26 Jul 2019

First Line Friday: The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

Welcome back to First Line Fridays here at Romances of the Cross. 

Its been far too hot here in Britain. Yesterday London reached record heights of 38 degrees Centigrade. Which is 100 Degrees in American. Maybe all this staying in will allow for more reading time if the heat persists? I almost hope it doesn't though.

The book I'm featuring today has already been featured by several other members of this group in previous weeks, so not much introduction is necessarily. I will however include a synopsis of this wonderful book.

I love Roseanna White's writing style: descriptive and illustrative with just the right amount of detail. Not enough to bog the reader down, but enough to really create a picture. Add to this fascinating characters and some interesting historical details. I've been lapping up her books since her Ladies of the Manor series concluded 2 years ago. 

Her latest novel, the Number of Love follows Margot de Wilde, a minor character from the second book in her last Shadows Over England series, which came out in the spring of 2018. 

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.

My First Line today comes from Chapter 13. I'm working my way through the Audiobook, because I only have a Netgalley version on My Kindle, I didn't download it onto my computer. 

 "Look Sharp Men!" One of the patients who was a day or so away from being released back to his unit scurried into the ward.

Now You Can Join In. Comment with your own First Line, or Click the Link to see what other members of the group are reading. 



  1. Happy Friday!

    On my blog I featured The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett.

    Hope you have a great weekend! And stay cool!

  2. Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I'll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I'm currently reading:

    "Footsteps signaled someone's approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers."
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

  3. Happy Friday! I haven't started this yet, but my first line (well - 2 lines) is from "Margin of Error" by Christy Barritt:

    "Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul."

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/07/25/first-line-friday-95/. I'm currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I'll share the first line from there.

    "Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge."

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

  5. I absolutely loved this book!
    Happy Friday!
    Today I'm sharing the first line of Searching For You by Jody Hedlund over on my blog. So I'll share the first line of the chapter I'm currently on here:

    "Och, dinnae tell me I'm too late!"

  6. Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady's Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it's also the book I'm about to dig into so no extra line yet. Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first lines from No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky: "Katie McAlister's heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs."


    1. Oh, I have that book waiting on my Netgalley shelf. The subject matter sounds so fascinating.

      Thanks for visiting.

  8. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

  9. I love Roseanna's writing too!

    Have a great (and cooler) weekend. :-)

    1. We Brits complain about the weather and it still does whatever it wants. Now its raining.

      Yup, this book is looking to be very good indeed. Thanks for visiting.

  10. I remember a couple of unbearably hot summers in London when we lived there. The daytime heat was bad enough, but the lack of a breeze and the fact it never cooled down at night was even worse.

    I'm sharing the first line of Under a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly on my website today, but my current read is Love and Other Mistakes by debut Australian author Jessica Kate. Here's the first line:

    "Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&Ms on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions."

    Happy reading!

  11. This book is on my tbr list. I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller.

    It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.


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