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The Alice Network
The Alice Network: A Novel | Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two womena 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 1947are 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. Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
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Sahar
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This book... this story...the writing... there aren‘t enough words to describe how absolutely beautiful this book was and how much I didn‘t want the story to end. Kate Quinn wrote an exceptional story laced with historical facts, filled with characters that felt so real. A great book club read.

kyraleseberg I really need to add this closer to the top of my TBR stack! 1w
Sahar @kyraleseberg Yes, indeed! And make sure you have tissues, tea, and chocolate nearby❣️(The bravery of these women... —a conglomeration of personalities gently lifted from the pages of history... 🙌🏻💐) 1w
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Christinak
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“That‘s quite a face you have,” the Captain said. “Nothing going on behind it, nothing to show, anyway. And I‘m good with faces, Miss Gardiner. It‘s mostly in the tiny muscles around the eyes that people #give themselves away. You‘ve got yours mostly under control.” #QuotsyDec19

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emilyesears
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Mehso-so

Read this over my Thanksgiving trip and finished it on the way home. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had just been Eve‘s story. Charlie‘s storyline seemed unnecessary and the jump between them had those forced cliffhangers that I hate. But it kept my interest and I learned a lot of new WWI history. This is my book club‘s pick for December so it‘ll be interesting to see what the other ladies think of it.

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Lauranahe
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I really liked this book. I had never heard of the Alice network, so that was interesting to read about. I liked the woven storylines from 1915 and 1947, bringing together the shared tragedies from both wars. And I really appreciated the author‘s explaining after what was real and what wasn‘t, giving more facts, and printing letters from the actual people.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! After I read this, I realized how much I like historical fiction. 3w
Jeannineth This book has stayed with me since I read it. I wonder if given similar circumstances, would I rise to the level of bravery these characters exhibit. 3w
Lauranahe I‘ve wondered that too. I don‘t know if I would have been brave enough; these women were amazing. And I really like historical fiction! One of my favs is a book called Fever, about Typhoid Mary. So interesting. 3w
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knoves
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This is my November TBR pile, I‘m hoping to get all these read and then some. Fingers crossed!

lahousewyfe The Alice Network is one of my favorite books of the year. So good! 1mo
knoves @lahousewyfe I got this as a gift earlier this year, but I know it was a highly sought out ARC before it came out and still has a huge buzz. I can‘t wait to start it. 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#GratefulReads My #PreferredGenre is historical fiction, and this was one of my favorites.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Jensol77 It was a great book. Read some Ruta Sepstys. She writes some awesome historical fiction. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Nice pic! 🙌🏻 1mo
Readswithcoffee One of my favorites, too! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Mine too!! I loved this one!! 📚💗 1mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Mehso-so

I found this book quite enjoyable, however, I've rated the book as a historical fiction novel. In this genre, the book lacked a bit of historical facts (in my humble opinion).
However, still a very entertaining book to read.

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Ms. Simberlund

Great read!

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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 1mo
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thekeeperoflostbooks
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1.because it's amazing
2.sometimes when the mood strikes
3.scalding pizza or no pizza
4.size 38
5.@bookaholicwithtea
#friyayintro

Readswithcoffee This book IS awesome! 2mo
thekeeperoflostbooks It's my first rec for any customer that comes to to shop looking for a good book that will grip him from the first page 2mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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Pickpick

Another great Historical Fiction book!!

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Starting this book today. It sounds quite intriguing.

DebinHawaii I really liked this one. 📚👍 2mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @DebinHawaii Thanks for letting me know. I've had such a brilliant book year, and I'm hoping to continue with this book. 2mo
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Dcueto
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“Radium girls” was amazing. On to the next!

Readswithcoffee I really liked this one! 2mo
Dcueto @Readswithcoffee it sounds amazing. Im excited 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! 2mo
thekeeperoflostbooks I read it over a year ago and it's still on top of my favorites 3w
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Skeeterisme
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So good.

