The Number of Love, by Roseanna M. White (blog tour)

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author’s previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

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 that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst 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 them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

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MY REVIEW

Welcome to Room 40 in the Old Admiralty Building, where visitors are informed via a sign that they are to announce their presence via a non-existent door bell. It’s where encoded messages are decrypted into plain language and, in Roseanna M. White’s latest novel, a 17 year old numbers prodigy from Belgium is holding her own against men twice her age. Into her life comes a wounded covert agent, upending everything she believes and forcing her to pit her emotions against the logic she understands.

The Number of Love is the first title in White’s new Codebreakers series. It follows the previous Shadows over England trilogy, which introduced some of the players here including lead character Margot. She first appeared in her brother’s story, A Song Unheard, and it’s worthwhile reading that first to understand Margot’s back story. And, if you’ve read White’s first series, Ladies of the Manor, you might recognize another character as well.

From covert operations in neutral Spain to a birthday celebration in London, The Number of Love looks at war from the perspectives of both those who served and the civilians who supported them. Fictional characters mingle with real life heroes and codebreakers. Margot is a complex character: she believes not only in logic and numbers but also in a God who speaks to His people. What her skills can’t solve, her faith usually can. But what happens when the two come into conflict?

As with other novels by Roseanna M. White, I enjoyed reading The Number of Love. Yes, it’s the start of a new series but there aren’t any cliffhangers. You can appreciate this book without feeling pressured into reading the next two books to learn how the story ends. But, if you like this one, why wouldn’t you want to read them? The next one already has a title and a cover, so surely it won’t be out before too long.

With thanks to JustRead Publicity Tours, Roseanna M. White, and the publisher for my copy of The Number of Love. The above review consists of my own thoughts and opinions on this title.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus “Mi Alma” necklace (Necklace is 24″ chain with a 1″ pendant that says “Mi Alma” Spanish for “My Soul”. A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)

(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway link below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Gold Digger, by Rebecca Rosenberg (with link to giveaway)

Gold Digger
by Rebecca Rosenberg

Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Lion Heart Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 312 Pages

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Historical/American

 

 

One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her!

She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society.

Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.

My Review

It’s April 1878, and young Lizzie McCourt is newly married to Harvey Doe. They’re moving west so Harvey can manage one of his father’s mines. In the first couple of pages of Gold Digger, readers get an immediate idea of these characters. If other readers are like me, they’ll be impressed with Lizzie’s determination and figure Harvey for a bit of a wimp (or something similar). And this is the way the narrative continues: Lizzie “Baby Doe” Tabor consistently comes across as a likeable and sympathetic personality. The term Gold Digger isn’t so much a slight on her character as a hint of her occupation. She really does (and did) go down in the mines and work to support the men in her life, be they Harvey Doe or Horace Tabor.

Baby Doe Tabor was real, as were her husbands, but Gold Digger reads like a pure work of fiction that sprang from the author’s mind. A number of other real life historical personalities also make an appearance, such as Doc Holliday and Oscar Wilde, because they spent time in Leadville, Colorado. Since I read an Advanced Uncorrected Copy there wasn’t a bibliography. It left me wondering what was true and what was embellished. I also expected the story to continue until her death. It doesn’t, but the author shares news of a sequel – Silver Dollar – to be released next year.

Two things stood out to me in the narrative. Firstly, there was a great emphasis on Baby Doe’s Catholic faith. There are several descriptions of her holding and praying the Rosary. Her faith caused problems with her Doe in-laws. She then found it difficult to find a priest willing initially, to preside over her marriage to Tabor and, later, to baptize her first daughter. Despite the difficulties, she stuck to her faith, and felt guilt for some of her actions.

The other massive element was the role of money and riches. Gold Digger asks what it means to be rich: is it money or relationships? Baby Doe’s family disowned her after her divorce, until she began sending them money. Then they wanted more. She only got a priest to baptize her daughter after Tabor made a substantial donation to the church. She was a social outcast, but found joy in being charitable. Giving money wasn’t just about what the Tabors could get in return. Lizzie remembered where she’d come from, and wanted to ensure others didn’t endure her hardships. Meanwhile, I got the impression that Horace was a workaholic, and his family life suffered as a result. In his story, we perhaps get the answer to the above asked question.

With thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the publisher for my copy of Gold Digger. The above review consists of my own thoughts and opinions on this title.

(note: this review is being cross-posted to my other blog, McCombs on Main)

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Praise for Gold Digger

“Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.” —THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing

“Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.” —MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River

About the Author

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.

Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home.

For more information, please visit Rebecca’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, May 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, May 16
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, May 17
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Monday, May 20
Interview at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, May 21
Excerpt at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, May 24
Feature at Just One More Chapter

Monday, May 27
Review at Orange County Readers

Tuesday, May 28
Excerpt at Kimber Li
Review at Diana_bibliophile

Wednesday, May 29
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Review at Oh, the Books She Will Read

Thursday, May 30
Review at A Bookish Affair
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, May 31
Interview at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Monday, June 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, June 4
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, June 5
Review at A Book Geek

Thursday, June 6
Review at Comet Readings

Friday, June 7
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Saturday, June 8
Interview at Comet Readings

Monday, June 10
Review & Guest Post at Clarissa Reads it All

Tuesday, June 11
Excerpt at Old Timey Books

Wednesday, June 12
Interview at T’s Stuff
Review at Proverbial Reads

Thursday, June 13
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Saturday, June 15
Review at Suzy Approved Book Reviews

Monday, June 17
Author Spotlight at RW Bookclub

Tuesday, June 18
Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Thursday, June 20
Review at A Holland Reads

Monday, June 24
Review at RW Bookclub
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, June 27
Review at Mama’s Reading Corner

Friday, June 28
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at Cover To Cover Cafe

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a copy of Gold Digger, a gold facial mask & soap set, and recipe brochure to five winners. Three winners will receive an ebook of Gold Digger.

To enter, please use the giveaway link below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Gold Digger Giveaway (external link)

Ever Faithful, by Karen Barnett

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more–and the woman who must confront his deception.

A man who can’t read will never amount to anything–or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.

Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?

The Formal Stuff: Thank you to Waterbrook Press for my complimentary Uncorrected Proof of Ever Faithful.

First Thoughts:

I am delighted to be selected as a reviewer for Waterbrook & Multnomah’s Summer Launch. I’ve read the previous two Vintage National Parks novels and I also have an interest in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Continue reading