The Number of Love ~ Review

The Number of Love
The Codebreakers #1
By Roseanna M. White

For Margot De Wilde everything is about the numbers - she lives and breathes numbers. Her every decision is based on the numbers she sees and feels in the world around her. She's the perfect person to work in Room 40 of the Old Admiralty Building decoding intercepted German messages. Margot has no time for friends and the silly gossip of the secretaries she lives in a world that follows a set order.

But when Dorothea (Dot) Elton interviews for a position things begin to change. For one Dot has almost as many quirks in her personality as Margot which gives them a starting point upon which to build a friendship. And Dot's brother Drake manages to make an impression on her during the brief discussion they have during Dot's interview, an impression that goes both ways thanks to Margot's unique and precise method of speaking.

Drake Elton's unique heritage is being put to good use in intelligence gathering in Spain. But when his mission to stop a potential threat ends with him wounded he is sent back to England with the enemy's threats of revenge echoing in his ear.

When Margot's world comes crashing down upon her with a loss she never saw coming she finds herself adrift and the numbers have been silenced. The solitude and loneliness she feels are different than what she's accustomed to. How could the numbers that have always guided and comforted her just be gone? But the work must continue and Margot needs the stability that it offers. And even amid her loss, she is determined to do her part in Room 40 and be there for Dot during her own time.

The Number of Love is the first book in a new series from Roseanna White but those who have read her previous books will be glad to hear that various characters from those series make some appearances here. This series is focusing on those unnoted individuals who worked tirelessly to break the ciphers that were used to relay information about England and her vulnerabilities during the war. I really like Margot and her dedication, at times one can forget that she is as young as she is with the work she does. She has goals and is focused on them not the typical young lady of her day but unique in her own way. I like that Dot and Drake seem to appreciate her for who she is. I also appreciate the chance to get to know her better after being introduced to her in A Song Unheard.

This series debut promises to be a most enlightening look at a hidden part of history. Fans of historical fiction, WWI fiction, and romance fiction will have a new series to add to their must-read list. The characters are well developed and the setting descriptive without getting bogged down in excessive details. If you are looking for a good read to take you away from your ordinary I highly recommend The Number of Love.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:

The Toughest Puzzle She'll Have to Solve

Might Be the Wishes of Her Own Heart

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 German telegrams for hints of the enemy's plans. 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, she discovers for the first time in her life that 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 quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

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

You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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