Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Mr. Churchill's Secretary- Bookish Thoughts #51
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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Sounds like a great book, about the situation of women with some fascinating history mixed in!ReplyDelete
Sounds great! Adding it to the list :)ReplyDelete
This sounds really good!!!!ReplyDelete
I'm reading Princess Elizabeth's Spy right now and really enjoying it. It's just like you say - I feel like I've stepped back in time to the 40's.ReplyDelete
I liked Queen Elizabeth's Spy and looking forward to Maggie's visit to Berlin in the 3rd book!ReplyDelete
I'm sure I would like this one. nice review today.ReplyDelete
Sounds cool, yes I do think I would read this bookReplyDelete
This sounds delightful!ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed this book too. :-) I can't wait for the third book! Hurry, hurry, hurry!ReplyDelete
It sounds wonderful. Is this the first or second book?ReplyDelete
I think this and the next one will make great gifts for my mom - with the added benefit of getting passed on to me!ReplyDelete
I have this on the shelf and will have to make time to read it soon. Everyone is raving about these books. Have you read the second one?ReplyDelete
Lots of great reviews for this one, lately... adding to the list!ReplyDelete
I love when a story transports me to a different era. Terrific review, Staci!ReplyDelete
Hi Staci! You might be interested in reading Alyssa Goodnight's review of this same book. :) You both loved Mr. Churchill's Secretary. And now I must read it. Here's the link to Alyssa's review: http://alyssagoodnight.com/2012/11/book-review-club-november-2012/ReplyDelete
I just keep reading such good reviews of this series and these books! You've sold me on them and I'm going to grab the 1st one from the library. Great review!ReplyDelete
So glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. I agree that the author really puts you in the scene. I'm hooked on this series!ReplyDelete
How can I resist, everyone seems to love this book, and I hadn't given it a glance ... my bad!ReplyDelete
I reviewed this one myself for Barrie Summy's Book Review Club! I LOVED it! Great review!ReplyDelete
I liked this one just as much, now I just need to get a review done for it.ReplyDelete
I wish I hadn't passed this TLC tour up! It has so many good reviews and I now really want to read it.ReplyDelete
I really want to read this at some point!ReplyDelete
Sounds wonderful! I came from Barrie's comment link from Alyssa's review. Nice to reconnect!ReplyDelete
I've been seeing great things about this one and am tempted to pick it up. Tempted until I look at the piles of books around me that I feel like I'll never get the chance to read. Why can't 2 year olds take 3 hour naps?ReplyDelete
As you already know, I thought this one was good. I hope the second one is better yet, though.ReplyDelete