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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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Expected publication: March 9th 2021
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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
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
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
Sheyla ✎

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
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
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
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 audio book 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 computer ...more
Kerrin P
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 into the interworkings of this oper ...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
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.

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 -
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.
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
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book a lot! It was very engaging and full of mystery, suspense, heartache and companionship. It kept me guessing right until the very end who the traitor was, and I never did figure it out.

This is a great story of three very strong women who were not afraid to stand up for themselves and push for what they deserved in a time where it was not so common to do so. They were great examples of some of the hardships faced during the war and the bonds formed over these shared exp
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whenever Kate Quinn writes a new book I get very excited. I have read her previous books, The Alice Network and The Huntress. Both of those books were exceptionally well written. The Rose Code was no exception. It was a most riveting and compelling novel that was brilliantly written in a dual time line. The Rose Code was a masterful piece of historical fiction that explored Bletchley Park and three women who became code breakers. The plot was suspenseful, vivid and gripping. The characters were ...more
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:

March 2020:

1940. Three very different women pass through the secret gates of Bletchley Park to help break German codes during World War II. Debutant Osla Kendall wants to prove herself as more than a society girl, and she puts her fluent German to use as a translator. Mab Churt works the code breaking machines as she hides a secret past. Oslo and Mab recruit a local girl, Beth Finch, who has a brain for crossword puzzles. Despite Beth’s
Alayne Emmett
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful read from Kate Quinn. I’ve read her other books on the Second World War and throughly enjoyed them. This one was so interesting as well a lovely long read I wish I could give it more stars as it certainly deserves it. The dual time line was great it starts in 1947 at the time of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip and then goes back to the Second World War. A wonderful read. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this boo ...more
Want to go behind the scenes of The Rose Code? Check out this interview with Kate Quinn! https://historicalfictionreader.blogs... ...more
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn is a phenomenal historical fiction novel and the audiobook is excellently narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Thank you NetGalley and HarperAudio for a copy of this book for review - I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hadn't read a Kate Quinn historical fiction novel before and now I want to read them all.

One of my absolute favorite WWII films is The Imitation Game which is a story about the codebreakers of Bletchley Park. Well, The Rose Code is also about the codebreakers of Ble
"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
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Work of Historical Fiction I've Ever Read. I won this book on Goodreads. The characters were magnificent and the story was amazing. I loved learning about 6lthe codebreakers at Bletchly Park during WWII. ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I must confess The Rose code by Kate Quinn is the first book from the author that I have read and what an outstanding book this is.
Three girls Osla, Mab and Beth come from quite different backgrounds arrive at Bletchley Park during WW2 to become code breakers. Intercepting the messages by the Germans. Doing their bit for the war effort. They soon become friends. Each girl has their own story to tell. Each of their lives are complicated not just in their personal lives but also their working one
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christi Flaker
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Quinn has done it again with this WW2 Historical Fiction mystery. Once again her book features some very strong women playing important roles to support the war effort.

The story is told during two time periods. Much of the book is set during the war, starting in 1940 focusing on three women coming together as two of them are billeted in the home of the third while working at a top secret (real-life) code breaking job at Bletchley Park. Osla and Mab see that meek Beth has potential and secur
Beth Menendez
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kari Ann Sweeney
Thank you Netgalley and Harper Audio for the advanced audio copy.

I know that sometimes World War II can be over done in historical fiction- but this one is worth moving to the top of your list. . THE ROSE CODE is based off the real life code breakers at Bletchley Park and features three very distinct, strong female protagonists as they overcome hardship and heartbreak while navigating friendships, betrayal and secrets under the backdrop of war. Oh- and there is a traitor in their ranks.

It was
Bruna (bruandthebooks)
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
Kajoli Tankha
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
if i never read another book with prince philip as a love interest it'll be too soon


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Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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