness kept me turning the pages to see how it all would turn out. It does not hold back from expressing human weakness, temptation, and the seediness of the underworld, yet there are messages of forgiveness and goodness that shine through the darkness. The characters are flawed, complex, and deeply drawn. Even those who could be judged harshly show their humanity. I loved Sabina’s and Enzo’s relationship. I appreciated how their childhood friendship changed to love then grew deeper as each character goes through real trials that test that love. Sabina seemed naive at first and a little spoiled, yet her character growth is impressive as she becomes more aware of her father’s world and learns what true love is. I grew to love Enzo and appreciated his faith, and devotion to Sabina. With plenty of heart stopping suspense, romance, the glitz and glam of the 1920’s, and heartfelt messages of faith woven throughout, this book will pull you in and keep you reading til that last page. Highly recommend to Christian historical fiction and romance lovers. Thanks to the author and publisher for the advanced complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review. 4 1/2 stars raised to 5.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Shadowed Loyalty is not your typical Roseanna White novel. The 1920's mob life isn't anyone's typical novel if we're honest, but I am All. For. It. Fans of The Mobster's Daughter by Rachel McDaniel will really love this novel. Historical fans will love it as well. White did such an amazing job in her research, not only on life in the 20's, but on the mob life as well. Sabina and Lorenzo were wonderfully crafted characters who show you not only a different viewpoint on the mob story, but a differ Shadowed Loyalty is not your typical Roseanna White novel. The 1920's mob life isn't anyone's typical novel if we're honest, but I am All. For. It. Fans of The Mobster's Daughter by Rachel McDaniel will really love this novel. Historical fans will love it as well. White did such an amazing job in her research, not only on life in the 20's, but on the mob life as well. Sabina and Lorenzo were wonderfully crafted characters who show you not only a different viewpoint on the mob story, but a different take on how a love story can unfold. They kind of had their own idea of what the other had been thinking for the past couple of years, and when they finally talked about it, it showed how important communication is to a relationship. I could sympathize with Sabina when she uncovered some things about her father that she seemed to have been naive to growing up. When you are in the midst of something, and only see one side of the story (her father taking care of their family), it can be almost damaging to find out the truth. White did a fantastic job of writing Sabina's story, growth, and faith. White never disappoints in her writing, and Shadowed Loyalty is certainly no exception. Though not a suspense novel, it was a fast paced, intense read at times. It had a great balance of action, love, character growth, and plot development. I hope she writes more of these stories in the future. I will be the first one in line to read them! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wren

    Roseanna M. White's Shadowed Loyalty captured my heart and became one of my newest favorites with a setting I've never imagined before: that of a darling, pampered daughter of a Sicilian mafioso...who's ruling a good portion of Chicago's illegal underworld in the 1920s. Sabina has been raised in the church, has cared for her younger siblings, and is engaged to marry a devout first-generation American lawyer, Enzo (short for Lorenzo). Their long engagement has left Sabina feeling disconnected fro Roseanna M. White's Shadowed Loyalty captured my heart and became one of my newest favorites with a setting I've never imagined before: that of a darling, pampered daughter of a Sicilian mafioso...who's ruling a good portion of Chicago's illegal underworld in the 1920s. Sabina has been raised in the church, has cared for her younger siblings, and is engaged to marry a devout first-generation American lawyer, Enzo (short for Lorenzo). Their long engagement has left Sabina feeling disconnected from her fiance. And when Roman comes calling, paying her admiring attention (with stolen kisses) as he strives to be accepted by her father, Giorgio, into the Mancari syndicate, Sabin's attention wanders. Until Roman shows that she had just been a means to an end; and that he's not at all the man she thought he was. Roman's emotional pursuit of the girl her father called "principessa" was all for show. And Lorenzo; faithful and true, his love for Sabina had never wavered. Life for Sabina is bringing revelations she'd never imagined: about her father's business; about what love really looks like; even about herself. As Sabina's tests of her own faith and character continue, the dangers of Prohibition-era Chicago are increasing, especially for her own family. Did her father do what they are saying he did? Can she understand what love is and who is worthy of her love? There are informants, corrupt officials, pursuits of revenge, and power plays everywhere. Will Sabina choose the right man to love; and the right path to follow? I am so impressed with author Roseanna M. White's mastery of story and character. She has, with Shadowed Loyalty, created a fascinating world-within-a-world that will captivate readers. Her characters are believable and compelling, and they're individuals you'll never forget; and you'll cheer them on and hope that somehow, they'll get out of this alive--and that their families will as well. Don't miss this beautiful book. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Esmeralda_L+L

