By Sarah-Jane Stratford
Maisie Musgrove knows she is extremely lucky to have landed at job at the newly established BBC, but that doesn’t stop her from worrying about her future, her security, or just about everything else. As she becomes more comfortable in her position, Maisie realizes the rare opportunity before her and decides to seize the moment and run with it.
Soon Maisie is privy to the inner workings of the up and coming radio industry in post-WW I London, where woman still don’t have full voting privileges, and where the struggle to make a mark in a man’s world is real. Her hard work and dedication don’t go unnoticed, however, and after a short time Maisie has a promotion and a new job working for Hilda Matheson, a pioneer in radio programming – and a spy for the MI5.
All of Europe is barely recovered from World War I, and the rise of leaders with names like Hitler, Mussolini and Goebbels foreshadows events that will forever change history. Maisie’s work at the BBC is all-consuming, but when she happens upon a meeting of industrialists looking to compromise the media for their own purposes, she realizes that she must act. What comes next is heart-racing, page-turning suspense straight out of a James Bond movie!
While Maisie Musgrove is a fictional character created by author Sarah-Jane Stratford, Hilda Matheson and many other key players in this work of historical fiction are not. Radio Girls is a truly fascinating story encompassing a period of history not often heard about, especially from the perspective of working women making such an impact both in the workplace and in national security during the early 20th century. The story moves at a quick pace but is never rushed, and the dynamic partnership of Maisie and Hilda is real and exciting. Fans of historical fiction should not miss this uniquely compelling and mesmerizing tale.
Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com