Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Review ~ The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network
By Kate Quinn
 William Morrow Trade Paperback Original ISBN: 9780062654199
Pages: 528 | Price: $16.99
Also available in eBook: ISBN: 9780062654205 | $9.99
And as an audio book: ISBN: 9780062676603 | $27.99
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the matter where it leads.

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Outstanding and mesmerizing are the two words that first came to mind as I finished The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.  This story is wonderfully written with deep, rich and complex characters.   With great details along with solid writing, Ms. Quinn expertly brought this amazing story to life.  This story kept me deeply engrossed with thrilling suspense, intriguing espionage and heartbreaking moments.  I’m normally not a fan of historical fiction of this time period (specifically WWI and WW2), but I could not put this book down for a second. 

In addition to reading this book, I listened to it as an audio book.  The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, did an AMAZING job with the characters and their accents.  The character’s personalities and the story itself truly came to life with Maarleveld’s performance and took this already great story to another level of grandness that was unsurpassed. 

Overall, this was an amazing story that truly is a must read for any fan of historical fiction and one that I would highly recommend.

5 stars

 Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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