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The Alice Network: A Novel

byKate Quinn

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS

 

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER

#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLER

One of NPR's Best Books of the Year!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!

The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!

A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub

 

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:560 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of the summer! I loved this book, intense at times, strong characters, left me wondering about them throughout the day which is always a good sign. A great historical fiction fav and reread
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK Loved everything about this book - fairly easy read, great characters, strong women, and very interesting with the link to actual history. I have shared my copy with several people.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! This book was amazing, a must read! Once you start you can't put it down. Loved getting to see both storylines play out.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I liked the story, it just took a little while for me to finally finish it.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would; especially the spy storyline! This is the first book I have read by this author....I will definitely be picking up more of her historical novels.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bought this book awhile ago and just picked it up to read it glad I did. Could not put it down, the Characters were memorable.
Date published: 2018-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YES! Highly recommend and definitely made me look up female spies in both World Wars. I took off a star only because I found it to be slightly too long.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this One! This novel took me in an emotional rollercoaster. The characters were memorable and the story, gripping. Enjoy this very much.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was well written and had a great storyline. I loved how there was a mix of fictional/non-fictional characters. I would highly recommend it
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weaves fact and fiction in an engaging way Historical novels based on real people can be tricky, leaning to romanticized legends or fact-heavy narratives. The Alice Network finds a good balance with a story that loops in significant events and characters while still keeping the plot moving in an engaging way.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved this book and I'm looking forward to a future movie based on the book which should be interesting. One of my favourite books for this year so far. Can always count on Reese's bookclub to recommend good books to read.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women spies This is another book we are reading for our Bookclub this year. I just finished it and found it very absorbing. There a a lot of books being written about the World Wars and this is another one that deserves to be read for the historical setting alone. The network of British women spies contributed to the end of World War I in ways we are only now learning about. It was not a glamorous job and Quinn's writing reflects the cold grittiness of these women's lives. I found it hard to read about the sense of guilt and self-loathing Eve carried with her for so many years and the lack of self confidence Charlie exhibited. They were both depicted as strong, unconventional women but there were great contradictions in their behaviours. And the ending was a little too neat to be believable. The writing is very good. I found the alternating chapters between Eve and Charlie sometimes distracting. At times it seemed Quinn was restricting herself with the format she had chosen for the book. All in all, a great read and very informative.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book was a great book...could not put it down..one of my favourite books ever!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story! I received this book for Christmas and finally had the chance to read it this summer. It's an incredible story with rich characters and strong female leads. If you enjoy novels set in WWI and/or WW2, you'll love this. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story I couldn't put it down. Likely my favourite book of the year.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down A good read with focus on the strength of women.A bit of unfamiliar history brought to life.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A good read. Characters are engaging and fun. Good till the end
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Very intriguing historical fiction. The characters in the story made it come to life in a different way than other war stories, making me wish that I could have jumped into the back seat with them as they made their journey and got to know one another.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not what I would normally read but SO glad I did! I usually find it hard to keep interest in historical books. However, this one I loved. It was easy to follow with amazing characters and amazing story telling-there was foreshadowing that was extremely subtle and well done and the characters grew and evolved so much throughout the book. You came to love them and root for them! I have never read a book that was so extremely satisfying at the end with everything tied up. Heart and soul and mystery and satisfaction. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Stop Reading I was so glad I picked up this book! It was engaging from the first paragraph. I enjoyed the hop between times to unravel a bit more of the mystery of each character. I also enjoyed learning a little bit more history about this time. Very easy to follow and not confusing as some other books written this way can become. I would definitely recommend !
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed this book. I love historical fiction and it was refreshing to read about the role women played in the spy networks during the first and second world wars Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! The use of a first person narrator made it easy for me to relate to the character. I also really liked how the author wove history into fiction and told the story from two different view points. Not once did I find this book hard to get through (as I sometimes do with other books) and almost lost sleep a few nights just so I could find out what happened next!
