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The Alice Network: A Novel

byKate Quinn

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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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

Heather's Review

The Alice Network is a totally engaging story inspired by the real life efforts of a network of spies who worked underground in France during World War I. The narrative alternates between the First World War and the period just following World War 2. It has enough history to fully engage lovers of historical fiction with richly dra...

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Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have b...
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Title:The Alice Network: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.84 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love books set in WWI and WWII I really enjoyed learning about The Alice Network and that amazing piece of history involving female spies. These women were brave secret agents leading double lives during WWII aiding their country in uncovering highly classified information.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Read for a book club! So glad it was chosen. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks amazing looks good, hopefully it live up to the reviews
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed I wish this book went on forever! I got so invested in the characters.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story! This was a great read, and I loved how much of the story is interlaced with true stories the author found while researching for the book. I couldn't put it down! You really get invested in the characters and their journeys, and I loved how it showcased the efforts of fierce women doing their part during the war.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Perfectly written. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A good plot with some slow spots, but overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exhilarating Find! I read this book over the summer of 2017 and it is probably my favourite read of the year so far! Kate Quinn perfectly combines mystery, romance & history. I've read multiple books about WWI and WWII but this one really changed the game for me, I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book Wow, loved this book! Was so sad when it ended. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read quite a bit over the last few days. The plot-twists left me shocked and confused in the best way. It left me thinking hard, pondering every detail of the book. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I read quite a bit over the last few days. The plot-twists left me shocked and confused in the best way. It left me thinking hard, pondering every detail of the book. I would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! The power of female bonds! So many fierce women are in this novel, and while they do not all get along with one another, they understand how difficult it is (give the time in history) to simply live life as a woman. The consequences of speaking one’s mind or standing up for oneself, dealing with abuse, torture or pregnancy, and being used or abandoned are some of the issues all women faced. Women, in history, understand this unspoken bond of sisterhood through adversity. It was powerful. If you love WWI and WWII stories about fierce women facing all sorts of hardship and adversity and rising above it all, this is the one to add to your reading list.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE I abosolutely love this book and I couldn't put it down! It is written so well and almost made me cry couple of times. I bought this book for an essay but enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I woulf 100% recommend this book to anybody and it's simply a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! Kate Quinn did an amazing job interweaving the narratives of two incredibly brave, witty characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, spies, and heroines who are as smart as they are brave.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Couldn't put the book down, great read
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Well written and great story. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Very imaginative story line with fully fleshed out characters
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I highly recommend this book. So good! Definitely a page turner. If you haven't read this book already your missing out! What are you waiting for? Get it get it get it!
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok A great novel with clever, easy to follow writing with funny and witty characters. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book loved it and can't wait to read more
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing I read this quickly and was quite interested in the overlapping stories of different kinds of courage. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from definitely a good plot points The narrative alternates between the First World War and the period just following World War 2.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Both women are so different yet alike
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh this was a respected, well written story, however I really had problems with some tropes and some parts just didn't seem genuine.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner I am always choosing Heather's picks and this is another that does not disappoint. Set in Europe in World War I and II it was an exciting story of sacrifice, and female heroism. The ending was fantastic, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it This was such a good book I could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! I bought this book for a cumlinating essay and I could not have chosen a better book! It is absolutely amazing and one of my favourites. This book made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything else that falls in between. Both women are so different yet alike, (which is what I focused on for my essay) and the way Quinn portrayes these women is unbeleivable. I have nothing but praises for this book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I bought this book for a cumlinating essay and I could not have chosen a better book! It is absolutely amazing and one of my favourites. This book made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything else that falls in between. Both women are so different yet alike, (which is what I focused on for my essay) and the way Quinn portrayes these women is unbeleivable. I have nothing but praises for this book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I bought this book for a cumlinating essay and I could not have chosen a better book! It is absolutely amazing and one of my favourites. This book made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything else that falls in between. Both women are so different yet alike, (which is what I focused on for my essay) and the way Quinn portrayes these women is unbeleivable. I have nothing but praises for this book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I bought this book for a cumlinating essay and I could not have chosen a better book! It is absolutely amazing and one of my favourites. This book made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything else that falls in between. Both women are so different yet alike, (which is what I focused on for my essay) and the way Quinn portrayes these women is unbeleivable. I have nothing but praises for this book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I bought this book for a cumlinating essay and I could not have chosen a better book! It is absolutely amazing and one of my favourites. This book made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything else that falls in between. Both women are so different yet alike, (which is what I focused on for my essay) and the way Quinn portrayes these women is unbeleivable. I have nothing but praises for this book.