The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
May 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 German telegrams for hints of the enemy’s plans. 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 quick and brainy Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to team up to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.
The Number of Love is a story that deals with love, spies, and faith during a time of war. Focusing on Margot De Wilde, a character from author White’s previous series and earlier book, A Song Unheard, this child genius with numbers is now a young woman working as a codebreaker in the top secret Room 40. Margot is such an interesting character, a woman yet a woman who is unbelievably smart and can compete in a dominant man’s world when women were thought not to be able to. She is also drawn within herself and looks at life and relationships a little bit differently than the average young woman of her day and even ours.
Enter Drake Eaton a spy who has a sister with complicated needs and he becomes quite taken with Margot and is determined to get to know her. I like Drake, he was not pushy at all and yet he was kind and caring and gave Margot what she needed even though she thought there was probably no one out there for her. Their souls clicked and they both were better together.
We get to visit with others from White’s previous series and there were other complicated secondary characters that were quite interesting to get to know. Even the protagonist had a complicated character arc that kept me interested in the drama in his life as he was a bit of a gray character.
I always enjoy author White’s stories and this was no exception. The writing was superb and the mystery was tight, the danger palpable, and the love story was sweet and endearing. I like that these characters were a bit out of the norm and I am not a number person, but I really liked that aspect of the story. Very clever storytelling.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
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