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging, Enthralling, and Deeply Moving This book definitely lived up to the hype!! I loved all the characters, especially Charlie; it was amazing to follow along with her on her journey and see her grow and develop as a character. This book opened up my eyes to the world of female espionage, something that is sorely missing from WWI and WWII history. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time and left me wishing for more!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply engaging I really enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. The characters were interesting and easy to connect with. Loved it right to the end.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring, heartbreaking and compelling Both story lines are engrossing and it was interesting to watch the characters develop. I really came to care for all of them. It was fascinating to discover how much of the details about the female spy network was based in historic fact. An
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. Well written and I would read it again. I just got back into reading again after many years. This was a good starting novel to get back in the game. Loved the story line.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This was a pleasant surprise! I loved everything about this book. I wish Kate would write a book all about Eve and the other spy ladies. Can't wait for The Huntress historical time novel are fast becoming my favourite
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two wars, one fascinating story The Alice Network is about two different women who happen to cross paths on a journey to seek the past. One story is about the first world war with the protagonist becoming a spy and what was involved with that. The second story is about a woman in search of her cousin who went missing during the second world war. The main story is the search for the cousin but the story of the spy is fascinating. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story! I was intrigued throughout this entire story. It keeps you on the edge of your chair and you simply cannot wait to see what happens next. The connections between the characters and the 2 world wars was also very interesting. I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! The definition of a fabulous historical fiction novel.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've discovered a new genre! I haven't read historical books in decades, but I have rediscovered the beauty of a well written historical with this book. Really enjoyed the story and the writing. Read this wonderful book.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Historical Fiction--But Not the Best I have read a lot of historical fictions over the past while, and although this book was good I do not think it lived up to the hype. I would recommend as a good starting place for someone looking to get into historical fiction. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! Wow, this is a wonderful book. I enjoyed the historical information, the characters and the humor. The fact that it is based on true events and characters make it even better. Hard to put this one down and I was sorry that it came to an end. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I honestly cannot say enough about this book. The characters reel you in right from the beginning and you just ride along with them the whole time, wanting to know more about their story and how it ends. To be honest, I had no idea that this was based upon real people until I read the Author's Notes. What absolute heroes they were - and such a beautiful book to be commemorated in. Please read this - you will not regret it!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Absolutely loved this book. I had such a hard time putting the book down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next without waiting. The book touches on subjects of the war that I did not know very well and after reading I had to do some research on the historical figures to find out more. Very interesting book.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was an amazing book that truly exceeded my expectations - unlike any other WWI/II book that I have ever read which was refreshing. I couldn't put it down. Great read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the female perpective! I bought this a month a go and finally got to read it. LOVED it! It's validating to read a historical based story about the role of women in such an important time! Each chapter written from the point of view of a character is a wonderful way to rea the story!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your average World War I/II historical fiction This one would have slipped by me if it wasn't for my mum's recommendation (I see it's also a Heather's Pick - they never disappoint). My initial reaction was "not another World War historical fiction!" - there's so much out there already. However, this one has a unique story (female spy network!), solid writing and spunky characters I won't soon forget. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women Spies in WWII, loved it. Loved this book. Im very interested in WWII books and especially stories of women and how they survived or helped in the war effort.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great period piece I really enjoyed this book and wanted more when it was over. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exiting read This book was so fast paced and thrilling. I loved learning a bit more about female spies during the War. One of my favourite reads of the year. #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing historical fiction! The Alice Network is a thrilling, fast-paced novel that blends historical fiction and mystery flawlessly. Quinn's complex story and engaging character come together to offer a story led by courageous heroines, dramatic story twists, and vilains you'll bound to love. This is a definite must-read! #PlumRewards
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! I cannot explain how much I loved this book and how surprised I am that I did. It is based on true events and even some of the characters are based on real people which made me love this book even more! After reading The Alice Network, it became one of my favourite books. It is very well written and you connect with both main characters. An amazing book about two strong women who come from two different worlds and generations who surprisingly connect with each other. Highly recommend even if you are not a historical fan.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I’m a fan of historical fiction and this didn’t diappoint. Brilliantly weaves the story of several powerful and brave women through the two world wars.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced and interesting
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I enjoyed reading about strong women evolving in an intriguing historical era
