Review: Maid of Secrets
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.
Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?
If God won't save the Queen...we will.
Maid of Secrets had a plot intriguing enough for me to quickly pick it up and expect a fun journey to 16th century England paired with assassination attempts, mysteries, and spying. I was wrong in my assumptions. While it wasn't a terrible book, it was okay. The main character was surprisingly bland and boring and somehow, despite her career-path, a horrible spy. She was careless, needlessly emotional and made all the wrong choices. The love interest/romance had all the makings of insta-love and was totally lackluster in feeling minus the lustful glances and timely embraces in dark corridors.
I anticipated a little less plotting and a little more doing. Not much happened in the first 2/3 of the book, with the majority of the action taking place in the last 50 pages. Overall, it was a decent read that transports you to the time period and all of the tensions and conflicts that come with it. I enjoyed it being female-centric, with characters that all grow on each other and work together in the end, despite being at odds in the beginning.