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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pnmp44yahoo.com
    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/...
  • 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 Sherman
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Fleurtje Eliza
    If it wasn't for the details (all those details), the repetitive clashes between Ada and her domineering mother and some lengthy chapters... I would have given this book five stars.But = wow = what a fascinating story of Lady Lovelace and her perpetual struggle for independence, and her hunger for science and intellectual debate. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.
  • 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.
  • Kelli
    I really enjoyed reading about the life of Ada (Byron) Lovelace. What a fascinating person! However, the pace of this novel was too slow for my taste. Way too much time was spent on Ada's childhood and the difficult relationship she had with her mother. I would have preferred to read more about her adulthood, her time with Charles Babbage and all the famous people (Dickens, for example) that were her friends. That must have been such an interesti...
  • Lori
    The end dragged on & on.
  • Anne Morgan
    Jennifer Chiaverini's novel starts with the whirlwind relationship between Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke: giving us glimpses of Byron's mercurial temperament, his infamous relationship with Anne's cousin Lord Melbourne's wife Lady Caroline, and all the warning signs that theirs would not be a happy marriage. No one can blame Anne when she leaves Byron and works to keep their infant daughter from ever coming under his influence. Except for...
  • Maddy
    I won this book in a Good Reads giveaway. I'm happy to say these are my thoughts on it. My goodness! What a life Ada Lovelace led! I have to say that this author succeeded wonderfully in getting me to sympathize with Ada. Her parents were not easy to deal with at all. Much of her fame in her lifetime was attributed to her infamous poetic father, Lord Byron. He didn't even know much of his daughter, having separated from her mother when Ada was tw...
  • Angie
    WONDERFUL biography of a fascinating woman.A story about Lord Byron’s only legitimate daughter and how she grows up, meets Charles Babbage and becomes the world’s first computer programmer? Really? This concept is too outrageous to swallow, but it’s true, and Jennifer Chiaverini has written a fictional biography of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, that is as entertaining as it is informative. Ada was, indeed, Lord Byron’s legitimate ...
  • Kristina
    Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini is novel about the life of Ada Lovelace. Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, is the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Not long after Ada was born, Annabella left her husband (Lord Byron had mental problems) and returned to her parent’s home. Annabella does everything in her power to make sure the Byron blood does not destroy Ada’s life. Fairy tales, make believe, poetry, ...
  • Megan
    I generously received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.This is the fictional story of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace whose father was Lord George Gordon Byron 6th Baron of Byron the famous poet and her mother Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke, 11th Baroness of Wentworth, whose marriage fell apart shortly after Ada was born.She was raised mostly by her Mother's doting Grandparents, a long range of Governes...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Myra
    The Enchantress of Numbers is a historical fiction novel about the life of the gifted mathematician Ada Lovelace - heiress and the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron the notorious poet. The book is written from Ada's point of view in a journalistic style, as a memoir following her life from infancy towards the end. There is a long prologue in the beginning of the novel describing the tumultuous and disastrous relationship of her parents marri...
  • Marzie
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was excited to have the chance to read a novelization of the life of Ada Lovelace, daughter of the great English romantic poet Lord Byron, who is often credited with writing the first computer algorithm. That algorithm, described in Lovelace's Note G, was to generate the sequence of Bernoulli numbers (numbers commonly found in some Taylor series expan...