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I don't usually read books of this genre but I'm glad that I bought this one. It's strong female characters and storyline made it difficult to put down. Historical setting, yet it doesn't feel "heavy"
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! As soon as I started this book I knew it was going to be great. It was interesting from start to finish and I loved how the characters connected.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Fantastic story with strong female characters. I had a hard time putting the book down. Fast paced and suspenseful. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't believe how much I love this book! I was shocked how much I loved this book! It is far from my usual genre and I usually find historical novels slow and boring but this was anything but that. Fast paced and exciting with two equally exciting storylines running side by side and then coming together in the end! Absolutely a must read!!
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Novel! I thought this was a great novel. I'm always a little apprehensive about novels that have had so much praise written about them because I've read a few really popular and loved books that I thought were terrible. But The Alice Network is such a beautiful story and a page turner, I finished it in two days reading on my breaks at work. I was so transfixed by the stories of the women in this novel, and then to discover that they are based off of real people and many of the events in the books actually happened is so cool. I want to read more about these amazing women! A wonderful story.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read about important history The first 1/3 of the book dragged a bit but was still interesting. The author does a good job of using fictional characters to show amazing woman risking their lives for their country during the world wars. (And how little we know of them!)
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! A captivating story, with strong female characters. I love how the two timelines intertwined and pieces of history came through it all.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome story! This book was great! I love a story line that intermingles character plot lines in unexpected ways! Shared with my mom and she also enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read I was very indecisive over whether or not to read this book. I had heard good things and saw people gush about how great it was. I finally decided to pick it up and read it. Now... Was it a good read? Yes. Was it a great read? No. No without giving away too much, there was one plot line that I really liked, and would have liked more of. Then there was the other plot line that I absolutely dreaded! It was like reading Lord of the Rings all over again, we all skip the Frodo parts and get back to the interesting story. I also found one of the main characters extremely vexing! She was annoying and had no development throughout the book at all. She was very flat to me. Now after all of that being said, it was still an OK book and I learned about a part of history that I hadn't previously. If you are looking for something stellar, this isn't it. If you're looking for a decent book, go ahead and give it a try.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Alice Network the past storyline was super interesting but the one taking place in the present was very slow and dull
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So happy I finally bought this Near the beginning I was enjoying one of the storylines much more than the other, but as the book went on I became more and more invested in both.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow I picked this book up because I was itching for a little history and mystery. What I got was just a little history and mystery. The plot was slow and a bit skimpy on content. The characters really did not develop.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable book to read. This book grabbed my attention when I saw it and I couldn't wait to read it. I thought a couple parts were a little slow, but overall I liked the book and would probably read it again. I liked the characters as well.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from expected more This for me was just ok. It was not quite the gripping story I expected. Like learning about the underground and the role of women as spies but it just didn’t grab my attention the way I wanted.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner I could not put this book down. Wonderfully intertwined stories of two great characters.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It !!! As soon as I saw this book I new I had to read it and stayed up late to finish it . Loved the connection between WW1 and post WW2 .I was totally drawn into the characters and their stories.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I absolutely loved this book! Interesting characters and incredible story - I couldn't put this book down. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! A new fav An interesting idea of how spies managed in Naxis occupied area. Wonderfully written
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay book I liked the setting of the story. However, I wish it had been written during war time instead of afterwards finding out about things that happened during.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more than 5 star worthy This book is very descriptive, a page turner and i'm happy i bought it!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! From beginning to end I was enthralled with the characters of this book. The development of the story was great and kept me interested throughout the story. Highly recommend as a great read any time of year.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A easy read the flow of the book was nice, a perfect book for a lazy day.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I'm a big fan of historic fiction and this book didn't let me down. Was engrossed in the story from the beginning. The authors goes back and forth between two time periods and both 'stories' mix well together.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed reading this story about the women at war. Nice easy flow of the story.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Interesting read, never under estimate the power of a woman.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read A must read, it's a chilling novel that makes you wonder how one would ever survive such circumstances.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5/5! A wonderful read for the summer While I though the book was a little slow to start, after I was half way through I couldn't but the story down! I enjoyed how the two women's lives mirrored eachothers in many ways and Finn was a wonderful character.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fine It was fine, great for a quick read but not the best book I've read.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read! I read this book over winter and really enjoyed it. Good story with lots of intertwining events that made the book hard to put down. Keeping my copy for re-read in future.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating book This was a fantastic read, based on true events. We need more stories of heroic women from the war
