The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1)
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 that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?Amidst 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 them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1) Details

TitleThe Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764234088
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Fiction

The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1) Review

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone fell in love with the quirky, genius, number-loving Margot in A Song Unheard. And now she has her own story. Roseanna White is an author with many strengths and talents, from strong plots to the historical depth her stories contain, but perhaps her greatest strength is her characters. Each and every one is unique with their own quirks, and each one sees the world a little differently. For this character-loving girl, that makes these books for me. Margot is quite possibly White's most co Everyone fell in love with the quirky, genius, number-loving Margot in A Song Unheard. And now she has her own story. Roseanna White is an author with many strengths and talents, from strong plots to the historical depth her stories contain, but perhaps her greatest strength is her characters. Each and every one is unique with their own quirks, and each one sees the world a little differently. For this character-loving girl, that makes these books for me. Margot is quite possibly White's most complex character, and while she is so different from me, I quickly fell in love with her. Drake, too, is a very distinctive character. I don't think there is a character I don't like in any of White's book. (Okay, actually there is one. (view spoiler)[I'm not a huge fan of Evalina from An Hour Unspent (hide spoiler)]) From page one, these characters grab your interest and you're rooting for them for the rest of the story. The plot moves along at a nice clip and there wasn't ever a moment I wanted to put this book down. Packed with loads of historical depth, espionage, spies, encoded messages, gunfights, romance, and authentic Brittish dialogue, there's something for everyone in The Number of Love! White explores themes of love, loss, and trust throughout the story, and there are several heartfelt scenes, a few of which had me tearing up. The romance is swoon-worthy without being over the top or sensual in any way. All in all, White pens another fabulous novel. I have nothing negative to say! The quality of these novels is unsurpassed; I always know I'm in for an excellent read when I pick up this author's books. Well done, Ms. White! I cannot recommend The Number of Love enough! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this novel for promotional purposes from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure how Roseanna White topped her last book, which I loved but she has.This is the first book in her new series, the Codebreakers series.Her books are totally on point. Though fictional they are so meticulously researched you would swear you were reading a true account of things going on. I am always fascinated in learning new information about things I already know.Margot is such a strong willed and intelligent woman . I loved seeing a woman involved in a field usually dominated by men I'm not sure how Roseanna White topped her last book, which I loved but she has.This is the first book in her new series, the Codebreakers series.Her books are totally on point. Though fictional they are so meticulously researched you would swear you were reading a true account of things going on. I am always fascinated in learning new information about things I already know.Margot is such a strong willed and intelligent woman . I loved seeing a woman involved in a field usually dominated by men. She is a codebreaker able to crack German telegrams gaining information about enemies plans. It was interesting learning about the importance of the secretive room 40.The book intrigued me from the very start and I had to keep turning page after page to see what happened. The plot fascinated me and it moved along quickly. I can't wait to meet up with characters from this book in the next book in the series.Published June 4th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers.I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Melissa Tagg
    January 1, 1970
    Roseanna White never, ever fails to completely delight and enthrall me with her stories. Every single time, the storyline is intriguing, the characters are layered and relatable and unique...and Margot might be her most unique character yet. I adored her! Her love of numbers and her very analytical, rational personality are pretty much the complete opposite of me...and yet, I still connected with her so deeply. I felt what she felt. I loved getting to know her in a deeper way (after first meetin Roseanna White never, ever fails to completely delight and enthrall me with her stories. Every single time, the storyline is intriguing, the characters are layered and relatable and unique...and Margot might be her most unique character yet. I adored her! Her love of numbers and her very analytical, rational personality are pretty much the complete opposite of me...and yet, I still connected with her so deeply. I felt what she felt. I loved getting to know her in a deeper way (after first meeting her in one of Roseanna White's past books) and the whole plot revolving codebreaking and spies was wonderfully interesting. The romance was steady and heartfelt. I'm excited for another wonderful series by one of my faves!
