Review: THE NUMBER OF LOVE / Roseanna M. White

The Number of Love / by Roseanna M. White (The Codebreakers, 1)
Bethany     ISBN     9780764219276
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Roseanna White pens a new series, set in England during World War I, a story filled with romance, adventure, and a journey in faith and finding your dreams.

In The Number of Love, Margot de Wilde solves puzzles for a living – she is one of the few female codebreakers, deciphering German telegrams for hints of their battle plans. Her success in deciphering those complex messages is critical to England’s intelligence network. Then her mother’s death shakes up her world, leaving her alone except for some friends and her work. Can she find her footing again in this new world without her beloved Maman?

Meanwhile Drake Elton, wounded field agent, is recuperating in London, unaware that an enemy followed him home vowing revenge. Attracted to the intelligent but unconventional Margot, who vows not to get involved in a relationship, he knows a regular courtship won’t win her. Drake works on deciphering the Margot he is coming to love. Will they have a future together, once they deal with the enemy pursuing him?

White excels at both character and plot development. Rich in plot twists and historical detail, as well as romance and adventure, The Number of Love is a delight to read. The faith element is evident but not heavy-handed or distracting. The Asian strategy game of Go is a symbol of the plot in the story. Margot engages in the game with a man who plays a pivotal role. Relationships are clean, making the book suitable for adults and older teens. Margot was introduced in White’s earlier book, A Song Unheard, another example of excellent historical fiction readers expect from the author.

Highly recommended to public libraries and school libraries. Watch for On Wings of Devotion, the next book in the series, coming in January 2020.


Carol R. Gehringer

Previously reviewed titles by Roseanna White: Ladies of the Manor series, and A Name Unknown.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


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