A colleague suggested this book series to me some time ago, and I’ve actually gotten it from the library a couple of times without really getting into it before it had to go back. I finally got it through Libby last week and jumped in as part of my effort to finish my 2019 reading challenge.
There were a few too many characters introduced at once, which made it hard to keep everyone straight at first, but I loved the setting of London during WWII. Maggie Hope is a compelling protagonist, though her familial struggles were a bit much for one novel, given everything else that was going on. (I really could have done without the vague letters from her aunt about how things were for Maggie’s own good.)
I didn’t totally buy the romance as it felt shoehorned in because there had to be a romance, but I did love her friendships with the others in the office. I loved the way everything resolved and set up Maggie’s new trajectory in service to her country. It didn’t feel totally earned that everyone was protecting her instead of just being misogynist jerks about a woman’s place in the workplace, but I’ll take it.
I’ve already downloaded the next book in the series (there are 8 so far, with a ninth coming in February 2020), so I’m looking forward to catching up with Maggie and seeing what happens next.