The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network

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 ve...


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TitleThe Alice Network
ISBN9780062654199
Author
Release DateJun 6th, 2017
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages528 pages
GenreHistorical, Fiction, War, World War II, Adult, World War I, Adult Fiction, Cultural, France, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Literature, 20th Century
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Reviews The Alice Network

  • Erin
    2016-11-16
    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Do you know what happens when one of your favorite authors leaves her usual stomping grounds and tackles your favorite period of world history? First, you geek out like the nerd you are. Then worry sets in and you start to psyche yourself out over whether or not the novel will live up to your inflated expectations. After that, you vacillate back and forth between the two. Thi...
  • Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
    2017-04-16
    I won a copy of The Alice Network in a Goodreads Giveaway.I loved The Alice Network. It is by far the best book I’ve read this year, maybe even in the last few years. I was fully invested in the wonderful characters and the fantastic story from the beginning. I love books set in WWI and WWII and The Alice Network takes places during the former and shortly after the latter. A bonus is that much of the book takes place in the French countryside.I...
  • Monica
    2017-04-16
    This novel is the reason why I love history! Charlie is a pregnant unwed mother after World War II. She is struggling with the loss of her brother, her dear cousin is missing and she does not know what to do about her "little problem." Instead of taking care of her little problem like her parents want her to, Charlie goes to England to meet up with Eve. Charlie believes Eve might know what happened to Rose, her missing cousin. The story then alte...
  • Stephanie Thornton
    2017-01-12
    I'm a fan of all of Kate Quinn's books, but I'm downright gobsmacked by the genius that is The Alice Network. Set in both 1947 and 1915, Charlie St. Clair and Eve Gardiner's lives are a giant interconnected jigsaw puzzle, the pieces brilliantly linked together over the course of two world wars. My jaw dropped several times as new parallels were teased out between these women's lives. I ended up truly loving both women, but it was Eve, the stutter...
  • Renee Rosen
    2017-04-10
    Review coming!
  • Stephanie Dray
    2017-03-08
    “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 (Bookfever. ❤)
    2017-05-22
    I've only read the author's books set in ancient Rome so I was a tiny bit sceptical about her newest book that alternates between World War I and 1947. I haven't actually read a lot of books that are set in these times. But then I started the book and ended up being hooked from page one and now it's my favorite book of 2017. Kate Quinn just never disappoints.In 1915 Eve Gardiner enters the Crown's service during World War I as a spy and is send t...
  • Susan Peterson
    2017-03-27
    The Alice Network is a compelling story of two women, strangers, who embark on a journey on a search for truth and retribution following WWII. Charlotte St. Clair is traveling with her mother to Europe, pregnant and unmarried, to take care of her "little problem." But Charlie, as she's called, is also searching for her cousin Rose, who disappeared in 1944 in France. Charlie comes into contact with Eve Gardiner, a woman bearing scars from her past...
  • Andrea
    2016-12-15
    I loved this book! I had never read a Kate Quinn before. I'm a huge fan of WW 1 and WW 2 books and this book is exceedingly well-researched and well-written. I especially loved the strong female characters and how they intertwine. I will definitely be recommending this book to my Book Salon and on my book review site, Great Thoughts.I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Barb
    2017-05-14
    It's 1947 and Charlie is on her way to a clinic in Switzerland, it seems she has a little problem she needs taken care of. But instead of traveling with her mother as planned she decides to see if she can find her cousin, Rose, who hasn't been heard from since before the end of the war. Charlie's research has led her to Eve Gardiner, a woman who might have information about the last known whereabouts of Rose. Eve is a haggard and frightening, may...
  • Tara Chevrestt
    2017-01-12
    Amazing. Just when I thought I'd read every type of WWII story out there..and I think I can no longer be surprised, I am. This novel is riveting, thrilling, suspenseful, heartwarming, and funny! I fell in love with the characters, felt what they were feeling, cheered and cried with them. There's a 1947 heroine who is struggling with death. She has lost her brother and her family, rather than banding together, seems to drift further apart and Char...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2017-05-27
    3.75 - 4 out of 5 Dual timelines (mid-WWI & post-WWII) tell the story of Allied female spies. Decent, can be slow/predictable because (view spoiler)[Rose's outcome is pretty much known from the start. Which makes all of Charlie's endless journey pretty predictable. The reveal is still wrenching but it's hundreds of pages too late. Charlie and Finn are good characters but their plotline is much less interesting than Eva's in WWI (hide spoiler)].
  • Katelyn
    2016-12-28
    Goes back and forth in time between the intense story of a woman spy during WWI and a young woman post WWII dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and looking for her missing cousin with the help of the now curmudgeonly ex-spy. I was immediately grabbed by this story, which also includes some romance. At times it was so intense that I had to take a break and read something lighter. I think this would make a great book club selection for clubs that do...
  • Selina Kyle
    2017-01-27
    The Alice Network is written around the historical spy ring run by 'Alice DuBois', the Queen of Spies, during World War I. Our two main characters are Evelyn, a former member of the Alice Network and now an embittered hermit, and Charlie St Clair, a disgraced and pregnant American college student.The past is told through Eve's eyes: recruitment and training, then spying on a French profiteer who sided with the Germans. Her life is spent in consta...
  • ck
    2017-05-06
    Advance copy courtesy William Morrow/HarperCollins via Amazon Vine program Solving for XNo matter whether it is the history of a country or the story of a life, each is built as a series of layers. What came before almost always influences what comes after. Author Kate Quinn embraces this power of accretion to heart-thumping effect in this work of historical fiction with its underpinnings of details gathered from actual people, places and events....
