Monday, June 12, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Alice Network

About The Alice Network

• Paperback: 528 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 6, 2017)

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

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Review:  This book has been on so many "must read" books for the summer.  Its a chunker! So give yourself time if you decide to tackle it. (I'm not usually one that reads books that go much over 300 pages, cos well, short attention span...Hey look a butterfly!)

This book is truly worth your time especially if you are into WWII era fiction, which I am.

I've never read anything by Kate Quinn before, so she's new to be. I did go back to see what she had written before and I was really surprised to see she's written about the Borgia's and ancient Rome.

WWII France is quite a change but WOW!

That's really all I can say is WOW!

You really become part of this book when you are reading it. So those lists that tell you you have to read this book, BELIEVE them. Read it, and put it on your keeper shelf.

Kate Quinn is the kind of writer that brings history to life.

Rating: 5 flowers + 5 flowers (seriously)

About Kate Quinn

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.


Davida Chazan (The Chocolate Lady) said...

I haven't seen this book on any "to read" lists, but it does sound interesting (if a bit daunting due to its length)! Thanks!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm a huge fan of this genre and I cannot wait to read this book - I'm seeing so many rave reviews of it!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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