Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

Enchantress of Numbers

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada’s father, who was infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with ...

Details Enchantress of Numbers

TitleEnchantress of Numbers
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Enchantress of Numbers

  • Faith
    An overly long prologue to this book tells the story of the courtship and brief unhappy marriage of Lord Byron and his wife Annabella that resulted in the birth of one child, Augusta Ada later known as Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace. I had never heard of Ada, but some have credited her with being the first computer programmer. That is probably an overstatement. I was expecting more about the life of a scientist or a glimpse into her creativ...
  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    2.5 Stars. While I thought this was a very informative and well researched book about Ada Lovelace this at times was tedious to read. I didn't know much beforehand about her life except that she was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron who was considered a womanizer and who had a possible scandalous relationship with his half-sister. This was an insightful look into a young woman whose life begun in a custody battle after her parents became...
  • Quirkyreader
    This was a good fictional account of Ada Lovelace's life. In the future I plan on reading more about her.There is not much else to say because the story speaks for its self.
  • Shomeret
    I knew Jennifer Chiaverini as the quilt novel author. She introduced me to the idea that quilts were signposts for the Underground Railroad in The Runaway Quilt which I loved. I knew that she'd been writing biographical novels of female historical figures, but I didn't sit up and take notice until it was Ada Lovelace in Enchantress of Numbers. I've always wanted to know more about her role in the development of the early precursors to computers. ...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS Written by Jennifer ChiaveriniDecember 2017; 446 Pages (Dutton)Genre: historical fiction, history, biography, science/mathListened to on Audio(I received an ARC from the PUBLISHER via NETGALLEY)RATING: 3 STARSI have to admit that I became more interested in Ada Lovelace due to her father, Byron. I enjoyed Byron's poetry and study him and his friends, Mary and Percy Shelley's work for school. He is a fascinating person in li...
  • Kate
    DNFThat this book is a 'did-not-finish' makes me super sad. Jennifer Chaiverini has been one of my go-to authors for many years: she was one of the few 'mainstream' authors I could count on for a well-written novel (especially her historical portraits) that was clean. Unfortunately, with this novel, that is not the case.To my clean-reading friends, you probably want to skip this one as it contains a graphic intimate scene between the main charact...
  • Brittany
    I enjoyed reading about Ada Lovelace's life, especially since the only thing I knew about her was that she is considered to be the first computer programmer. This was the first book I've read by Chiaverini, and I found the writing style to be... well, lacking somewhat. I didn't feel as connected to the characters as I should have been; it seemed like Chiaverini was didn't want to stray too far from the facts of Ada's life, but in doing so these h...
  • Darla
    After reading about Ada Lovelace in The Colors of Madeleine Series by Jaclyn Moriarty, this book immediately caught my eye on the Edelweiss site. A big thanks to them and Penguin Publishing for the ARC of this forthcoming novel.Chiaverini took great care in telling Ada's story beginning with the romance between her mother and Lord Byron, their calamitous marriage and estrangement and then continuing to tell Ada's story from birth to death. It is ...
  • Carole P. Roman
    Jennifer Chiaverini captures the essence of Regency England in her book Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. While I knew about Lord Bryon, his affair with Caroline Lamb, I knew nothing about his maligned wife and forgotten daughter. Annabella Milbanke falls madly in love with the mercurial poet Bryon, and despite misgivings at his odd behavior marries him. She discovers her husband's shocking secret, separating from him and moving ho...
  • Alisha
    ***I received a digital advance copy of this through Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for my thoughts. It goes on sale Dec. 5.For about two years I have been fascinated by whatever I can learn about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. These two were closely connected in the development of what *could* have been the world's first computer...a hundred years ahead of time. Steam-powered. Wild, right?! I think so. Charles Babbage invented th...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton for a digital galley of this novel.I thoroughly enjoy learning about historical figures through fictionalized versions of their lives which contain the facts I want alongside the fictional additions which keep the narrative flowing. I particularly liked reading the second half of this book when the story of Ada Byron had finally moved on from her first nineteen years of life to her becoming Ada Byro...
  • Phaedra
    Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini is a historical fiction look into the life of Ada Byron (Lovelace). I admit to knowing very little about her and that's why I requested this book as an ARCHowever, I just never connected to the character(s) and felt the book was overlong and drawn out. The style of narration through her childhood put me off. First seemingly from her mother's POV, but finishing up with 'me' being Ada. Ada's personality...
  • Davida Chazan
    Jennifer Chiaverini’s historical fiction novel about Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace, takes us back to 19th century England, to discover a woman whose mathematical insights may have been instrumental in making the essential the connections that led to today’s computers. You can read my review of this book about the unfortunately short life of Lady Lovelace here. http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2017/12/...
  • Mary Robinson
    It is a very rare thing that I don't finish abook - but that almost happened with this title. It just seemed to drag on and on. I found the main character / narrator to be rather unlikable - a haughty, entitled (even for her time) woman who described herself "precocious" and claimed to remember being an infant. The endless and drawn out descriptions of her mathematical studies seemed to go on for pages without relief. Occasionally there would be ...
