The Rose Code
1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley P ...more
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This is my second audio historical novel in a row and both of them were riveting. I can't help wondering if I'd feel differently about an audiobook if I had read it instead. Sometimes the narrators are so good, it's hard to imagine not hearing all those character voices, if I had read the book.
The Rose Code deals with two time periods, the first starting in 1940 and the second taking place in November 1947. In 1940 three ...more
I absolutely love Kate Quinn, I have been waiting for a new book from her ever since her last novel “The Huntress”. I love her novels about women spies. The Rose Code is something a bit different. This novel focuses on three very different women who come together to help the British solve the codes that the Germans have been sending back and forth to their troops, leaders, etc.
This novel isn’t short, at 656 pa ...more
Well, I am now convinced who the queen of WWII historical fiction is and that’s Kate Quinn! This lady can tell a story. The only reason The Rose Code doesn’t get a solid 5-star rating from me is that even though it is a brilliant read, I liked The Huntress better. So, Ms. Quinn, I’m sorry, but I have you competing with yourself!
The Rose Code is just terrific. It starts a bit slow as the characters are introduced. There are essentially 3 protagonists so setting the sce ...more
This is one of the times I didn’t want to let go of the characters. My attachment to them was tangible.
After spending days listening to these three women, I just didn't want to leave and never hear from them again.
Meet the women:
Osla, A Canadian-born debutant, the smart and pretty socialite who wants more in life. In 1939, her friend introduces her to a young Navy officer, Phillip of Greece and she becomes his girlfriend.
Mab, "Queen Mab", who has fought for an education and wants t ...more
The story is told from the viewpoints of all three women. I was enchanted by each of them and wil ...more
The Rose Code by New York Times best-selling author Kate Quinn is a fascinating look at the dedication and brilliance of the British Code Breakers during World War II. The Bletchley Park mansion housed the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) whose employees were able to break the German Enigma codes, as well as several other code types. These employees endured six-day-a week rotating schedules that were often grueling. The novel offers insight ...more
I gave into the hype. I'm been going back and forth on WW2 books, there are just so many and when you've read so many, you want something different. Read a lot of reviews on this one, saw the longest line at my library, so I figured let me check it out. Finally, after a long wait the audio arrived and off I went.
The Rose Code tells the story of female code breakers at Bletchley Park and their top secret jobs that they had. The story revolves around three characters - Osla, Mab, and Bet ...more
This one was a 5+ star read for me and checked all my great book boxes. Fascinating characters, rich history, great storytelling, and historical details!
Bletchley Park is a fascinating place and only recently have we been getting details about what happened there. One theory is that the work done here saved 2 years of warfare and countless lives. This book did a deep dive with 3 women that worked in different areas at BP.
Osla, Mab, and Beth make up an odd trio with different ...more
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The Rose Code follows three young women who worked at England's Bletchley Park, a country estate converted to a code-breaking facility during World War II.
Employees at Bletchley Park deciphered encrypted Nazi communications, providing vital information to the Allies.
The story alternates back and forth between the war years 1940 to 1945 - ...more
Readers: Prepare to be swept away by The Rose Code. A richly deserved tribute to the WWII codebreakers of Bletchley Park, Kate Quinn’s latest novel is a tour de force. Exhaustive research, vibrant characters, and pulse-pounding suspense combine in a riveting tale destined to be a book-club favorite. I absolutely loved it.
Beautifully executed! Historical fiction lovers you are in for a delicious treat when you read The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. It’s an engrossing and vivid WWII story about three very different and unforgettable young women who train to break German military codes at a country estate named Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, Britain.
Fun-loving Osla Kendall is the beautiful, dimply debutante who has wealth and is dating the dashing Prince Philip (before Lillibet!). Osla speaks fluent Ger ...more
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ brilliantly bright stars!
Kate Quinn has risen to the challenge of writing a better novel than The Huntress. The characters, even the secondary characters, were so well developed that I was sad to leave them at the end of the novel. The writing is so well done that I truly feel like they are my friends and I’m really going to miss them. I, also, really loved the Alice In ...more
Just a tip for potential readers: if you are looking for historical accuracy you should not read a fiction book (I’m just venting because of some reviewers).
There are a few things that I expect from a fiction book, and if I have to name just two, I would say plausibility and entertainment. And I got it with this one.
If there is a word that I rarely use to describe a book, that word is riveting. And that word fits this book perfectly (in my opi ...more
It was a bit more than "OK", but I didn't really "Like It"
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn - Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld - Audiobook - 15:39 Hours
Extracts from my Reading Progress:
An interesting beginning ... — Apr 24, 2021
I hate to say it, but I am struggling a little with "The Rose Code". At the moment there is, for my particular taste, a bit too much "romance" and not enough "code breaking". Call me on it if you will, but them's my feelin's at 40% in. — April 30, ...more
Rep: Maltese Arab Egyptian side character
CWs: sexual harassment, racism, physical abuse, sexual abuse, forced institutionalisation, forced drug use
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The Rose Code, perhaps aptly, provides a somewhat rose-tinted view of World War II and Bletchley Park. That’s not to say it needed to be grittier or darker than it was (it is, after all, set during a war, and there are on-page deaths), but the way it presented that war — particularly the way it presented some ...more
Set in 1940 through 1947.
Mab, Osla and Beth are three very different woman but t ...more
When the author is queen of historical thrillers: Kate Quinn on the board, I’m sold! I’m already ready to give at least fou ...more
In a recent Zoom video group, one of the participants referred to Charles Dickens’ famous quote as she spoke about her pandemic experiences. As I finished Kate Quinn’s outstanding World War II historical fiction novel, The Rose Code, I had a feeling that the three main characters could have said those same words: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”
Mabel “Mab” Churt, Osla Kendall, ...more
The Rose Code is a lot like the honey that spilled on the tea shelf in my cupboard. I have worked for mighty an hour trying to get that damn sticky residue off ( Hailey’s Hints, where are you?) but its residue is still there. It remains. So does this book. And it will even as I have moved onto other book worlds.
I know… I should lure you like so “With a pinch of the Imitation Game and a decided appeal for viewers of The Crown, The Rose Code is an experience that decrypts the nuance of human natu ...more
I don’t have a criticism. I immediately invested in the characters, Osla, Mab and Beth. Each is complex and dimensional and their differences don’t stand in the way of forming a strong, rather unlikely friendship. As Osla Kendall is ...more
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA ...more