The Number of Love (The Codebreakers Book #1)

The Number of Love (The Codebreakers Book #1)

by Roseanna M. White

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Overview

Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart?

Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493418619
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Codebreakers , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 64,104
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) 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, designing book covers, editing, 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.
Roseanna M. White (www.roseannamwhite.com) 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, designing book covers, editing, 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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The Number of Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very complex story, so much to soak in and ponder on. Each character demands a certain strength in their everyday living. The will to survive, the strength to live and love. The author takes great detail in the characters personalities and how their minds work. This is a book of great aptitude not just a simple telling of a love story. Forgiveness and grace wrote into the very pages that held revenge and hurt had me breathless. Every emotion will be touched and tucked away into this book. A story that will captivate every thought well after each page is turned. This is Roseanna’s best work yet, a total masterpiece! Was given a complimentary copy by Bethany House. All opinions are my own.
booklovingmomof5 4 months ago
This was the first book I have read by Roseanna M. White, and it certainly will not be the last! The Number of Love, the first of the author’s “Codebreakers” books, weaves historical facts with fiction in a beautiful tapestry that kept me quickly turning the pages to see what would happen next. Brilliant, beautiful, and amazingly gifted with numbers, Margot De Wilde is a codebreaker for British Intelligence – a very rare career for a woman in the years of World War 1. Drake Elton is a skilled British intelligence officer in the field who is likewise striving to thwart the Germans and keep the people of England safe. Fate leads the two to work together in a high-stakes battle of wit in a world where espionage, bombing raids, and biological warfare pose very real threats and love and career aspirations are not always compatible. I highly recommend The Number of Love to anyone with an interest in World War 1 or historical fiction in general. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
E_Espinoza 3 days ago
The Number of Love, by Roseanna M. White, is the first book in The Codebreakers series. A genuine page-turner from start to finish, this novel is a stunning piece of historical fiction. Truly riveting and utterly fascinating, this engaging story is incredibly well-researched and exceptionally well-written. With great skill and thoughtfulness, Ms. White brings a refreshing vitality and relevance to historical events and settings that existed more than a century ago. It is within this rich setting that the characters in this story thrive with purpose and authenticity. As their desires, fears, strengths, and idiosyncrasies are revealed; they become wholly intriguing and memorable. With excellent pacing and compelling details, the gripping plot entertains with a thrilling blend of mystery, suspense, and romance. Themes of perseverance and faith add depth and meaning to a story that is inspiring and unforgettable. Ms. White has firmly established herself as one of my favorite authors. Her talent for storytelling thrills me again and again. The Number of Love is a novel I look forward to sharing with friends and re-reading in the future. I highly recommend this book to all readers. *I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
theskett 4 days ago
The Number of Love is a new favorite on my shelves of Christian historical fiction. I loved the characterization and how Drake approached Margot on her turf. And I loved the code breaker aspect! It’s so tempting to go back and read it again this week. The historical and romance aspects of the story are well balanced. Strong secondary characters add much depth to the book. I’ll definitely plan to read the second book in the series.
summer_no9 5 days ago
This book was amazing, great challenges writing and compelling to read with that also had come with remarkable story from a history of the people who was risking their life working at the secretive department or the agencies during the Great World War II when the telegrams had come to the most important of communication in that time specially for the people who had to work and handle all of information and decision they had make will be involved with their life too. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”.
