The Alice Network

The Alice Network

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"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 ... story of courage and redemption"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062654199
0062654195
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages : map ; 21 cm
Call Number: QUINN, K

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tmschmidt4 Apr 17, 2018

This is a beautifully written book about two strong women. You are left in suspense as the chapters alternate back and forth between their two stories. Eve was a spy in France during WWI and Charlie is a young woman searching for independence as well as her cousin who disappeared during WWII. The... Read More »

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Linyarai
Oct 08, 2018

This was a really fascinating and moving story of female spies during the war. I enjoyed both the present and past characters, and the mystery and revenge involved.

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GraceMcGill
Sep 22, 2018

Recommended by Erica B L

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cknightkc
Sep 17, 2018

With themes of loyalty, friendship, courage, peril, betrayal, hardship, endurance, revenge, love, and redemption - THE ALICE NETWORK has it all. It will appeal to fans of historical fiction, in addition to providing endless topics of discussion for book groups. While THE ALICE NETWORK is far from perfect, it opened my eyes to this little-known piece of history. This is the biggest reason I give it 3.5 stars. After finishing the book I highly recommend reading the Author’s Note, where Kate Quinn clarifies which people and events from the story were real and which were fiction. Additionally she offers an interesting insight into what influenced her to portray a main character in a certain way. Warning: This book contains scenes of violence that may not be suitable for some readers.

I thought the book was fine. Nothing spectacular, but worth reading before bed. While Eve is an interesting and well-developed character, Charlie is another story altogether. She is not only a character ahead of her time, but quite literally a Gen Yer growing up in the 1940s which made her voice and perspective distracting and unbelievable. The story of Eve and the other women of the Alice Network was enjoyable, but I'd be consistently disappointed when next chapter meant I had to go back to Charlie. Charlie's plotline seemed like it was written after Eve's story to extend what should have been a novella into a saleable novel by manufacturing a nifty device [two novels merging together] and a flashy Hollywood-style resolution. If only the novel was as delightful as Lili's morally questionable hats.

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FabulouslyWeird
Aug 12, 2018

I really loved this book. In general I love historical fiction because it gives us another perspective of or within historical events that bring the history more to life. Through two wonderful characters Charlotte St.Clair and Eve Gardiner we get glimpses into both world wars and their ramifications; they culminate at the end beautifully existing in the same time and place. Through the horror comes sadness, and from the sadness comes hearts filled with happiness. The author also includes some great further reading suggestions related to the topics covered in the book for further reading. This book peeked my interest in a new way as through history it was just mentioned the female element of the wars but the espionage was overlooked as women were suggested to be nothing more than nurses. I will be checking out the other books mentioned in the further reading.

This is going to be one book that I will reread many times and purchase.

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AspenJules
Aug 09, 2018

I, like some other readers, did not finish this book due to the violent and depressing aspects of the story. I did, however, find the idea and parts of the story line intriguing. I was unaware of the use of female spies in the great war, and was impressed with the account of their ingenuity and bravery. It was a very dark book, however, and just not to my taste at this point in my life. I am sure that many others will enjoy it more than I did. It is well written for evoking a feel for what those times were like, perhaps a little too realistically for me.

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5253380KC
Aug 05, 2018

From Colleen Schwarz. WWI female spies working for Germany

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valeriaedwards
Jul 17, 2018

Mercy, I didn't finish this book, either. I'm getting rather bad about checking out a book and not finishing it if it doesn't grab my attention very quickly. This book almost seemed to be Youth fiction, something about a pregnant American girl at the beginning of WWII being shipped to England by her family to hide her "problem". I just couldn't get into it, and I noticed others had it on hold, so I checked it back in. Good luck to them, I hope they enjoy it more than I did.

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peachmcd
Jun 23, 2018

Couldn't stop reading this book. The heroines are all flawed, but their human weaknesses make their courage shine all the brighter. The author does an excellent job of enabling people who haven't experienced life under occupation to comprehend how frightening and oppressive everyday life becomes & let this be a warning to all who think it couldn't happen again. The villain is so awful it's difficult to read at times (serious triggers! Cuidad!) but that makes his comeuppance all the more satisfying. Definitely looking forward to reading other works by this author.

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Albardal
Jun 21, 2018

This is EXACTLY my type of book! It's set during the world wars, has a bit of romance, and features women defying society's expectations. I loved every minute of it.

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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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