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.
“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 ...more
I listened to the audio version. The narrator was very good. No problems there.
WWI storyline - 5 Stars
WWII storyline- 2.5 Stars
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
― 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 ...more
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 po ...more
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 her ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 th ...more
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 ...more
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!
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“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Alice Network, a suspenseful dual timeline historical fiction novel, begins in the early 1900s…In 1915, stuttering Eve is identified as a good lier, speaks several languages and is asked to spy on the German soldiers in France during WWl. In 1947, Charlie, a young, pregnant girl is looking for her beloved cousin, Rose, who disappeared in France during WWll. Charlie follows a lead to located someone in London who can help and finds ...more
Title: The Alice Network
Author: Kate Quinn
Release date: June 6, 2017
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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
Let's get this straight right from the start. This is not for the ...more
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 ...more
1915 and Eve Gardiner was desperate to be involved in the war effort, but because of a stutter, she was refused – filing was all she was good for apparently. Until Captain Cecil Aylmer Cameron came into her life. Eve was trained at Folkestone to be a spy – to join the Alice Network in France and deliver the many German secrets which would help to win the war. Alongside Lili; invis ...more
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