About the Book
The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
Might be the Wishes of Her Own Heart
Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack 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, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.
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When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.”
I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks.
I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world.
The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40.
I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what is the number of love?
The Number of Love was an intriguing story. Even though it’s the first in the Codebreakers series, the author has added several appearances from characters in previous books. I wish I would have read her book A Song Unheard so I could have known a bit more of Margot’s life prior to this book, but it didn’t prevent me from following along with the story at all. (I actually didn’t know this fact until after I saw a few other reviews). It was really incredible how the author was able to weave it all together. Have you ever finished reading a book, and then you’re sad because you wish you had more time with the characters? That’s the type of gem you receive when reading this one. 🙂
I liked that Margot wasn’t your typical heroine. Women are often considered the more “emotional beings” but that isn’t always the case. It was really interesting to see a young woman facing hurdles that may not be typical of others. I marveled in getting inside of her mind as she faced both success and heartache. And Drake? Ohh Drake. Men, take some notes, because Drake was wonderful. Instead of trying to “fix” Margot, he found ways to be supportive of her.
I admit that while I’ve heard of codebreakers before and find them fascinating, I haven’t read much about them in the past. At the end of the book the author shares a bit of the “fact and fiction” from her research. I always appreciate when authors share this because it shows a deep respect for true history even when the stories may (or may not) slightly alter people or events. I don’t believe I’ve heard of Room 40 before, but it’s incredible the work that those people did and how close they were as people.
I enjoyed this novel and I’m interested in seeing where the story continues with the next in the series. Fans of WWI and WWII history are sure to get sucked right in.
*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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I read this a couple weeks ago and loved it! I can’t wait for more!
Enjoying reading about little known female heroes and WWI & WWII so this should be right up my alley. Wonderful review Becca.
Excellent review! Roseanna White is an exceptional author!
Thanks! yes she is!
I cannot wait to read this!
Hope you get to soon!