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  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! My heart! Roseanna M. White is a fantastic writer. Her latest novel, The Number of Love, starts a brand new series set during the Great War ... and actually focuses on a secondary character from her last series!If you read A Song Unheard (SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND #2), you met the brilliant, young Margot De Wilde. I don't know if she intrigued you, but she did me! It was so exciting to dive into her personal story in the first book of THE CODEBREAKERS. She is now seventeen years of ag Oh my goodness! My heart! Roseanna M. White is a fantastic writer. Her latest novel, The Number of Love, starts a brand new series set during the Great War ... and actually focuses on a secondary character from her last series!If you read A Song Unheard (SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND #2), you met the brilliant, young Margot De Wilde. I don't know if she intrigued you, but she did me! It was so exciting to dive into her personal story in the first book of THE CODEBREAKERS. She is now seventeen years of age and spends her days deciphering messages and breaking codes. Throw in a brave field agent named Drake, spies, emotional drama, and a journey of faith, and you have a superb historical novel.Margot was such a fascinating character to follow. Her brain just works so differently ... always thinking in numbers. She's spunky, but also sweet and unassuming, in a way. The way she approaches people, friendship, romance, even God, is very interesting. I loved watching her grow. I loved seeing her faith expand. I loved the way she fell in love. At some points, I worried that The Number of Love would push that feminist rhetoric, saying stuff about how being a wife and a mother is such a drudge, and why do they force that on women, and Margot was made for more than that!! But I think that it actually turned out quite beautiful and sweet, and cherished Biblical womanhood.This author does really well with historical detail and setting. It was intriguing learning more about World War I, and also going undercover with the spies and breaking enemy codes! So cool! Action, drama, intrigue ... this book has it all! Again, I loved the faith theme - it was heartfelt. And that romance was just so tender and adorable and fun! Drake Elton was definitely a great character. And also his sweet sister! It was great seeing characters from other books, as well.Truly, a unique, exciting, and thoughtful novel. I loved it! So looking forward to Book Two!I received a complimentary copy of The Number of Love from the author/publisher. This review is honest and all my own.
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  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    3 Reasons to Recommend: The Number of Love3 - History. During the Great War, Room 40 was the intelligence hub of the Admiralty. White portrays this organization of codebreakers and secretarial staff as a diverse yet tight-knit group of professionals. She draws a number of fascinating real-life events into her story—explaining in her author's note how she had to alter the timeline of a few to fit her storyline. 2 - Friendship. “I’m not a secretary—I’m one of the cryptographers. I hate fashion, I 3 Reasons to Recommend: The Number of Love3 - History. During the Great War, Room 40 was the intelligence hub of the Admiralty. White portrays this organization of codebreakers and secretarial staff as a diverse yet tight-knit group of professionals. She draws a number of fascinating real-life events into her story—explaining in her author's note how she had to alter the timeline of a few to fit her storyline. 2 - Friendship. “I’m not a secretary—I’m one of the cryptographers. I hate fashion, I hate gossip, and I absolutely cannot stand girls who giggle over every man who sends a smile their way. So if you want to walk the other way, I won’t begrudge it.”When Margo made this forthright statement and Dot accepted her, I smiled. I've begun two friendships in a similar way and one is still going strong—24 years later. I would much rather have a few friends I can be completely transparent with than a gaggle of shallow acquaintances. Dot and Margo's friendship grows deeper and stronger as the story progresses and the two women change for the better because of it—like iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17). In this fast-paced story or espionage and subterfuge, I felt like the friendship shared between Dot and Margot grounded the story. 1 - Margo De Wilde. "Emotions didn’t obey the rules. They existed somewhere outside the set of axioms that governed the rest of her life. They confused her."When I look back over the list of books I've read this year (61 so far), Margo is one of the most memorable characters. I admire her intelligence and wit and I can relate to her introverted ways. While it's not easy to gain access to her inner circle of trust, once you're in, she is fiercely loyal. Drake "gets her" and works to win her by deciphering and speaking her love language.*I deducted a star because Margo receives direct revelations from God, apart from scripture. Christian Shelf-Esteem received a book to facilitate this review. The views and opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255 Guidelines, concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
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  • Kate Willis
    January 1, 1970
    *sees it's about Room 40**hits to-read button*
  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I just loved the mind the author gave the main character Margot and she turned out to have her wits about her in direr situations.We put faces to those making the ultimate sacrifices during the First World War, and we are able to walk in their shoes for a while.Love reading historical fiction that is based on fact, and this read did not disappoint! I can’t wait for the next in this series!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a posi I just loved the mind the author gave the main character Margot and she turned out to have her wits about her in direr situations.We put faces to those making the ultimate sacrifices during the First World War, and we are able to walk in their shoes for a while.Love reading historical fiction that is based on fact, and this read did not disappoint! I can’t wait for the next in this series!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Mikayla
    January 1, 1970
    So, I may have stayed up late reading this the day after I got it. I was so excited to pick up this after reading about Margot in the Shadows over England series. I loved all her talk about mathematics. Even though I got slightly tired of it sometimes, it felt perfectly believable and fit her character to a T. Also, the plot point at the beginning just killed me. I wanted to hug Margot. But her reaction to it was spot on perfect.Drake was one of the most patient main guys I've read in a book. He So, I may have stayed up late reading this the day after I got it. I was so excited to pick up this after reading about Margot in the Shadows over England series. I loved all her talk about mathematics. Even though I got slightly tired of it sometimes, it felt perfectly believable and fit her character to a T. Also, the plot point at the beginning just killed me. I wanted to hug Margot. But her reaction to it was spot on perfect.Drake was one of the most patient main guys I've read in a book. He doesn't push Margot, or try to rush things. I love patient guys. Room 40 was just incredible. I don't know a lot about the actual history of it, but I really enjoyed learning about it. My only two complaints with this book were that 1. Margot smugly says she's smarter than pretty much anyone, and no one ever corrects her. Or even bothers to point out she might be a bit prideful about how smart she is. 2. the bad guy was creepy. I hate mind game, and even this mild one bothered me. Overall, this was an incredible book that I hope to re-read soon.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is my new FAVORITE book by Roseanna M White! I just LOVED all the characters and how they all had to overcome personal fears. Margot had to find out who she was outside of all the numbers in her head. She learned that she didn't get to decide what was the right path for her in life but to follow the one God was leading her down. I just LOVED this one!
