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The Alice Network: A Novel (edició 2017)
de Kate Quinn (Autor)
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The Alice Network de Kate Quinn
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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is a general market historical novel set during WWI and in the years following WWII. That being said there are adult situations and adult language. Plus content that may be distressing or offensive to some readers (war, torture, abortion). Okay, that’s out of the way. If any of that is not your cup of tea, you can quit reading now. 😉 It was definitely a hard read for me, and I am not sure I would have stuck with it if it had not been a book club selection. But as one friend put it, the ending more than made up for the hard stuff. The characters are complex, if not totally likable, the historical references fascinating, and the plot made it a page turner. There’s intrigue, suspense, mystery, and romance. There’s revenge and justice too. The backdrop of the WWI spy network known as the Alice Network made me Google. Did I like everything about the book? No. But I am glad I read it. My book club did agree, however, that we needed a recovery book following this. 😉
(I purchased the novel from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
The story was gripping. The historical details wonderfully captured and educational!!
I gobbled up this propulsive historical fiction. From 1915 to 1949 the author takes us through harrowing war time experiences filling us with the agony that was reality in Europe at the time. She examines the role of women in the Resistance with great detail and respect. I appreciate her exposure of their bravery and the devastation to their lives as a result of their experiences.
The dual timeline was expertly managed to bring the two plot lines together seamlessly. I found all the characters well drawn and it’s not until the author note that the reader discovers which portions are true and which are fictional. Although the subject matter is difficult, I was not put off from reading it…quite the contrary. I found the story inspiring and redemptive despite its harsh content.
Not quite up to par in my opinion as ‘The Huntress’ but still very good…. All the way to the end I was still hoping that rose was lily and lily was still somehow alive… so still a tiny touch disappointing for me. But still a fun and fascinating read.
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"It's 1947 and American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a fervent belief that her beloved French cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive somewhere. So when Charlie's family banishes her to Europe to have her "little problem" take care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. In 1915, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance to serve when she's recruited to work as a spy for the English. Sent into enemy-occupied France during The Great War, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents, right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launching them both on a mission to find the truth ...no matter where it leads"--
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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A captivating and warm-hearted story, even with the War taking place. The author captured the characters in a way, that it made them feel like my friends. The ending was up lifting and I catch myself smiling to myself reminiscing about these strong, courageous women!
Totally Engrossing! #unputdownable