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In Secrets at Bletchley Park by Margaret Dickinson, two young women from very different backgrounds meet in the Second World War and are plunged into a life where security and discretion are paramount. But both have secrets of their own to hide....

In 1929, life for 10-year-old Mattie Price, born and raised in the back streets of Sheffield, is tough. With a petty thief for a father and a mother who turns to the bottle to cope with her husband’s brutish ways, it is left to the young girl and her brother, Joe, to feed and care for their three younger siblings. But Mattie has others rooting for her, too. The Spencer family, who live at the top of the same street, and Mattie’s teachers recognize that the girl is clever beyond her years and they, and Joe, are determined that she shall have the opportunity in life she deserves.

Victoria Hamilton, living in the opulence of London’s Kensington, has all the material possessions that a young girl could want. But her mother, Grace, a widow from the Great War, is cold and distant, making no secret of the fact that she never wanted a child. Grace lives her life in the social whirl of upper-class society, leaving Victoria in the care of her governess and the servants. At 11 years old, Victoria is sent to boarding school where, for the first time in her young life, she is able to make friends of her own age.

Mattie and Victoria are both set on a path that will bring them together at Bletchley Park in May 1940. An unlikely friendship between the two young women is born, and together they will face the rest of the war keeping the nation’s secrets and helping to win the fight. They can tell no one, not even their families, about their work or even where they are. But keeping secrets is second nature to both of them....

©2021 Margaret Dickinson (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Lives up to her usual standard

I loved it. now we have to wait ages for the next book.
Brings in old characters.

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  • 18-05-2021

Please let there be a second book

Loved it characters became like friends you couldn't wait to catch up with finished in a day simply amazing 10/10 and willow mash is narrator to look out for

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  • 10-05-2021

excellent

Really enjoyed this story, it gave a good back ground to the main characters story

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  • 09-05-2021

Great read

Throughly enjoyed this book. I love all storylines that are based on wartime friendships and this was no exception. I especially liked the background stories of the two main characters at the beginning which gave a good foundation for the rest of the storyline. Although I thought the narrator, Willow Nash was very clear and overall quite good, my criticism is that she made a few of the characters sound like each other, which spoiled it a bit.

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