Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What Mr. Churchill's Secretary is about?
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass.
I felt as if I had stepped back in time while reading this book and had a front row seat to all of the danger and tension in London during WWII. The author does a superb job of creating a main character that has a lot of pluck, is strong-willed, but yet still has that touch of innocence about her. I quickly came to adore Maggie Hope and fully enjoyed her endeavors at No. 10 Downing Street.
Recommend? Yes! The author blends fact and fiction seamlessly, so much so that you actually believe Churchill was exactly as he is portrayed in the book and that there was in deed, a real Maggie Hope. This is a great start to a series that I just know I will be anxiously awaiting each new release!!
Source: TLC and Bantam
Bookish Thoughts #51
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