“You don’t seem like a computer person!”
I imagine this statement was intended to be a compliment. I accepted it as such, regardless of the intent.
Isn’t it humorous that we have so many preconceptions about the way things are and should be?
Computer people should be nerdy men who are allergic to sunlight and people. And eat junk food and have no sense of style. And probably a million other things. Women should be in jobs that require the use of their fingers and not their brains. Or at home with the children keeping house.
As a female computer programmer and database expert, I have spent many years in an industry dominated by men. I’ve attended conferences with two thousand men and ten women. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration – it’s possible there were twelve women there, but not more. I consider myself fortunate to work with men who respect me for my abilities and don’t assume I can or can’t do anything because of my gender.
Yet, I still occasionally hear things from (ignorant?) people like the “you don’t seem like a computer person” guy on the elevator.
And you know what? I’m okay with that. Because I’m not a computer person. I’m a child of God, made for a specific purpose with unique talents which allow me to serve Him in a way that no one else can. And I will do just that – serve Him with my whole heart.
The Number of Love
Series: The Codebreakers #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date June 4, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Romance, Suspense
Setting: England, Spain World War I Era - 1914 - 1918
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
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.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: On Wings of Devotion, A Portrait of Loyalty
I have never before considered numbers to be romantic!
Margot is a genius who thinks, dreams, and even prays in numbers. She clearly used them in learning and remembering, cataloging information in her brain by the number of times it occurred. She is not impressed with flattery or pretty things. She is extremely logical and literal (which made for amusing conversations!) Despite this, she is also witty, with a quirky sense of humor. I loved her first meeting with Drake and the responses she gave to his getting-to-know-you questions!
As a woman in a “man’s world” doing cryptology, Margot was insulted when people assumed she must be a secretary simply based on her gender. As a woman who valued logic over feelings, she rebuffed the men who attempted to flirt with her, often with enumerated lists of how she would hurt them if they persisted!
While Margot was very strong and prided herself on being logical, she also had a side that was frail and hurting. After her loss, for which she felt responsible, she struggled with the sovereignty of God and personal responsibility.
While I am not a numbers person and don’t do calculations in my head just because, the author made Margot’s character so real and her thoughts so plausible to me. I loved the ways she was constantly calculating – from the area of a room to the angle of the stair rail to anything else that caught her attention. If not for reading the notes at the end, I would have thought the author herself was a numbers person, like Margot.
Drake was an observer. That was what made him valuable to the war effort. With the ability to see things many overlooked, and to ask just the right question, he was not only able to ferret out the enemy’s secrets, he also was able to deduce the secret to Margot’s heart. The manner in which he wooed her was so beautiful!
Dot, Margot’s friend and Drake’s sister, was also eccentric, suffering from agoraphobia. I loved her courage in getting and maintaining a job despite this.
In addition to the amazing and rich characterizations, as if they are not enough for me to suggest you run out and buy this, the mystery and suspense related to the enemy agent greatly added to my enjoyment of The Number of Love, as did the historical gems incorporated.
Though this is the first book of a new series, The Codebreakers, Margot was originally introduced in the Shadows over England series. While it is not necessary for understanding this story, it could enhance your experience if you read those first. And they are so good, you’ll want to do that anyway!
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When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.”
I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks.
I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world.
The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40.
I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what is the number of love?
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