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
PublisherDutton Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Enchantress of Numbers

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    I won this novel through a Goodreads giveaway, and I honestly could not put it down for two days. Going into it, I knew very little of Ada Lovelace, only that she was one of the first computer programmers. Which was fascinating all on its own, but this novel takes the reader through her life from age one, to thirty six, and I found myself completely enthralled in Adas life, from her intellectual pursuits, with Flyology when she she was just a chi...
  • Nann
    I had heard about Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Byron, because of Ada Lovelace Day (http://findingada.com) that celebrates the achievements of women and girls in STEM fields. I didn't know much about her until I read this lengthy, absorbing historical novel. Her mother Annabella failed to contain or reform her brilliant, handsome, and troubled husband. Their Separation (always with a capital S) was a legal and social landmark. Thought Ada ne...
  • Donna
    The story of Ada Byron King, daughter of the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his wife, Lady Annabella Byron. The story begins with Annabella as a young, single woman meeting Lord Byron and regardless of warnings from friends and family, agrees to marry him. The story traces the young life of Ada through rough family times and showing her to always be a child and woman who loved to learn. Her favorite subjects were mathematics and music and her stati...
  • Christine Lussier
    I received a digital copy of "Enchantress of Numbers" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have always enjoyed Jennifer Chiaverini's books, especially the Elm Creek Quilter's series, & have also read her historical fiction stand alone's. I have found that with the stand alone's, it always takes me awhile to get into the story, & this one was no exception.That said, the story was interesting & at times had me feeling furious with her ...
  • Autumn
    This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. Well-written. Really enjoyed the development and interaction of characters. Good, honest context about the limitations inflicted on progressive women of the time. Four stars, because for all the emphasis on the outside of the book about Ada being the first computer programmer... This aspect isn't a focus of inside the book. The role of mathematics/science in her life is present throughout, b...
  • Tiffany
    3.5 Stars. Got this as an ARC through Book of the Month.I think this book would have been stronger if it'd been a series of letters and diary entries rather than a memoir. That being said, I enjoyed learning about Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace's life. Her relationship with both of her parents was fraught with turmoil and I was saddened that her genius wasn't realized before her death.
  • ❇Critterbee
    I love reading about Ada Lovelace, and this was a nice fictionalized account of her life that read really well. Jennifer Chiaverini has proven herself to be an expert writer, and this read should not disappoint her fans.*eARC Netgalley*
  • Laura Henderson
    Loved it from beginning to end. her early years even this a baby the way it was written made me feel her mothers love and pain in her marriage. it was sad to have so much money but a life so lonely. the ending was a little bit too much about the writing of a manuscripts from french to English.
  • Mary Beth
    Very enjoyable and well researched read about the first computer programmer and daughter of the Poet Bryon. It explains well the constraints on 19c life on women.
  • Zoe
    Thanks PENGUIN GROUP Dutton and netgalley for this ARC.Ill be forever a fan of Ada Lovelace and jennifer Chiaverini. This book is out of the world wonderful.
  • Katie
    I got the copy in exchange for a review.Enchantress of Numbers is a novel about Ada Lovelace. A word of warning: if you are a fan of Lord Byron (like one of my professors), this novel is probably not for you. Even though it talks primarily about Ada, as it is written from her perspective, the Prologue is written by he r mother, Lady Byron, about her relationship with the poet.She, having never known her father, misses him and believes all good ab...