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The Number of Love (The Codebreakers 1) by Roseanna M. White


The Number of Love
(The Codebreakers, 1)
By: Roseanna M. White

Published: June 2019
Published by: Bethany House Publishers
Format Read: eBook, ARC, Kindle
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

Rating: 3.5/5

NOTE: I was sent a copy of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White, from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


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.

Source: Goodsreads

My Thoughts

The Number of Love is the first book in a new series by Roseanna M White, called The Codebreakers. Fans of this Christian fiction author may already be familiar with some of the characters in this book from her previous series Shadows Over England.

I was attracted to the synopsis of The Number of Love at the mention of intelligence working to decipher enemy codes. I have previously learned about code breakers in World War II and was eager to learn about their World War I counterparts.

Margot De Wilde was a very unique character. I appreciate how the author wrote her as an indispensable asset to Room 40, despite her differences. This book shined a light on how people who may not interact in a way that is considered socially “normal”, or experience feelings like the majority, are indeed worthy of love and friendship. Although her understanding of mathematics went far over my own head, I found the way she interpreted the numbers in her head to be fascinating.

I would highly recommend The Number of Love by Roseanna M White, to fans of Christian historical fiction.

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