About the Book:
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (October 16, 2012)
About the Author:
This is the second book in a series, the first being Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. I had the good fortune to have read that first book but don’t feel you have to read both to enjoy Princess Elizabeth’s Spy. It stands alone quite nicely. In fact it had been quite a while since I had read the first book and I could honestly say that I didn’t recall much anyway.
Maggie Hope is a very intelligent young woman who after saving Winston Churchill’s life is sent off to spy school so she can further help the war effort. While her mind is very well developed she has some problems with the rigorous physical demands of the school. She does not pass with flying colors as she expected but her old boss still has a task that will utilize her skills. There has been a threat against young Princess Elizabeth so Maggie will be placed at Windsor castle as a tutor to keep an eye on her and to see if she can figure out who the traitor at the palace might be.
Maggie moves to ingratiate herself into the royal household and learn as much about the people within. It’s not easy as there is a certain reserve and distrust at first and her prejudices do her no favors. She is also dealing with some earth shattering personal problems that don’t help her concentration.
This was a light and breezy read if such can be said of a book that takes place during WWII. There is a lot of action and suspense that really doesn’t let up much in the reading. That being said there isn’t a lot of depth. This is not a book if you are looking for true historical record or anything close to a reality based book. It is a book if you are looking to be entertained with a fast moving plot and enjoyable characters who find themselves in crazy situations and yet manage to MacGyver their way out. Despite its implausibilities I liked this tale of Maggie Hope and her efforts to save the young Princess Elizabeth.
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