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The Alice Network: A Novel

byKate Quinn

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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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.” —NPR.org

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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 A wonderful story of intrigue and loss. A fascinating read about a female British spy and how she survived. Her story is intermingled with that of an American woman who is searching for her cousin in France post WWII. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic take on Wonder Woman - Fantastic! A wonderfully written piece of historical fiction that any feminist will fall in love with. Every character has the depth necessary for truly bonding with them and you are attached to every one of their individual stories. Impossible to put down, a true page turner and will make any woman feel like she can take on the world!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! A great read! I recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Masterfully written Highly recommend this book. Such a well-written story with amazing characters.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is the best piece of historical fiction I've ever read! I couldn't decide whether I liked Charlie's or Eve's story more and just had to keep reading. The book showed the real sacrifices we make during wartime and I was so heartbroken for all the characters. I'm definitely a Kate Quinn fan now! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfectly Captivating I was hesitant to read this, as I was hearing mixed reviews. I am glad that I went forward with reading it! The writing was the perfect tone for the nature of the book, captivating and suspenseful, yet still easy enough to read during breaks throughout my day. The plot and character development was so intriguing, and even until the end, I was invested in the outcomes of these characters. I found it hard to put down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I finished this book much sooner than I expected, it was that good! An absolutely amazing read. Do yourself a favour and read it now!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! This book was captivating throughout! When I read through the historical remarks at the end, I was floored by how many of the storyline details were based on true facts. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This book was certainly a page turner!! Couldn't put it down, what a fantastic story and read. Highly recommend it to all readers
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read! Very good read, 5 stars. High marks, Right up there with The Nightingale, Lilac Girls and War Brides: A Novel. Such strong female characters in a time of horrid inhumanity.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book consumed me. I lived in every word, and felt every feeling.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This was a good book, I could not put it down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end. I also love the fact that it's based on true events that actually happened in WWI. Evelyn and Charlie were such good contrasts to each other, and the development of the relationship between them and Finn felt real and extremely believable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved!! This book is very good, I couldn't put it down! It's a beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written A beautifully written page-turner. The writing sounded honest and touching (if that makes sense).
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it couldn't put this one down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!! Okay let me start by saying, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Such a beautifully written historical fiction that will keep you entertained and enthralled in the lives of the characters. I can't express how much I love this book!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved!!! A page turner from start to finish!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great loved this book. beautiful story, well written.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Received this book not long ago as a gift and could not put it down. Great writing that transports you in time.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I loved this. So touching, honest, open and relatable.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this book!!! amazing book, could not put it down. Historical fiction at its best!!!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Couldn't put this book down. When I was finished reading it I wanted to pick it up and start all over again.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! Amazing book I picked up and couldn't stop reading! Finally picking up my own copy to finish that last half :)
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It takes along time to finish
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story! I read this book as part of a book club and I can honestly say that under normal circumstances this would never be a book I would choose to read myself. I'm not all that into history and have never read a book based on the war period in my life. But, I have to say after getting through the first chapter or two I was completely hooked and couldn't put the book down. I was even trying to squeeze in a chapter before heading to work and read the bulk of it within a few days. It was such an amazing combination of suspense that had you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next as well as a beautiful story of friendship and women supporting one another. I would definitely recommend this book to history buffs as well as skeptics like myself. It goes to show you truly shouldn't judge a book by it's cover!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanstastic read Extremely engaging and interesting story of women in espionage. I like the way you get a glimpse of what it was like for women to be working in this profession at this time. I enjoyed the prologue in which the author shares which pieces are fact vs fiction.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story! A great story focusing on female strength. As a fan of historical fiction, I ate this book up. I did wish at times that I could stay in one storyline for more than one chapter at a time (the book follows 2 women during different times, and jumps back and forth), but it was still an extremely enjoyable read!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A welcome escape The Network of Alice offers a welcome escape. However, the shift in storylines from 1915 to 1947 can be a bit overwhelming. The characters have strong personalities, Eve and Charlie are certain to become reader favourites – whether they hate them or love them.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book This book was a beautiful story of female espionage and heroism. it displayed love and acceptance for others in a way that is often not found in the world today. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed every single minute of page turning adventure, heartbreak and excitement.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Great read! Thoroughly enjoyed reading, very engaging. I read it from start to finish in 24hrs :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I found the writing a bit boastful and dull at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! This book was amazing! I've recommended it to a few friends. It truly makes you appreciate the freedom we have today thanks to so many brave men and women who fought for it.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn’t put it down, A wonderful story and characters, an amazing story
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Great story jumping back and forth in time. Strong female characters, well-written, really felt immersed in the story when I was reading it #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing What an amazing read . Will make you want to just keep on reading, Highs and lows but fantastic reading.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read! Really enjoyed this one with strong female characters. Love a story about heroine during the wars.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I love the examination of place in this novel. It's visceral and intriguing
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Wonderful story. The two characters were well developed and kept me very interested as the author switched between them. Not normally do I read stories from WWII but now I just might start! A must read for all.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Very easy to read, great story. Well written.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Definitely a page turner and wonderful to have such a good book with well written female characters
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read! I read this book on my kobo in 2 days! I could not put it down! I took a chance on it as it is a bit different than what I am currently into but I could not have been happier.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heraldic story An insightful read on the role of women in war. A must read to get this perspective. A page turner!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I was hesitant to read yet another novel on World War II, only because I felt I should look to other subjects to broaden my scope. Was I wrong. This covered a part of both World Wars that I had no idea about. Parts were a bit stretched in terms of believability toward the end, but it still worked for me. I loved the terribly unlikeable main character.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This is a wonderful story for adults to read. It is truly inspiring
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Such a fantastic book with great characters and stellar plot line. I even reached out the author on twitter and she responded!!
Date published: 2017-10-19
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 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 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

Superbly written, meticulously researched  [...] At once a wartime drama, a woman’s coming of age, and a lesson on politics that resonates in today’s world, My Dear Hamilton is the book of the year.”