The Alice Network

The Alice Network

eBook - 2017 | First edition.
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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
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062654205
Branch Call Number: EXPRESS E-BOOK (HOLDS NOT ALLOWED)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (503 pages)
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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EmilyEm
Aug 22, 2017

Quinn uses the true stories of some remarkable Great War female spies to tell a tale that jumps from 1915 to 1947 when one of them, Eve, joins a young college girl looking for her missing cousin. At times engaging, at times a little melodramatic and implausible. Definitely a page-turner!

MGBustillo Aug 22, 2017

War story of strong women

martins_mom Jul 26, 2017

A great story about the women who spied for England during World War II. At a time when this kind of participation in espionage was considered a male domain, and especially off-limits to well-bred young ladies, the characters here are brave, inventive and unstinting in their efforts to carry out assignments.

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lola_jane
Jul 11, 2017

An inspiring, heartbreaking and compelling read.

After World War II, Charlie St. Clair (college drop-out, unmarried and pregnant) embarks on a mission to find her cousin, missing since the War. She meets Eve, a cantankerous middle-aged drunk, who Charlie believes has a clue to her cousin's disappearance. For reasons Charlie doesn't understand at first, Eve and her driver Finn agree to help her search.

Charlie's story is interwoven with Eve's flashbacks to the Great War and her time as a spy in enemy-occupied France. Both story lines are engrossing and it was interesting to watch the characters develop. I really came to care for all of them. It was fascinating to discover how many of the details about the female spy network were based in historic fact.

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Debbr2
Jul 11, 2017

What a great book! I actually went on the web after I finished the book to look up all these courageous people.

KHaney Jul 03, 2017

So good! If you love historical fiction, this is one of 2017's best so far in my opinion. Reminds me of Code Name Verity, which is one of my favourites.

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limig
Jul 01, 2017

What an amazing historical fiction story based on factual events and persons of WWI occupied France.

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