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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 un 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.


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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 un 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.

30 review for The Number of Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    3 Reasons to Recommend: The Number of Love 3 - 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 Love 3 - 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    THIS WAS SO MY JAM! I loved a unique heroine who saw the world in a different way and the man who learned her language in his soft and patient pursuit of her. But, I also loved the splendid cast of supporting characters: Red and Dot and Philip Frigging Camden ( my play on his name). It is about TIME the CBA got a Philip Camden so I am delighted that the next book in the series is his. Roseanna White is one of the most intelligent writers on the planet: balancing impeccable research, a penchant fo THIS WAS SO MY JAM! I loved a unique heroine who saw the world in a different way and the man who learned her language in his soft and patient pursuit of her. But, I also loved the splendid cast of supporting characters: Red and Dot and Philip Frigging Camden ( my play on his name). It is about TIME the CBA got a Philip Camden so I am delighted that the next book in the series is his. Roseanna White is one of the most intelligent writers on the planet: balancing impeccable research, a penchant for codes and yet never breaking the trail of her accessible, well-paced romantic read. Major shout out to the feminist overtones, intelligently resourceful women who mentally put men in their place and to the portrayal of a strong female friendship. I love this book and you should read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate Willis

    *sees it's about Room 40* *hits to-read button*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I'm intrigued when the main character has an unusual process of thinking and the author successfully draws me into their mind. Two of my favorite examples are Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt and The Unlikely Master Genius by Carla Kelly. The Number of Love is now added to that list! Margot's mathematical intellect bleeds into her spirituality and emotions, and I was fascinated by the idea that she received her personal revelations and inspiration through the types of numbers that run through her hea I'm intrigued when the main character has an unusual process of thinking and the author successfully draws me into their mind. Two of my favorite examples are Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt and The Unlikely Master Genius by Carla Kelly. The Number of Love is now added to that list! Margot's mathematical intellect bleeds into her spirituality and emotions, and I was fascinated by the idea that she received her personal revelations and inspiration through the types of numbers that run through her head. She's pragmatic, but also caring and compassionate. I enjoyed the variety of facets to her personality and the way she developed with her new relationships with her friend Dot and romantic interest Drake. I appreciated Drake's realization that he needed to court Margot in a way that she would be open to receiving, and his creativity and gentle determination in reaching out to her and waking up her responses. Propelling the pace of the story is the wartime setting, the codebreaking, the secret agent activities, and the danger on the homefront. I was captivated throughout the entire book and felt it had a good balance of suspense, personal reflection, and relationships. I can't wait for the next book! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    Oh my goodness, this book! ❤ This author amazes me with every new release. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but I just love this author. After reading the Shadows Over England series, I couldn’t wait for The Number of Love. I was so excited when I found out it was about Margot! I had huge expectations for this book and it completely lived up to them. This author is incredibly talented. Her way of writing a story is just beautiful. She’s the only historical author I really enjoy. I enjoyed Oh my goodness, this book! ❤ This author amazes me with every new release. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but I just love this author. After reading the Shadows Over England series, I couldn’t wait for The Number of Love. I was so excited when I found out it was about Margot! I had huge expectations for this book and it completely lived up to them. This author is incredibly talented. Her way of writing a story is just beautiful. She’s the only historical author I really enjoy. I enjoyed every minute of this beautiful book. I highly recommend this author! “I received a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts are my own”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    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!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    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,

