Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Three years into the Great War, England's greatest asset is their intelligence network--field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren't enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won't give up. He's smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but how can he convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart?
Amid biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.
Reviewer: Winnie Thomas
I’ve been wanting to read Margot De Wilde’s story since I met her in Roseanna White’s previous series. She is such an unusual heroine with a unique way of looking at, and coping with, the world. Her intelligence and wit shines in The Number of Love, and Drake Elton is the perfect counterpoint to her character. He sees something deep inside her and is willing to work to understand her world. White is a master at creating fascinating and colorful characters, and this story has plenty of them, including several cameo appearances of people from her Shadows Over England series. It was such fun to see them pop up here and there.
With a setting in London during World War I, this tale is replete with rich historical detail and fascinating information about the intelligence network during the war. The author’s research shines through and adds such deep interest to the story, while the inspirational themes of faith, hope, courage, and the power of love lend depth and satisfaction. I would recommend this book to those who love well-written historical romantic fiction with large doses of suspense and intrigue thrown in.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
You know a book has hooked you when you have a flight to catch in the morning and you stay up all night to finish it instead! I loved this book!
Our heroine (Margot De Wilde) was not your standard simpering female. She was analytical, intelligent, quirky and committed to her goals. One of which was to never marry or have children. She was focused on her education and her future after the war, and as far as she was concerned it didn't include marriage. But then she wasn't prepared for Drake Elton.
Drake, for his part, had never met anyone like Margot. She saw things in numbers. Even God speaking to her was through numbers. How do you win a girl like that? You'll love what he does! I'm not telling.
The historical accuracy of this book was enlightening and the mystery kept me up at night. You won't be disappointed in this book. I highly recommend it!
I received this book courtesy of Bethany House through NetGalley.