15 June 2019

The Number of Love | Character Spotlights, Book Review + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019



"Eight thousand seventy-eight."

"I beg your pardon?"

"Bricks. In that building."

A few of Dot's facial muscles smoothed out. "You counted?"

Of course not. I calculated." (p. 34)

Margot De Wilde, first introduced as the sister to violinist Lukas De Wilde in A Song Unheard, has a way with numbers. Growing up, her father trained her in the art of codebreaking and ultimately, despite his death, prepared her for the necessary work of Room 40. 

He'd be proud of her. Proud of what she did. Perhaps he was looking down on her from heaven and smiling . . . but it wasn't the same. She hated that she'd never get to show him all the discoveries she'd helped make, the codes she helped break. She didn't get to come to him in joy whenever a codebook was recovered from a sunken U-boat or German agent. He was so much a part of who she was. And yet he was gone. (p. 36)

Though young, her brilliance keeps her from fitting in with the typical ladies her age. She prefers logic and order over gossip and swooning and as a result, keeps mostly to herself—until she meets Dorothea "Dot" Elton and her brother, Drake.

She despised chatting as much as she despised knitting. (p. 13)

She had a wit to match the eyes, the type he most preferred. Antarctican indeed. His lips refused to lose their grin. (p. 18)

Drake Elton is captivated by Margot as soon as he sets eyes on her. In getting to know her, he proves that he understands and appreciates her—her quirks and all—in a way that few ever have.

His image sprang to mind—amused eyes, ready smile, knotted nose. (p. 36)

They needed men on the ground in Spain, gathering information, and Drake was a prime candidate. (p. 21)

Drake, too, has an important role to play behind the scenes of the World War I conflict, gathering intelligence from the field. Though an injury soon debilitates him, danger becomes no less present. With a lot at stake (including love, of course), can he and Margot put their minds and hearts together to save all they love?


In the start to her new Codebreakers series, Roseanna M. White brings back A Song Unheard’s Margot De Wilde for an engrossing, addicting, utterly fascinating World War I story. Readers of historical fiction, I highly, highly recommend reading The Number of Love right now.

Throughout the story, Margot proves a capable, strong-willed, brilliant heroine as she works to decrypt German messages in Room 40. She may not relate well to the ladies her own age, but that does not stop Drake Elton from pursuing her heart with all he’s got. As they work together to thwart the lurking danger, the romance that grows between them is completely precious, tugging at all the emotions.

Action, adventure, history, romance… White combines it all so well as the story between Margot and Drake unfolds. I loved it from beginning to end and now, cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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.


Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma,” Spanish for “My Soul,” a term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

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  1. thanks for the chance <3

  2. Great review this sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.


  3. I'm excited to read Roseanna White's new series!