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TracyReadsBooks
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I don‘t typically describe historical fiction as the perfect beach read but it works for this book. Based on the real life Alice Network, a group of female spies during WWI, the story jumps between 1914, & the tale of one of the spies, & 1947 as a young American searches for her cousin. The story itself is a little predictable but the action is nonstop & the knowledge it‘s based on real people & events keeps you engaged until the end. A good read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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My mom told me she wants me to read the tagged book—the only catch is I have to do it while I‘m visiting her since it belongs to a friend & she needs to return it. Here‘s the thing, when mom says she wants you to read a book, you kinda, sorta, totally need to read the book. So, The Alice Network is up next (& I now have more time to decide which of my preorders—Exile From Eden, The Future of Another Timeline, Wayward Son—I‘m going to read first).

ravenlee Yeah, you just got some assigned reading! 3mo
TracyReadsBooks @ravenlee I sure did! I‘m a few pages in and enjoying the story so far so 🤞this assignment won‘t be too onerous! 😂 3mo
marleed That‘s so cool. I would love to give my daughter (27) assigned reading. I wish she would remember how much she used to love to read! She did this thing in school called Accelerated Reader (AR). She excelled but when she got to HS and no longer received accolades for reading, she quit. Cold turkey quit. I‘m still sad about it. 3mo
tessavi It's the other way around for me; I suggest books to my mom (general fiction) and dad (sci-fi & fantasy)! 3mo
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Louise
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Based on a real network of mostly female spies in WWI, this novel weaves historical fact with fiction to show how events from WWI influenced some people‘s choices and behaviors in WWII and beyond. It jumps back and forth between 1947 and the years of WWI. People endured so much hardship and needed such courage during the two world wars. Hats off to my grandparents‘ and great-grandparents‘ generations! #audiobook #WWI

Readswithcoffee This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. 👍🏻📚 3mo
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Wendyloohoo77
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I loved this book. I‘ve been on a WWII and holocaust kick lately, and that‘s just fine. So many stories of strong people, strong WOMEN, I don‘t think I could be so brave. The characters in this book were inspiring, overcoming obstacles and standing up for themselves, finding their own way and finding peace. A beautiful story. ♥️

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Shakespearience
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Just finished the audio version! The story was so exciting and I loved the little trio that formed — found families are my jam. The person reading the story did a great job with voices!

Blueberry @foundfamilies check out Billie Letts' books ♡ 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Bailedbailed

Eh, #unpopularopinion but I just get into this one.

rabbitprincess I couldn't get into it either, which was annoying because I liked the concept! 4mo
OutsmartYourShelf I read it but it wasn‘t as good as I had hoped. 4mo
REPollock Same. 4mo
Bookish2 I bailed on it too 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon ❤️❤️❤️ First thank you for sending a book. Because you‘re right—what is a bookmark without a book.

And second, because this bookmark RULES! 🙌🏻 This is about the most epic bookmark ever! ❤️🐱😹😘

#bookmarkswap

LibrarianRyan That cat an sword bookmark is so awesome. 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That bookmark is pretty awesome. 4mo
MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. I love that bookmark too. 4mo
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ScientistSam
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This is definitely a 5 ⭐ read and one of my favorite books so far this year! Interweaving the stories of two young women during or in the aftermath of two world wars, Kate Quinn gives us les fleurs du mal, women who flourish in the face of evil. 1915 sees young Eve a spy for the Allies in occupied France, while 1947 has us meet her again through the eyes of young Charlotte, with her own quest for justice. What happened in the intervening years?👇

ScientistSam Even more incredible is the fact that the Alice Network of WWI women spies is based on a little-known real spy network. 4mo
JulAnna I liked this one too! 😊 4mo
ScientistSam @JulAnna wasn't it great?! 4mo
TNbookworm I loved it! 4mo
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nichollinlove
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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In a move I rarely ever make, I read this book cover to cover. The author used historical events and people to weave the fictional character's story to life. I love the Author's Note and P.S. at the back of the book. Some of the small triumphant parts where I cheered were historically accurate, adding to the authenticity of fictional Eve. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DebinHawaii Such a great book! 📚🤗 4mo
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nichollinlove
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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I am about half way through this book and I don't want to put it down! I know I won't have time to finish it tonight but I am caught up in the suspense of spies and mysterious disappearances. I've realized I know so little about the first world war and find myself looking up little details in relation to the story line.

