Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal - 373 pages

In this first in a series, readers are introduced to the series heroine, Maggie Hope, and her cohorts.  Maggie is British-born but American-raised. The year before World War II began, the budding mathematician returned to England to sell her grandmother's home but ended up staying due to her new friends.  In the spring of 1940, one of those friends is instrumental in getting Maggie a job as one of Winston Churchill's secretaries.  She reluctantly takes the typist job, wanting instead of be one of the private secretaries in charge of conducting research.  But there are some things Maggie doesn't know that affect her role in #10 Downing and the War Rooms that lead her to becoming indirectly involved in a spy game between MI-5 and the Abwehr.  Besides the action/mystery side of the story, readers also gain an understanding on life on the domestic front for the Brits as Maggie and her friends, especially co-workers/Churchill's private secretaries David Greene and John Sterling, enjoy London's nightlife.

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