In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, 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 mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic 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 nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So 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 burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, 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 launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.
Wow! This book…! I’m literally speechless. I have no idea why I waited for so long to read this book.
Well, first of all, I have to mention, I started this book on audiobook and the reader/voicer of the book, Saskia Marleveld did an amazing job. The way she changed her accent, her voice, the way she emphasized the words to get an emotion across, it was utter perfection.
Kate Quinn, also did an amazing job in giving us a fantastic story. I am usually more inclined to read World War 2 fiction and have to admit don’t have much interest in the WW1. This book delivered in both accounts.
The Alice Network is the story of two strong women from different eras. We start the book with Charlie at the end of WW2, she is in search of her lost cousin. And then we meet the ever moody, Eve (Evelyn Gardiner) and learn her history through WW1.
Any review that I may put down, won’t do this book any justice. The stories told in this book, stayed with me even after I’ve finished the book. I have laughed and cried, and felt despair and hope along with these women. This was the perfect story of heroism of women in a men’s world.
Needless to say, I rate this book 5+ stars ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ and that I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Have you read it yet? If so, share your ideas with me. What did you think of it? If not, what are you waiting for?! Go get your copy today!!! I promise you’ll love it. 💕