The Alice Network

The Alice Network

Large Print - 2017
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In 1947, during 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432839406
1432839403
9781432845711
1432845713
Branch Call Number: FICTION QUINN
Characteristics: 703 p. (large print) : map ; 23 cm.
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MGBustillo Aug 22, 2017

War story of strong women

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Monica (Johnston): What a Great War story of strong women! This one is perfect for book clubs. Spanning several decades and through two wars, The Alice Network starts with one young girl's quest to find her cousin after WWII but takes the reader back to WWI where the Alice Network operated and ul... Read More »


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lissetzuniga
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.

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Roundcat
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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czarneckip
Aug 06, 2020

Very good book but I liked The Huntress more

BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2020

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be human? I laughed. I cried. I raged. This book made me feel everything! And I kept turning pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. These were definitely characters I could, and did, root for all the way to the end. Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a book more people need to read. I didn't realize when I started it that it was based on fact, and I appreciated that the author went into some details about those facts at the end. It was eye-opening for sure.

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fettigsr
Jul 29, 2020

Excellent story about determined, courageous women who are willing to do whatever it takes for family and country!

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spudwil
Apr 16, 2020

Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t love this book but I found the whole premise kind of ridiculous. It just doesn’t seem plausible that a well bred woman would go searching for her (probably) dead cousin with a couple of complete strangers, while pregnant no less! And then, while still pregnant, comes on to one of these strangers even though he is old enough to be her father. It just doesn’t seem like something that a young woman would do in post-war Europe in 1947. Just my two cents.

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elice
Apr 06, 2020

Kate Quinn has produced a stunner. She takes us on the journey of “Charlie” right after WWII in search of her lost cousin, Rose. It spans two time periods WWI and the time right after WWII. The writing is superb, based on true historical accounts of spy networks during war, brave women taking unimaginable risks. Quinn has fleshed out these people, wrecked from the carnage all wars bring, and we watch them live and endure and then slowly thrive with the help of each other. Eve’s tale during WWI left her shattered and broken and then she meets Charlie (the Yank), thirty years later, who enlists her help in finding Rose. Add Finn, Eve’s young driver and former soldier, who lived through his own hell in WWII, all three embark on an unlikely journey. Along the way this story unfolds in a remarkable tale of love and redemption and forgiveness. You will find yourself rooting for all in this tale to heal. These are strong willed women you will marvel at their courage and you will want them to come out okay on the other side.
I will read everything Quinn writes

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sigandjo0an
Mar 15, 2020

One of the best books I have ever read. I especially enjoyed the author's remarks . So much of the background is true and so much has been forgotten, it was rewarding to read about it. It was also a satisfying love story.

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Readmandan
Feb 29, 2020

A very good read!

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Readyreader1st
Feb 11, 2020

Very enjoyable, good story

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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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