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Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
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Mr. Churchill's Secretary is a book set during World War II, about a young woman named Maggie Hope who is an American girl working for the Prime Minister. Maggie's family is British, and when her grandmother dies Maggie returns to England from America to sell the house given to her in the will. Maggie stays for a year, getting a job with the government. While working for the P.M., Maggie helps uncover a plot to assassinate Churchill and other secrets while falling in love.

The book was impeccably researched and the author did a great job of fleshing out what it would have been like to live in London during the bombings of WWII. Maggie and her group of friends were engaging, often funny, and all had interesting and varied personalities. Maggie's involvement with the people planning to assassinate Churchill is revealed slowly throughout the book and is full of twist and turns. I really liked Maggie, she was a no-nonsense heroine who felt constricted by the role of women during this time, so she spent a good deal of time proving to the men around her what a resourceful and smart, and necessary, woman she was to the office she worked at.

I would recommend this book to fans of plucky female heroines, mystery novels, and historical fiction.

I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

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