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    I loved everything about this book! First of all, Margot!! I’ve wanted to know more about Margot since I read about her in the Shadows over England series. Margot’s not your usual heroine. She thinks in numbers and values logic over feelings. I can admire that and it made for a great read.And Drake! What a hero. Instead of forcing Margot to comply to his way of thinking, he woos her in a way she can appreciate. It was so sweet to see their romance bloom and I have to admit, I started spying conn I loved everything about this book! First of all, Margot!! I’ve wanted to know more about Margot since I read about her in the Shadows over England series. Margot’s not your usual heroine. She thinks in numbers and values logic over feelings. I can admire that and it made for a great read.And Drake! What a hero. Instead of forcing Margot to comply to his way of thinking, he woos her in a way she can appreciate. It was so sweet to see their romance bloom and I have to admit, I started spying connections with the numbers everywhere!Oh and the cameos! I would love to spoil it but trust me, there are cameos galore in here that make you happy you and make you want to pull out some old books in Ms. White’s backlist. Enjoy them!I devoured this book in one sitting—although I slowed down toward the end to savor it a bit—and can’t wait until the next Codebreaker releases.*I received a complimentary copy via NetGalley. This review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    The Number of Love is the first book in Ms. White's Codebreaker series. Various characters from her previous books are part of the story. It's always cool to run into old friends from previous books! I always look forward to a new book from Ms. White and then before I know it I'm waiting for the next one! I particularly enjoyed Margo and Drake's story. Both are strong, intriguing characters who move the plot along quickly. Ms. White also enjoys research and it shows throughout the story. I alway The Number of Love is the first book in Ms. White's Codebreaker series. Various characters from her previous books are part of the story. It's always cool to run into old friends from previous books! I always look forward to a new book from Ms. White and then before I know it I'm waiting for the next one! I particularly enjoyed Margo and Drake's story. Both are strong, intriguing characters who move the plot along quickly. Ms. White also enjoys research and it shows throughout the story. I always learn something new when I read her books. She is also very adept at weaving faith into their lives. So grab a cup of tea, no sugar or milk as they were suffering war rations and settle back for a great read!I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own,
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t read book blurb’s for authors that I love. I don’t need to because I know I’m going to totally enjoy the book. What a thrill it was to find that some of the characters I fell in love with from her previous series, were in this series!! One of them is the main character.This book grabs the readers attention right from the start. I connected with Margot in some respects. I’m not emotional, and I don’t run my life based on them. I even get confused by my own emotional reaction when they occ I don’t read book blurb’s for authors that I love. I don’t need to because I know I’m going to totally enjoy the book. What a thrill it was to find that some of the characters I fell in love with from her previous series, were in this series!! One of them is the main character.This book grabs the readers attention right from the start. I connected with Margot in some respects. I’m not emotional, and I don’t run my life based on them. I even get confused by my own emotional reaction when they occur so this was a rare chance for me to relate to the female lead. Margo’s character is incredibly well done, and who couldn’t like Drake. He sought her through what she loved...Books set in WWI are rare, and I really enjoyed the setting and plot of this story. The actual spy angle isn’t a common one, not like was done in this read. The whole idea of Room 40 is fascinating, and the author does a great job of making the reader feel a part of the process.The secondary characters in this read are so enjoyable as well, but I’m thrilled that Margo got her own story! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    My first full length novel by Roseanna M. White, this certainly won't be my last! From the very first page this is a story that weaves intrigue and wonder into a world of order, formulas, and patterns. Each character comes alive in their own right, but we see them filtered through the unique view of our analytical heroine, who sees life through a maze of numbers that mean so much more than their numerical value. I loved Morgot's style! I loved her logical manner, efficient way of life, and the b My first full length novel by Roseanna M. White, this certainly won't be my last! From the very first page this is a story that weaves intrigue and wonder into a world of order, formulas, and patterns. Each character comes alive in their own right, but we see them filtered through the unique view of our analytical heroine, who sees life through a maze of numbers that mean so much more than their numerical value. I loved Morgot's style! I loved her logical manner, efficient way of life, and the beautiful way she looked at the world around her. I loved the natural way God was woven through the story.* The plot was such a simple yet complex web of dates & times, chance encounters, and twisted motives, all keeping my fingers ready to turn the next page! I can't wait to read more (especially since Phillip will be back with a story of his own)!*The faith elements in the story are catholic vs Christian, but I never felt this took away from the story itself. The book is categorized as Historical Fiction rather than Christian Fiction, so this technically doesn't affect a review. However, it being published through Bethany House, I mention it for those who may follow my reviews knowing my personal preference.