sesquius 7 days ago
Wow. This was a story that I just couldn't get myself to finish in one sitting. I tried and I tried, but I did finish eventually.  I loved the book. It was just finding the time to devote to reading it that kept me away from finishing. Outside watching the cats to keep them from wandering off. This was our weekend trip and devoting time to reading was limited to travel. But finally, I finished it and want to reread it again in one sitting. It was rich of details and drama, it had me guessing the direction of the story and each time I ended up wrong. The way it cumulated at the end was a moment of ahhh. In addition, I truly appreciate the epilogue. Margot De Wilde is the sister of the violinist, the one we met in a previous story when he met his wife, Willa. This story is a new series of codebreakers and I found myself fascinated with how well Roseanna could keep her details and facts together. That in itself is what led me to the amazing conclusion to the book.  Margot is a codebreaker and faces loss and heartbreak, while at the same time gaining a friend. There is so much within the story that to create a synopsis outside of the one given on the back of the book is hard. But the number 18 is what is echoed throughout the story, and to understand the number, you will have to read the book. Excellent book by an excellent author.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
KathleenDenly 9 days ago
Why This Book: Roseanna M. White wrote it. I have yet to not enjoy anything she has written. Opening Line: Old Admiralty Building London, England 25 September 1917 The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own. First Impressions: I'm not such a fan of this opening line, actually. Maybe its because I'm not a numbers person, but I thought it was rather ho-hum. That being said, the next sentence gained my interest. By the bottom of the first page I could feel the tension in the room. By page 15 I was hooked. In case you're curious, here are the second, third and fourth sentences: Margot De Wilde stared at them for a long moment, looked back at the German telegram sitting on her desk, and then scratched a new number onto the column. Almost there. Almost. Main Characters: Margot De Wilde – Yes! I LOVE Margot! I loved her when we first met her as Lukas De Wilde's little sister in A Song Unheard and I adored getting to know her better as the heroine of this novel. There can be no debate that she is a character with an utterly unique personality and perspective on the world. I am extremely impressed with how well Roseanna pulled off writing this character. Margot never once acts or thinks in a way that doesn't seem to fit her. She is consistent with who she is while also continuing to grow as a person over the course of the story. This is a heroine you won't soon forget. Drake "Dragon" Elton – He has another name, but I won't give it away here. 😉 He's a very engaging character with a strong sense of right and wrong that is tested in ways only war can do. I love the way he responds to Margot's unique personality and habits. He's a hero you will love reading about. Dorothea "Dot" Elton – Drake's younger sister is another unique character I loved getting to know. Thanks to war-related trauma she has fears connected to leaving her home. Seeing how she handles these fears and how they impact her relationships adds depth to this story. There are four or five other characters I'd like to name here, but since they aren't introduced until later in the story, or are integral to twists in the plotline, naming them here could be perceived as spoilers. So I'll simply add that the other main characters are equally well developed and you will enjoy reading about them. Emotional Engagement & Pacing of the Story: This is definitely a suspenseful read that will keep you turning pages, but it doesn't sacrifice emotion for action. As I mentioned above, the characters in this story are all so well-written that you can't help but care about what happens to them. Roseanna even managed to evoke compassion for a villain that has done some truly horrifying things. Elements I especially liked/disliked: I love how many honestly unique characters Roseanna managed to fit into this novel without making any of them seem like gimmicks or cartoons. They each feel real and relatable despite their uniqueness that, at times, borders on the extreme. Theme: The balance of control between the head and the heart. Ending: Oh, I was grinning from ear to ear. I think I even gave a very delighted little giggle when certain events occurred near the end and the only reason I didn't clap was that I was still holding the book and didn't want to set it down until I'd read the very last word. Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was NOT required to write a favorable review.
Homesteading 12 days ago
“Don’t be absurd. One is never greater than twelve.” “It is when you love the one.” There is much to like in this first offering of the new The Codebreakers series set in WWI England. The Number of Love is filled with interesting characters, some I liked more than others. Drake Elton is one I very much like. He is a protector by nature with a determined personality, a sharp wit and is not afraid to take risks. I loved how he cared for Dot’s wellbeing and was sensitive to her anxiety issues, always showing kindness and patience. Some may think he was being overprotective but who knows you better than a sibling, right? Only in this case, it took someone who doesn’t relate to others well, thinks in numbers, and shows very little emotion to enlighten him to the strength that was within his sister. Margot De Wilde is like no young woman Drake has ever met. A friend of Dot’s, she has the ability to look at people and circumstances unencumbered by emotions. Margot was definitely a character I had a hard time connecting with but people are worth getting to know. It takes time and patience. Not everyone has the ability to verbalize their feelings. It’s much harder for some but it doesn’t mean they don’t feel. You have to put aside self and enter into their world, looking for ways to connect with them because in the end you will find a person who very much feels things deeply and has incredible insights on life. White is adept at drawing detailed word pictures and always has me believing I have been transported back in time and place. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to fans of historical fiction and especially those who want to know more about The Codebreakers in Room 40. I especially enjoyed the author notes at the end of the book clarifying what was actual history. I want to know more about this time in England’s past. :-) I wouldn’t normally do this but I emailed the author to ask her why she chose to make her characters Catholic since I couldn't remember her doing that before. She graciously answered me saying that in Belgium during this time, something like 98% of the people practiced Roman Catholicism. Margot is from Belgium and it was easier to make the Elton’s RC as well, in order to avoid the whole “Can we get married, belonging to different churches?” question. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
BookwormLisa 16 days ago
I loved this book! The characters are wonderful, it is well written, I learned about WWI, and it has suspense and romance. What isn't there to love? Margot is a woman of numbers. I can't imagine what it would be like to have numbers constantly running through your mind. It makes her a perfect code breaker. Everyday she works on breaking the code on intercepted German intelligence. She is a loner and keeps up emotional walls. It is hard for someone to get inside and when they do, they become someone she treasures. An example is Dot. Dot has her own issues that make it hard to navigate in society. She is an anxious person who has a hard time going outside of her front door. The women understand each other and are amazing friends. Dot has a handsome brother, Drake, who is a spy. He is working in Spain against the Germans. I loved his adventures. When he is injured and returns home to recover, he and Margot make a formidable team. This book kept me fascinated from cover to cover. As I stated above, I loved everything about it. I look forward to reading more from this series. This book is Christian fiction, contains non-graphic violence, and sweet romance.