Aims42 This was such a page-tuner, I loved it too!! 4mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 This one is on my TBR. I think I have it as an audiobook. 4mo
DebReads4fun I loved this book! 4mo
MellieAntoinette Wait for it! Her second WWII spyrama is super compelling as well! Read it on a weekend! 4mo
nichollinlove Thanks @MellieAntoinette ! I'm going to add that to my stack and pick it up sooner than later! 4mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Historical fiction is not usually my thing, but I found this fascinating! I‘m so glad my library book group voted to read this over the summer. Especially appreciated the author‘s note, detailing the historical references & where she took small liberties. Bonus-it fits into two reading challenges 😉. #LitsyAtoZ:Q #bbrc #growup #nytbestseller @BookishMarginalia @LibrarianRyan

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 4mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 4mo
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crazyspine
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Library sale #bookhaul

Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4mo
tammysue 🙌🏻 4mo
crazyspine @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've heard a lot of good things. I have to add it to the top of my TBR. 4mo
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theasaurus
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I finally finished this book! Thank you The Alice Network for being so great. It was a bittersweet ending topped with a feel of pride and honor. Such brave women to remind us that we ladies can endure hard times. Endure. ❤️

I also thank the thunderstorm for trapping me in the library so I had the chance to read. I‘m afraid of thunder and refuse to go outside in the middle of a storm! #historicalfiction

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theasaurus
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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I have been wanting to go to my city‘s downtown or some cafe but both require a bus commute that makes me anxious so I‘ve always just chosen not to go. But today I mustered up the courage and went for it as soon as I woke up. It gave me a chance to read! I‘ve owned this book for almost a year. Because of my never-ending busy schedule I never really got into reading it too much until today. A much needed break.

I‘m pretty proud of myself today.

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Shksprsis
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My books for July. Not as many as June, but then I had to go back to work after summer break. Rather stay home and read. My favorites were Born a Crime, A Man Called Ove and The Alice Network. #thealicenetwork #miraclecreek #fivefeetapart #verity #daisyjonesandthesix #thelastmrsparrish #theperfectstranger #bornacrime #amancalledove #goodomens

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TheBookStacker
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I was on track to finishing my book before bed and then my kindle goes and decides to do this.... ugh! Time to watch Veronica Mars I guess 🤷🏽‍♀️

TorieStorieS That‘s the worst!!!! 4mo
Smrloomis It doesn‘t ask if it can ruin your reading experience at that moment??? That‘s awful! 😱 4mo
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rretzler
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I liked but didn‘t love it. I enjoyed the historical aspects - I learned about British female spies during WWI which was very interesting. The book was roughly based on a real female spy ring and it‘s leader. However, I felt that the author made a tenuous connection between the spy ring and WWII events. I think I might have enjoyed it more if she concentrated on the events and characters relating to WWI and not tried to add WWII. 3.75⭐️🤣 #2019

rmaclean4 I have wondered about this book. Thanks for the review. 5mo
rretzler @rmaclean4 😁 It has a lot of love, but I‘ve noticed in Litsy reviews that there are those who feel similarly to me. Wasn‘t bad, but could have been better IMO! If you read it, I‘d love to know your thoughts. 5mo
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Maria514626
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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This was OK. Weaving in the romances was predictable. The spies‘ stories were quite interesting. This May have been more gripping as a read than as a listen. 3.5/5 ⭐️ #24in48

rretzler Also just finished it. I think it could have left Charlie out altogether and just concentrated on Eve‘s story and it would have been a better book. 5mo
Maria514626 @rretzler So true! Often the case with a historical novel that tries to anchor the story in a more recent time. Not sure if that sentence makes sense. 😂 5mo
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Samreamer
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Very engaging and interesting. I found that I didn‘t actually like the main character, Charlie. I think her plot line of her search for a long lost cousin that she hadn‘t seen since she was 12 consuming her life was a little thin. Eve‘s story, however, was superb. I really listened to this whole story just for Eve.

Beatlefan129 I totally agree with you. Eve‘s story was so compelling and Charlie‘s story just did not grab me the same way 5mo
Samreamer @Beatlefan129 right?! I also felt like she stole some of Eve‘s thunder at the end, but oh well. As long as Eve was happy 😂 5mo
rretzler I totally agree. I think the author could have left out the Charlie part and just made the story about Eve. The connection was very tenuous, at best. 5mo
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Maria514626
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Starting #24in48 with these two already-in-progress books. Light and dark. Audio and Kindle. 😄

I might not have much reading time today. But tomorrow? A have an all-day date with my reading chair. 👏👏👏

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Lukens715
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Loved this read . The author kept me hooked throughout the entire book.

Nyangu2210 What is the book about? 5mo
Lukens715 Female spies during WWI. 5mo
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ATB
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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If you have not read this yet... stop what you are doing and start reading it now.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?”

