Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Review - The Number Of Love by Roseanna M. White



It may come to a shock to some of you, but I used to read a slew of romance novels. I cannot explain what attracted me to the genre, but if you search on this blog, you’ll find many romance reviews. For quite a long time, there’s been a stack of romance titles collecting dust on my desk. To work on my procrastination issues, I’m reviewing one title today - The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White.


Set in 1917 during WWI, the novel centers on a 17-year-old Margot De Wilde, a character who first appeared in the novel A Song Unheard. Margot spends her days working as a British cryptographer for the secretive Room 40, where she deciphers German telegrams. Unlike other girls her age, she’s only interested in her work instead of looking for a husband. Well, that changes when she meets Drake Elton, a wounded soldier with plenty of baggage.

 

Final Thoughts

My least favorite romance era to read about is in the early 20th century. I cannot explain it, but WWI and WWII plots aren’t intriguing to me. I don’t remember why I wanted to read The Number of Love, but I’m guessing the cover intrigued me.

Let’s begin with the good. Roseanna M. White has a natural talent for writing vivid descriptions, something that’s sadly missing from many recent historical fiction. Her characters are three-dimensional, which makes them interesting. The principal character in this story is a mathematician who lives and breathes numbers. She’s intelligent, strong-willed, and likable.

Now on to the bad. The romance between Roseanna and Drake feels too forced. In reality, the characters have nothing in common. The espionage plot is cliched and just plain boring.

Overall, The Number of Love is well-written, but a boring read. If you’re into WWI romances, then this book will probably appeal to you. However, if you’re like me, you’ll be bored to death.

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