[I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of the Codebreakers especially Margot and the way her brain worked so differently from mine(I am not mathematical in the slightest!). Books set during either of the World Wars are intriguing to me and I love that it's set during World War 1. The look into the code breaking that went on during the war was fascinating to me. The characters were likable and different, with Margot's super intelligence and Dot's difficulties so that was a cool e This was such a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of the Codebreakers especially Margot and the way her brain worked so differently from mine(I am not mathematical in the slightest!). Books set during either of the World Wars are intriguing to me and I love that it's set during World War 1. The look into the code breaking that went on during the war was fascinating to me. The characters were likable and different, with Margot's super intelligence and Dot's difficulties so that was a cool element with unusual types of characters that you don't usually see in fiction. The story wove together well and kept me wondering at how it would all turn out in the end. It was a little slow for me at times but overall I enjoyed the story. All in all, a great start to Roseanna's new series. I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I can't find the proper words to describe this book <3I think it's safe to say that whoever has read "A Song Unheard" has loved Margot De Wilde and probably has been anxiously waiting for this book. And it did not disappoint!No, it completely deconstructed me, only to gently put me together again. I say this because it's what happens with the characters. War has a way of scarring so deep that it is almost unforgettable. But Margot has her numbers and she has her new life close to mamma and Lu I can't find the proper words to describe this book <3I think it's safe to say that whoever has read "A Song Unheard" has loved Margot De Wilde and probably has been anxiously waiting for this book. And it did not disappoint!No, it completely deconstructed me, only to gently put me together again. I say this because it's what happens with the characters. War has a way of scarring so deep that it is almost unforgettable. But Margot has her numbers and she has her new life close to mamma and Lukas. She has a job where she can be herself and give up on ever learning to knit as she doesn't plan to ever be a proper lady, anyway.But when the unspeakable happens, when the numbers stop adding... when an insufferable 18 sticks to her undeterred... can Margot find space to still be herself, but also open up to something new? Can she see that healing is never too far, but also never a one-sided journey?Margot is hands down one of the most unique characters EVER written, and the secondary characters are the perfect complement to her story. In addition, the historical setting was superb. The friendship as always transcending the pages and pulling us readers into the camaraderie. The romance, endearing, lovely, and tender. And the faith, soft but certain. I'm so excited about this series!!!!*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    As always, Roseanna M. White does not disappoint! I did have a bit of trouble getting into this book, but once I'd read a couple chapters I was completely hooked. Even though it's a bit of a longer read than what I'm used to, I flew through it in about a day. I especially enjoyed all the parts from Margot's point of view because she reminds me quite a bit of myself (though I'm nowhere near as smart as her). Especially her ideas about emotions equaling chaos (and, as such, they are to be avoided) As always, Roseanna M. White does not disappoint! I did have a bit of trouble getting into this book, but once I'd read a couple chapters I was completely hooked. Even though it's a bit of a longer read than what I'm used to, I flew through it in about a day. I especially enjoyed all the parts from Margot's point of view because she reminds me quite a bit of myself (though I'm nowhere near as smart as her). Especially her ideas about emotions equaling chaos (and, as such, they are to be avoided).Drake wasn't my favorite RMW hero but he did have his good points. I liked how humble and brave he was. It was also lots of fun seeing Willa, Lukas (my favorite!), and Barclay again. And I continue to appreciate how RMW doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty of life and wartime and high danger...she makes the dangerous situations real and heart-pounding and the romantic situations lovely and, well, romantic.I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction. (Especially if you want to learn more about intelligence operations in WWI because the research is soooo good and interesting.)I received a free copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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  • m a r y l i z
    January 1, 1970
    A masterpiece.Truly deserving of every star. More detailed review hopefully coming soon!5 stars
