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Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
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Maggie Hope is British born, American raised. A prodigy in math in an age when most women didn't--or couldn't--go to college, she is looking forward to pursuing a graduate degree in MIT. Then the grandmother she never knew dies and leaves Maggie her property, including a house in London. Maggie goes to England to settle the estate, and finds herself trapped there when war breaks out. She winds up living in her grandmother's house, with an eclectic mix of American and British roommates. In spite of her degree in mathematics, and her skills at code breaking, the only job she can get is as a typist at 10 Downing Street. But while working there, Maggie finds herself drawn into several international plots, while at the same time discovering that her personal history isn't what she always thought it was.

This is the author's first novel, and while it isn't as good as (my favorite) the Maisie Dobbs books, I did enjoy it and will read the next installment in the series.

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