Book Review of
The 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. But her mathematician mother, estranged from Ada’s infamous and destructively passionate father, 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 a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.
When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she, at last, discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize how her exciting new friendship with Charles Babbage—the brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly inventor of an extraordinary machine, the Difference Engine—will define her destiny.
The Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini is a historical fiction book about the life of Ada Lovelace, who some have called the world’s first computer programmer. It was published in 2017.
I loved the time period and setting of this book. If you love Jennifer Chiaverini’s books, you will probably enjoy this one too. She took some liberties with a history that I didn’t really like, but overall it was well written. The book does cover quite a bit about Ava Lovelace’s father’s life, Lord Byron, and it is pretty graphic in parts. Because of that, this is more of a PG-13 read than I thought it was going to be.