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His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Series #3)

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley from Rando

    I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley from Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell. While I have not read the first two books in MacNeal’s “Maggie Hope” series, I really enjoyed this one.

    Maggie Hope has just finished her training with the British Special Operations Executive, and she is ready for her first mission abroad. Her assignment: Deliver some radio crystals to a contact in Berlin and plant a bug in the office of a high-ranking Nazi official. Maggie takes this mission very seriously - she has a real drive to prove herself, she feels a certain amount of pressure to succeed as the first female spy on the ground in Germany, and she has an axe to grind with the Nazi official whose office she is supposed to infiltrate. But when Maggie gets to Germany, her personal concerns take a back seat to the atrocities she witnesses in Nazi-controlled Berlin, like the deportation of Jews and the murder of physically or mentally disabled children that Hitler has deemed “unfit for life.”

    In addition to focusing on the dangers that Maggie is running in Germany, MacNeal also includes really touching plot lines that involve Maggie’s friend David and her half-sister Elsie. David is facing parental pressure to conform to the life they have envisioned for him, and Elsie is struggling to stay true to her belief in God in Hitler’s Germany. I was just as invested in both of these stories as I was in Maggie’s.

    MacNeal’s writing style is fluid, and I found myself very quickly attached to her characters. Even though there are terrible things going on all around her main characters, MacNeal breaks up the tension with descriptions of music and dancing. There were a few coincidences in the plot that stretched believability at times, but I was definitely engaged throughout the book, and I kept telling myself “just one more chapter…” until I ultimately read the whole thing in one day. I’ll certainly give the first two books in this series a try!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Best yet in a great series!

    Maggie Hope, born in England and raised in the United States, finds herself in the land of her birth as World War II begins. Her mysterious family background coupled with her bravery and intelligence quickly lead her to the heart of the defense of Britain-Winston Churchill's office. This third novel in the series finds our relentless Maggie on a secret mission in Berlin. The author's ability to combine a likable heroine with many of the true facts of the war make this a great selection for any who like a little history carefully blended with character and plot. The books are each quick reads and I am looking forward to the next one! (If you like the Maisie Dobbs books, this is a series for you!)

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    This was a very thought provoking and hard hitting novel.  It wa

    This was a very thought provoking and hard hitting novel.  It was intensely emotional and wildly revealing.  MacNeal didn’t mince words when it came to the atrocities committed, nor about the consequences faced by those who opposed.  This is all wrapped up in a very unique and captivating package.  MacNeal’s story is exciting and suspenseful, while raw, real, and completely honest.  

    I loved the main cast of this novel.  Not only were they well developed and easy to like, but they stood for what they believed in against all odds.  Although this is the 3rd novel in the series, MacNeal develops the characters in such a way that you get to know them in and of this novel itself.  

    This was my first novel by this author, and by default, my first in this series.  I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and will be looking further into her work in the future.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Good read!

    I have enjoyed reading all three of the Maggie Hope books. I've learned some facts about WWII that I did not know which makes the series more interesting. The author needs to be more aware of current slang vs terminology used during the time period of the book. For instance "baby bump", to my knowledge, was not used during the time period of the novel.

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