The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White caught me by surprise. The heroine of this story works as a codebreaker during the Great War. The story takes place in London. But the fact that she was a woman working with men during this time wasn’t what caught my attention.
Margo De Wilde’s life is all about numbers. Again, not unusual as we all know people who are brilliant with math. Margo is neurodivergent. That label is never applied in this book but if you are aware of friends or family who are high functioning autistic, you’ll see it right away.
Because I’m not neurodivergent it was difficult for me to put myself into this character—WAIT! That does not mean I disliked the book or Margo!
Instead of imagining myself as Margo as one tends to do when reading good books—they are after all escape hatches into worlds you can’t explore—I found Margo fascinating. Watching her go from happy with her ability to break codes, experience tragedy, and then finding herself in social situations she never expected kept me reading right through to the end.
The story itself is well-written and has intrigue, some action, and romance. Win-win!
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.