Audiobook Mini-Review: The Number of Love

4 Nov

I decided to do a little Christy Award reading in anticipation to the announcement of the winners on November 12 and chose The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White, a finalist in the historical romance category. This is the first book I have read by White, but it certainly will not be the last. A book well-deserving of the nomination, I give it a highly recommended rating.


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.

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 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


My Impressions:

The Number of Love is the first book in The Codebreakers series, an historical romance set during WWI. That is its first recommendation — a time period I do not often read in. Historical detail is key. I found the information on the war fascinating, especially the work of spies and analysts ferreting out information on the other side. Characters are well-developed and are very likable. They also do not fit into stereotypes — main character Margot is very unconventional for her time in that she is a woman of reason and mathematics, not relying on feelings, but on logic. Drake, a great hero, is more about the emotional side of things. The juxtaposition of their personalities from the norm is wonderful. As I said spies play a big part in the novel, and the suspense kept me listening (I downloaded the audiobook) and on the edge of my seat. The faith message is very strong. I loved that the author had the characters examine not just the why of their experiences, but also for what purpose. And the way God communicates with Margot is an excellent portrayal of how He gifts us and uses us.

All 3 books in The Codebreakers series are now available — I cannot wait to get back to London during WWI. And some of the secondary characters have a series all their own! The 3 books in the Shadows Over England series are also all available. I have the promise of some great reading ahead of me.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: Adults.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



6 Responses to “Audiobook Mini-Review: The Number of Love”

  1. susiesellnergmailcom November 4, 2020 at 12:31 pm #

    I also loved this series by Roseanna White. Normally I read a lot of WWII novels, but it was refreshing to learn more about WWI.

    • rbclibrary November 4, 2020 at 12:43 pm #


  2. Barbara Harper November 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

    I just reviewed this book today, too! I had read the Shadows Over England series first and loved that some of the characters carried over. I had never read Roseanna before this year, but I am glad to have discovered her. I agree about WWI. So many people write about WWII, it’s nice to read about a different time period.

    • rbclibrary November 4, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

      I saw your review of one of the Shadows Over England books. That’s where I learned of the connection between that series and this one. I need to read your review — you always have great insights!

  3. Becky November 15, 2020 at 1:02 am #

    I recently started reading Roseanna’s books. I’m on the second book of Shadows Over England right now. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

    • rbclibrary November 16, 2020 at 6:43 am #

      I’m looking forward to many more of her novels.

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