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June 15, 2017

Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn #TheAliceNetwork #TLCBookTours

by Susan Roberts

I enjoy reading books about WWII especially if they have female main characters. If you enjoyed The Nightingale or The Baker's Secret, if you enjoy historical fiction, or if you just enjoy a well-written book that will keep you reading long into the night, The Alice Netword is definitely the book for you.
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The Alice Network
June 2017; William Morrow; 978-0062654199
ebook, audio, print (528 pages); thriller 
The story alternates between two time periods - 1947 when Charlie first arrives on Eve's doorstep looking for her cousin and 1915 during WWI with Eve's backstory. The two main female characters are so well written that the reader becomes totally interested in their stories. Often with a dual main character book, the reader likes one more than the other and skims through one character's chapter to get back to the character that they like. In this novel, both characters are equally likable and both of their stories makes the reader want to read every word about their journeys.

It's very apparent that the author has done extensive research in writing her novel and even though this is my first book by Kate Quinn, it will not be my last.

One other important side note is that the Alice network is based on a real group of female spies during WWI. It is estimated to have saved the lives of more than a thousand British soldiers during the 9 months of full operation from January to September 1915. Even though we aren't half way through the year, I know that The Alice Network will be one of my top books for 2017.

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About the Book

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.

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About the Author:

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

Find out more about Kate at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook.

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  1. I really wanted to read this, but too many promised reviews got the better of me, and I had to turn down a review request.

    I just have to enjoy all the reviews everyone has been posting.

    Thank you.

    Silver's Reviews

  2. The real-life women who did this kind of work amaze me - what a difficult life, and what bravery!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

    1. I didn't know that it was based on real people until the end. I had to goggle and get more information after i finished the book.