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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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Paperback, 656 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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    Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
    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 pages, it’s not a quick read. I savored it, let myself get lost in it and allowed myself
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    Ceecee
    Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Kristina McMorris
    Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    Ashley Marie
    October 2020 update:
    Umm how did I manage to skip reading the synopsis til just today? Because Kate Quinn is THE auto-read author, for me. Don't care what it is, GIMME IT. Clearly. But omggggg this synopsis?? Kate didn't you say you weren't doing any more books with multi-timelines? KAAAATE I CAN'T WAAAAAIT.

    August 2020 update:
    OOOOH THIS COVERRRR

    March 2020:
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    Erin
    Want to go behind the scenes of The Rose Code? Check out this interview with Kate Quinn! https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... ...more
    Tania
    Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This year I have been reading a lot of books written in the first half of the 20th century, many of them written during or just after WW2, this gives them a sense of immediacy that you just don't get with historical fiction. Reading this was like eating cheap milk chocolate when you're used to finest organic dark chocolate, but sometimes, you just fancy a galaxy bar. It was compelling and kept me hooked, but a lot of the slang they used was about a decade out of date.

    Three very different girls
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    Ann
    "It was exhausting, spending your day being stupid. Over three weeks she'd been working at the Cottage: staring at blocks of Enigma code, trying to manipulate her cardboard rods the way she'd been shown, trying to make sense of the nonsense. Hour after hour, day after day."

    The Rose Code is yet another historical fiction novel set during WWII but with a rather unique storyline. Although from completely different backgrounds, Osla, Mab and Beth befriend each other and end up 'doing their bit' at B
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    Bruna (bruandthebooks)
    Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. Wow. Wow. Kate Quinn, you did it again.

    4.5 stars

    Historical fiction is the kind of genre I read once in a while and almost always end up loving it.
    This one is a must-read if you’re into WWII fiction.
    1940: Mab, Osla, and Beth are three very different young women. But they have one thing in common: they’re breaking German military codes at Bletchley Park, a mysterious institution in England where the country's greatest minds are working during the war.

    1947: Beth is at an asylum about to ha
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    Beth Menendez
    Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Can I give a book all of the stars? The answer needs to be yes, yes, yes when it comes to Kate Quinn’s newest brilliance, The Rose Code. This story is the riveting tale of a peek behind the scenes at Bletchley Park with the code breakers in WWII, as well as figuring out were there is a spy. I refuse to give spoilers- this book makes me love Kate Quinn all the more. The only downside is knowing I will have to wait for at least a year until her next one is out. Brilliant, well done, Kate Quinn- I ...more
    Kajoli Tankha
    Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    My 100th book this year. A truly spectacular read. Kate Quinn creates vivid characters you fall in love with, a gripping mystery, a larger than life scenario in an atmosphere of heightened emotion.
    Was trying to read it slowly but somewhere after page 200, you cannot slow down. This was an ARC but no one asked me to submit a review
    Candace
    Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Kate Quinn's "The Huntress" is covers some fascinating aspects of WWII and the post-war Nazi movement in the US. It's got Night Witches, for heaven's sake, those fearless Soviet women who flew little crap planes under the radar, over German lines, and dropped bombs on them, sometimes flinging them with their bare hands.

    "The Rose Code " is another novel about the workings of code breakers at Bletchley Park during the war, many of whom were women who had to tell people they were secretaries doing
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    Anuja (reading.cove)
    Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is set in WWII and the story focuses on three women - Osla, Mab, and Beth, who meet at Bletchley Park. The book switches between present and past and gives you insight in to each of the three characters. I loved that the history was intertwined between love, friendship, loss, anger and so much more within this story.

    Kate Quinn is a genius at creating a beautiful setting and story, with intense and complex characters. She is able to bring out what the characters must have felt when doing su
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    Rachel
    Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Rose Code by Kate Quinn is an excellent WWII era historical fiction that has it all: HF, suspense, mystery, amazing character cast, addictive plot, and a surprise addition with a certain royal! I loved every moment of this book. It will easily be one of my favorites this year.

    Ms. Quinn is a master at crafting an intricate narrative but at the same time, she makes it smooth, seamless, and effortless. Pages fly by as you are desperate to find out what happens next. Every book of hers that I h
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    skketch
    Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
    ***NOVEL THOUGHTS***

    ++Thanks to William Morrow and Goodreads for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review++

    4.5 ⭐📚

    It's got 626 pages, not including the afterwards and I read it in 2 days. I couldn't put it down!

    I have got to say that this was a very well done book! I was not a huge fan of her The Alice Network so I was so pleasantly surprised by Quinn's newest offering! It was a great storyline, had a lot of action and twists, the characters were very developed and believable and quit
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    Wendy'sThoughts
    Dec 11, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Kate Quinn Fans, Historical Fiction
    December 11, 2020
    Per The Author's Own Words...
    The Rose Code Is An...
    “The Imitation Game meets The Crown”!

    Three Women Who Would Never Meet...
    But For A Desire To Be More...
    More Than What Society Says...

    One Who Rubs Elbows With Royalty...
    Another Who Wants to Find A Leg Up...
    If Marrying Better...
    Then So Be It...

    Those Two Seeing Another Woman...
    Who Needs To Spread Her Wings...

    Three Woman Who Are Part...
    Of Something Important...
    They Are Designated To...
    Be The Secret Weapons Of World War II...

