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The Number of Love

(The Codebreakers #1)

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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 un ...more
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Tasha Hackett yes. If made into a movie it could easily go the PG13 route depending how they wish to depict the war. There are chase scenes with guns and a few are …moreyes. If made into a movie it could easily go the PG13 route depending how they wish to depict the war. There are chase scenes with guns and a few are killed. But the romance is clean. (less)

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Sarah Grace Grzy
Everyone fell in love with the quirky, genius, number-loving Margot in A Song Unheard. And now she has her own story.

Roseanna White is an author with many strengths and talents, from strong plots to the historical depth her stories contain, but perhaps her greatest strength is her characters. Each and every one is unique with their own quirks, and each one sees the world a little differently. For this character-loving girl, that makes these books for me. Margot is quite possibly White's most co
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Deanne Patterson
I'm not sure how Roseanna White topped her last book, which I loved but she has.
This is the first book in her new series, the Codebreakers series.
Her books are totally on point. Though fictional they are so meticulously researched you would swear you were reading a true account of things going on.
I am always fascinated in learning new information about things I already know.
Margot is such a strong willed and intelligent woman . I loved seeing a woman involved in a field usually dominated by men
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Missy
I enjoyed this book set during the Great War and the codebreakers that took all those numbers and made sense of them. Margot was an innocent character that everything around her had something to do with numbers. I cannot imagine thinking in numbers all the time, my brain would explode. I loved the friends she made in Dot, Red, Drake, and Camden. Even though Camden got a bit on my nerves with his arrogance. The humanity that Drake showed towards Margot in declaring his love for her, telling her h ...more
Melissa Tagg
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roseanna White never, ever fails to completely delight and enthrall me with her stories. Every single time, the storyline is intriguing, the characters are layered and relatable and unique...and Margot might be her most unique character yet. I adored her! Her love of numbers and her very analytical, rational personality are pretty much the complete opposite of me...and yet, I still connected with her so deeply. I felt what she felt. I loved getting to know her in a deeper way (after first meetin ...more
Katie Hanna
*angry raccoon noises*

I'm Really Not Having a Good Time here, and that's why I'm not going to continue this book. If anyone is curious, I made it to the 51% mark before calling it quits. Sure, I paid money for the thing, but I refuse to allow the sunk-cost fallacy to drag me any further into the mire. I got an A in high school economics, y'all. :-P

I wanted to love this book, for a lot of reasons. It's historical fiction set in WW1, it stars Catholic characters (representation??), it boasts a ge
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E.F.B.
Of the four books Mrs. White has written that are set in the WWI era, this may be my new favorite. I fell in love with Margot the second she stepped on the page as a side character in the second book in the Shadows Over England series, "A Song Unheard". Interestingly enough, I didn't love her because she was anything like me. She actually adores math and connects numbers with everything while I have been known to despise math in spite of being semi-proficient with some of it when I absolutely ha ...more
Shantelle
Oh my goodness! My heart! Roseanna M. White is a fantastic writer. Her latest novel, The Number of Love, starts a brand new series set during the Great War ... and actually focuses on a secondary character from her last series!

If you read A Song Unheard (SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND #2), you met the brilliant, young Margot De Wilde. I don't know if she intrigued you, but she did me! It was so exciting to dive into her personal story in the first book of THE CODEBREAKERS. She is now seventeen years of ag
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Abigail
Why did I wait so long to read this book?!? It was fabulous!!!! I am most definitely going to be reading more of Ms. White's book! Her writing, characters, storylines, accurate history, and anything else that this gorgeous book contained was amazing. I love that the cover ties perfectly in with this story. I literally was fangirling once I discovered the tie in!

I loved every single one of the characters! Margot was amazing and though we are complete opposites, I still feel in love with her char
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Hannah Linder
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!
Amanda Geaney
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 Reasons to Recommend: The Number of Love

3 - History.