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! This story was brilliantly told. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of reading it.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! This book caught my eye and after a quick glance at the back I thought it might be interesting. Once I started it, I could not put it down. Great story!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Novel! I was looking for a book following the completion of The Orphan's Tale, and I stumbled upon this book. I found the back and forth narrative a little confusing at times, but I couldn't put this book down! It has a very satisfying ending and I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down Loved this book so much! The powerful female-lead characters were so well developed and relatable. I just wanted this book to continue on forever. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! A very engaging story about often untold contributions and female heroism during both World Wars. Intrigue and great story telling.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original "The Alice Network" was a nice escape for me. I enjoyed one part of the book but not the other. There are two storylines going on. I absolutely loved the story in 1915 but the story in 1947 was just OK for me. I didn't like the character of Charley nor that storyline. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction so maybe it's just me. A lot of people loved this book.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not aware of the role women played as spies during the war.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Book Another great book based on real women who risked their lives for their country during the war. Author did a good job of intertwining the present and the past lives of the characters throughout the book. The story will break your heart a little bit.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting An intriguing plot with equally engaging characters.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent read, 3.5 stars This novel was very well-researched and very well-paced. Quinn weaves fiction throughout the little-known facts about the real-life heroine, Louise de Bettignies, who died less than two months before the armistice. The book was compelling, sympathetic, and heartbreaking. My only real complaint is regarding Charlie's life arithmetic ("one college sophomore minus one small encumbrance, divided by six months' passage of time, multiplied by ten Paris frocks and a new haircut will not magically equal one restored reputation.") that she insists on sprinkling throughout the novel is so beyond annoying that I want to smack Charlie.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good interesting to read about life as a spy from a woman's perspective. Great historical fiction!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!!!! A historical fiction mixed with vulgarity, romance and a bit of a thriller aspect.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't want it to end! Fantastic read. Loved this novel from beginning to end. Engrossing characters and informative historical overview of the important espionage role that women played during War times. I enjoyed how the novel played off these different points in time between the Great War and WWII and how interlinked the female heroines from these different generations were with the main villain of the story.I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A historical fiction mixed with vulgarity, romance and a bit of a thriller aspect. I absolutely loved reading about Eve’s ventures through war and the intricacies involved in being a spy. Charlie was a bit of a tart but proved herself to be a heroine as well in the end. The overlay between the two women’s stories kept me intrigued and I felt a burning hatred for those who scorned them along the way. Finn was likeable and acted as a steady character in the midst of two women seeking revenge. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I read this on vacation and had a hard time putting it down! An awesome read! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read!! Strong character and an intriguing story!!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I really, really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to get back to it every night.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is incredible. Eye-opening, a real page turner, heart-breaking and heart warming.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Female Characters Good book overall. A chapter of two dragged on a little, but the female characters are well written and strong.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A good premise and plot, well written and with amazing characters.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars! I really, really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to get back to it every night. As someone whose favourite genre is historical fiction, specifically the two world war periods, I was definitely looking forward to this one. Although it wasn't quite as good as The Nightingale, it is most definitely still high on my list of best books over the last couple of years. I also wasn't too familiar with female spies during the first world war so this was a new education for me as well. If you enjoy historical fiction and a well written tale, this is definitely the book for you!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from well written historical fiction I like the way the story was presented to readers. The past and present exist in parallel with no conflict.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good I read it a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Strong women characters.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great A good read overall, some of Charlie's chapter just dragged but Eve was an interesting character.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This was a great book... it had me turning pages eagerly. There is enough mystery and intrigue to keep you engrossed. I didn't mind the back and forth of different years - it was a clever way to tell the story. I hope this becomes a movie!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engrossing Read Historical fiction isn't typically my go-to genre, but I have loved a few books based around the war time period (eg- The Book Thief). The synopsis of this book sounded interesting - especially that the timelines cover both war periods. The book started off slightly slow, but picked up within a few chapters and had all my attention. Both storylines were great, but I favoured Eve's. I also really liked Alice's character and was heartbroken to realize this was based on true story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! I am a huge reader. 'The Alice Network', however, is an exemplary piece of writing and this was an amazing book. I began reading it 5 hours ago and have just finished it. It was impossible to put down. Again, it's extraordinary. Jan