  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with Margot in “A Song Unheard” and was SO happy when I found out she was the MC for this book! Roseanna has done it again—pulling off a riveting novel with a beautiful balance of suspense, faith, and intrigue.I usually have a hard time writing a well-balance review of Roseanne’s books because I just want to say, “It was so good! Just read it!” I mean, it’s true. There were pieces to the puzzle that I didn’t put together, and I love it when an author can do that to me. I absolutel I fell in love with Margot in “A Song Unheard” and was SO happy when I found out she was the MC for this book! Roseanna has done it again—pulling off a riveting novel with a beautiful balance of suspense, faith, and intrigue.I usually have a hard time writing a well-balance review of Roseanne’s books because I just want to say, “It was so good! Just read it!” I mean, it’s true. There were pieces to the puzzle that I didn’t put together, and I love it when an author can do that to me. I absolutely loved the “villain” and everything connected with him.I think one thing I liked the best about this one is Margot’s detestation of feelings and romance. Totally a girl after my heart. I loved how she had to journey through the difficulty of an emotional trial yet rejecting the emotions, and having to learn about being a girl with emotions and calling. Yes, totally my girl.And I just have to take a moment and appreciate the very realistic journey that Drake took along. It’s a pet peeve of mine when a character goes through something challenging and bounces right back. I really did just like Drake all the way around.I definitely didn’t find the romance as strong in this as in some of Roseanna’s other books (which isn’t an issue with me). There was some sap and a couple of kisses, but romance definitely wasn’t the highlight of everyone’s thoughts.As for faith content, I found the characters to be very historically accurate. They were Catholic, as was historic their genealogy, so a couple of Catholic rituals were mentioned (namely mass and praying the rosary). The characters were portrayed as those who had genuine faith in God and not in the church; a relationship not mere religion. I don’t agree with the Catholic beliefs of salvation and the Bible, but none of the controversial topics were brought out in this novel. At times, I forgot the characters were supposed to be Catholic, until the rosary or mass were mentioned (and coming from my homestate steeped in Catholicism, it didn’t seem authentic ritualistic religion). Some people would have a problem with this, but honestly, I didn’t find any unBiblical doctrine covered in the book.My conclusion? Just read it. Be sure to read “A Song Unheard” first (or, just read that entire series—it’s good too), but read this one!*I received this book from NetGalley and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    The Number of Love by Roseanna White is the first in the new series The Codebreakers. This is a new series but we get to reconnect with some characters from previous books! The most notable one is Margo De Wilde, who we first met as a child prodigy in A Song Unsung. Margo may be only 17, but some find her intimidating because of her expertise with numbers, namely in codebreaking for the government. She is intriguing to Drake Elton. Drake is used to being a patient man in his capacity for the war The Number of Love by Roseanna White is the first in the new series The Codebreakers. This is a new series but we get to reconnect with some characters from previous books! The most notable one is Margo De Wilde, who we first met as a child prodigy in A Song Unsung. Margo may be only 17, but some find her intimidating because of her expertise with numbers, namely in codebreaking for the government. She is intriguing to Drake Elton. Drake is used to being a patient man in his capacity for the war effort. He uses that patience in his relationship with Margo. I admit that I don’t like Math. But Roseanna White has made me a fan of the orderliness of numbers, codes and encryption. She even makes numbers romantic! I became so immersed in this story that I worried along with Dot, looked over Margo’s shoulder while she was at work and was right there on that train with Drake. This book was extremely well researched. I have come to appreciate that in a Roseanna White novel. The story she weaves around the facts is fascinating and so well thought through. It was fun to learn about Room 40 and decryption and that Anthrax and Wolfram were around long before I thought they were. Take note of the cover and look for references in the text. It is spot on! The spiritual thread gives the reader much to mull over. When we think God is silent, is He still in control or are we just not listening? A quote from the book: “Sometimes God’s will was to let man taste the consequences of his folly, his hatred and his supposed self sufficiency. Sometimes God lets people die. Lets His children break. And then pieces them back together into something new. Something that He could use for His Glory instead of theirs.” I enjoyed the family dynamics. They were different for each family but they also showed that in times of adversity families pull together and affirm their faith in God. Recommended for fans of Historical Christian Fiction with a suspense thread. I am sure the next books in this series will be as exciting as this one. They just keep getting better! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own." Margot De Wilde stays quite busy using her prodigious mathematical prowess to aid England's intelligence network at its highest level; in short, Margot is a codebreaker. She would rather calculate the number of bricks used to construct a building, than bat her eyes in flirtation; thus keeping her male counterparts in Room 40 at a comfortable distance. That is until one day, when Lieutenant Drake Elton barged into her private convers "The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own." Margot De Wilde stays quite busy using her prodigious mathematical prowess to aid England's intelligence network at its highest level; in short, Margot is a codebreaker. She would rather calculate the number of bricks used to construct a building, than bat her eyes in flirtation; thus keeping her male counterparts in Room 40 at a comfortable distance. That is until one day, when Lieutenant Drake Elton barged into her private conversation of numbers and popped just the right question, "Have you a name?"Drake Elton cannot forget the girl without a name, whose dark eyes pervade his memory through-out the hours of his dangerous days and nights. When his own service as an intelligence agent is interrupted by a life threatening injury, Drake returns home to England to recuperate and discovers the enigmatic Margot De Wilde once again; this time at the side of his hospital bed, in the shadow of his beloved sister. Unfortunately, all is not fair in love and war as pundits would have us to believe, for there are some puzzles that seem impossible to solve, or perhaps it's just a matter of asking the right question."Three, nine, twenty-seven, eighty-one . . . Eighteen. Eighteen. Eighteen." The number of love.Outstanding hardly seems adequate to describe the manner in which Roseanna White has brought these characters to life!I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Raechel