AmyPutney 18 days ago
Roseanna's books are always such a joy to read, and this one was not exception! The Number of Love is brilliantly crafted and so beautifully written and I loved every single page. I love that we got to see Margot again (a little more grown up) and got to know her so much better than we were able to in A Song Unheard. There was (obviously) a lot of talk about math and numbers throughout the book (so not my thing) but it didn't dampen my ability to understand the story and enjoy the book. I really enjoyed Drake's character too. It's a lot of fun having a hero who's a spy. I can't wait to see more of how Margot and Drake's story progresses throughout the rest of this series (because I'm SURE they will appear in the next 2 books at some point). :) I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
tickmenot 19 days ago
A Life of Codes During the Great War, there was a place in London so secret that even today not everything is known about it. Referred to as Room 40, it was a beehive of activity that contained top code breakers and puzzle masters. They worked around the clock pouring over the enemy’s coded top-secret information in an attempt to decipher the messages. The knowledge they gleamed helped protect their country, along with her military and intelligence agents. Margot De Wilde, is a beautiful and brilliant, no-nonsense young female who is unaware of most people--because she looks at the world through the filter of numbers. But what really makes her unusual is that she is one of the rare females who works in Room 40. Her work brings her into contact with undercover agent Drake Elton. Unknowingly, she also becomes involved with a dangerous enemy assassin. Margot finds herself in the middle of a plot to kidnap her best friend, kill Drake, and bomb London. This action story contains secret missions, clandestine meetings, along with a romance that just might turn out to be one-sided. However, there were a couple of places the tale slowed down. I loved that Margot’s strong faith in God was part of the story, and that I learned things about WWI I didn’t know. This is the first installment in The Codebreakers Series. Anyone who enjoys well-written intrigue or romance stories will like this 4-star book. Bethany House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Number of Love, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
EstherF 20 days ago
I’ve enjoyed White’s books ever since I first had a chance to read the first book in her Shadows Over England series, A Name Unknown. Then, in the next book, we met Margot, and I instantly fell in love with her. Somehow, her spunky, focused, determined self did something that I loved, and I know I quoted her in my review because I loved her comebacks so much. I’ve wondered about her story ever since then—and was beyond thrilled when I saw that the first book in the new Codebreakers series was from her perspective! I immediately requested it for review, and eagerly anticipated it once I finished a few other pressing books. Margot hasn’t changed much since I met her in A Song Unheard. She’s grown up a little, of course, but she’s still her witty, somewhat-distracted self. Her work was of particular interest to me; I’ve always loved codes and things like that, but only on a child’s level of the term. Seeing how she used her abilities to help others was special, and I also enjoyed seeing how her coworkers worked with her. They were doing a potentially dangerous job; if someone found out what they did, they could have suffered personal consequences, but they really did help out Britain’s war effort in the end. I also loved seeing Margot’s personality shine through; her contented aloofness, the joy she had in her family, her fierce independent yet also fiercely loyal spirit when her friends were in need, her dependence on the Lord’s direction, and her struggles when His direction didn’t seem to be as much of a constant in her life. I also enjoyed meeting Drake. His love and desire to protect his sister were special, even while he was doing a dangerous job. His job was also interesting; I had no idea that the Germans tried to infect animal cereals with a disease in order to hurt Britain’s war effort! I have to wonder what happened to all of that. As far as history, this book seemed to be steeped in it. I feel like I’ve learned another piece about what England looked like during World War I, but that I didn’t really even know I was learning because the story was so interesting! The writing style was beautiful, as always. Yes, there were the scenes where people were being hurt, and a few choice words appeared fairly regularly that I don’t appreciate, but overall I really enjoyed this book. If you like historical fiction with a romance on the side, you’d probably like this book. (Note: One reviewer mentioned the feministic leanings in this book, and I would have to agree. It wasn’t overt all the time, but one of the characters did lean that way more than I appreciate. I understand why the author made the choice she did, though, and I think I would make the same—but if this is something you watch out for, do know that it is here somewhat.) I requested a free review copy of this book from NetGalley, and this is my honest opinion of it.
