First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 91 | The Number of Love by Roseanna M White

It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from The Number of Love by Roseanna M White:

The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.

I don’t understand anything more than the basics of codebreaking, so novels like this intrigue me.

What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the first line?

About The Number of Love

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.

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Amazon US | Amazon AU | ChristianBook | Goodreads | Koorong

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  1. Oooh! I can’t wait to read this one!

    I’m currently reading The Trail Boss’s Bride and shared that first line over on my blog where I’m also hosting a giveaway. So here I will share the first line of the chapter I’m currently reading:

    There were few things more hair-raising than the threat of a cattle stampede in the teeth of a nighttime thunderstorm.

  2. Beckie B. says:

    Here are the first two lines from a book I am looking forward to — Living Lies by Natalie Walters. “Just let go. The breeze lifted Lane Kent’s auburn hair from the back of her neck.”

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. I can’t wait to read this one!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first few lines from The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith: I am beginning chapter 20 so I will leave the first line from there.

    “Abishag’s mood slipped into melancholy as the months continued on after King David’s death, a mood she had not experienced to any great length since her mother had passed into Sheol.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

  4. Sounds fascinating and intriguing.

    On my blog, I’m featuring Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears. My current read is Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. Since I’m about to start Chapter 5, I will share the first line from that chapter. “From a hazy woodland sleep, Davy and Douglas’s laughter along with that of the Walsh girls flooded through the open window.” May you enjoy a wonderful weekend.

  5. I’ll be reading this one soon!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The Refuge by Ann Gabhart but my next read I’ll be starting shortly is Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens so I’ll share the first line from the prologue here: “The sun was the same, but that was all.” Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Reading!

  6. Becky Smith says:

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Sweet on You” by Becky Wade, and I can hardly wait to start it!

    “Five hundred and eleven days had passed since he’d seen her last.”

  7. Yvette says:

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma on my blog today, but here’s the first line from chapter two of my current read, When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell:

    “There’s something romantically hopeful about having a wedding in the middle of a war.”

    • The Pink Bonnet is next on my to-read list. I’ve already read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (which is also about the Tennessee children’s home scandal), so I’m having to psych myself into The Pink Bonnet.

  8. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I am eagerly awaiting my copy, shortly!

    My first line is from The Refuge by Ann Gabhart:

    You can’t cheat death.

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