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing book by Roseanna M White to add to my favorites list! Everytime I think I can name my favorite book by this author, I read her newest and change my mind. ^.^ They are all so very good! And "The Number of Love" is no exception. What a marvelous story! I was captivated from page one, and immediately fell in love with the characters. They were so very vivid in this book. And seeing a couple other characters whom I recognized from previous White books - what a fun treat. :)Margot is Another amazing book by Roseanna M White to add to my favorites list! Everytime I think I can name my favorite book by this author, I read her newest and change my mind. ^.^ They are all so very good! And "The Number of Love" is no exception. What a marvelous story! I was captivated from page one, and immediately fell in love with the characters. They were so very vivid in this book. And seeing a couple other characters whom I recognized from previous White books - what a fun treat. :)Margot is such a fascinating character. I loved her so much, and Drake too! Another major favorite was Drake's sister Dot. I could relate to her in many ways, and wish she had her own full-length novel! :D She was lovely.One of my favorite things about this book (and there were many!) was Margot's relationship with God. Throughout the book, faith wasn't just a religion interwoven through the pages - it was relationship displayed through the characters hearts. And Margot's relationship with God was so real, and present, and personable, right down to the very struggles that she thought hindered that relationship at times. It was just remarkably well-written, and so beautifully real. I really appreciated that.One thought at the end that I had...I would have liked to have seen Margot also realize that sometimes God does ask us to sacrifice our own dreams - but that He gives us new ones that are so much better. I think this was touched on a bit, and I am still very happy with the ending how it was (it was very sweet and beautiful!), but this was just an added thought I had, knowing that God does often ask this of us.:)The whole book was beautifully written, truly. The plot was amazing and detailed, and so interesting, and the characters, as stated, absolutely marvelous. I loved "The Number of Love" so very much - it definitely is a favorite of mine already!
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    What an excellent start to this series. Fans of Roseanna M. White's "Shadows over England" series will be glad to see some old friends in the first book of the Codebreakers series. This book focuses on Margot De Wilde, who we met in A Song Unheard (book 2 in the Shadows over England). I'll insert the caveat here that this series stands alone just fine - enough background information is given in this book that you don't have to have read the Shadows over England series to enjoy this novel. Howeve What an excellent start to this series. Fans of Roseanna M. White's "Shadows over England" series will be glad to see some old friends in the first book of the Codebreakers series. This book focuses on Margot De Wilde, who we met in A Song Unheard (book 2 in the Shadows over England). I'll insert the caveat here that this series stands alone just fine - enough background information is given in this book that you don't have to have read the Shadows over England series to enjoy this novel. However, I felt like I received visits from some old friends and found it interesting to already know how it was that Margot ended up in England.Margot works in Room 40, the name given to the location where the cryptographers (among whom she is the most gifted) sit each day and decode transmissions intercepted by the Germans. This room did actually exist for this reason in history and though Margot is a fictional character, the job she did was a very real one and helped immensely in thwarting some German attacks. The main male character, Drake Elton, was an intelligence agent (aka spy) for the Royal navy. The connections that draw the 2 of them together are definitely God-ordained and I loved the faith thread in this book as well.This story is very well written, the characters are well developed and likable, and the history is rich and well-researched. The romance is well done, the adventures are believable and the faith thread was solid. Overall, this was an excellent read! I would strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, and WWI era. Special thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ecopy of this book. I was not obligated to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely amazing. Roseanna writes in such an incredibly rich and gorgeous style and it was such a treat to read another one of her books. 😍 RTC.-----Number of Love by Roseanna M. White was such an incredible read! Every time I finish one of White's books my respect for her grows bigger and bigger. She writes with such fluidity and experience; you can really tell that she did her research, and I adore how incredibly rich and full each of her chapters are. White's books are really a tre This was absolutely amazing. Roseanna writes in such an incredibly rich and gorgeous style and it was such a treat to read another one of her books. 😍 RTC.