In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women -- a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 -- are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, 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 desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, 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 launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.
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What a wonderful book. I loved it! The book is about two different women, separated in age by about 30 years, but both women have a common goal that throws them together. Eve Gardiner served in the Alice Network, which was nn actual spy group that operated in France during WWI. Charlie St. Clair is a young, pregnant unmarried American woman who comes to England in 1947 looking for her French cousin who was lost during WWII. Fate and a scrap of paper with Eve's name on it sends Charlie to seek out Eve. The book runs two parallel storylines - Eve's and Charle's and it moved back and forth seamlessly between the two timelines and the two wars. Eve's tragic story of her experiences in the Alice Network is revealed bit by bit in the story. When Charlie finds her in England, Eve is a drunk, foul-talking woman, living alone in a Londond house. But the common goal to find the man responsible for Eve's tragic story sends the two women on a quest to France. Back and forth we go as Eve, Charlie and Eve's man of general work - a young Scotsman named Finn, search for the devil that was Rene Bordelon. This story gripped me from start to finish! The real-life Alice Network was depicted so well by Ms. Quinn. Her fictional characters are mixed in seamlessly with the real-life characters of the network. I loved these two brave women, and I loved their story. Highly recommended.