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Two Stories In One: One Good and One Bad! What you get with this novel is one very intriguing WWI story about a brave network of women spies. That story is based on a real-life figure in history. However, unfortunately, the novel also features a second story about a young woman eager to find her missing cousin after WWII. This particular story is so weak, trite, sudsy, and frankly, ridiculous and unbelievable that it ruined the goodness of the decent WWI story for me. I felt like I was watching a Hallmark Hall of Fame or Lifetime tacky and fluffy made for tv movie. The connection between the two stories and how it all plays out is absurd as well. One thing that was especially irksome about the WWII story was that the author chose to create a modern dialogue for the main character in this story instead of the appropriate dialogue of that time period and that distracted me from feeling there was any authenticity with respect to that story. I truly don't understand the praise this novel received from critics and readers alike. 2.5 stars.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was delighted to find out that much of the book was based on real people and events! It made it more impressive. I'm not a big fan of war stories but the personalized aspect of this book made it interesting enough that I'd like to read more.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a Thrill Grasp of connecting to real life moments and the plot all worked very well together.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This was a great book. Kept me hooked the whole way through. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gifted this book Gave this book as a gift to a friend, she said was a really good read, hooked from start to finish
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Absolutely loved this book! Could not put it down, bought it as presents for friends! #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I could not put this book down! I am just a history nerd, it was so fascinating to hear of women who scarified so much during the war. It was refreshing to have 2 strong female leads and read a historical novel from a difference perspective.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ What a wonderful book. It was hard to put down. A story of strength, courage, sacrifice and love. A poignant tale of the women who sacrificed so much for the sake of freedom, and the strength of their indomitable spirit that is truly inspiring. I will read this book again for sure.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Thriller! This was an excellent read with a strong female perspective! Had me hooked from the start!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling and Empowering This book is a must read. I'm not usually a fan of war stories, but this was excellent. The strong, brave female point of view in this novel will have you hooked.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging female-centric war story I love historical fiction, this didn't disappoint! The story did go on for a while, but I found myself turning page after page. I really fell in love with the characters, and loved the interplay between them.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This was one of the longest ,dragged out plots I have ever wearily endured. Usually I enjoy war stories about women's invaluable contributions . This was unnecessarily dark and relentless in a plot based on the fixation of revenge. It lacked subtlety with a repetitive "in your face approach "reiterating the pervading evil and darkness with very little happy reprieve or balance. The first book I have read by Kate Quinn and definitely my last. I would be embarrassed to recommend this to friends who are accustomed to much superior writing.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay Easy/enjoyable read but I didn't find it as amazing as I thought it would be.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Book I really enjoyed this book. I got super into it, and was very intrigued and engaged throughout most of it. I definitely liked the spy stuff more than I liked the romance stuff, but that's just personal preference - I don't read a lot of straight-up romance novels. I especially liked reading the author's notes to find out how much of it was actually based on real life history. I hadn't read any of this author's books before, and just thought that this was a well set fictional story...which it is, but the history behind it is cool and adds to it!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Great female characters that you fall in love with. The timelines are genius. A book to share and gab about with my mother, aunts, and grandma about.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read My first time reading a Kate Quinn book and I was more than pleasantly surprised. It was an amazing and enjoyable read and at times I found it difficult to put down. The story, mixed with a history of which I was previously unaware, pulled me in and kept me there. I feel Kate truly did a great job in her research and telling of the story. It was an amazing book and I was sorry to see it end. I have shared my like of this book with many others I meet and will keep this one on my bookcase. I would be happy to read more of this type.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Favourite This is the book you keep on your shelf like a trophy - one you'll read again. I loved the dynamic between Eve and Charlie, and following their journey together. Both characters were absolute firecrackers with an incredible journey I loved to follow right to the very end.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book. Could not put it down. I highly recommend. Very well researched by the author.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nailed it! Kate Quinn, you nailed it. A very good friend gave me this book for my birthday (after I hinted at wanting to read it)... And what an amazing gift it turned out to be. It was flawless. A story of strong, determined, intelligent, sneaky women - it's a definite must-read for every woman out there.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me hooked from the first chapter. Picked this up after reading favouring reviews and I was not disappointed. What a interesting read based on truth about a network of female spies in World War I. The author tied together 2 time periods extremely well with well developed and thought-out characters and plot. I couldn't help but root for them and see what twists were coming next.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This is a book that you can use for a book club. It would make for great discussion. The main characters are interesting and believable. A great historical fiction about what women went through in war time.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved the book! This book was hard to put down and I read it in two days. Loved the characters and the description of the scenery made me feel like I was there. A great read.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Amazing characters and story was very intriguing beginning to end. Author did a great job taking us to the past without feeling out of place
