I didn't actually like the Jacqueline Winspear books, although I wanted to, but I did like this one. I've started the second in this series and it's ..Show More »even better. In this first book, I think the writing was a bit 'loose', if that makes sense. I mean that sometimes people seemed to talk too long about a topic, but overall I liked it very much. It really is, as someone said, a cozy spy book, which I think is a new genre. There was a lot more plot than I expected, with some real surprises and the heroine is definitely the 'heroine', meaning a bit larger than life. It's many decades since I read Nancy Drew, but I remember admiring her as a young girl and this heroine is worth looking up to as well, as she solves problems that don't tend to happen in everyday life.
One always associates the "Keep Calm and Carry On" motto to the British and the 'stiff upper lip", but I had never really connected it to wartime, Winston Churchill, and that resolute attitude he helped the Brits maintain, before it was known that Hitler was not going to be able to steamroll over Britain as well. I find it a more inspiring quote now, plus we learned a variation: KPO for Keep Plodding On and another variation in Book 2. Good for some days at work! Also, helps one to remember every day to be grateful for NOT being in a war zone.
I have listened to and enjoyed other books in this series. This book however, is not up to the standards of the previous books. First of all, the nar..Show More »ration is difficult to listen to - the names of places and people are mispronounced, the narrator has the irritating habit of changing the cadence of her speech at the end of sentences - sometimes seems that she is out of breath. The accents seem forced and exagerated. More disturbing is the language used to describe African Americans - I doubt that Elinore Rooseveldt ever used the term "darkie" to describe a black person. i know that the book has been well reviewed- but I dissagree.
The reader is terrible!! I love these books but could not remember why I only listened to the first one and read the rest myself. I purchased the late..Show More »st and listened for 5 minutes and remembered why I read the rest myself. She does great voices but the rest is so sing songy I could not take it!!