Book Review: The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

About the Book-

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.

My Review-

*pounds table* SPINOFF SERIES SPINOFF SERIES SPINOFF SERIES!

Well. In case you didn’t know, I love Roseanna M. White, and I will gladly read any book she writes. (Although, I’m a very bad favorite author fan, and actually haven’t read most of her books. But still) I actually got to meet her last year, and totally made a fool of myself when I did, but it was THE HIGHLIGHT of my bookish career!

I loved her Shadows Over England series (book 1 and book 2 reviews), and when I heard she was writing another series in the same setting, I was HYPED. And because I’m a bad bookish fan (have I mentioned yet?), I didn’t realize this was a spinoff series until I started it! IT’S A SPINOFF SERIES OFF THE SHADOWS OVER ENGLAND SERIES!!! If you look at my A Song Unheard review, you’ll see that I enjoyed Margot, Lukas’ sister, and wanted to see more of her. WELL GUESS WHAT. WE ALL GOT IT! AND I LOVED IT.

The actual romance part of this book wasn’t actually great? And yes, I know that it’s LITERALLY THE TITLE, but I feel like that the romance wasn’t really done that well. Margot and Drake are a great couple, and I enjoyed their romance, but I felt like it could have been done better (Drake just,,was obsessed with her pretty soon after knowing her, without any seeming reason?).

Aside from that, though, I really enjoyed the book! It still hasn’t topped the Shadows Over England series, but I so enjoyed going back to that world, and hearing about WWI, and Margot’s job, and her code-cracking, and war and it just,,MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

My Rating-

7/10

Things liked-

  • Margot! she’s so brilliant and is making her own life in a world that isn’t really all that friendly towards women in the workforce yet
  • the “in the field” looks were also really fun!!
  • I also really liked Dot (Margot’s friend and Drake’s sister): can we get a book on her next?
  • allusions to previous books/characters!
  • WWI, which is very different from most other historical (that is to say, WWII) books I read
  • also just spies and codebreaking and room 40 and aaa can you tell I really like this time period?
  • Drake was also so cool! The bits where he was investigating was so fun and aaa

Things disliked-

  • the romance wasn’t done great
  • sometimes the plot points weren’t all the way fleshed out
  • the book ran a little long? I’m not really complaining because more of Roseanna White isn’t a bad thing, but also,,it was a bit long

Thank you to Bethany House Fiction and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review: I was not required to write a positive review.

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