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The Alice Network

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  41,022 Ratings  ·  4,973 Reviews

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, Ameri

Paperback, 505 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Emily May
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
“Facing a pistol-wielding murderer does tend to put parents further down the list of things to be intimidated by.”

The Alice Network, to put it plainly, is too long a book for one of its two perspectives to not work for me. Most of my three star ratings are "I liked it, but...", though in this case it's more that I liked roughly half of the book and had to force myself not to skim through the other chapters.

Many historical books use the perspectives of two characters more successfully than this
Jennifer Masterson
"The Alice Network" was a nice escape for me. I enjoyed one part of the book but not the other. There are two storylines going on. I absolutely loved the story in 1915 but the story in 1947 was just OK for me. I didn't like the character of Charley nor that storyline. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction so maybe it's just me. A lot of people loved this book.

I listened to the audio version. The narrator was very good. No problems there.

WWI storyline - 5 Stars
WWII storyline- 2.5 Stars

If you e
Diane S ☔
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the last several years women from many different walks of life and ethnicities, and their integral contributions to the arts and science are being uncovered, recognized and brought to mainstream attention in books and movies. The Alice network, operating in France, is another such contribution, taking place during the first world war and was a spy network consisting of women. Women who put themselves in grave danger to collect information that the allies could use to defeat Germany.

I enjoyed
Angela M
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was introduced to an aspect of war that I haven't read much about - espionage, and even less so to an aspect reflecting the courage and intelligence and iron will of women serving as spies during WWl. Two time frames are connected even though there are two different wars, through the character of Eve Gardiner . She meets Charlie St. Clair in 1947 and we become privy to Eve's fascinating and intriguing life as a spy in 1915 during WWI. Charlie is searching for her cousin Rose, who was living in
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a fascinating story! And to discover it's based on a real woman, Louise de Bettignies or Alice Dubois. I love a good historical novel and this one ranks right up there. Telling two parallel tales, one of several female spies in Lille during WWI, the other of a pregnant college student looking for her cousin who went missing after the end of WWII. Eve Gardiner, one of the spies, is the link between the two stories. Both stories held my interest, which is a feat. I usually find with dual stor
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I'm disappointed in myself for not enjoying this more than I did. I really thought I would love this book, yet I barely even liked it.

I really enjoyed learning about The Alice Network and that amazing piece of history involving female spies. These women were brave secret agents leading double lives during WWII aiding their country in uncovering highly classified information. These unsung heroes risked their lives as much as any soldier on the battlefield and I have so much admiration
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars for Norma and I
3 Stars for our Traveling Sisters

Traveling Sister Group read with Norma, Susanne, Lindsay and JanB

We read this book along with three of our Traveling Sisters and Norma & I ended up having different feelings about this novel than our other sisters did leaving us lost in the coulee without our sisters as we enjoyed this a little bit more than they did.

The Alice Network is an interesting, fascinating, and an extraordinary historical fiction novel that is centered around
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Facing a pistol-wielding murderer does tend to put parents further down the list of things to be intimidated by.”
― Kate Quinn, The Alice Network
This is a very short review, but I couldn't stay completely silent on this book. The Alice Network is excellent, and I might go so far as to say it is among my favorite this year, or even among my favorite historical fiction novels ever. It had everything I wanted - mystery, history, adventure, drama, romance, wit - and though it is quite long, I was n
Susanne Strong
3 Stars.

The Alice Network was a Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay and JanB. The sisters were split on this one, which was quite interesting!

The Premise of The Alice Network is a fascinating one: a historical novel based on the true story of a female spy network which took place during World War I. The best part of it for me however, was reading it with my sisters.

This is a novel told in two timelines.

In 1915: Eve Gardiner and Lilli are spies: Eve is a seemingly innocent,
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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. This continues until you actually get opportunity to
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i could not put this down! From the first chapter I was hooked. Memorable characters and an engrossing story. Glad that the bulk of the story focused on WWI rather than WWII... also, loved that it was based on actual people & events. 4.5 stars.
Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
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.

In 1947, Charlie St. Clair is a nineteen year old Ame
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traveling Sister Group read with Brenda, Susanne, Lindsay and JanB

I found this book to be a very interesting and fascinating read that was quite enjoyable although there was some issues that I had with the authors portrayal of one of the characters. I so enjoyed learning about the remarkable women of the Alice Network and really appreciated that there was some truth to this story. Would recommend!

The full Traveling Sisters Review can be found on our sister blog:
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Books set during WW2 are my favourite type of books to read and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not once was there a time when I felt the book to be slow. I felt for these characters and what they went through and when I read the Author's Note and found that it was based on true events, I loved the book that much more!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
An interesting and entertaining read about 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. The chapters alternate between Charlie’s story in 1947 and Eve’s story in 1915 and I really enjoyed Eve's story the most.

The Alice Network was new to me and I was really interested in reading a historical fiction book about this time in history and how women became spy's and put themselve
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
So many readers have loved this book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. My first book of 2018, and I have to admit it was an extremely slow start. It didn't really take hold of my heart until about the final third of the book. Boy- once it grabbed me, I couldn't put it down.

