|The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, photo by Lou16|
A little while ago I read a review on this very site for a book called The Huntress by Kate Quinn which peeked my interest so when I was in a bookstore and saw The Alice Network by Kate Quinn author of The Huntress I just had to buy it. The Alice Network was actually penned first and after reading it I am even more keen to read The Huntress!
The Alice Network was actually real as was the leader and Kate Quinn has done a marvelous job of interweaving actual historic events into a story that is hard to put down.
|The Queen of Spies herself, courtesy of Wikipedia|
Eve's chapters take us through the perils of life as a female spy during World War I in France. The other heroine is Charlie St Clair who finds herself (an American college girl) pregnant and unwed at 19 during the aftermath of World War II.
When her mother takes Charlie to Europe to dispose of her 'little problem' they make a stop in England where Charlie leaves the hotel to search for Eve Gardiner who was a name on the bottom of a missing persons report for her French cousin who went missing during the war.
Together they head to Europe, along with Eve's Scottish helper and driver and start on their individual quests - Charlie to find her cousin Rose and Eve to hunt down her enemy who handed her over to the Germans during WWI.
As the book interweaves through the two story lines we learn more about both heroines along the way and find where they both have to make major decisions which could totally change the outcomes of their lives. The book also exposes the double standards women faced during WWI and showed how little these double standards had changed by the 1940s.
Obviously as with any historical fiction some liberties were taken, but I'd love to think that Louise de Bettignies did buy ridiculous hats when travelling and was able to inject some fun into her life of intrigue. I like the idea of her having the personality that was displayed in the book as the life of a spy in France at that time was very bleak - as it was for most every day people in Europe at that time.
I would love to see this book turned into a movie as I'm sure my husband would enjoy it. What can you expect from this book? If you pick up this book expect suspense, intrigue, a little romance and so many twists and turns.
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