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nope A crass, clinched story that is an insult to the courage of the women who risked their lives (and for most part, lost them) in the fight against tyranny in WW1 and WW2. Incredibly bad taste.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I've been busy for the past 4 years looking for a good book to read and I came across this one. I don't regret reading it one bit. Masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Story For Feminists and Lovers of Historical Fiction I absolutely devoured this novel. I'm a huge lover of historical fiction, and my list of top books is dominated by stories of women in the World Wars. I can happily saw that "The Alice Network" will take its place on that list. It's a fast-paced novel focusing on two very different women, one a spy in the First World War, the other an American socialite in the aftermath of WWII. Whether by fate or chance, Charlie St. Clair finds herself on the doorstep of Eve Gardiner, a haggard old woman with a love of whiskey. But before the know it, the two are off on an adventure, one in search of a long-lost cousin, the other out for revenge. Eventually, they realize that their two separate quests are tied together, and the two women learn that they may not be so different after all. I'd definitely recommend this novel to anyone who's a fan of Anthony Doerr's "All The Light We Cannot See" or Kristen Hannah's "The Nightingale".
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather's Pick The Alice Network is a totally engaging story inspired by the real life efforts of a network of spies who worked underground in France during World War I. The narrative alternates between the First World War and the period just following World War 2. It has enough history to fully engage lovers of historical fiction with richly drawn, compelling characters who propel the story forward. A perfect summer read, especially for those who loved my previous Heather’s Pick The Nightingale!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfuul bookk highlighting the strength of individual women alone or together!!!l I so enjoyed this book and the details are amazing!!! The history is profound and keeps you "reaching" for the next page!! I would highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great story about female strength & valor A (very) slow start, but well worth it in the end! A great WWI and WWII story about female spies. I had no idea the book was based on actual events until I got to the Author's Note at the back of the book. Very interesting!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from alice heartbreaking wartime story
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel, pick this up. Great novel, pick this up.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wonderful historical and powerful. i loved this book.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! An interesting story about the power and resilience of women in wartime. Historical fiction at its finest.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok decent story and characters
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved it from start to finish. Great summer read.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WWI female spies A quick read, enjoyable and interesting. Great characters to love and hate.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Fairly decent plotline with a few minor anachronistic inconsistencies, but overall a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really good book, especially anyone who is fascinated by war history
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from terrific amazing story and enthralling summer read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story some parts were a bit boring but overall, a decent story.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but a bit slow Good plotline but a bit slow in chapters.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Some parts were a little dry and hard to get through but overall an amazing book!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Good characters and an enticing plot, though some parts were a tad dry.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific read Truly an amazing fast paced read, kept me up very late as I could not put it down, wonderful characters and a gripping storyline
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book, it was quite long (500 pages) but it seemed to fly by. The characters were interesting and the story drew me in.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So glad I bought this book!! A very interesting read. I enjoyed the characters and could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly Enjoyed! I started this on a Sunday morning and I found I could barely put it aside. By evening I had concluded the adventure and still found myself thinking of the characters (both real and fictional) the following day. Thank you for such a brilliant read that mixed great facts with enthralling drama.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! Let me start by saying I adore this authors writing and have enjoyed everything I have read written by her. I must admit when I heard she was writing about WWI and WWII I was surprised and intrigued to see how she would handle things. Then I had a chance to hear Jennifer Robson speak at my local library earlier this year and she made of point of telling us that she had read The Alice Network and thought it was wonderful and her father claimed the history was “spot on”, so my excitement for this book grew. I have to say it was worth the wait. I loved the characters in this book, each with their own flaws, finding their way to each other. Each chapter was the right length to engage me in the story and provide details and descriptions needed to create atmosphere and emotions then switching to another time and place to continue to hold my interest. I loved it and can’t wait to see what this author writes next.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it This was a great novel, I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes war novels.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it This was a great novel, I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes war novels.
Date published: 2017-06-09

Editorial Reviews

“In The Alice Network, the lives of two indomitable women intertwine in a plot crackling with suspense. We root for Charlie and Eve, and cheer when they triumph.”