-----Number of Love by Roseanna M. White was such an incredible read! Every time I finish one of White's books my respect for her grows bigger and bigger. She writes with such fluidity and experience; you can really tell that she did her research, and I adore how incredibly rich and full each of her chapters are. White's books are really a treat to read!After reading A Song Unheard featuring Lukas DeWilde and loving the glimpse of Margot in there, I especially loved how Number of Love dove into Margot's story and her talent + innate ability to dissect numbers and math, and I feel like the author explained her personality really well. The other main characters, Drake and Dot, had such beautifully vibrant and rich personalities ; especially Dot and her reserved self. I definitely found myself connecting to Margot and Dot and I also loved their friendship (as well as Drake and Margot's romance)! The plot was the only thing I felt was somewhat average compared to other books of similar genres -- though that's not a bad thing. I just can't find anything particularly spectacular to mention of it. xD Overall, amazing book! Such great content in there and I loved how each of the characters really learned to trust and lean on God! I would definitely and highly recommend this book to anyone and especially lovers of historical fiction. 5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    Roseanna M. White’s books are always among my most anticipated releases each year and they always find a place on my favorites list. And this one was no different! I completely loved every single second of it!After meeting Margot in the last series all of us readers were begging for her story and White delivered in a spectacular way! Margot is definitely unique, she’s a mathematical genius in a time when women were still expected to do little more than be a wife and mother. She sees things in a Roseanna M. White’s books are always among my most anticipated releases each year and they always find a place on my favorites list. And this one was no different! I completely loved every single second of it!After meeting Margot in the last series all of us readers were begging for her story and White delivered in a spectacular way! Margot is definitely unique, she’s a mathematical genius in a time when women were still expected to do little more than be a wife and mother. She sees things in a different way than the rest of the world and views everything through numbers and facts instead of feelings. I absolutely loved how the author wrote her thoughts in such a way that truly got inside her head and saw things from her unique perspective. But even though she didn’t always understand people or their feelings I loved how she did try and she cared about and for them in her own way.Drake was an amazing hero and the perfect match for Margot! I loved loved loved the way her pursued her without pushing. He met her on her level and slowly won her over. He had me stupidly grinning so many times as he broke down her walls! And he wasn’t just a gentleman in his pursuit of Margot he was just an all around stand-up guy. From his dedication to his job and the selfless work he did to the way he protected and loved his sister, to helping his friends without being asked he was completely deserving of the title of hero.One of my favorite things about Margot and Drake’s relationship was the banter between them that started from the very first time they met! Their wit was evenly matched and made for hilarious conversations!It was also so much fun to have some characters from the Ladies of the Manor and Shadows Over England series pop in! I love catching up with old friends!Basically this book was amazing and you need to read it! I cannot wait for the next book, especially since it’s about Camden!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The Number of Love is powerful historical novel. Roseanna M. White produced a well-crafted and thoughtful novel with strong, complex characters. Margot De Wilde is a brilliant mathematician whose education was interrupted by the war. She utilizes her talents by breaking the enemy’s codes. Numbers are constantly running through her head and some of them are vitally important. She relies on facts instead of emotions and pours herself into her work. Drake Elton is a naval lieutenant whose backgroun The Number of Love is powerful historical novel. Roseanna M. White produced a well-crafted and thoughtful novel with strong, complex characters. Margot De Wilde is a brilliant mathematician whose education was interrupted by the war. She utilizes her talents by breaking the enemy’s codes. Numbers are constantly running through her head and some of them are vitally important. She relies on facts instead of emotions and pours herself into her work. Drake Elton is a naval lieutenant whose background makes him a perfect field agent for the intelligence services. Drake has a big heart and Margot is never far from his thoughts since the moment they met. Drake has an enemy following him who performs missions, but he also has his own agenda. The author did her research for this book. I like how she incorporated the historical information from the Great War along with Room 40 with the codebreakers and the work of the field agents. Faith was an integral part of the story and our character’s lives. I appreciated that Barclay, Willa, Lukas and other characters from Shadows Over England series were included in the story. The vivid and detailed descriptions allowed me to visualize the characters and scenes. I would have liked a little more action which would have added a little more spark to the story. The Number of Love is an intriguing and captivating historical novel with suspense, romance, friendship, mystery, faith and family.
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  • Beverly Knudsen
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting WWI story. I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it and other books by Roseanna M White. It has intrigue and romance with a Christian message.
