By: Roseanna M. White
I quite enjoyed this upcoming release by Ms. White, although again, it took several opening chapters for me to finally get into the story of mathematician and codebreaker, Margot De Wilde and British Spy, Drake Elton.
The story begins one year before the end of the First World War, examining the work of Room 40 and how this group of mathematicians cracked codes providing vital intelligence to the British Military officials. Margot De Wilde is the only female codebreaker, and considered a “walking calculator”. Math soothes her and invades her very thought life. It’s the only thing that makes sense to her so when the numbers fade with the entrance of British Intelligence Officer Drake Elton, Margot’s world spins out of control.
When Drake Elton is first introduced to Margot, he is instantly drawn and knows he’s in trouble. She fascinates him and he appreciates her intelligence and steady wit, but when duty calls him overseas he wonders if he’ll ever really get to know the woman from Room 40. His life will become connected to hers in an interesting twist of events that have both Margot and Elton confronting a German spy, though in very different ways.
I was delighted to find characters from previous series – Shadows Over England, and Ladies of the Manor, make cameo appearances. Despite their appearances, this book is sufficient enough to read without reading Brooke’s or Willa’s stories.
Danger, intrigue, and pulse-racing moments fill the pages of this historical, Christian romance. Ms. White does a beautiful job of weaving fact and fiction together to create a page-turning-stay-up-til-midnight reader experience.
I’m looking forward to the next installment of the final year of War and what The Codebreakers will do to bring the end about.
BOOK RELEASE: June 4, 2019
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.