For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge - and the greatness that rose to meet it.
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.
In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.
©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio
“This wonderful debut is intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense.” (Stefanie Pintoff)
“A terrific read.... Chock full of fascinating period details and real people including Winston Churchill, MacNeal’s fast-paced thriller gives a glimpse of the struggles, tensions, and dangers of life on the home front during World War II.” (Rhys Bowen, author of Royal Blood and winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards)
“Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whip-smart young American not averse to red lipstick and vintage cocktails, season it with espionage during the London Blitz, and you’ve got a heart-pounding, atmospheric debut. I loved it.” (Cara Black, author of Murder in Passy)
Entertaining, interesting, a mystery and captures the feeling of London during the blitz. Four stars only because, for some reason, they Americanized the story and refer to dollars, Marines protecting the PM. Otherwise a very entertaining and engrossing story.
I love stories that take place in this historical period.
I choose this book as it was listed as a Maise Dobbs genre. It is that with more suspense but not quite the attachment to the characters. Never the less, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it.
In the top grouping.
Maggie HopeI enjoyed how she fit her intelligence into solving the puzzles and confounding the men.
I had never listened to one of her performances before. She does a wonderful job.
From typist to protector of the Crown...
A wonderful book. I found it a little hard to follow in the beginning, but the story soon absorbed me and I couldn't wait to see how it ended. The reader has a wonderful voice and makes listening a pleasure.
No, I didn't like the reader at all.
Most of the time, especially in the second half of the book.
The same one as the last book (Duerden) or Caroline Lee.
McCaddon did a good job on the voices and narrative. Without her strong performance, I would have given a lower overall rating.
I have read a lot of history on Churchill and Britain before and during WWII. I love the time period and the resolve of the people. The story does give one an appreciation for the complexities and dangers of that era for the British people.
Too many long periods of 'dull' in the book.
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Yes, if they like stories about a spunky femme proviing herself in adverse circumstances
A conversation between the Churchills.
Maybe a TV series. That sexy redhead cop from The Mentalist would be perfect.
Poorly written, weakly narrated, (can't tell the characters apart), and just rather dull. It should be an exciting time in history, but the story never gets going, and never seems to go anywhere. Don't waste your credits, try Hornet Flight by Follett if you want excellent WW2 fiction.
I love audio books because I can hear them while I drive endlessly or sew. They cannot take the place of reading but they supplement books in a wonderful way. So no, it is not better than the printed version just different. Having said that, however, I found Wanda McCaddon's reading irritating in the extreme. She has an unfortunate habit of ending each sentence with a strange intonation and lost her accents at times. So I think that I would have preferred to read this particular novel.
This is not an edge of your seat kind of book. But it certainly kept my attention. By the end of both the books in the series I was sad to say goodbye to new friends.
Irritating, inconsistent and distracting.
No exteme reaction - just a comfortable familiarity. The plot is not riveting.
This book is a good read for a light afternoon. Not too deep, not too obvious.
easy to listen to.
interesting story, with a good twist. some slightly jarring notes when modern social issues are over represented, but overall can move past those episodes.
The author doesn't really have a feeling for the characters.
Performance was OK. Material was not.
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