  • Meghan
    2017-05-26
    Fans of historical fiction should read this book. The amount of research put in is obvious and impressive. I loved learning even more about World War I which isn't covered as much as WWII and I was consistently blown away by the lengths that Allied spies went to to uncover and share information. I really loved this book and its characters. This book breaks your heart but also inspires you to be more courageous. I'm sure it will stick with me for ...
  • Carla
    2017-04-28
    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.Kate Quinn was a new author to me. No longer!This book is the best book I've read quite a while. I love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint. Learning about "The Alice Network" during WW l was new information to me. What brave, interesting women!The research was thorough and made for an incredible story. I very much enjoyed how Charlie's story (written in first person) and Eve's story (wr...
  • Alisha Rohde
    2017-05-11
    I received an advance reader's copy in a Facebook giveaway; that said, I was very interested in reading this novel because of the time periods involved.The Alice Network is an enjoyable, intense book. I particularly enjoyed the way the two storylines--Eve in 1915 and Charlie in 1947--were woven together. The way the two main characters developed, independently and together, really demonstrated the way in which World War 1, World War 2, and their ...
  • Shari Suarez
    2017-03-13
    Kate Quinn has written an incredible book about the Alice Network, a network of female spies during WWI. Charlie St. Clair, a young pregnant unmarried woman, is on her way to Switzerland with her mother to take care of her "little problem." Instead, she escapes her mother and heads for London with the intention of finding her cousin who has been missing since WWII. She ends up on the doorstep of Eve Gardiner, a crusty older woman with a drinking ...
  • Debbi DuBose
    2017-04-05
    I won this ARC of the novel: THE ALICE NETWORK by KATE QUINN, through a Goodreads Giveaway sponsored by William Morrow Publishing. I was absolutely thrilled to win this novel that I really wanted to read!! THE ALICE NETWORK is a fascinating work of historical fiction and readers will not be disappointed with this book! In 1915, the young English woman, Eve Gardiner, becomes part of the Alice Network of spies. Lili, runs this vast network of secre...
  • Melissa
    2017-03-16
    Loved it! I was totally engrossed and loved the back and forth between Eve in 1914 and Charlotte in the 1950's. I liked that we were in WWI and the aftermath of WWII instead of revisiting the well-trodden ground of WWII (though it's after-effects are represented quite well). I didn't find out until completion that the Alice Network headed by "Alice Dubois" aka the Queen of Spies actually existed and was a well-known successful spy network in the ...
  • Sara
    2017-03-11
    Very well done. Many dual timeline books wind up with one strong storyline and one weak storyline. In this book both storylines are equally strong. Eve's story of espionage in France during WWI is gripping, gritty and tragic. Charlie, Finn and Eve in post WWII France provide some lightness (and romance) to the story while still driving it forward. And the connection between the two stories is solid.If half stars were an option I would give this 4...
  • Sharon Siepel
    2017-04-27
    I would suggest that you make sure your calendar is clear before purchasing The Alice Network. The true story of a World War I female spy ring serves as the skeleton of this fast paced book filled with intrigue, brokenness, and courage. Two different timelines, one set in 1947, the other starting in 1915, weave together to tell at gut-wrenching, heartbreaking story of brave women determined to make a difference. This book is not about perfect wom...
  • Kim McGee
    2017-04-09
    It is 1947 and Charlie finds herself at odds with her family after her less than stellar performance at school, her little problem that will really be a problem in a few months and a family tragedy so she runs off to France in search of her cousin that hasn't been seen since the end of WWI. Her cousin Rose was part of a famous spy ring called "The Alice Network" and Charlie, along with an ex-con Irish driver and one of the Alice Network agents is...
  • Ellen
    2017-04-08
    Outstanding fictional account of the Alice network, women spies in World War I, tough and determined to defeat the Germans. The story centers on Eve Gardiner, aka Marguerite, a young woman trained to spy on the Germans, and Charlie St. Clair, a young woman post WWII, pregnant, lost and finding her direction. The two meet, and along with Finn, an ex convict Scot loyal and devoted to Eve, the story alternates chapters as Charlie is determined to fi...
  • Sarah
    2017-03-21
    Any fans of The Lilac Girls, the Great War Trilogy by Jennifer Robson or the TV show X Company are going to love this book. I read it in such a short time as I honestly couldn't put it down. Loved it!!
  • Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
    2017-05-24
    I am rarely rendered speechless but this book left me almost speechless. It was incredible. Inspiring doesn't begin to describe what I felt while reading. A female spy in WWI + an unwed pregnant young woman right after WWII looking for her cousin = one of the most engrossing stories I have ever read. While a fictional story it may be, it is based on the very real Alice Network, a network of female spies in WWI. The pieces of fact woven into this ...
  • Milena
    2017-05-20
    I don't have adequate words to describe how much I loved The Alice Network. Every time I read a book by Kate Quinn I am in awe of her talent, her exquisite writing, and the fascinating characters she creates. She has an amazing ability to weave real events and people with fictional characters to create the most unforgettable stories. I was so engrossed in the book, I couldn't put it down. I was racing through the pages to discover if Eve and Char...
  • Lee
    2017-03-28
    This is a great story about love, loss, betrayal, and redemption. I truly enjoyed the story line and its characters. The story based on the epic journey of two courageous women in an unforgettable tale about one of the most successful female spy ring's- The Alice Network. A truly enjoyable read. Bravo #KateQuinn!
  • Phoebe
    2017-04-02
    The Alice Network is a story of great heroism by women who sacrificed everything to become spies. It's full of courageous characters, unlikely friendships, family conflicts and a budding love between two travel companions. Kate Quinn does such a remarkable job at placing you in the scene and making you feel all the emotions of each character. Definitely recommend this book!