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Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan Book Review

Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)
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?

Maid of Secrets has been one of those books that’s been sitting on my TBR for a while. I love historical fiction, so I was happy to finally have the chance to pick it up. It turned out to be even better than I hoped it would be and I was hooked from the very first line.

Maid of Secrets follows Meg, one of Queen Elizabeth’s “special” maids of honor, as she, (along with the other ladies in waiting) perform secretive tasks for the queen, which consists of spying and other such things. The setting and the historical figures represented in this book were extremely intriguing to read about. I love it when I feel like a historical is both well researched and well done, and this one was both. Throughout history, royals did have spies in real life, and while they weren’t necessarily maids of honor, it was still cool to think about the possibility. 

There was a wide array of characters, with all five of the ladies-in-waiting having unique talents and personalities. Meg was pretty progressive for her time period (the 1500s), and her inner musings were hilarious to read about. The other maids of honor weren’t quite as likable to me, but I’m still curious to see if we’ll get stories from there. I know Beatrice’s story is told in the sequel, and as she was extremely unlikable to me in this one, I’m curious to see if my opinion of her will end up changing in Maid of Deception.

Maid of Secrets was extremely well written and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The one complaint I have is that I felt the novel was a bit overly descriptive at times, which contributed to a few boring parts. However, the plot was never slow for long! There’s also some romance, and although the love interest wasn’t amazing to me, I still loved reading about how his and Meg’s relationship developed. 

I’d compare this book to the Grave Mercy series or even the TV show Reign. If you like either of those, I definitely think you’ll be a fan of this novel! Maid of Secrets was an excellent read and I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers. Look out for my stop on the Maid of Deception blog tour tomorrow! :)


  1. I love historical fiction especially well done ones. I am so marking this one down as to read!
    Loving review!

  2. I do want tor read more historical fiction. That's great you liked this one more than you might have initially believed. There are so many books on my shelves I just need to grab and read.


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