Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 4.5/5
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.
When I first read the title of the book, didn’t really know what to think! A story about a female cryptographer set in World War I paired with that title name….interesting. I decided to give it a try, and I sooo don’t regret it! This book has such an exciting set of characters and plot development! Each character has such a unique personality, and I loved that for a nice change, the main character, a girl, actually loves mathematics and strives to be a college professor! (Way to go, girl!!!) I remember one time watching a movie about a little girl that was a mathematics prodigy, and it set my curiosity on fire! Yeah, like, *nonchalantly speaks* Margot started college at the age of thirteen, phew, no biggie… (And I’m here trying to stay sane with college stuff, lol) So yeah, very very interesting characters! Margot has this passive, yet bold personality I admire! She’s not intimidated with what others think of her but instead always follows ”the number”…the way God uses to speak to her. Yeah, she can sometimes be hotheaded and ends up messing everything up, but, seriously, don’t we all? Then we have Drake, the mysterious half Spanish guy with t a broken nose, hehe, you’ll get the reference soon my friends! He’s no slouch, either. He personality is so much fun and mature. He complements Margot’s character so well even though they are complete opposites in some ways. What I really liked seeing in this book was the variety of ethnicities! We have English, Spanish, French, Belgian, and German characters, poor, rich, and in between, all working towards the same goal. Victory. The plot is very well paced, though the middle was somewhat slow, it gets better and better. From the title, you might expect a cheesy love novel, but it is nothing like that. This is my first book from Roseanna M. White, and I can’t wait to read her other works 🙂
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