#France #LetsTravelJuly

Another one of my favorites!! 🇫🇷❤️🇫🇷

starlight97 Loved this one! 💙💙 5mo
OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️🇫🇷 5mo
TheBookHippie I still want to read this! 5mo
emmaturi Great story! I hadn't realised it was true. So I read up about it afterwards! So interesting! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi yes!! It was a great read!! 💗 5mo
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taraWritesSci
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My dental hygienist is in the same shopping center as Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to treat myself to a book afterwards! 😜

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UnabridgedPod
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Kate Quinn's The Alice Network was a pleasant surprise. I read about it when my book club chose it but somehow thought it was a WWII novel (and I'm still in the grasp of some WWII fatigue after over-reading books from that time period a couple of years ago). It takes, therefore, a special book set during that time period to knock me out of my aversion. Quinn's book was the perfect remedy, perhaps because it's WWII adjacent. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The two narratives acutally take place in WWI, when we learn of Evelyn Gardiner's experiences as a spy, and right after WWII, as we see Charlotte St. Claire recruit Eve and her man-of-all-work Finn to locate her cousin Rose, lost during the war. These women are strong and layered characters, and the complexity of their development over the narrative is fascinating, with a perfect balance of character and plot. Can't wait to talk about it! 6mo
marleed I loved this book as well as her new book The Huntress. And this after suffering he same fatigue as you. 6mo
UnabridgedPod @marleed I‘ll have to try The Huntress then! 6mo
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Freespirit Wow great review! 😍 6mo
Daisey I also really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading The Huntress. 6mo
UnabridgedPod @Daisey Me too! It looks great. 6mo
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bookwrm526
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I read this for a group read, and I found it a little meh. I think I might be burned out on historical fiction around the wars, and I also feel like I wanted way more of Eve and a little less of Charlie. I would, however, read other books by this author, because I did enjoy the writing.

Caz1 I loved this book 6mo
bookwrm526 @Caz1 I can see why people would, but I think I was just having a little fatigue when I read it :) 6mo
Crazeedi @bookwrm526 after I read so many ww2 books I have to take a break, just too much for my heart to bear. Then I rejuvenate and pick up one again... 6mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi exactly!!! 6mo
rretzler Agreed! Charlie‘s connection to the story was too tenuous and a little contrived. It would have been a better book if it were all about Eve! 5mo
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Nashy

"You know why none of us judge?" I bumped into his shoulder with mine until he finally looked down at me. "Because none of us has the goddamn right to look down our noses at anyone else's sins." ~Charlie St. Claire

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MandellaL
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 This was a fantastic read! I loved the characters and the narrative shifts. A lot of true history, too. I am generally a fan of books with great female protagonists and this book is full of ones that won't be easy to forget. I definitely recommend.

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Nashy

Poetry is like a passion-it should not be merely pretty; it should overwhelm and bruise. ~René Bordelon

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Nashy
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I'm absolutely loving this book and really appreciate how the author wrote it ❤ toodles 💫🤭

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Soubhiville
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@AmyG thank you so much for the birthday package! I love the pillow ❤️. I‘ll be taking the notepads and kitty tissues to work, they‘re cute and made me laugh. The coaster is on my coffee table. And I‘m excited for both of these books. You‘re so sweet! 💕

Hooked_on_books The pillow! 😍 6mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz The tissues lol too cute! 6mo
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AmyG It was my pleasure. Hope you have a wonderful birthday! 😘 (edited) 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved The Alice Network! 6mo
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Nashy

"1947 was hell for any girl who would rather work calculus problems than read Vogue, any girl who would rather listen to Edith Piaf than Artie Shaw, and any girl with an empty finger and a rounding belly." ~Charlie St. Clair

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Eggbeater
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This book was adventurous, dramatic, witty, romantic, suspenseful, historical, educational, and heartbreaking. It seems impossible that the author managed to pack all of that into one novel, yet she has done so. The story doesn't allow for a moment's rest and women in it are incredible. I want to go out and buy a "morally questionable hat" to celebrate the book.??

marleed I loved this book and just read the huntress! 6mo
Eggbeater @marleed How was The Huntress? It is next on my list. 6mo
marleed I loved it - maybe as much as The Alice Network. In fact, it‘s my post for later today. I just posted for a challenge so thought I‘d wait a few hours before posting again! 6mo
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Daisey
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May was heavy on audio and light on text. I enjoyed some interesting books through the month and am picking The Alice Network and Spill as favorites. I also love The Return of the Shadow, but it‘s kind of a category of its own.

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

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MandellaL
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Loving the female characters in this book and the shifting narration.

Lynnsoprano One of my favorites! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 6mo
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