  • Tricia Mingerink
    January 1, 1970
    Roseanne M. White is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction writers, and for good reason. While her books feature a romance (that is one of the staples of Christian historical romance, after all), the romances are believable and rarely cheesy. Plus the romance is always balanced out by a good plot that usually involves spies or war or nefarious individuals of some sort that brings that sense of danger and threat of literal death that makes the books thrilling. This book is no exception. Roseanne M. White is one of my favorite Christian historical fiction writers, and for good reason. While her books feature a romance (that is one of the staples of Christian historical romance, after all), the romances are believable and rarely cheesy. Plus the romance is always balanced out by a good plot that usually involves spies or war or nefarious individuals of some sort that brings that sense of danger and threat of literal death that makes the books thrilling. This book is no exception. Filled with spies and intrigue and a fascinating heroine, it was everything I hoped it would be, and I spent most of my Saturday reading when I should have been doing other things. Margot is an interesting heroine. She thinks in numbers and is incredibly bright and not exactly normal. She is introduced first in a previous book in a different series (A Song Unheard), and I was super excited to get her story in this book. And have the opportunity to spend time with characters from the previous series. Drake is such a sweetheart. I loved that, instead of pushing Margot to change and "be more feminine," he adapts his courtship to her personality. He loves her for who she is, and his love for her as she is helps her see that she can love numbers and value education and still be a woman, even if she doesn't fit the stereotypes. One of my favorite parts of the books was the crossovers between this book and this author's previous two series. It is so cool to see all those series in the same "storyworld" as it were, and get a glimpse, even a tiny one, of characters we've known and loved in previous books. The author has teased more crossovers in the next book, and I just can't wait to see what they are! My only disappointment with this book? It wasn't in audiobook. :( The author's previous two series have been done in audiobook by one of my favorite narrators, and I still re-listen to those over and over again because they are so good. I'm hoping the audiobook is just delayed and eventually this book too will join their ranks.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Roseanna White's ability as a master storyteller rises to new heights, starting a new series off with a big bang!I absolutely loved Margot's story! White never fails to populate her stories with endearing characters. Her stellar attention to historical detail and skillful plotting make it difficult to put the book down when real life calls. Margot faces an unexpected loss and finds solace in her work as a codebreaker in England's Room 40. Drake Elton is recovering from wounds he attained on the Roseanna White's ability as a master storyteller rises to new heights, starting a new series off with a big bang!I absolutely loved Margot's story! White never fails to populate her stories with endearing characters. Her stellar attention to historical detail and skillful plotting make it difficult to put the book down when real life calls. Margot faces an unexpected loss and finds solace in her work as a codebreaker in England's Room 40. Drake Elton is recovering from wounds he attained on the field. Margot's friendship with his sister bring the two together. They find that they will need to work together to solve the biggest puzzle yet. This story of spies and espionage is filled with plenty of witty banter and romance. Most importantly, the reader can always count on Ms. White to weave in a spiritual thread that is timeless. A few of my favorite quotes:"Sometimes God let people die. Let His children break. And then pieced them back together into something new. Something that He could use for His glory instead of theirs.""We're never restored fully, whole again, after we lose someone. We just learn to go on with the pieces missing.""..faith isn't just feeling. We have to know He's still there, unchanged, even when we can't feel Him." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Dan Curnutt
    January 1, 1970
    Margot De Wilde is a young woman who has had to endure chaotic change in her life due to WWI. She and her family had to flee their homeland of Belgium and move to England when the German's invaded. Her father having died she now lived with her mother in England and they both worked for the war department.Margot, even though just 18 years old was a brilliant mathematician, just as her father had been. She was hired to work as a cryptologist and had proven herself just a brilliant as any of the me Margot De Wilde is a young woman who has had to endure chaotic change in her life due to WWI. She and her family had to flee their homeland of Belgium and move to England when the German's invaded. Her father having died she now lived with her mother in England and they both worked for the war department.Margot, even though just 18 years old was a brilliant mathematician, just as her father had been. She was hired to work as a cryptologist and had proven herself just a brilliant as any of the men in the department. As such, the men accepted her as an equal, something that wouldn't happen for most women in the early 1900's.Margot will, along with others, solve the major codebreaking needed so that they could thwart the efforts of the Germans. She will befriend another young lady, a new secretary, and together they will forge a bond that will change both their lives.What makes this novel particularly enjoyable is the faith in God that Margot and her new friend, Dot share. They see that God is sovereign and thus they can depend on him to keep them and their families safe. Or can He? Because of circumstances Margot finds herself in a dilemma of faith. Can she or can she not trust God.Not only do we have a historical novel about WWI, but the added benefit of a love story and a story of how women could also do the same work as men and do it well. Add in to that the principles and truths of God that weave through the story and you have a great "Book Club" read for any church or community book club. Discussion questions at the end of the book will add to it's use for your book club.Enjoy!
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White was my most anticipated book of the year. I couldn't wait to read about spies, history, and code breakers. The cover is beautiful and definitely something to admire. But unfortunately, White's novel really didn't hit it out of the park for me. The story has love in its title, and majority of the story is about the romance between Drake and Margot De Wilde. The novel starts with a little bit of spy information for Drake, then it moves pretty far away, befor The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White was my most anticipated book of the year. I couldn't wait to read about spies, history, and code breakers. The cover is beautiful and definitely something to admire. But unfortunately, White's novel really didn't hit it out of the park for me. The story has love in its title, and majority of the story is about the romance between Drake and Margot De Wilde. The novel starts with a little bit of spy information for Drake, then it moves pretty far away, before coming back in the last fifteen percent in the novel. The main heroine thinks of math in everything she does. She loses her mother early on in the novel, but she seems to move on pretty quickly. Yes, it comes up a couple of times, but as someone who lost a parent I was really close to, this pain doesn't just move on so quickly. Margot doesn't really change either. She is still the math nerd but falls in love with Drake by the end of the novel. Overall, The Number of Love was not what I expected it to be. I wanted a spy novel with history and elements of love. Not have the romance take over the whole plot. Others who are fans of historical romance might devour this novel, but it didn't deliver for me. I received a complimentary copy of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White from Bethany House Publishers and JustRead Tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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