LoriP123 22 days ago
The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White is the first book in her brand new series The Codebreakers and definitely worth reading if you love inspirational historical romance. Margot De Wilde loves and thrives doing her job deciphering intercepted messages from the Germans during the Great War, but when she suffers a sudden loss she realizes that it isn't enough. She soon teams up with Drake Elton who returns from the field wounded, but the dangers of the war are getting closer and they find that the secrets that brought them together are the very things that are now putting them in danger. I'm looking forward to reading books in this wonderful series! I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I truly loved getting to know Margot and Drake in this book. It's the first in a series, although Margot was introduced in a previous series, Shadows Over England. I loved Margot's personality and her strength. But I also loved reading about her weaknesses, her imperfections and struggles. Drake is introduced very early on, but we get to know the characters as individuals before knowing them as anything else. Roseanna White knows just how to write character's spiritual journeys in a way that doesn't seem forced or fake. She does a great job with writing Historical Fiction that inspires you to learn about new things (Go) and adopt new things as favorites (18). I am ready for the next book in this series already!! I received a complimentary copy The Number of Love from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
More_Than_A_Review 24 days ago
The Number of Love by Rosanna White was a very enjoyable read and my first book by Roseanna. I was thrilled to learn it is book one in the Codebreakers Series! I will be looking for the next in the series and have already added most of her previous books to my TBR list. She created a remarkable character in both Margot and Drake. Margot is the only woman codebreaker in Room 40. She is wicked smart. Picture a female Sheldon  . She deciphers codes that have been intercepted. She thinks in numbers. Drake was adorable. He accepted that she was crazy smart and was intrigued by her even more; not intimidated. He was perfect for her which was shown in how he decided to woo her. I enjoyed her relationship with Drakes sister as much as I did her relationship with Drake. Roseanna was able to capture the acceptance and friendship of two women that very different from each other. There was also a captivating mystery with the story. Truly I would have loved the story even if it was just the relationships. They were that good. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Julie12 24 days ago
I love reading about Britain during the World War II and especially enjoy reading about the code-breakers that helped to break the Nazi codes and the spies that infiltrated behind enemy lines. This book has lots of action regarding both of these things. Add in characters that you really care about and this book is one I couldn't put down! I love Margot and her quirky personality and how she sees everything in regards to numbers. I'm in awe of people who understand numbers and she definitely is one who understands the pattern of them and this is what makes her great in her work as a code-breaker. She deeply cares about her family and her friends, although she doesn't always show it in ways that others understand. I really love how she understands her new friend, Dot, and how Dot needs time to recover after being around people for a length of time. As an introvert, I loved Dot, too, because I really understood how she felt. Back to Margot, though, I really liked how she was very comfortable in her own skin and knew that God made her the way she is and that was enough. Drake is Dot's brother and has been doing undercover work. When he meets Margot, he is smitten and can't get her out of his mind. Their relationship grows gradually and I liked that they understood each other's sense of humor. He is caring and a strong character that I enjoyed getting to know. There are a lot of twists and turn in this book to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you interested. I love how the author brought so much accurate historical facts into this book. I loved this book and highly recommend it! I give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Kishona 24 days ago
Margot De Wilde stood out from the moment she made her debut in “A Song Unheard” as Lukas De Wilde’s genius kid sister, and when Roseanna White announced that this brilliant young lady would be getting her own book, I was giddy with excitement. Margot is a character unlike any I’ve ever read before, with her mathematical mind and unique way of processing the world around her. As I got to know her better in “The Number of Love,” she quickly became one of my absolute favorite leading ladies from Roseanna, as she is so refreshing and intriguing to follow through her story. And even though I’m not a huge math fan, I loved Margot’s connection to numbers and how she connected to everyone around her, including God, through them. It was just so original and fun. Not to be out-shone is the hero of the story, Drake Elton, a charming, intelligent wounded soldier who knows how to ask all the right questions and whose thoughtful, patient pursuit of Margot is simply perfection on a page. Set in London amid WWI and full of all the wonderfully researched historical details, fabulous characters, and inspiring, challenging faith themes I’ve come to expect from Roseanna, the story flows through drama, humor, and around unexpected twists to bring its characters closer to God and closer to each other. “The Number of Love” has easily claimed a spot among my favorites by Roseanna and leaves me excited for book two of in this new Codebreaker series. *I received a complimentary copy “The Number of Love” from the publishers. I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
