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The Number of Love (The Codebreakers Book #1) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Might 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.
"Acclaimed author White begins her newest series, The Codebreakers, with an exciting tale steeped in the historical intelligence game of the Great War. The Number of Love is captivating and features White's signature use of energetic plots and high-octane drama."--Booklist
"This tale is replete with rich historical detail and fascinating information about the intelligence network during the war. The author's research shines through and adds such deep interest to the story, while the inspirational themes of faith, hope, courage, and the power of love lend depth and satisfaction."--Interviews and Reviews
"In this first in a new series by Roseanna M. White, her loyal readers will recognize cameos by old friends. Experience the mystery, romance, and danger of WWI with a dash of levity, in an inspirational novel about discernment and courage. . . . Fans of The Bletchley Circle and The Imitation Game will appreciate this novel look at the lives of the previous generation of codebreakers and analysts who aided the war effort."--Historical Novels Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07NDMPQS1
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (June 4, 2019)
- Publication date : June 4, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 11003 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 367 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,497 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Margot is my favorite kind of character, especially for a Christian novel. She's unconventional and somewhat unpredictable. She's neither bold and brassy and adventurous, nor sweet, demure, and exclusively interested in husbands and children. Her strengths mix excellently with her flaws. For example, she's blisteringly brilliant and calm in a crisis, but can come across as too stoic--plus, she's smarter than you and she knows it. She loves logic and has found a way to marry that with Christian faith, but often becomes too driven to find the reason or the point for everything--and when she can't, she ends up hurting herself or others. It's rare you see a character in any novel with this level of development, especially a female protagonist, and I loved getting to know and being with Margot from page one.
Drake Elton is no slouch, either. His more gregarious and sometimes flirtatious personality provides Margot's perfect complement, but unlike some heroes of his type, he isn't empty-headed or a pretty boy. Drake and Margot work so well together precisely because there are reasons their relationship shouldn't work. For example, both have intense thirsts to prove themselves, and the way they choose to do that hinders their relationship with each other. Also, Drake is so used to conventional women, he pushes those standards onto Margot without realizing it, which further complicates matters but gives him a great opportunity for character growth.
The WWI, espionage-centered plot of this story doesn't seem like it would facilitate character growth, but it does, while still nailing the suspenseful expectations of said plot. I've read some books like this where the plot sounds like, "Go here, go there, find this, zap this bad guy like in a video game." In The Number of Love, I didn't get that. I knew exactly what the stakes were, why objects or people were important, and why I should care. I wanted to see both romantic and overall success. I also loved the balance between romance-based suspense and regular suspense, plus the unique elements Roseanna used. For instance, it's not often you see a hero doing his best work *after* he gets gut shot and spends time recuperating.
The secondary cast was pretty great as well. Being reunited with Willa, Lukas, Rosemary, and Barclay was nice, but I also enjoyed the other characters. Dot Elton is my favorite, with her social anxiety and spectrum-like traits (which Margot has some of, too). I have never seen characters like Dot and Margot written this well, and I wanted more. These women are not flat "inspirations." They are not "weird." They are allowed to be who they are and change, or not, on their own terms, only when they need to. Of course, in 1917, nobody would have said something like, "These women probably have Asperger's syndrome or PTSD." But writers and people in general could take a big lesson in how Dot, in particular, is presented with these traits. The same could be said of Redvers "Red" Holmes, who is at first pigeonholed by society because of a disability, but sticks in there and proves himself his own man, without sap or contrived coincidences.
And let's not forget the villain. He could be a bit confusing at first, but I ended up understanding him and his motivations. I also liked the unusual way he went about his business, with the Go game and feeling completely stymied by Margot's smarts. The pneumonia element is great too, as it shows villains can have significant weaknesses, but you're still in grave danger if you underestimate the wrong ones.
Finally, I appreciated Roseanna's unusual little character touches, such as how Margot interacts with God through numbers. That in particular shows how every Christian's relationship with God is different, multifaceted, and personal, something I wish we saw much more of in Christian fiction and nonfiction.
I was a bit skeptical of this series, but no more. The next one cannot come fast enough. I'm anxious to see what sweet nurse Annabelle Denler is going to do to win the Black Heart of the incorrigible Phillip Camden.
This book demonstrates friendship that looks beyond first impressions and the outer facade of a person to the heart. Unlike the author and me, the characters are Catholic. Salvation is never mentioned, but Margot relies heavily on prayer and learns to trust in God when she doesn't understand. God speaks to her in numbers and when she doesn't hear the numbers she doubts that God is speaking to her. I wonder about that. But the characters are unique and compelling. They grow to appreciate the differences of others and learn to work with them, flaws and all. I love that this book is outside the formulaic plots of romance and suspense and yet compelling in a way that is hard to describe. It grows on you until you don't want to put it down. The most interesting book I've read in a long time.
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It was really interesting to view the story from the viewpoint of the main character Margot as she thinks so differently from myself. Her thoughts are full of numbers, they even play a role in her communication with God.
I enjoyed the way the main characters developed throughout the book, as well as their different friendships and relationships.
The story contains moments of thoughtful reflection as well as high tension and I loved the mix of historical romance with wartime suspense.