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Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Series #1)

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I loved this book. Usually I rip through books so quickly and

I loved this book. Usually I rip through books so quickly and promptly forget about them. This one I savored and tried to draw out because I did not want it to end. I prefer historical fiction where the character is central and the action peripheral, with the idea ...
I loved this book. Usually I rip through books so quickly and promptly forget about them. This one I savored and tried to draw out because I did not want it to end. I prefer historical fiction where the character is central and the action peripheral, with the idea that the action helps inform the character but is not the only thing to a character's growth or development.

If your are looking for a whodunit book, you will be sadly disappointed. It is so much more about a great character, and that character is Maggie Hope, a British citizen raised in the US from the age of 3. She arrives in London as stipulated in her grandmother's will to sell her inheritance - grandmother's house; however, Maggie decides to stay and begin to explore her British self. Yet Maggie is quintessentially American. The voice of strong educated woman leading her own life and making her own choices is uniquely American for that time period. While few American women in the 40s would have had the opportunity to cultivate such a voice, even fewer British middle and upper class women would have had Maggie's moxie. And a graceful moxie is what Maggie has!

Woven throughout this wonderful character story is a plush historical tapestry for its setting. There were times when I felt like I was right there. Furthermore, the fact and fiction were so well blended that it is impossible to tell where one began and one ended. This is good writing - a rich, authentic voice.

it is also a subtle voice. Rarely am I surprised in a book, as modern foreshadowing is all but a hammer on the head. In this book the "aha" moment comes without any prior "I knew it!" experiences. The "romance" aspect is light and not central to the story; it is an integral part of who Maggie is becoming and what her life is. It is not the central or limiting story. The romance is both subtle, adding shading and complexity to the characters and story, and clumsy on the part of Maggie and her attraction, both realistic and as the author intended. After all how many of us are clumsy and flustered around a romantic interest? The author does this well.

You would not be wasting your money or time with this book. And you will be waiting for the next installment to arrive!

posted by Cybele727 on April 13, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Dreadful

Unfortunately, the author's style is poor and the plot tends to wander. For really good books of this genre, try Deborah Crombie or Jacqueline Winspear - both masters of the British mystery with memorable characters and vivid English settings.

posted by 14504300 on August 2, 2012

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    I was disappointed with this book. The story was interesting, b

    I was disappointed with this book. The story was interesting, but the writer's style was poor. I found it hard to follow her transition from one character's situation to another at times. I had to go back and re-read several pages to see where I missed the connection. There were a number of unconnected sections. For instance, letters from the Aunt were included, but nothing was ever mentioned from Maggie's point of view that the letters were received and read and the impact. I doubt seriously I'll buy another book written by this author.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Not well written, not historical. Predictable.

    Not well written, not historical. Predictable.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Sophomoric. I wanted to like this book, and parts of it were oka

    Sophomoric.
    I wanted to like this book, and parts of it were okay. Having been to the Cabinet War Rooms in London, as well as to other WWII related London sights, made the story somewhat plausible. But the writing was amateurish and I had to force myself to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Clever premise but plot so-so

    This series holds promise. The glimpses and quotes from Churchill add to the tensions inherent in this period and the characters were well drawn. Unfortunately I didn't think the plot was as good. I'll definitely check out the next book, but I think the Maisey Dobbs series (set in the post WWI period) is better.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Okay

    After reading THE MAISIE DOBBS Novels by Jacquline Winspear, this novel didn't compare. It was a pretty good book, but I guess I was spoiled by the other novels.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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