The Alice Network

The Alice Network

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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" taken 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 matter where it leads"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062654199
Branch Call Number: FIC Quin
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm


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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 ... Read More »

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Aug 06, 2020

Very good book but I liked The Huntress more

BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2020

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be human? I laughed. I cried. I raged. This book made me feel everything! And I kept turning pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. These were definitely characters I could, and did, root for all the way to the end. Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a book more people need to read. I didn't realize when I started it that it was based on fact, and I appreciated that the author went into some details about those facts at the end. It was eye-opening for sure.

Jul 29, 2020

Excellent story about determined, courageous women who are willing to do whatever it takes for family and country!

Apr 16, 2020

Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t love this book but I found the whole premise kind of ridiculous. It just doesn’t seem plausible that a well bred woman would go searching for her (probably) dead cousin with a couple of complete strangers, while pregnant no less! And then, while still pregnant, comes on to one of these strangers even though he is old enough to be her father. It just doesn’t seem like something that a young woman would do in post-war Europe in 1947. Just my two cents.

Apr 06, 2020

Kate Quinn has produced a stunner. She takes us on the journey of “Charlie” right after WWII in search of her lost cousin, Rose. It spans two time periods WWI and the time right after WWII. The writing is superb, based on true historical accounts of spy networks during war, brave women taking unimaginable risks. Quinn has fleshed out these people, wrecked from the carnage all wars bring, and we watch them live and endure and then slowly thrive with the help of each other. Eve’s tale during WWI left her shattered and broken and then she meets Charlie (the Yank), thirty years later, who enlists her help in finding Rose. Add Finn, Eve’s young driver and former soldier, who lived through his own hell in WWII, all three embark on an unlikely journey. Along the way this story unfolds in a remarkable tale of love and redemption and forgiveness. You will find yourself rooting for all in this tale to heal. These are strong willed women you will marvel at their courage and you will want them to come out okay on the other side.
I will read everything Quinn writes

Mar 15, 2020

One of the best books I have ever read. I especially enjoyed the author's remarks . So much of the background is true and so much has been forgotten, it was rewarding to read about it. It was also a satisfying love story.

Feb 29, 2020

A very good read!

Feb 11, 2020

Very enjoyable, good story

CCPL_Laura Jan 11, 2020

The pages of Quinn’s novel fly by, with its parallel narratives, two wartime heroines, and remarkable depth of character. Eve and Charlie were ahead of their time. With the support and confidence of other like-minded individuals, Eve and Charlie were able to forge their own paths and face all sorts of horrifying circumstances and tremendous adversity. Powerful, fascinating, and with great emotional pull, fans of The Nightingale and Masterpiece PBS’s Bletchley Circle will devour this moving novel.

Oct 24, 2019

This novel drew me in because of its' subject matter, the Female spy networks which had a tremendous impact on both World Wars and yet are rarely given the respect & honour such bravery desires. I feel that Kate being a consummate storyteller imbued this novel with suspense and tension while highlighting and lauding little-known facts and atmospherically bringing this bygone era to life on the page. However, I was a little let down by the quite modern dialogue of one of the protagonists, which didn't conjure the late 40's and at times worked against it creating a chasm that drew me out of the story. Overall an enjoyable and juicy read perfect for the lazy, hazy days of Summer.

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Sep 17, 2018

“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?” - p. 336


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