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    Kyle
    Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is the first time I have read one of Kate's books, and I absolutely loved it! Thrilling from beginning to ending, bravo! I cannot wait to read her previous (and future!) work

    I am a huge fan of books that shift POV's between characters (you can see that in most my other reviews) but having it in this particular story was so essential to the overall arc of the story. All three women are wonderfully developed from when and where they are first introduce through to where each of their stories t
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    Sarah Wagner
    *I receive a copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

    More books like this one, please! I loved this story about the female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, each of whom is very much their own person. While there's plenty of love and romance in this story, it's not the focus as these ladies have more important things to do, like defeating Nazis, breaking top secret codes, and unveiling traitors. A good story, good characters, and a vivid historical era - I'll read as many books lik
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    Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    My favourite Kate Quinn book yet!

    This is a MUST READ for fans of historical fiction, for fans of stories about badass women, and for those looking for a fresh take on WWII stories.

    I’m very jealous of everyone who now gets to read this book for the first time. I wish I could experience it all over again.


    *thanks to William Morrow for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*
    Bookclubcheerleader
    Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-for-review
    Kate's trifecta! I loved "The Alice Network" and "The Huntress"--and now "The Rose Code." What a great setting: Bletchley Park and the Enigma Code! With Prince Philip as one three girls' romantic interest, it's a bit like a mash-up of "The Imitation Game" meets "The Crown..." Like the previous two novels, it's quite a page-turner and yet it paces itself so that the character development has time to do its magic on the three protagonists. Loved it! ...more
    Kimberly Gulley
    Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Incredible.
    That’s it, that’s the whole review.
    WAIT, ONE MORE THING! Read it.
    Okay, that’s all.
    Joy Matteson
    Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Normally, I roll my eyes at yet another WWII fiction title with a woman not showing her face on the cover of a book. (What IS that all about, publishers? Show us her face already--World War II is over, she's not hiding any more secrets.)
    HOWEVER.
    Kate Quinn is a QUEEN, and I will read just about anything that comes out of her storytelling mind. She's known for exceptionally witty dialogue, vivid female characters, and badass women who don't do as their told but aim for justice. The Rose Code is no
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    Rebecca
    Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

    There are probably fewer than 5 authors I will pay money to read their books sight unseen. (I work at a library.) Kate Quinn is at the top of this list. I've never been disappointed in one of her novels, and her Mistress of Rome series is one of the best series I've ever read. I've really been enjoying her somewhat more modern novels, so The Rose Code, set during World War II, is a welcome a
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    Emily
    Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I knew this was going to be good, because I've read The Alice Network and Ribbons of Scarlet, and I love Kate Quinn's writing. Still, The Rose Code managed to blow me away! Osla, Mab, and Beth are complex characters with such unique and interesting stories that each could have been a book by themselves. I learned so much about the code breakers at Bletchley Park. There are some very graphic and devastating parts that broke my heart, but there were lighter funny parts too. The story alternates be ...more
    Candy Langert
    Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Kate Quinn has done it again with an exceptional story about the World War II codebreakers at Bletchley Park. Three women from vastly different backgrounds are recruited to BP and are anxious to do their part for the war effort. They find more than they bargained for-friends, lovers and important work-but the war, loss and the pressure of secrecy tear them apart. On the eve of the Royal Wedding, they reunite to attempt to unmask a traitor to their country. The excellent writing kept me glued to ...more
    Mainlinebooker
    This brilliantly captured historical fiction was so immersive that it blazed on the pages. How astonished I was at the end to find most of it was based in truth.Retrospectively, it made the book exceedingly meaningful. I was so captivated with the drama, the players, and the action that I forgot I was reading a chronicled piece of history. Set in the 1940's through 1947, superficially it is about 3 disparate young woman who were recruited to join a secret group of codebreakers . Their work cente ...more
    Abigail Singrey
    Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This will be in my top books of 2021 - no question. It was an impossible to put down delight from the first page. This book had everything - a royal romance between Prince Phillip and his first love! Heartbreak and betrayal. And three friends who meant the world to each other.

    Osla Kendall - socialite and girlfriend to Prince Phillip; Mab Churt, a girl determined to rise above her impoverished life; and Beth Finch, smart but bullied by her mother; meet only because of the war. All three are chos
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    Margaret Duke-Wyer
    Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020, reviewed
    It seems very strange to me that I know so much about Bletchley Park and the Enigma machine etc. True, we have had a movie and a tv series about it, but about ten years ago, I don’t think I knew very much. Now thanks to various media, and obviously quite a few books it all feels very familiar and hard to imagine a time when it really was a secret. Even harder to imagine the hardships encountered by those many, many people working there; not to mention the abuse young, able bodied men encountered ...more
    Ritu Bhathal
    Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thanks to this book, I am suffering from lack of sleep. Seriously, I tried to put it down and go to sleep but had to go back to reading and finishing this book, meaning a past 3 am bedtime for me.
    The Rose Code is a story set in 1947, just before the Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Phillip, and jumps back to 1940, where the story starts.
    Three women, tied together by a huge wartime secret, are brought back together to solve a huge mystery.
    Osla, Mabs and Beth couldn't; be from more di
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    Meghan
    Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I'm never disappointed by Kate Quinn's historical fiction books! This one was so much fun to read and I really feel like I learned a lot, too. I never knew a lot about codebreakers during World War II and the complex Enigma machines they used. The amount of research Kate Quinn obviously did for this book is really impressive as is the fact that real people, many with no background in codebreaking before being thrown into it, actually did these things! It boggled my mind a bit! I truly enjoyed re ...more
    ShellWolf
    Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: england
    (I initially posted this on Instagram, so the first paragraph may sound a little odd without some context. 😅 I won the copy directly from Mrs. Quinn, and we follow each other on IG, hence the apology addressed to her.)

    Wow. Wow, oh wow, oh wow. First off, I would like to apologise to the author, Kate Quinn, for not finishing this book sooner. I won an ARC copy a little over a month ago, and just couldn't seem to fall into any longer books. I managed a few comics (and that's saying something, as I
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