During the Great War, Room 40 was the intelligence hub of the Admiralty. White portrays this organization of codebreakers and secretarial staff as a diverse yet tight-knit group of professionals. She draws a number of fascinating real-life events into her story—explaining in her author's note how she had to alter the timeline of a few to fit her storyline.

2 - Friendship.

“I’m not a secretary—I’m one of the cryptographers. I hate fashion, I
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Rachel McMillan
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
THIS WAS SO MY JAM! I loved a unique heroine who saw the world in a different way and the man who learned her language in his soft and patient pursuit of her. But, I also loved the splendid cast of supporting characters: Red and Dot and Philip Frigging Camden ( my play on his name). It is about TIME the CBA got a Philip Camden so I am delighted that the next book in the series is his.

Roseanna White is one of the most intelligent writers on the planet: balancing impeccable research, a penchant fo
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Staci
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adored Margot in the prior series and she was a great way to kick off the Codebteakers Series.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I'm intrigued when the main character has an unusual process of thinking and the author successfully draws me into their mind. Two of my favorite examples are Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt and The Unlikely Master Genius by Carla Kelly. The Number of Love is now added to that list! Margot's mathematical intellect bleeds into her spirituality and emotions, and I was fascinated by the idea that she received her personal revelations and inspiration through the types of numbers that run through her hea ...more
Courtney Clark
A perfect blend of history and romance, The Number of Love has intrigue and secrets aplenty. Much of the story backdrop is the intelligence agency of Room 40 during WWI, which lends a fascinating behind the scenes perspective and several real-life facts (have I mentioned how much I love author’s notes?).

Margot is brilliant and I love seeing how she processes the world through numbers and equations. My brain doesn’t work like that, so her character allows for empathy and understanding in a differ
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Oceana
Feb 12, 2022 rated it liked it
Things I liked:
-the characters! I really liked Margot and Dot and Drake. They were unique and funny.
-the faith. It was genuine and involved. I appreciated how the author used prayer and God speaking to move the plot along.
-the romance. Very funny and cute and different.

Dislikes:
-the setting didn’t click with me
-the time period also didn’t click with me
I don’t think I like fictional retellings of a real event. Or maybe it was just this one. World War I was such a sad time and it didn’t excite m
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Rachel
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was very, very cool. Not perfect, but really enjoyable. Margot De Wilde was a secondary character in White's earlier book A Song Unheard, and probably my favorite character in that, so I was really excited that she got her own book. This one is set several years after Song, and she's now working as a codebreaker for British Intelligence during WWI.

Of course, there's a love story, with her slowly coming to like and then love a British spy. But the story mostly revolves around Margot le
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Melanie
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The Number of Love is the first book in Roseanne M. White's newest series, The Codebreakers. I've read and loved White's previous two series and so I was eager to read this book. It was a very interesting story and I loved the setting. WWI storylines are fascinating and this one about codebreakers definitely grabbed my attention.

I really enjoyed the characters. The romance was sweet and it was intriguing how the heroine felt numbers. There were a couple things about the storyline that f
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Maddy
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, this book! ❤ This author amazes me with every new release. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but I just love this author.

After reading the Shadows Over England series, I couldn’t wait for The Number of Love. I was so excited when I found out it was about Margot! I had huge expectations for this book and it completely lived up to them. This author is incredibly talented. Her way of writing a story is just beautiful. She’s the only historical author I really enjoy.

I enjoyed
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Rebecca
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own."

