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The Alice Network

The Alice Network

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Featuring an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn's next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS



One of NPR's Best Books of 2017!

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2017!

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading 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 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

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks


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Apr 23, 2021

Great read!!

Mar 12, 2021

Do NOT read comment from Feb 2----it contains spoiler!!! All other comments, spot on!!!!
Great read!!!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Absolutely, positively wonderful. Picked it up - and never put it back down.

Feb 02, 2021

A former spy from WW1 is engaged by a young pregnant woman following WW11 to help her find out what happened to her cousin Rose. They are joined by Eve's (the spy) driver who takes them to France where they ultimately confront the man who tortured Eve and killed Rose.

Jan 18, 2021

Probably my favorite from Reese’s list so far. Could not put it down. Finished it in a little over a day. Highly recommend. Have heard chatter it may be made into a movie.

Jan 08, 2021

Very engaging book with heart-stopping events throughout. Brings to light their struggles and challenges during the time period as women.

Dec 28, 2020

Very well researched, using real people’s stories throughout this historical fiction. I really enjoyed reading about the strength and struggle of the women involved in the Alice Network during WWI. The theme of this book is how strong women are and how much they can and will endure. This was an inspiring and fascinating story. Worth a read!

Nov 21, 2020

This was a great story. I couldn't put this down. Immediately I was lost in the story of this character and how her story became intertwined with the past. Great read.

Oct 05, 2020

2 great stories weaved together by strength, courage, sacrifice, survival and love. A great way to tell the untold story of women’s contributions To WWII and their sacrifices of life and love.

Aug 15, 2020

The dual plot lines from the two World Wars, and skipping back and forth kept me involved in trying to figure out whether the three central characters, damaged by war, were going to pull together to find a path forward for each of them or split apart. The peripheral people are affected by their decisions and choices, so that it is a really complex puzzle. It is not a book for the faint of heart; but it will keep you riveted to the end. I listened to the audio book, and the narrator was excellent. She seems to speak several languages fluently, so there were no mangled pronunciations, and she differentiated the characters' personalities excellently, so that it was easy to follow who was speaking. I noticed in other comments that there was an author's notes section, which was not included in the audio book that I listened to. I was sorry to have missed that.

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Sep 17, 2018

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


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