Barnes and Noble Best New Fiction of December 2017: “Ada Lovelace is now recognized as ‘the mother of computer science’ due to her work with Charles Babbage, who invented the first mechanical computer. In this historical novel set in the early 1800s, her lineage is explored and explained. Ironically, her father’s genius becomes an obstacle to her own passions. As the sole legitimate heir of famed poet Lord Byron, ‘rescued’ from her father’s bad blood by her mother, who raised Ada strictly without art, poetry, fairy tales, or other artistic pursuits, Ada discovers a love of mathematics. Ada’s fear that ‘…the list of those who might wish to read my memoirs will be very short indeed’ is unfounded; her tale will fascinate readers, and her work in STEM changed the world.
—Barnes and Noble