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The Alice Network

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  365,677 ratings  ·  27,689 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, 503 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Cherith The sex scenes weren't too explicit but sometimes rather harrowing, but the descriptions of the horrors of the wars is what made this book hard to rea…moreThe sex scenes weren't too explicit but sometimes rather harrowing, but the descriptions of the horrors of the wars is what made this book hard to read. (Some crude language, too, I think, but I didn't notice it)

All of it was purposeful and necessary for the story but still not recommended for delicate readers. (less)
Laura Andrews The Nightingale is one of my favorites ! All the Light We Cannot See is another favorite about a blind girl surviving the war.

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Emily May
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, historical
“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 th
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
Paula K (on hiatus)
I’m in the minority with this book. I did not like the author’s writing and found The Alice Network to be repetitious and quite tiresome.

There is no doubt that historically women played an important role in WWI and WWII. Their courage, sacrifice, and strength should be rejoiced. This book, however, really wasn’t about the history, it was all about 2 woman’s silly behavior.

1947’s Charlie St. Clair’s story was so flip. Pregnant and single, drunk, sleeping around - these should not be the highligh
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
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
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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, rounded down

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 the information they obtained and passed along.

And therein lies the problem I have with much of
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?

Ahmad Sharabiani
The Alice Network, 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 verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved c
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 favorites 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
The WWI/WWII historical fiction genre has become pretty saturated over the past decade. You will find almost as many books about women in this era as you will find books with Girl/Woman in the title! Because of this, for me, I have become somewhat jaded by what ends up feeling like rehashed storylines or authors trying to force their style into a genre that they were not prepared to write in. (see The Lost Girls of Paris) Because of this, I have shied away from this genre for a few years.

4.5 rounded to 5 stars

Over the last few months, I can’t seem to get enough of these World War I and II historical fiction novels. Almost every one I have read has been such high quality, and this one is no exception.

As is often the case in these stories, there are two timelines (1915-1916 and mostly 1947). I found myself equally engrossed in both. Eve Gardiner features prominently in both eras. For much of the book I found it difficult to reconcile the Eve during WWI with the post-WWII Eve. They
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Steel blades such as you and I do not measure against standards for ordinary women.

Louise de Bettignies

If this book was an anime, Charlie St. Claire would be what we call ‘filler’: A character or episode that is non-canon and was just there to make the anime longer, hence, filler.

This is, of course, absolutely a personal experience but Charlie’s chapters more often than not were always always in the way of the bigger, more important action. I felt like I spent half the book trying to get he
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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
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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,
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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?”

This book brings together two incredibly different women; one, a female spy recruited in WW1 for the Alice Network to spy on those involved in the occupation in France during 1915. The other, an unconventional American socialite, pregnant, and in search for her missing cousin who disappea
Larry H
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

"Why did it matter if something scared you, when it simply had to be done anyway?"

Bravery can come from the least likely of sources. And in Kate Quinn's The Alice Network , she weaves together a story of some brave but unknown women from history with some fictitious ones.

In 1947, Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair has been dragged to Europe by her mother. Charlie is 19, pregnant, and unmarried, and the plan is to go to Switzerland to have her “little problem” taken care of. But Charlie i
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 a sp
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Not sure how many stars should I give this book.. two? three? I enjoyed Eve's plot as a spy but Charlie's wasn't interesting AT ALL. And then she kept mentioning Rose and "seeing her everywhere" made me roll my eyes. Her affection for her was overdone.

I doubt I'm going to write a review of this one, I have read several and the general opinion is Eve great plot, Charlotte not so much. And I completely agree with that. Her parts bored me and all I wanted was to know more about Eve's spyi
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Decent story, repetitive writing. Author shouldn't have made her character a math major if the only point of doing so was to add super annoying 'this situation + this person divided by this other thing = an outcome.' That's not math, it's a sloppy shortcut to sum up a character's internal dialogue. ...more
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
Em Lost In Books
As much as I enjoyed the World War 1 arc, I hated the World War 2 arc almost as much if not more. While Eve's story as a WWI spy was fascinating and kept me hook to the book, sadly second narrator of the story, Charlie, was very bad in my opinion. I just couldn't relate with her. Also, once the WWI and Alice Network story came to an end, story lost all its shine and was pretty much a drag after that. I was going to give a two star to this but somehow author's note in the end prompted me to give ...more
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:
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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Soooo terrible. I don't even want to give up room in my suitcase to bring it back home, but leaving it in the hotel room seems like cruel punishment for the maid. ...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
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! ...more
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