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book I loved this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't wait to dive in. I loved the way Kate Quinn flashed back to WWI, enjoyed the character and story development. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was an interesting read and gives you a look into a different time and life than what you've likely experienced. Keeps you hooked.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous storytelling; excellent detail and historical research. I purchased this because of the author - I'd read her Empress of Rome series and thoroughly enjoyed them. Her characters are vivid and believable; her background research for setting, context and historic accuracy is well done. Her writing is rich and detailed without being slow, and the back-and-forth between the stories of the two main characters kept me up wanting to find out what happens next. The strong characters and the parallel struggles to be true to themselves and build their lives after disaster are compelling. I'm looking forward to the author's next books.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So in love I got this book two days ago, I finished it yesterday and I'm about to read it again. Love you, would highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed this book especially because of the strong female characters and the writing captivated you and helped you really stay engaged.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and riveting! I picked up this book with the feeling that it'd be right up my alley, and it did not disappoint at all. The novel more than lived up to my expectations with strong characters that were very well thought-out and an exciting narrative that had me racing to get to the end. The plot is intricate and brings to light an aspect of history that is often overlooked. A very fulfilling read!
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. The characters are interesting, memorable and you end up thinking of them long after you finish the book. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I didn't expect to like this book as much as i did, i really enjoyed it! one of those books you look forward to reading every night!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Amazing read: women, espionage and war. The author did a great job of toggling between past and present and it all came together nicely at the end. It is definitely a 'book you can't put down!"
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining historical fiction I loved this book, it kept me intrigued and I wanted to know what happened next constantly. It really is written very well.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was hard to put down and masterfully tells the stories of two worlds, past and present, coming together.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Good story, full characters with a satisfying ending.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read! I really enjoyed this book and found I couldn't put it down. It was a little hard to get into at the beginning but started to pick up. I was drawn into the world of Eve during the first world war but didn't connect with Charlie's story much at all. Even though it was meant to take place a couple of years after WW2, it felt too modern and didn't pull me in. Over all, I loved it.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok read I enjoyed the Alice Network, but didn't find it was as highly addictive as I expected it to be. Still worth the read
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A worthwhile read With the exception of one plot twist, this book was entertaining and fun to read. I highly recommend it whether or not you're a fan of historical fiction.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I really enjoyed the history in the book, mixed with the characters and the story line. It was so intriguing and eventful, I didn't want to put it down! I would definitely recommend this book :)
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! An amazing story, beautiful characters and a very interesting plot. Would recommend it to all my friends.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A page-turner I enjoyed the book and it was hard to put down. I took one star off my review for two reasons: (1) Even though the book is set around the two war periods, it's written with a very modern flair. There are some modern-day slangs which I found a bit strange (maybe people did talk that way during that period?) (2) I like the main characters but more could have been said about the other people - they were interesting and I would've liked to know more about them.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Historical Alice - Great. Post WW 2 Alice - Dreadful! The historical components of this novel were compelling, absorbing and fascinating. If only the author had stuck with that narrative. These sections were well written with fully developed characters that drew you into their lives and experiences. The second story line is awkward and doesn't seem to reflect the time it is trying to portray. The character's language is off - turn of phrase, behaviour, responses, at times overly immature for the period. Something just seems really 'off' resulting in wanting to skim these sections and get back to the more interesting storyline. Unbalanced but worth reading for the history.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An deep read with resonance. This book is not a beach read - it's not easy, but it is beautiful. At times, it got so intense that I had to put it down for a few days. But it is definitely worth finishing. Kate Quinn delivers a story of women's work during the Great Wars, without a sugar coating.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I was done reading it in a matter of a few days. Couldn't stop and couldn't get enough. Kate Quinn at her best. Such an easy flowing story, no hiccups, no weird pauses, absolutely wonderful read.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling History books don't particularly interest me, but this one was captivating from beginning to end. I loved the story line
