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.
What I Loved: If you have not read a Roseanna White book, then you’re really missing out. The Number of Love was just as amazing as the others I’ve read by her.
The story picks up on the first page and keeps pace throughout the entire novel. The characters are always as endearing as they are complex. There’s so much historic detail weaved into the fabric of the story.
The Codebreakers series is a sort of spin-off from The Shadows of London. You can understand this book without reading the previous series but if you’re planning to read them all then I’d recommend that you stay in order so the cameo characters don’t spoil the previous novels for you.
The romance is very sweet and clean. The mystery unfolds in a realistic way. And the spiritual message on trusting God even when you don’t understand why certain things are happening was balanced out perfectly.
Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommend it to those who enjoy WWI fiction, Christian Historical, or fiction featuring spies.
~ I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.