  • Rachel
    This book was not for me, and I would have abandoned it early on had it not been a review copy from the publisher (via NetGalley). In the end, I'm glad I continued, as it was more interesting toward the end, but I found the first person narration of her childhood quite off-putting. Great subject matter, though.
  • Cian O hAnnrachainn
    History has forgotten so many women, and author Jennifer Chiaverini brings them back to life. In her newest work of historical fiction she presents the life of Ada Byron King, daughter of the poet Byron, a woman now considered the mother of computer coding.ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS is well researched, and the nuggets of information that pop up in the narrative are never intrusive. Ms. Chiaverini paints a subtle picture of life at the end of the Geor...
  • eyes.2c
    Nothing of the poetical must take root in her mind!Fascinating look into the life of Lord Byron's daughter, Ada Byron King, a gifted mathematician and visionary.Rigorously guided by an overbearing, fearful mother who's one concern is that her daughter not have the contagion of excessive passion that her father did, it's no wonder Ada's brilliance found an outlet via reasoning and calculations. Her relationship with Charles Babbage and his Analyti...
  • Jen (The Bookish Blonde)
    And when thou would solace gatherwhen our child’s first accents flow,Wilt thou teach her to say “Father!”Though his care she must fogo?These are the words of the most infamous of the Romantic poets, Lord Byron. They refer to his daughter, Ada Lovelace, who is the heroine of Jennifer Chiaverini’s latest historical fiction novel, Enchantress of Numbers. I was thrilled when I heard that Chiaverini had a new book coming out, as she is one of ...
  • Marisa
    I didn't love but didn't dislike this novel. I read indifferent. I think that the author spends too much time on trivial matters. I wanted more.
  • Myron Brown
    Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, looks back on her life especially her relationship with her mother and her love of mathematics. The prologue is a long recounting of the tumultuous courtship and brief marriage of Lord Byron and Anne Milbanke including Ada's. After that overlong prologue Chiaverini has her narrator Ada recount her childhood from the moment her mother left Lord Byron when she was seven weeks old. Ada recounting ev...
  • Gayle
    I am glad that this was not the first book I read by Jennifer Chiarevini. If that had been the case, I would never pick up another book by her. This was slow, dull and very painful to complete. Kept waiting for it to pick up. There were moments. But few & far between. Do not recommend this but do look forward to the author ‘s next book.
  • Melanie
    couldn't do it. she talks about her as if she's 10 and in the next sentence says "And then I turned 2..." what? Talks about how she embroidered fancy things on table cloths ... "and then in my 4th birthday." huh? Way too tedious.
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Summary: A slow start made the ending of this fascinating story about a female scientist all the more satisfying.This is the fictionalized story of Ada Lovelace, the woman credited with writing the first computer program in the 1800s for Charles Babbage's then theoretical, mechanical calculating machine. As the daughter of the famous Lord Byron, she struggles to follow her passions when her mother views any imagination as a sign she might be dan...
  • v
    Despite her many names and titles, the world famously knows her as Ada Lovelace and in recent years she’s been recognized as the author of the first computer program. Ada was the product of a marriage of math and poetry. Her father was the “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Lord Byron and her mother was Annabella Millbanke, a religious and moral mathematician.Aside from the prologue which details her parent’s courtship and disastrous marri...
  • Emily
    Thanks to First to Read for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Enchantress of Numbers is a fictional retelling of Ada Lovelace's life, who is credited as being the first computer programmer, and the struggles of being an educated woman in the time of Victorian England. The novel starts with the courtship of Ada's parents and their tumultuous end and progresses into her stiff upbringing and beginnings of her education. The story follows alo...
  • Angie Smith
    I am a big fan of the author, but that being said, this was a delightful read. My father and daughter are mathematicians and of course knew who Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace was, the first person to recognize the power of calculations and potential of a computer. The story is primarily the story of her young short life and not as much as I was expecting about the calculation, mathematics thought behind her "inventive thoughts." I think wha...
  • Carla
    This book was certainly not a favourite of mine by this author who does wonderful research for her historical fiction novels. This book is about Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, who was Lord Byron and his wife Annabella's only daughter. While Lord Byron may have been a "great" poet, he was clearly mentally ill, and a rascal. Annabella was smart as a whip, and an emotionally abusive mother. I found most of the story, as told by Ada, tedious a...
  • J.S. Dunn
    4 +Another finely drawn, intelligent depiction of an era, and an influential woman, by Chiaverini. The settings and dialogue spare no detail yet nothing is superfluous. This is the best of intelligent historical fiction.Introspection by Ada lends depth to her character and shows how her attraction to mathematics became an escape from her mother's stringent control over Ada's curriculum, friends, nannies, and spiritual life. While I usually dislik...
  • Teri Stich
    Chiaverini has to be one of the best Historical Fiction writers. Her books are so well researched, this one is a perfect example of that. She brings those in the shadows to the light. To be a woman during this time was hard enough but to be a scholar in Mathematics and Science, all but unheard of. Ada Bryon is an inspiration, yes it does help she was wealthy and could devote her life to her studies but the fact is she did! The information about h...