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The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn
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The Alice Network: A Novel (edition 2017)

by Kate Quinn (Author)

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"It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads"--… (more)
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Title:The Alice Network: A Novel
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Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2017), 560 pages
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Two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947, are brought together in a story of courage and redemption.

1947 - In the aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also riding on the hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. When Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915 - A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner joins the fight against the Germans when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drinking and secluded in her crumbling London house. Once Charlie shows up at her door inquiring about Rose, Eve, with her own agenda, decides to help Charlie find out what happended to Rose. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Sep 10, 2021 |
Really pretty poor. Not as interesting as the Rose Code, about Bletchley Park. Not very believable, and too much dumb romance. Chick lit ( )
  Lightfantastic | Aug 26, 2021 |
Excellent book. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
It’s 1947 and Charlie has been brought to Europe by her mom to get her an abortion. But she has other plans. She needs to find her missing cousin Rose and intends to do just that. She finds Evelyn and asks for her help because she thinks Eve has relevant information. Eve is a sad perpetually drunk woman, but something about the story of Rose intrigues her and decides to help. Both the women along with Eve’s man friday Finn decide to go to France retracing Rose’s last known whereabouts. In the timeline of 1915, we follow Eve as she gets recruited as a spy and sent to France. We meet her fellow spies and friends Lili and Violette and how they take unprecedented risks to send information back home. Towards the end, the two timelines converge towards a revenge that seems inevitable.

This book is one in a series of books that I am reading these days related to female spies during the world wars. Eve’s story shows us that women have always fought on their own terms since WWI, even when they didn’t have equal rights or opportunities. The women of the Alice Network show indomitable courage in the face of evil every single day. Even when some of them are caught, they refuse to bow down and go back to their tasks with more determination. They are tortured and humiliated but nothing gets to them. Lili is known as the Queen of spies and does she epitomize the title. I was absolutely in awe of these characters. On the other hand, Charlie starts off as a bit unnerving but her single point obsession to find Rose is somewhat endearing. But being with Eve and Finn definitely improves her character and she comes into her own in the latter part of the book. This is definitely a very inspiring read and gives us much more insight into the sacrifices women make in wartime.

The Author’ Note and the letters at the end of the book are very enlightening and provide valuable information about the women on whom this book is based. They really are heart wrenching. I suggest everyone to not give them a miss. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Any review I even attempt to write will not do justice to this wondrous work of fiction based on some real person, the work of fiction was amazing to know that some of those exceptional persona were actually real blow me away. I love everything about thus book! It covers some very hard topics and in some instances its not for the faint-hearted, if I could give it 10 starts I would. ( )
  Islandmum84 | Jul 28, 2021 |
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I remember my father exhaling contentedly over the newspapers after VE-Day, saying, "Excellent, now it can all go back to the way it was." As if roofs and buildings and shattered windows just leaped back into wholeness the day after peace was declared.
"Are you ever afraid?" ..."Yes, just like everybody else. But only after the danger is done—before that, fear is an indulgence."
Life ought to be more like a play; the entrances and exits would be a lot cleaner.
"There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women.  The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions...even in evil."
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"It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads"--

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