Jul 5, 2017

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn Review

The Alice Network
By Kate Quinn
Released: June 6th, 2017
William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: ARC provided by publisher

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 matter where it leads.

* ARC Provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

The Alice Network is truly one of the most beautiful books I have ever read! Now I know that is a bold statement, but I truly stand behind that statement; from its cover, to the rough edge, to the amazing story, that truly rocked my world, that when you finish the book, your mind is blown.

But let me tell you about the book; The Alice Network is more than just one woman's tale of finding her cousin; it more than one man's struggle to right the wrong he committed; and it's even more than a old women's desire for revenge! And while all those things are true, in this book.

But The Alice Network is unique TO ME, as that the story has a ring of truth to it, and though I am English and studied WW1 and WW2 in secondary (High) school, I was taught very little about the women's role in the war, outside of the home front and nursing, so after reading this book, I started reading all I could about Louise de Bettignies, who was a spy for the British in World War 1, under the pseudonym Alice Dubois!! And if you read though the Author notes, there is a further reading section, which I'm planning on reading through.

The Alice Network is set over two time periods, we start in 1947, after World War 2, and with American/French Charlie St. Clair, an unwed pregnant young women, who was still reeling from the loss of her brother, and the longing to find her cousin, whom disappeared in France during the war. Her French mother was determined to resolve her "little problem" and then return to America like nothing had ever happened! But Charlie was determined to find her cousin, and to do that she had to escape from her mothers watchful eye, and get to London to find Eve Gardiner, the one women who might help her.

Now the second time period of this book is 1915, and Eve Gardiner story, which is a story of pain, betrayal, and determination of a young women, determined to do her part in the Great War, but one that left her broken, until 1947, when a determined young American arrives on her doorstep, looking for help!

Oh my goodness, I could literally go on for days, raving about this book, and how amazing it is, but I implore you all to read this book! And be prepared to become as impassioned about this book as I am.

I give The Alice Network 5 stars!

To find out more and connect with Kate Quinn, click below for her website.

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