GailHollingsworth 25 days ago
The Number of Love, book #1 in the Codebreakers, is set in mainly London 1917, during WWI. I instantly took a strong liking to the main female character, Margo. She was intelligent beyond measure, very opinionated with a wicked wit. She was the only woman in the field of code breaking the enemies messages. The rest of the women were secretaries. But the men respected her to the point of thinking of her as one of them. She had plans to further her education after the war with no plans for marriage or children. Drake was an intelligence agent (or spy) for the allies. They spend a good amount of time together getting to know each other through his sister Dot, who Margo befriends. I was fascinated with Margo’s love for numbers. She counted everything in her going and coming each day, steps, tiles, bricks in a building, stitches in a blouse, etc. God put numbers in her mind that caused her to listen, stop, and pray. This was an interesting story in the time of war that included secrets, spying, revenge, grief and a touch of romance. Be sure and read the author’s notes in the back. Although fiction, some of the history included was real as well as a few characters. I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
Melissa Andres 27 days ago
I absolutely LOVED this story! Margot de Wilde is a quirky, analytical, genious character. She experiences life through numbers and deals with each experience rationally. Margot works as a codebreaker during The Great War when she feels she's being led to pray for Agent 18. She sees 18's everywhere and each time he's brought to mind, she prays. She's quite shocked when she discovers who Agent 18 is. And he, Drake Elton is completely intrigued by her. Because Margot values logic over feelings, Drake works to woo her in a manner she'll appreciate. Everything about this story is well done. The characters, the setting, the history, I enjoyed it all. Be ready to dive in and read til you turn the last page! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 27 days ago
The Number of Love By Roseanna M. White “Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough. Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart? Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.” Margot De Wilde is a numbers girl and I am not. I just wanted to put that out there. It was fascinating to read about someone so different than myself. I enjoyed trying to imagine a conversation with Margot as well as what it would be like to work in Room 40. I might not be good with numbers but I enjoy puzzles. I imagine the weight of decoding enemy messages and then knowing that the messages you are decrypting are being used in the big picture of war strategizing would be stressful rather than a fun challenge. That being said love bloomed in this book through all the chaos. This book was not all about love, however. Life is about relationships and I thought that Margot and Dot’s relationship was a great example of how friendships work. Being a good friend means more than fun times. Margot and Dot patiently supported and encouraged each other to be the best version of themselves. That is being a good friend. Overall this was a great book and I look forward to the next installment to this series! I was provided a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve shared here. For more book reviews visit: https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
Deana0326 27 days ago
Everything about this book was intriguing right from the beginning. I really enjoyed getting to know Margot. She is quite a unique person with numbers floating around in her head all the time. I thought she was brilliant, trustworthy and dedicated to her job. What an exciting life she led decoding secret messages that were vital to the safety of our nation. It amazed me how quickly she was able to decode an encrypted message with numbers that came to her. If only my mind was as brilliant with numbers as Margot. But alas, she is one of a kind and I marveled at her flaws as well as her intellect. Drake was a wonderful addition to the story with his courage and determination to outsmart the enemy. His attraction to Margot seemed like love at first sight, but how could you not fall in love with her? She is without a doubt a breath of fresh air that explodes with confidence. It is a slow build to a relationship that digs deep into the heart and sees the beauty of God's love surrounding them. The exceptional historical facts make the story easy to feel as if you are there. Actually I wanted to follow Margot for just one day. I wanted to know how her mind worked and how she kept her sanity with numbers flying across her mind all the time. The element of espionage escalates the story to an intriguing guessing game. The action is at a great level and figuring out what would happen next was exciting for me. It is always nice to read how characters grow