Why did I love this book?
Maisie Dobbs was first published in 2003, but I did not find her until a number of years later. I now eagerly look forward to each new book in the series. Maisie inhabits a narrative set during the First World War. Additionally, Maisie is motivated by her connections with others and her unwavering dedication to the truth as she solves mysteries. These elements rang true to me in my own writing. Maisie fits the category of strong woman as she defies the odds, becoming a nurse in the trenches, becoming a psychologist and investigator, and changing the lives of all she encounters. All of this is accomplished despite her humble origins. Across the series, Maisie is a tower of strength. From this first book, Maisie was a character that I wanted to befriend.