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    3.5 stars The Number of Love is the first book in Roseanne M. White's newest series, The Codebreakers. I've read and loved White's previous two series and so I was eager to read this book. It was a very interesting story and I loved the setting. WWI storylines are fascinating and this one about codebreakers definitely grabbed my attention. I really enjoyed the characters. The romance was sweet and it was intriguing how the heroine felt numbers. There were a couple things about the storyline that f 3.5 stars The Number of Love is the first book in Roseanne M. White's newest series, The Codebreakers. I've read and loved White's previous two series and so I was eager to read this book. It was a very interesting story and I loved the setting. WWI storylines are fascinating and this one about codebreakers definitely grabbed my attention. I really enjoyed the characters. The romance was sweet and it was intriguing how the heroine felt numbers. There were a couple things about the storyline that felt a bit weird to me; but, besides that, it was a good read. All in all, The Number of Love was a memorable read and I look forward to the next book. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I loved this first book of Roseanna M. White's Codebreakers series, which directly follows and is connected to her Shadows over England trilogy. Our female protagonist, Margot DeWilde, is introduced to us during Willa's story in A Song Unheard. I was so happy to see her as a major character as opposed to a minor one because as I said in answer to a discussion question about her in one of my groups: "Margot--I loved her. She is obviously autistic, high functioning of course, and is apparently als I loved this first book of Roseanna M. White's Codebreakers series, which directly follows and is connected to her Shadows over England trilogy. Our female protagonist, Margot DeWilde, is introduced to us during Willa's story in A Song Unheard. I was so happy to see her as a major character as opposed to a minor one because as I said in answer to a discussion question about her in one of my groups: "Margot--I loved her. She is obviously autistic, high functioning of course, and is apparently also a savant in mathematics. Her awkwardness in social situations, especially with peers her age, is sweet and relatable as is her desire to be treated as an equal by adults. I love her logical mind and intelligence as well as her strong faith in God. The fact that she prayed in numbers was just adorable as well; as she said, God understands my native language. 🙂 " Even though math isn't my forte, I related to Margot (and her friend Dorothea with her anxiety disorder) so much. I loved this whole novel from beginning to end, especially seeing Margot grow as a person and fall in love in her own unique way, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Great start to a new series! Roseanne White has a real talent for bringing history to life. I found the historical aspects of this book particularly interesting, as I haven’t read any other books which focused on cryptography and the secretive Room 40. I thought the overall tone of the book was kind of sad, but that was to be expected with the subject matter. I loved Drake and thought he was really sweet and patient with Margot. I found Camden to be an interesting secondary character, and I look Great start to a new series! Roseanne White has a real talent for bringing history to life. I found the historical aspects of this book particularly interesting, as I haven’t read any other books which focused on cryptography and the secretive Room 40. I thought the overall tone of the book was kind of sad, but that was to be expected with the subject matter. I loved Drake and thought he was really sweet and patient with Margot. I found Camden to be an interesting secondary character, and I look forward to reading his story next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    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.]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

    I enjoyed the characters and the historical background of this story. World Wars always has fascinating me. Plus this story was written surrounding London and I personally know these places by heart as Westminster is one of my favourite places to meet God. The story was fast-paced and I missed the interaction between the two main characters. I would love loved to see their relationship blooms. That was my missing and wished it was developed. I will definitely pick another book from this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    So, I was dreading the end of the Shadows Over England series because I loved those books sooooooo much so you can just imagine how loud my squeals were when I discovered there's lots of carryover from that series into this new Codebreakers series. But that doesn't mean you have to read SOE first. Just that you'll be thrilled down to your toes to meet up with fave characters if you have. I might have done a major swoon dip-and-dive when Barclay made a few cameos. Be still my heart. Mind you, Drak So, I was dreading the end of the Shadows Over England series because I loved those books sooooooo much so you can just imagine how loud my squeals were when I discovered there's lots of carryover from that series into this new Codebreakers series. But that doesn't mean you have to read SOE first. Just that you'll be thrilled down to your toes to meet up with fave characters if you have. I might have done a major swoon dip-and-dive when Barclay made a few cameos. Be still my heart. Mind you, Drake Elton makes a mighty fine hero as well. There's something about this dashing spy with a conscience that curls my toes. He's all mission-minded until he meets Margot and then his focus shifts to teasing and flirting which doesn't fuss Margot in the least. In fact, she hold's her own much to Drake's utter delight. "She was obviously a subscriber to the virtues of sarcasm, and when one could engage her there, she went from stony silence to smiles." (p 200) He's smitten. She is not. Let the games begin! I wasn't sure how I would relate to Margot since I have a major math-phobia. I thought it would be hard to connect with her analytical mathematician's mind but I was sooooo wrong! Love the way arithmetic is a prayer language for her and I think eighteen might become my new lucky number. :-) Espionage, secret codes, ruthless killers -- all the ingredients for a thrilling plot that kept me turning pages. And White has woven in some beautiful inspirational threads into this story as well. "And faith isn't just a feeling. We have to know He's still there, unchanged, even when we can't feel Him. When the grief's too loud to let us hear His voice." (p 273) An incredible start to another blockbuster series by this author. Can't wait for On Wings of Devotion to release in January 2020!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    I can't find the proper words to describe this book <3 I 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 <3 I 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    A riveting start to White's new series! I love this author's books, she is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and I am always eager to read her next book, as was the case with The Number of Love! I loved Margot in A Song Unheard and was absolutely ecstatic when I learned that she would star in the first book of The Codebreakers series! I loved Margot so much, she is just so fun and delightfully real! I liked Drake a lot. And I absolutely loved Drake and Margot on the page together, t A riveting start to White's new series! I love this author's books, she is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and I am always eager to read her next book, as was the case with The Number of Love! I loved Margot in A Song Unheard and was absolutely ecstatic when I learned that she would star in the first book of The Codebreakers series! I loved Margot so much, she is just so fun and delightfully real! I liked Drake a lot. And I absolutely loved Drake and Margot on the page together, their banter was always such fun, and their meet-cute was fabulous! I absolutely loved getting to catch up with some old friends from the Shadows Over England and Ladies of the Manor series, that was fantastic and put the biggest grin on my face! One of my favorite parts of this book was the faith story, which was deep and soul-stirring without being preachy, it grabbed my heart and hasn't let go! Another thing I love about Roseanna's books is the historical detail, as soon I open one of her books I am spellbound and swept away into another time and place, which is what I love most about historical fiction, and The Number of Love was no exception! This book is a great read that I very much enjoyed and highly recommend! I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series! (4 Stars!) I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    m a r y l i z