Eve Gardiner and Charlie St Clair are the two perspectives introduced. Past and present storylines that eventually merge together (as you knew they would). Eve is a cranky hag of a lady, and Charlie bangs on her
Aug 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh dear! I slogged through about 150 pages of this 500 page book before giving up. It purports to be historical fiction, set partly in 1915 and partly in 1947. I say purports, because just telling us the date won't really convince the reader, when a young woman in 1947 says "nice wheels" in reference to a car. And then back in 1915, writing about Folkestone and the refugees there, we are told that "more French and Belgian (was) heard on the docks than English". Belgian is a language? Who knew?

Stephanie Anze
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte "Charlie" St. Clair is an American college student that gets in a bind when she becomes pregnant out of wedlock. Belonging to a prestigious family, her parents arrange for Charlie to get rid of her "little problem" in Europe. Once there, however, Charlie separates from her mother and starts looking for her cousin Rose, who dissaperead during the war. Her search leads her to London, to the residence of one Evelyn "Eve" Gardiner. Though reluctant at first, Eve agrees to help Charlie trac ...more

Title: The Alice Network
Series: Standalone
Author: Kate Quinn
Release date: June 6, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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The Alice Network is one of the most brilliant and inspired books I have ever read. Yes, those are some tall words, but I say that with no hesitation or second thought. I feel like it's an impossible feat to sit here and adequately explain all of the reasons why you should NEED TO READ THIS.

Let's get this straight right from the start. This is not for the
Theresa Alan
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Are you ever afraid?”

“Yes, just like everybody else. But only after the danger is done—before that, fear is an indulgence. Welcome to the Alice Network.”

Based on real characters and events, The Alice Network is a historical novel about two women who meet in 1947. Eve had been a spy in World War I. Charlie is a pregnant American in search of her cousin, Rose. Everyone assumes Rose died during WWII, but Charlie wants proof, which leads her to Eve.

The story weaves back and forth between 1915 and
Stephanie Thornton
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 stuttering secretary-turned-spy who really stole the show
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s, history, ww2, fiction, war
This is such an amazing book, bringing life to a segment of WWII history with brilliant characters and evocative vocabulary. I've seen it marketed mainly towards women but anybody can definitely enjoy this book, especially if you're a history buff.
"Evelyn Gardiner, would you be interested in entering the Crown's service as a spy?"

For some reason I really enjoy historical novels based on real life events. Prior to reading this I knew little about female spy networks in WW1. There were some famous female spies in WW2 and the 'Alice Network' this book is based on deserves to be just as well known . Louise deBettignies (aka Alice Dubois), well educated and multilingual was head of the Alice Network of around 100 spies and later nicknamed th
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I hadn't read anything about women spies during WWI, lots about WWII, so this was unique. The characters were great, well described with lots of depth of understanding of what it was to be them.

I think this is one of the best historical fiction novels I have read this year. I will write a longer review and post to social media soon. I just wanted to get this posted so you will all still have time to request it!

There are so many great characters it's hard to say who my
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a group read with the Traveling Sisters: Norma, Brenda, Susanne, Jaline, and Lindsay
2.5 stars, rounded up to 3

My favorite part of the book was learning about the female spy network during WWI, called the Alice Network. The name is taken from the leader, the real-life Louise de Bettignies, who used the pseudonym Alice Dubois. What a shame these women went so long without getting the recognition they so deserved. They were truly brave and inspiring women who saved the lives of many with
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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 alternates back in time to when Eve was a spy in Franc ...more
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This was an excellent novel. I found myself really getting hooked by this book more and more as I read. I knew that I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the summary. Historical fiction that focuses on female spies during World War I was just too interesting to pass up. It did take me a little bit to really get into the story but once I did there was no looking back. I am so glad that I decided to pick up this wonderful book.

Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women. The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions...even in evil.

One of my favorite authors leaps forward in history and tackles the little known spy ring of the Alice Network during WWI. A dual narrative that engages readers in the events of 1915 and 1947 England and France. American Charlotte (Charlie) St Clair and Brit Eve Gardiner are two very memorable characters and I was completely submerged in th
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading a novel that incorporates a subject that I know little to nothing about and that is exactly what this book offered. I feel that in recent years there has been more conversation about the roles that lesser known figures played in wars or historical events. In the case of this book the story centered around women and the espionage ring known as The Alice Network during WWI which in my personal opinion should be mentioned in a mainstream classroom, and I intend to find a way ...more
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful told story. Highly recommend. After the war ended, Charlie St Clair sets out to look for her cousin Rose who disappeared. They both traded photographs in Spring 43. Rose letters contained information that she was seeing a boy, but Charlie hadn't heard from Rose after that. Rose's two brothers died in the late 43. Rose maybe dead or lost in the chaos of the war. Unfortunately Charlie was on her own trying to find if Rose. My favourite line in the book is.....May 1947 Southampton The fir ...more
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Kate Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written seven historical novels, including the bestselling "The Alice Network," the Empress of Rome Saga, and the Borgia Chronicle. All have been translated into multiple languages.

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