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  • Paperback: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Lrg edition (10 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410457532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410457530
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,108,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Mr. Churchill's Secretary"

"Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whipsmart 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."--Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy"
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"Intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense."--Stefanie Pintoff, author of "Secret of the White Rose
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"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

Praise for "Mr. Churchill's Secretary"

"Delightful may seem a strange word to describe a novel that takes place against the backdrop of the bombings of London during World War II, but it's appropriate for this debut novel. . . . As sweet as it is intriguing."--"USA Today"

"A captivating, post-feminist picture of England during its finest hour."--"The Denver Post"
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"Daring . . . 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."--Bookreporter

"A ripping good yarn [that] enthralls and satisfies."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

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Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot-one that could change the course of history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I share Chrissie's concerns about careless editing or proofreading. Lord Wigram, Governor of the Castle, was referred to in several different guises such as Lord Clive or Sir Clive. The correct form of address is Lord Wigram. I don't think duvets were in common useage in England in the war years. Early on in the book a remark is made about the Royal Family having one egg each per week, yet later on a maid puts down "another" platter of scrambled eggs on the breakfast table. There really wasn't a great deal of food around during the war years, yet these characters seem to eat very well.

It was a good story, well told, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
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Thhis book should have a disclaimer, on the title page preferably:"This book is in no way based on any facts whatsoever except for the names of historical figures either living or dead."
Even the most cursory of research would have shown glaring errors, e.g the correct age of Princess Margaret. Only an American author relying on gossip column material could possibly have produced such a travesty - albeit as fiction. I had hoped for a good read, as with the author's previous book, and will now cancel my order for the next one due to be published
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This is a really difficult book to review as there is so much that is good and yet so much that is bad. Once again, as for Chruchill's Secretary, Susan MacNeal shows she has an absolute minimal knowledge or understanding of Britain or the British in the period she sets her books; nor the technology and sequence of WW2. While some detailed descriptions have been clearly researched specifically (eg Windsor Castle) she drops in some real clangers inadvertently: British aristocracy hunting foxes on horseback with dogs and firearms? Some stretching of historical aspects to suit the plot is fine, I can accept that, but many seem to be totally unnecessary - the Admiralty having full knowledge of a U-Boats position? A submerged U-Boat transiting from 10 miles off Grimsby to France in 20 minutes? A Spitfire shot down over Berlin (it didn't have the rage to operate there) and then a later reference to its pilot having dropped bombs (it's a fighter not a bomber). None of this helps the plot, it is just sheer carelessness. Equally irritating is the extremely poor quality editing - for example Gregory twice empties his one flask and throws it overboard. How could this possibly be missed by an editor unless they didn't actually read the book? That said, the conundrum of reading this series is that Susan MacNeal actually writes in a very entertaining style and her characterisation is good. I really enjoy reading Maggie's story between the teeth gratingly awful historical errors. If Sue MacNeal took the time to research the period properly (or have her books edited by someone who knows their stuff) this could be an excellent series. As it is she fails to deliver on her side of the author/reader contract by including glaring errors, especially after advertising the books as 'well researched'.
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While I enjoyed this novel and admired the obvious research that had been done by the author I do have some concerns.

I do wish that American authors who set their books in Britain and who have British people as characters would also have their work proof-read by British proof-readers
There are some glaring Americanisms put in to the mouths of very British people. I could cite them all but perhaps the worst example is that the author has Queen Elizabeth , (the Queen Mother as she became) saying that she would have to "call" someone. In the 1940s, and even today, most British people say "phone" and in the 1940s it would have been "I must telephone" from someone like the Queen.As a British reader I do find solecisms like this a little irritating.
That said the novel is well plotted with many clues scattered throughout, though perhaps one,very early on, is a little too obvious.
The conclusion , while exciting, is perhaps a little unlikely, though, without giving too much away, having watched a recent certain Royal Olympic performance,anything might be possible from this character !!
I look forward to this next in this series.
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I was hoping to find a new author setting books in the WW2 period but, while the idea of a story set in the rarified air of the War Rooms and Windsor was interesting I could not suspend belief enough to enjoy it. It is well written but unfortunately not for me.
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This is the second book in the Maggie Hope series of wartime espionage mysterious. No longer is working for Mr Churchill, Maggie charged with having to hunt down a traitor amongst the staff of the Royal family. This traitor has infiltrated the staff working at Windsor Castle, where the young Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret are currently living. Can Maggie solve the mystery and find out which of the staff members at Windsor are betraying King and Country by working with the Nazis to help the German invasion of England go smoothly and to put the Duke and Duchess of Windsor back on the throne?
This was a thrilling read that kept me hooked on till the very end. The plot twisted and turned and as it did I just wanted to keep turning the pages!
A very enjoyable read - an excellent wartime thriller but geared towards the female reader! As good as The Eagle has Landed by Jack Higgins.
I cannot wait to read the third book in the series.
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