    A masterpiece. Truly deserving of every star. More detailed review hopefully coming soon! 5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emilee

    This one is really hard to rate. I really enjoyed it and the author did an amazing job weaving the plot together but I struggled to connect with Margot and her mathematics. I learned so many interesting historical facts about WW1 and Room 40 and that it's based on true accounts. I do love how Roseanna White builds her characters. This is the third book I have read by her and each heroine and hero are so unique. Her characters have their own individual personalities and they are so well written. This one is really hard to rate. I really enjoyed it and the author did an amazing job weaving the plot together but I struggled to connect with Margot and her mathematics. I learned so many interesting historical facts about WW1 and Room 40 and that it's based on true accounts. I do love how Roseanna White builds her characters. This is the third book I have read by her and each heroine and hero are so unique. Her characters have their own individual personalities and they are so well written. It was fun getting updates on previous characters too. I did not realize all of these series are somewhat linked together so that was a nice surprise. I loved Camden! I think he will make a wonderful hero in the next book in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    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*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Well, what a fun book! I just love when authors bring back characters from several books, from different series, even! 1917, London England, final year of WWI In The Number of Love Margo De Wilde is our main character, the quirky young, highly intelligent mathematician from Book 2 of the Shadows Over England series. She's now a code-breaker for the intelligence department, decrypting intercepted German messages. Returning is her violinist brother, Lukas De Wilde and sister-in-law Willa Forsythe, Well, what a fun book! I just love when authors bring back characters from several books, from different series, even! 1917, London England, final year of WWI In The Number of Love Margo De Wilde is our main character, the quirky young, highly intelligent mathematician from Book 2 of the Shadows Over England series. She's now a code-breaker for the intelligence department, decrypting intercepted German messages. Returning is her violinist brother, Lukas De Wilde and sister-in-law Willa Forsythe, an adopted orphan from all the books in the Shadows Over England series. Also included to become friends with Margo is Brook Wildon, the Duchess of Stafford from the The Reluctant Duchess in the Ladies of the Manor series. Characters important to Margo in this book are Drake Elton, an undercover agent who is fascinated with this unique code-breaker. Dot Elton becomes Margo's best friend who just happens to be Drakes sister, who he is very protective over. Red Holmes is an ex-soldier who lost his livelihood when he also lost his foot. But Margo befriends him, and a lovely friendship develops between all four. Even the abrasive Phillip Camden turns out to be a friend who is vital in the end. Fun and entertaining, with gripping intrigue and page-turning action. Loved the characters, even our bad guy who is illusive and, to be honest, his complete identity isn't revealed until the end. But oh, I so enjoyed the anticipation of learning the reason for his revenge. Ms. White always integrates faith in her writing. Whether or not Catholicism is her faith, I'm not sure, but it's prominent in this book. I particularly enjoyed watching Margo deal with God and His apparent silence after her dear mother's death. She struggled to make sense of it, but it was Drake's words to her that were so poignant: “God understands how you’re feeling—that you’re mourning, that you’re angry, that you can’t accept the way this has happened. But He’s still there. His hand is still sheltering you. He’ll wait for you.” Good book! 4.5 stars

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