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 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
Characteristics: 1 online resource (503 pages)
Additional Contributors: 3M Company


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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.

Dec 09, 2017

Great read. I enjoyed seeing the character of Charlie grow. The car was a character in itself.

Dec 05, 2017

This wonderful novel fictionalizes the story of a real World War I espionage network. Determined to find her missing cousin in the aftermath of WWII, young and pregnant Charlie St. Clair needs the help of Eve Gardiner - a British spy during WWI whose unfinished business intersects with Charlie's search.

Dec 02, 2017

Certainly an engaging, well-told story even if a bit convoluted in its switching back and forth between the stories of the two heroines. The description of the horrors of war were pretty graphic. I actually found them quite upsetting and had nightmares for 2 nights following. But that's me...

Nov 16, 2017

Excellent book very worth reading.

Nov 13, 2017

What a book! All Hail, Kate Quinn for highlighting this history of female espionage in WWI France. The strength and bravery of these women is inspiring and humbling. Highly recommend.

Nov 04, 2017

Everything a good read should be.

Peril, betrayal, loyalty, revenge, love and deep friendships

Oct 21, 2017

A wonderful book about the brave women who became spies during World War 1.
I agree with the reader who said that the Charlie story line was much weaker than Eve's, but overall this is a Must Read!

Oct 20, 2017

I was anxious to read about women spies in World War 1 as I didn't know there were any. Eve's story was fascinating. Charlie's and Finn's stories were contrived and the romance was unnecessary in this narrative. I am interesting in learning more about the real Alice Network thanks to this book. The first 3/4th of book was compelling. Author's note at the end with historical facts was helpful.

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