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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley P
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Published March 9th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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    MarilynW
    Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The Rose Code: A Novel by Kate Quinn (Author), Saskia Maarleveld (Narrator)

    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
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    Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
    ***IF YOU READ ONE HISTORICAL FICTION THIS YEAR, THIS SHOULD BE IT, IN PAPERBACK NOW***

    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
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    Paromjit
    Kate Quinn once again enthralls with her latest piece of historical fiction, a mystery set in WW2 and the famous code breaking site of Bletchley Park, focusing on the close friendship between three extraordinary young women from hugely different backgrounds, determined to more than do their bit to fight the enemy. Wealthy heiress and debutante Osla Kendall has returned from Canada, and as a fluent German speaker translates the codes, she catches the eye of Prince Philip and falls head over heels ...more
    Christine
    Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: net-galley, ebooks
    4.5 stars rounded to 5 stars

    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
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    Sheyla ✎
    ALL THE STARS!

    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
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    Ceecee
    Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Three ‘gals’, one war, once best friends until D-Day when events splintered their tight knit secret world of Bletchley Park after which one ends up in Clockwell Sanatorium in Yorkshire. Fast forward to 1947 and the wedding of the century of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip of Greece ( regarded as a ‘dish’) but the prospect of the wedding is putting former deb Osla Kendall in a funk. What unfolds in the dual timeline will get your unmentionables into a bit of a swither in this bally marvellous ...more
    Liz
    Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Kate Quinn turns her head once again to WWII, this time to the women of Bletchley Park. The story follows three women, Osla, a debutante, working class Mab and local village spinster, Beth, from 1940 through 1947, the year that Elizabeth marries Prince Philip of Greece. Turns out, Osla had dated Philip for the first few years of the war. Something has happened to turn the three friends into enemies.
    The story is told from the viewpoints of all three women. I was enchanted by each of them and wil
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    Kerrin  P
    Now Available!! You should read it!!
    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
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    Carolyn Walsh
    Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I wish to express my thanks to NetGalley and Harper Audio for this compelling historical novel in audiobook format. Kate Quinn has written a vivid and gripping account set in wartime London. She uses her great storytelling talent and research to describe what the experience must have been like working under wartime secrecy in Bletchley Park where German codes were broken and translated. It has been estimated that the Enigma codebreakers shortened WW2 by as much as two years using early computers ...more
    PorshaJo
    Rating 3.5

    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
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    Anna Avian
    This book should have been at least 200 pages shorter. Slow buildup and not as much suspense as I had hoped for. Lost my attention several times and by the time I got to the crux of the matter (more than halfway through) I wasn’t that invested in the story anymore. The Prince Philip love story was entirely unnecessary as well as few other soap opera moments. Alan Turing’s character randomly popped on the pages as if from another book. The friendship between the three main characters felt underde ...more
    Jessica | JustReadingJess
    The Rose Code is an interesting book. I liked how this book is a mix of a historical fiction novel and mystery. World War II is my favorite time period to read about and the aspect of trying to figure out who is responsible for one of them entering an asylum. I was intrigued by the dual time line between past and present. In the past, the women are developing a friendship and learning how to break codes. In the present, the women have to work together and put their personal differences aside. Th ...more
    DeAnn
    Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: library-reads, 2021
    5 Code Breaker Stars

    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
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    Barbara
    Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


    This review was first posted on Mystery and Suspense. Check it out for features, interviews, and reviews. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th...


    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.


    Bletchley Park

    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 -
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    Kristina McMorris
    A fantastic read! So honored and thrilled to provide a cover quote:

    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.
    Lori
    Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    ‘Bletchley Park’s walls have been renovated. If only they could speak . . . But some codes will never be broken.’ KQ

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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
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    Pam Jenoff
    Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This terrific book (out today!) is about three women for worked at Bletchley Park during World War II and were torn apart by secrets and betrayals. After the war, they are brought back together by a mysterious letter containing a dark secret. Happy Pub Day!
    Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)
    ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️
    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
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    Terence M
    Awarded 1.5 Stars ^ to 2.0 Stars
    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,
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    NILTON TEIXEIRA
    Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: my-5-stars
    4.5 rounded to 5 stars. I love some good goosebumps.

    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
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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
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    Literary Redhead
    So excited to get an audio ARC of Kate Quinn’s newest hf novel, THE ROSE CODE! I adore her elegant prose, beautifully plotted narratives and in-depth characters. She makes history come vividly alive, as she does here in this riveting tale of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park during and after WWII. The audio experience was mixed for me solely due to length (15 hours and 40 minutes.) I’m a visual learner and skim-read with ease. But I’ll try audio again buoyed by Kate’s magnificent tale ...more
    Dana
    Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: review-copies
    I have a good feeling The Rose Code will be one of my Top Ten books this year. It was absolutely FANTASTIC! Kate Quinn is the queen of Historical Fiction!! I loved The Alice Network and The Huntress, both 5 stars ... and I officially have another one to add to the list. I adored this book so so much and really didn't want it to end. I was sad to say goodbye to these characters who I very much felt a connection with.

    Set in 1940 through 1947.
    Mab, Osla and Beth are three very different woman but t
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    Kristie
    This was a well-written, engaging story with interesting characters that I enjoyed getting to know.

    We have three main characters, all women: Osla, a wealthy debutante who can't stand the thought of being just a silly deb, Mab, who has worked hard to make a better life for herself and is looking for a husband and stability, and Beth, who believes she is stupid and worthless due to her mother's treatment of her. In a split timeline you see these three women when they all meet and begin doing secr
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    Bkwmlee
    A few years ago, I had read author Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network and absolutely loved it – to the point that both the story and its characters continued to stay with me for quite some time afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to read Quinn’s follow up novel The Huntress (which I plan to rectify at some point) – which is why, when I was given the opportunity to read her latest release, The Rose Code , I jumped at the chance to do so, prioritizing it ahead of most of my M ...more
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Imitation Game meets the Crown with PBS Bletchley Circle series vibes; three unique women’s stories intercepted in two time lines: 1940’s England, preparing to fight against Germany and 1947’s England where Claire Foy’s Elizabeth ( sorry not sorry for visualizing that brilliant actress as young queen and also the best queen of the Crown series) marrying with Prince Philip.

    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
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    Faith
    May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audio, netgalley, reviewed
    Oslo, Mab and Beth were young English women who wound up working at Bletchley Park trying to decipher enemy communications during WWII. They had little in common but bonded over their fascinating and critical work as code breakers. It was especially important that they had each other, since they couldn’t discuss their work with anyone outside of Bletchley Park, even after the war ended. They eventually came to a falling out on D-Day over various betrayals. This seemed entirely irrevocable until ...more
    Jean
    Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

    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,
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    Renee Rosen
    Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Believe all the hype you've heard about this book--it's spectacular. Kate Quinn's prose and storytelling will knock your socks off. I already miss her characters. ...more
    Erin
    May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: books-i-own
    One of my favourite authors is back! This time with the tale of three women who worked at Bletchley Park during the war. The three friends go their separate ways but are forced to deal with some intrigue as England prepares for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

    As is well known, Kate Quinn is one of my faves and her books are insta-clicks into my shopping cart. It did not matter that I have a whole stack of Arcs to read, this was the one I was going to devote to reading every
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