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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 the first book in Roseanna M. White’s The Codebreakers series, and is a book I have been looking forward to ever since I finished the last book in her last series, An Hour Unspent. Possibly, that is because Roseanna has been one of my all-time favorite authors ever since I read the first book in her first ever series—Ring of Secrets in the Culper Ring series—over five years ago, or that could be because I really loved Margot in A Song Unheard and I was thrilled when I found out that she was getting her own story. Either way, I have never had anything negative to say about any one of Roseanna’s novels, and this book is no exception.

Roseanna always does a fantastic job of completely transporting you to the time and place of her novels, and The Number of Love is no exception. While I was immersed in the pages of this book, I felt myself a part of Room 40, a part of the band of people fighting against Germany, a part of Margot and Drake’s story. I was swept away by the mystery and the suspense of it all, and I cannot tell you how many times I gasped over the unexpected events that were around every turn. Roseanna truly knows how to weave together a story that will captivate you from the very beginning, and I think The Number of Love is one of the best examples of that. Although, I honestly cannot choose a favorite from any of her novels, I can’t help but love them all!

As far as this book is concerned, I loved getting the chance to see things through Margot’s perspective. Since I am a math and logic-brained person, I have always felt that I see things through that sort of lens, but reading this book made me realize just how wrong I am, and just how amazing it is when someone really is that way. The way that Margot truly thought in the form of numbers and mathematical equations was so fascinating to me, and I loved getting to experience this story from her point of view.

All in all, I really enjoyed The Number of Love, and I am VERY eagerly anticipating learning all about—and reading of course—the rest of the series. Roseanna is a phenomenal author, so of course I highly recommend everything she has written, and this book is no exception. I’ve even already lent my copy to one of my friends! The Number of Love easily gets all five bookshelves, and a place on my all-time favorites list, and I already know I will most definitely be reading it again sometime in the future, if I ever have it back from all of the people who are going to be borrowing it!

Happy reading!

I received a complementary copy of this book from the author in exchange for only my honest review.

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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