Margot De Wilde stays quite busy using her prodigious mathematical prowess to aid England's intelligence network at its highest level; in short, Margot is a codebreaker. She would rather calculate the number of bricks used to construct a building, than bat her eyes in flirtation; thus keeping her male counterparts in Room 40 at a comfortable distance. That is until one day, when Lieutenant Drake Elton barged into her private convers
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Mikayla
So, I may have stayed up late reading this the day after I got it.
I was so excited to pick up this after reading about Margot in the Shadows over England series. I loved all her talk about mathematics. Even though I got slightly tired of it sometimes, it felt perfectly believable and fit her character to a T. Also, the plot point at the beginning just killed me. I wanted to hug Margot. But her reaction to it was spot on perfect.
Drake was one of the most patient main guys I've read in a book. He
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Emilee
Jul 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: ww1
This one is really hard to rate. I really enjoyed it and the author did an amazing job weaving the plot together but I struggled to connect with Margot and her mathematics. I learned so many interesting historical facts about WW1 and Room 40 and that it's based on true accounts. I do love how Roseanna White builds her characters. This is the third book I have read by her and each heroine and hero are so unique. Her characters have their own individual personalities and they are so well written. ...more
Maureen Timerman
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I just loved the mind the author gave the main character Margot and she turned out to have her wits about her in direr situations.
We put faces to those making the ultimate sacrifices during the First World War, and we are able to walk in their shoes for a while.
Love reading historical fiction that is based on fact, and this read did not disappoint! I can’t wait for the next in this series!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a posi
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Jocelyn Green
Roseanna White has rocketed into my short list of favorite authors of historical fiction (Christian fiction or general market--she can hold her own with either!). This book is worth studying for its characterization alone, but it delivers far more than that. If you're looking for an atypical heroine, diverse cast of characters, suspense, romance, history, and a completely satisfying ending, look no further. ...more
Camille Eide
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of the most interesting Christian novels I've ever read. Roseanna White is thoroughly captivating both as a wordsmith and storyteller. I'm looking forward to diving into the next book in the Codebreaker series. ...more
Angie Thompson
Awwwww, I loved this! <3<3<3

Margot was a favorite when I first met her in A Song Unheard, and I love it every time I get a glimpse into her unique mind, even though it's nothing close to the way my own mind works. Actually, that makes the fact that I understand and like her so much even more amazing! The author has done a wonderful job of taking a very unusual character and making her incredibly likeable. <3 One of the best things, in my opinion, is that even though her viewpoint is so different
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Toni Shiloh
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! First of all, Margot!! I’ve wanted to know more about Margot since I read about her in the Shadows over England series. Margot’s not your usual heroine. She thinks in numbers and values logic over feelings. I can admire that and it made for a great read.

And Drake! What a hero. Instead of forcing Margot to comply to his way of thinking, he woos her in a way she can appreciate. It was so sweet to see their romance bloom and I have to admit, I started spying conn
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Malia Saldaña
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-books
This book!oh my gosh! It was so interesting. I love Margot De Wilde. She’s so awesome and intelligent. I’ve never read a book like this. It didn’t disappoint.:) And the cover is gorgeous!!!
sydney
Feb 19, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like this, and I’m glad I read it. But did I really like it? I’m sad to say I didn’t. Maybe this is one of those books where I need to re-read again at another time because this book is really not that much different from her others. It has a really interesting plot and I like the characters, but I found other books that captured my attention more than this one and the storyline was a little hard to follow. Every page is full of detail that requires your full concentration because you’ll m ...more
Kristine Morgan
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Number of Love is the first book in Ms. White's Codebreaker series. Various characters from her previous books are part of the story. It's always cool to run into old friends from previous books! I always look forward to a new book from Ms. White and then before I know it I'm waiting for the next one! I particularly enjoyed Margo and Drake's story. Both are strong, intriguing characters who move the plot along quickly. Ms. White also enjoys research and it shows throughout the story. I alway ...more
Carissa (Regency Woman)
I had a super long spiel *cough, rant, cough* that I penned in 2020, but my frustration is not worth that many words. It's worth just these few.

First, it's unforgivable that an author could make their heroine an aroace without knowing what they're doing and then make that heroine fall in love with all the warm fuzzies halfway through the book. That is wrong on every single level imaginable. I live with an aroace so I know one when I see/read/meet them. And what Roaseanna M. White did to Margot i
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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 ...more

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