The Number of Love

Reviewed by:

Diane Ash, retired teacher and current church librarian of the Federated Church of Sandwich


The Number of Love


Roseanna M. White


Bethany House




Paperback book


358 pages


Margot De Wilde lives in London during the Great War.  The year is 1917, and she is passionate about her work of decrypting intercepted German telegrams in the secretive Room 40 of the Old Admiralty Building.  She is one of the codebreakers; one of England’s greatest Intelligent assets during the war.  Margot lives and breathes in a world of numbers.  After an unexpected loss she begins to wonder if numbers are enough.  Her best friend has a brother, Drake Elton, who has returned wounded from the field.  When Margot accompanies her friend to the hospital to visit this brother, Drake Elton is smitten by the intelligent Margot. However, a German spy who wants to destroy Elton has followed him back to England and won’t give up until the deed is done.  Margot and Drake work together amid threats of biological warfare and encrypted letters to save themselves from the dangers of war, and learn that The Number of Love is beyond value. 


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Those who enjoy Christian fiction and historical novels.

Christian Impact:

Faith and doubt are woven throughout the story and finally learning to trust in God’s providence.

Other Notes:

England really did have a secret intelligent division, the codebreakers in Room 40, during the Great War. 

The Number of Love (The Codebreakers, #1)

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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