    Sabina Mancari is a mildly irritating main character, but she grew on me as the story progressed. Her character arc and growth was deeply satisfying. Sabina grew in every area of her life as she leaned into her faith and simply matured. The one thing that disappointed me slightly was the lack of impact her previous responsibility for her siblings on who she was as a character – caring for beloved younger siblings truly challenges you to grow in many ways. Enzo, Lorenzo, is a good man. A good man Sabina Mancari is a mildly irritating main character, but she grew on me as the story progressed. Her character arc and growth was deeply satisfying. Sabina grew in every area of her life as she leaned into her faith and simply matured. The one thing that disappointed me slightly was the lack of impact her previous responsibility for her siblings on who she was as a character – caring for beloved younger siblings truly challenges you to grow in many ways. Enzo, Lorenzo, is a good man. A good man who deftly escapes the trap of being the “blameless man who falls for the girl with a tarnished reputation” by being wonderfully human. Although he is by no means a new favorite character of mine, I appreciated his internal turmoil and his attempts to determine how to love his family while vehemently opposing their line of work. The side-characters were strong, but I would have liked to learn more about a couple of them (especially Isadora). Roman, the main antagonist is a piece of work, but he truly is not a terrible person, he’s just messed up. Ava’s story-line captured my imagination – something about her love for Sabina and the way that she prays for Sabina’s family despite her situation got to me. Sally’s story made me sad, and I just hope that her life turned out alright. :) As far as other elements of the book, as I said before, this is a somewhat fast-paced read. There are plenty of tense, life-and-death moments and White did a lovely job keeping me engaged in the story. I appreciate the way that White dealt with difficult topics, such as prostitution and infidelity. She was both realistic and compassionate. The heartbreak that Sabina experiences as she discovers her father’s long-time relationship with Ava was easily relatable, and the way that Sabina responds to the situation felt true to her character. I often find romantic threads in stories to feel unnecessary or simply unenjoyable, but I loved Enzo and Sabina’s story and watching them fall in love with each other all over again, this time as adults rather than as children. Overall, I found this story to be a pleasant and interesting experience. I would love to see White re-visit these characters at some point in the future. I received a complimentary copy this book from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  28. 5 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    A dark tale set in Prohibition-era Chicago . . . Readers immediately become immersed in the violence, greed, and darkness of the Italian Mafioso Chicago in 1922 in the author's latest historical novel. They are also treated to the author's excellent depictions of the fashions and lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties. One of the bright spots in this story is the faith, love, and goodness exhibited by the male lead, Lorenzo Capecce, an attorney who dreams of making his way out of the family business in A dark tale set in Prohibition-era Chicago . . . Readers immediately become immersed in the violence, greed, and darkness of the Italian Mafioso Chicago in 1922 in the author's latest historical novel. They are also treated to the author's excellent depictions of the fashions and lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties. One of the bright spots in this story is the faith, love, and goodness exhibited by the male lead, Lorenzo Capecce, an attorney who dreams of making his way out of the family business into a life free of oppression, danger, and fear. He's not perfect in any way, but he is a man who seeks God's direction in his words and deeds. 'Enzo' is engaged to Sabina Mancari, the daughter of the powerful Mafioso boss Giorgio Mancari. Sabina lives a life of luxury and is unaware of the depth of her father's power and the danger the entire Mancari family lives under because of Giorgio's 'work.' She has led an overly-protected life and is in many ways naïve. Reality sets in for the young woman when a man who has manipulated her emotionally and physically shows his true colors and places Sabina literally in the line of fire during a raid. This is just one of many ambushes she experiences at the hands of other friends and acquaintances throughout the story. Through patience, understanding, and the opening of his own heart to his faith and feelings, Enzo proves to Sabina that he is more than just her best friend since childhood. He is a man she can admire, respect, love, and trust more than anyone on Earth. The discussions about faith between Enzo and Sabina were inspiring as were several unexpected friendships they made with people outside of their family circle. People who helped them get to safety and aided them in their quest to leave the nastiness of mafia life behind. I became uncomfortable reading several passages between Roman and Sabina which included language and content that painted him as a predatory, manipulative man who had little to no respect for boundaries. Some humor was introduced in the story by the appearance of Sabina's younger brother, Giorgio Jr., affectionately called 'Little G.' The thirteen-year-old was filled with energy, wit, and a sincere desire to make a career for himself outside of the family business. I enjoyed hearing about his goals in life and his enthusiasm for the trade in which he was apprenticing. His affection for his older sister, Sabina, was evident in their interactions; and I smiled every time he appeared on page. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours. All of my thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely my own. #######################

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    An intriguing, heartachingly beautiful look at the heart and various forms of love that drive each one of us! 1920s Chicago doesn't seem to end up on our fiction shelves very often, and what a shame! I so enjoyed the peek into the early life of the mafia, and the author's careful representation of right and wrong, and the way we so often convince ourselves which is which rather than turning to Christ and His standards. There were so many layers to so many characters, and they were all human - al An intriguing, heartachingly beautiful look at the heart and various forms of love that drive each one of us! 1920s Chicago doesn't seem to end up on our fiction shelves very often, and what a shame! I so enjoyed the peek into the early life of the mafia, and the author's careful representation of right and wrong, and the way we so often convince ourselves which is which rather than turning to Christ and His standards. There were so many layers to so many characters, and they were all human - all in need of forgiveness and redemption - which made the story so relatable. I truly appreciated the theme of grace woven all throughout, and it can be summed up in my favorite quote from these pages: "People were never just what they did, or just where they found themselves. People were never just their sins." (As consistent with all my other book reviews I'll mention that this is more specifically Catholic Fiction rather than Christian Fiction.) [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    Author Roseanna White is an accomplished author who writes many different genres and I love all of her books! Shadowed Loyalty is her latest book and it is a different time period for Ms. White. In Shadowed Loyalty Ms. White tells the story of Sabina and Lorenzo, both adult children of mobsters in Chicago, during Prohibition. Sabina, the innocent daughter of a mob boss is engaged to Lorenzo, a young lawyer struggling to make a life outside of the Family! I loved the characters and the growth the Author Roseanna White is an accomplished author who writes many different genres and I love all of her books! Shadowed Loyalty is her latest book and it is a different time period for Ms. White. In Shadowed Loyalty Ms. White tells the story of Sabina and Lorenzo, both adult children of mobsters in Chicago, during Prohibition. Sabina, the innocent daughter of a mob boss is engaged to Lorenzo, a young lawyer struggling to make a life outside of the Family! I loved the characters and the growth they show as the book progresses. The setting is great and the story reads very well. I loved the plot as Sabina discovers her heritage and her faith. I must add that all of Roseanna White's books are on my must-buy and add to my keeper shelf. So find a comfy chair, brew up a pot of tea and curl up for an excellent story. I was given a copy of Shadowed Loyalty by the publisher with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

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