The Number of Love

by Roseanna M White


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.

Series: The Codebreakers (Book 1)
Paperback: 369 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 4, 2018)


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I don’t read book blurb’s for authors that I love. I don’t need to because I know I’m going to totally enjoy the book. What a thrill it was to find that some of the characters I fell in love with from the author’s previous series, were in this series!! One of them is the main character.

This book grabs the readers attention right from the start. I connected with Margot in quite a few respects. I’m not emotional, and I don’t run my life based on them. I even get confused by my own emotional reaction when they occur so this was a rare chance for me to relate to the female lead. Margo’s character is incredibly well done, and who couldn’t like Drake. He sought her through what she loved. It was definitely a giving kind of relationship, and I liked that it all didn’t happen in a nanosecond….or “instalove” as some call it.

Books set in WWI are rare, and I really enjoyed the setting and plot of this story. The actual spy angle isn’t a common one, not like it was presented in this read. The whole idea of Room 40 is fascinating, and the author does a great job of making the reader feel a part of the process.

The secondary characters in this read are so enjoyable as well, but I’m thrilled that Margo got her own story! 

I received this book from the publisher. All 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

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