Review: Princess Elizabeth’s Spy

Princess Elizabeth's SpyPrincess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, the heroine is Maggie Hope, a young, beautiful, smart, feisty, red-headed, American-born spy for whom every man she meets in WW II England seems to fall for. (We can already see where this is going…) The story mainly follows Maggie as she works to keep the young princesses of England safe from Nazi threat, but has frequent smidges of other characters’ plots casting extra light for the reader.

For the most part, I enjoyed reading this, though I think it’s a one-time read. It is very obviously the second book of a sequential series. The first half of the book is full of (sometimes confusing) mentions of Maggie’s previous adventure. That hindered my reading at times, since I had to keep stopping to think, “What is she talking about?” I felt I would’ve gotten the story better if I had read the previous book first. So, not a stand-alone book, in spite of there not being any numbers to indicate otherwise.

I thought the story was going to run something like an Agatha Christie novel, but it wasn’t quite like that. It was a decent historical novel, however, with a fair share of mystery and some action. I did find characters were somewhat cliche and sometimes not very different from each other, and the plot was a bit ordinary; but the descriptions of wartime England felt real and added an authentic flavor to the story.

Young adult and above readers who enjoy historical fiction, typical heroine spies, and some light romance would probably find Princess Elizabeth’s Spy to be right up their alley.

In full disclosure, I received this book free from a giveaway.

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