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absorbing Found this to be a really enjoyable and absorbing read. I did find the narrator a bit annoying at times is my only complaint, especially when she would dive into adding things together. As someone with a mathematical mind, that is not how it works.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good overall historical plotline I had some trouble first getting into the book - but by the end the plot line was great and the two perspectives gives some variance. Nice to see a focus on WWI plotline rather than WWII for a change and adds some nice historical facts into the book as well (based off some true stories).
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in love with Alice. The book is great, well-written and laid out.. but the real star of this story is the true story behind it. It's a piece of history that deserves to be talked about more and I couldn't believe I had never heard of the female spies that worked in WW1.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book had me hooked right from the beginning. Was an easy read that would not let me put it down. I loved it for the history of the period. It had me heartbroken at times, engaged, mad and horrified that this actually went on in the world. A must read!
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like it! I love a good historical fiction novel. This book didn't disappoint.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! huge fan of this story could not put the book down!!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this book did not disappoint. The story is heartbreaking, thrilling, and engaging all at the same time. I stayed up late reading this because I just couldn't put it down, and had to get through just 1 more chapter. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!! Best read in too long! Amazing, gripping, couldn't put down. Amazing glimpse into an unique perspective!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best historical fiction novels I've ever read I absolutely loved this book, beautiful characters, a little bit heart breaking, wonderful writing! could not recommend it enough
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This is a really great book! Beautifully written with strong characters and story line. Worth a read.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. Simply Beautiful An incredibly beautiful written novel. A great one for book studies.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is a beautifully written novel. Female friendship and empowerment at its best. Couldn't put this down.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. A colleague recommended this and I will be taking her recommendations from now on. Even though this flips between WWI and post WWII it's easy to follow and it sucks you in. The evolution of these two women is fascinating and hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book pulls you right in! A captivating story, great way to spend a long flight!
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting story I really liked this book. I had no idea that there were female spies involved in WW1 and WW2.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brainy suspense plus insight on female spies in WW1&2 I picked this book up as a bit of deviation from my usual suspense/thriller read. I was captivated right away with the story and the characters. I was keen to find out which elements were fact or fiction so I really appreciated the author's notes at the back and was stunned to find out how much was true. The female resistance spies from WW1 & WW2 were incredibly brave and faced terrifying consequences. So not only was this a great read, but I learned something.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightfull story I was not sure at first but did quite enjoy the story afterall
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! The book is based on a real network of women spies. Loved the story and how it wrapped around true events and real people. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put book down A great read weaving in historical facts, it was so refreshing to read about women’s contributions and the price paid.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT Similar to The Nightingale - loved this. Great historical fiction.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A very emotional and captivating story.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent Based in part to true events during both World Wars, the story of woman spy's and how they helped win the war(s). A must read if you like a great story.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read another great read set in WW2, absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I read this book in 3 days. I could not put it down. at the end of every chapter you wanted to keep reading. So good!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I could not put this book down. Loved the story and the history.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing!! It has been a long time since I read something so vivid and heartwarming. This novel really captures your attention and holds it throughout, if I had the time I would read this novel in one sitting. I just loved how each character felt so real and well developed. Ignore the bad reviews because this historical fiction is a better read than Philippa Gregory's novels.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Amazing, totally reccomend. Such a wonderful read.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it A captivating story the whole way through
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great a very interesting story. good book overall!
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 50:50 There are 2 story lines to this book... 1 is fantastic and unique (female spies during the war) and the other is flat and seems to drag along.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal read gritty, suspenseful, keeps you reading into the wee hours of the morning. I host a book club for women, and this was our fave book of 2017!
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Since I love reading war history I was surprised I wasn’t drawn into this story and it’s characters. No suspense or intrigue which I expected. A very quick read.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book The strength of women during the war amazes me, such a heart wrencher.
Date published: 2018-01-10

Editorial Reviews

The Alice Network has history, suspense, romance and women kicking butt. I couldn’t put it down.”