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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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About the Book

The Number of LoveThe Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve
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 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, 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 intelligent Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

About the Author

Roseanna 2018Roseanna 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

More from Roseanna

When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.”
I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks.
I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world.
The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40.
I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what isthe number of love?


Everything about this book was intriguing right from the beginning. I really enjoyed getting to know Margot. She is quite a unique person with numbers floating around in her head all the time. I thought she was brilliant, trustworthy and dedicated to her job. What an exciting life she led decoding secret messages that were vital to the safety of our nation. It amazed me how quickly she was able to decode an encrypted message with numbers that came to her. If only my mind was as brilliant with numbers as Margot. But alas, she is one of a kind and I marveled at her flaws as well as her intellect.

Drake was a wonderful addition to the story with his courage and determination to outsmart the enemy. His attraction to Margot seemed like love at first sight,  but how could you not fall in love with her? She is without a doubt a breath of fresh air that explodes with confidence. It is a slow build to a relationship that digs deep into the heart and sees the beauty of God's love surrounding them. 

The exceptional historical facts make the story easy to feel as if you are there. Actually I wanted to follow Margot for just one day. I wanted to know how her mind worked and how she kept her sanity with numbers flying across her mind all the time. The element of espionage escalates the story to an intriguing guessing game. The action is at a great level and figuring out what would happen next was exciting for me.

It is always nice to read how characters grow in their faith and this book is full of inspirational journeys to find God for several characters. There is one particular part in the book that especially spoke to me. Margot goes through something very painful and I liked how she made Margot very vulnerable at this time. I felt like I was able to see beyond the numbers that take over Margot and allowed me to witness a real emotion that only Jesus can heal. 

The story is a wonderful journey of growing for Margot and allowing Drake to become an important part of her life. Together they make a great combination of steadfast faith and determination to save their country. This is one of my favorite books from the author and I have to mention how much I appreciate the hard work put into this story to make it as authentic to the time period as possible.

I received  copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, June 17
Moments, June 17
The Avid Reader, June 18
Stories By Gina, June 18
Worthy2Read, June 19
Multifarious, June 21
Emily Yager, June 21
Bigreadersite, June 22
Simple Harvest Reads, June 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Genesis 5020, June 24
The Becca Files, June 26
Splashes of Joy, June 26


To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of winner’s choice of TWO signed books, Fruit and Floral Flavors Sugar Shapes, and some Roseanna M. White swag!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. I've been following this book for weeks! I can't wait to read Margot's obsession with numbers. I've never won a Rafflecopter giveaway, though, so I hope this is the lucky one. ;)