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In an enthralling new historical novel from national best-selling 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.
It's 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.
It's 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.
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Have you ever let yourself be so caught up in a story that letting go of the characters almost hurt? Have you ever experienced a liberating cry? I hadn’t before now. I hadn’t even realised it had been building in me from the beginning of this book, but apparently it had.
And boy was it good to let it out! I believe Eve deserved my cry but most of all Louise De Bettignies and all the courageous women who fought and laid down their lives for our freedom in WWI and WWII did!
Now that I got that off my chest, let me tell you about this little masterpiece!
This is the story of a young girl called Eve who joins the Alice Network in WWI France. This was a network of British spies that was run by a woman called Louise De Bettignies. We follow young Eve during her years in Lille as she spies on the Germans, while working for a ruthless Frenchman, René, in a local cafe! The book alternates from her story in 1915 to present day in 1947. In 1947 we meet Charlie, a 19 yr old American socialite who is encinte and searching for her missing cousin, Rose. Somehow her search leads her to the now alcohol ridden and trigger-happy Eve. While sparks fly quickly between the two stubborn women, they soon realise that they might have a common enemy! Enter Finn Kilgote, Eve’s brooding, Scottish driver, and what you get is one of the best threesome main characters I have encountered in a book!
Quinn has woven a heart wrenching story of love, sacrifice, betrayal and revenge, sprinkled with her usual humour, her meticulous research and her unquenchable thirst to for demonstrating women’s bravery to the world!
Lo fa romanzando le vite di alcune di loro e facendole arrivare alla fine della II guerra mondiale con il suo umorismo e con la sua capacità di inserire una storia d'amore che scalda il cuore dopo tanto orrore che ha descritto.
Un po' romanzo alla 007 e un po' tenera avventura di una ricca americana in Europa.
Un buon libro che si legge tutto d'un fiato.
Start it and you won't let it down, though some moments are so real and painful that you wouod like to be able to put it down.
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I know many people have enjoyed this book, but I really do think we should be more demanding of authors. The superficial can only entertain for so long.
Lille is then in German-occupied France. Just as Eve does not fit in with the usual idea of a spy, René does not fit in with the general idea of an arch villain : he is tall, slim, elegant and educated, but down deep he really is a horrible human being. Actively collaborating with the Germans, he is totally self-centred and ruthless.
What René does to Eve and to another one of his waitresses, is for the reader to discover. There is also a secondary plot : a love story told vigorously, without sentimentality.
It is important to know that the character of Eve was inspired by a real female spy of WW1 : Louise de Bettignies.
The novel is well written, and keeps us on tenterhooks the whole time. The style remains sober while managing to create an atmosphere of unrelenting dread and gloom.
A final remark : when anyone mentions the words "occupied France", we think of WW2 and the cloak of horror that Nazis had been spreading over occupied countries, but the attitude of the Germans in the part of France they controlled in WW1 was equally horrific.
When World War One broke out, Eve yearned to take part. Raised by dual nationality parents and brought up in a French town where she also picked up a third language, Eve became an ideal recruit for Britain’s spy network.
In 1947 Charlie St. Clair, an American teenager, comes to Britain searching for a woman who might be able to help her find her French cousin who disappeared during the Second World War. In London, she discovers a broken and grieving woman who finds nightly solace in a bottle of whisky.
As the story unfolds, Eve and Charlie connect and we are drawn into a tale of the Alice Network, one of the most successful spy rings of the first World War.
I’m so glad that I finally got to read this book. I’m a fan of well-written and atmospheric stories of espionage, particularly set during war times. The dual timeline worked well and I was equally invested in both women's stories. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. The author’s notes at the back were also particularly interesting, giving a little more insight into the true events of the time.
Overall, give this a go if you enjoy books about women's roles during World War One.