in their faith and this book is full of inspirational journeys to find God for several characters. There is one particular part in the book that especially spoke to me. Margot goes through something very painful and I liked how she made Margot very vulnerable at this time. I felt like I was able to see beyond the numbers that take over Margot and allowed me to witness a real emotion that only Jesus can heal. The story is a wonderful journey of growing for Margot and allowing Drake to become an important part of her life. Together they make a great combination of steadfast faith and determination to save their country. This is one of my favorite books from the author and I have to mention how much I appreciate the hard work put into this story to make it as authentic to the time period as possible. I received copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
MelissaF 28 days ago
I have loved every book I have read by Roseanna. You simply can’t go wrong with one her books. You know you will be drawn into a story that you will be fully immersed in. Such is the case with this book. I loved getting to know Margot. I remember meeting Margot in A Song Unheard and thought she was a very interesting character so I was so excited to read this new series and get to know her more. She is definitely unique and I love that she gets to make a friend with her own quirks. Drake is a wonderful hero who is a perfect match for Margot. Their first interactions promises that there will not be a dull moment between the two. There is a mystery involved as well that keep this story moving. Basically, what’s not to love about this book? A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
5643437 28 days ago
The Number of Love is a story set in the time of World War II and includes the tales of spies, code breakers and more. Margot De Wilde works diligently to crack codes. Numbers and mathematical equations fly around in her brain through the blessings of God. As someone who loves numbers and mathematics myself, I loved her as a character. Drake Elton, a spy, meets Margot when bringing his sister Dot to apply for a job at the Intelligence office. When he is injured and sent back to England, the two begin an unconventional courtship. A cast of additional characters including nobility, an injured servicemember, a service member initially pulled unwillingly into the code-breaking office along with Drake and Dot’s Spanish grandfather, keep the story interesting and moving along. I have to say I would love to read more about these characters, but found the ending to be satisfactory. So if you like historical Christian fiction, check out this book for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review
ABook_ADay 28 days ago
I am always intrigued by reading about the lives of those who joined forces during World War I and II to protect their nations. Rosanna White brought to light for me new heroes in her newest novel, The Number of Love. Set during World War I, Margot works for the DID in London as a codebreaker to help England decode messages that have been intercepted by the Germans. Margot is unique that she sees and thinks in numbers. The character was so very well written that White did not deviate even once from the character development so by the end, the reader was also thinking in numbers for Margot! I felt like this was so realistic and it also made me think about how others around me view the world and how it should be appreciated for their uniqueness. Margot experiences a lot of life challenges but grows in her faith because of them. Along the way, she meets Drake, an intelligence officer for Britain, and begins to change how she views things. She soon learns that the life she had planned out for her might be different than how God has designed her life. She begins to learn that faith is trusting in His plan. My favorite part was Margot’s epiphany of the choice of two questions, “Why did this happen?” and “Why did God let this happen?” The Number of Love was a fantastic start to a new series. It visited old friends from other series of White’s books. I enjoyed how White mixed fiction with the research she discovered in cryptography. I look forward to doing a little of my own research to learn more. I also enjoyed the mystery and intrigue of putting together the puzzle pieces to solve the mystery by the end. I look forward to reading more in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
Jaquelyn 29 days ago
This is such a one of a kind story. Margot is unlike any heroine I have ever read before. She is beautiful, brilliant, and doesn’t want to get married, at least not any time soon. She is completely oblivious to the looks men give her, and thinks she didn’t receive any of her mother’s beauty. Working in a field dominated by men, she has learned that life for a smart woman isn’t always going to be easy. I loved seeing her interact with Drake. Unlike Margot, Drake moves easily throughout the world and social situations. The chance of the two meeting and getting to know each other is slim, but sometimes God has a way of changing things. This book is full of mystery, romance, and loss. I was taken to another time and place and enjoyed every moment. I couldn’t imagine my home being taken over and being forced to flee to another country for safety. White painted an amazing picture and I wasn’t ready for the story to end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.