The Alice Network

The Alice Network

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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"--

HARPERCOLL

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER

#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLER

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2017!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading Pick!

The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub

 

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.

“Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!”—Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter



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In 1947, pregnant Charlie St. Clair, an American college girl banished from her family, arrives in London to find out what happened to her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, and meets a former spy who, torn apart by betrayal, agrees to help her on her mission.
When pregnant American student Charlie St. Clair is banished to Europe by her family to have her baby, she takes the opportunity to head for London to find her missing French cousin and teams up with Eve, a former spy from the Alice Network, to solve themystery.

Publisher: William Morrow & Co.,, 2017
ISBN: 9780062654205
0062654209
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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PETER CALAMAI
May 16, 2018

Riveting from beginning to end. Although fictional, based on fact so provides a fascinating insight into espionage activities of a close-knit group of women in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Characters are multi-dimensional and this (male) reader bonded with them. Will definitely look up author's other books.

A good read but writing style is somewhat repetitive and the protagonist is annoyingly immature. Conflict with her parents is never really explained except that she was a girl and her brother died while she survived. Great background on the role of women spies and the lack of recognition for their bravery. It is also important that the west recognizes that because France was vanquished does not mean that their people did not suffer.

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sam_212
Apr 18, 2018

Enjoyed this book very much. I am partial to WWI and WWII historical fiction, and this fit the bill. Strong female protagonists, espionage, suspense. I have been recommending it to all of my reader friends, and it has been universally enjoyed!

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ANNE DEARDORFF
Apr 11, 2018

If you loved Elizabeth Wein's books "Rose Under Fire" and "Code Name Verity" you will love this book. If you love this book and haven't read Wein's books, you need to read them. This is a great book with marvelous characters and a story that needs to be told.

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Sam_Stewart
Mar 30, 2018

Read as a part of a book club. Really enjoyed the strong female characters; in addition the references to actual people and events were interesting to share as a group.

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matcat44
Mar 10, 2018

A well told story, but kept thinking it was written with a movie in mind. Who better to portray Eve than Charlotte Rampling.

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cath5192
Mar 05, 2018

Well researched & written book. Such well developed characters. Hated to put it down .... "just one more chapter"!!!! Well worth pouring through.

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abbydog2
Mar 04, 2018

Excellent book. Highly recommend.

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KatG1983
Jan 11, 2018

An incredible look at the work of female spies, particularly during WWI. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and its mysteries, and was delighted to find out that the 'Alice Network' was a real life network of spies run predominantly by a woman. This book has heart, and is a compelling read. I can often find myself criticising the length of a book, and wishing editors had done a better job of streamlining the story; but I wouldn't cut anything out of this 500+ page novel. Definitely recommend this impactful story, which you won't forget anytime soon.

DBRL_ANNEG Dec 30, 2017

This was a very solid read for me--great historical suspense that kept me thinking about it even when I had to set it down. I loved how the author was inspired to write this based on a tidbit of information she found. It's always fun to read great fiction and learn the true stories behind it. The book overall reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's book, "The Nightingale," with its strong female characters and should appeal to readers who enjoy fiction based around the world wars.

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