The Alice Network

The Alice Network

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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"--
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062654199
Branch Call Number: FIC QUI
Characteristics: 503, 14 pages :,map, portrait ;,21 cm

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valeriaedwards
Jul 17, 2018

Mercy, I didn't finish this book, either. I'm getting rather bad about checking out a book and not finishing it if it doesn't grab my attention very quickly. This book almost seemed to be Youth fiction, something about a pregnant American girl at the beginning of WWII being shipped to England by her family to hide her "problem". I just couldn't get into it, and I noticed others had it on hold, so I checked it back in. Good luck to them, I hope they enjoy it more than I did.

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peachmcd
Jun 23, 2018

Couldn't stop reading this book. The heroines are all flawed, but their human weaknesses make their courage shine all the brighter. The author does an excellent job of enabling people who haven't experienced life under occupation to comprehend how frightening and oppressive everyday life becomes & let this be a warning to all who think it couldn't happen again. The villain is so awful it's difficult to read at times (serious triggers! Cuidad!) but that makes his comeuppance all the more satisfying. Definitely looking forward to reading other works by this author.

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Albardal
Jun 21, 2018

This is EXACTLY my type of book! It's set during the world wars, has a bit of romance, and features women defying society's expectations. I loved every minute of it.

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newdog
Jun 05, 2018

***Caution: If you find graphic violence to disturbing to read, as I do, you do NOT want to read this book.

Even though I did not read very far into this book, as I find graphic violence far too disturbing, I'm giving this book 4 stars. Why? Because what I read was an excellently written period piece that drew me in from the very 1st sentence. Unfortunately, I had no idea what the true detailed nature of the story was, or I would never have even began to read the book. That being said, if there was ever a censored version (written without the graphic details of violence in the spy world) of the book released, I wouldn't hesitate to read it as the storyline was extremely good and exciting.

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talk2terih
May 28, 2018

The first 50 years of the 20th century were not known for being a heyday for feminism, but taking advantage of economies turned upside down by all-encompassibg wars, some women found an opportunity to experience deeper, more meaningful, daily lives.

This story brings us two such women, one a WWI spy and the other a teenaged unwed mother who walks away from her parents plans to get her a Swiss abortion and forges ahead to find a life of her own choosing.

Meeting almost by chance they team up to right a war-time wrong, accompanied by a Scottish WWII veteran struggling with a then-unknown case of PTSD. Traveling through France uncovering clues, the threesome become close and learn to trust and depend on one another.

I won't spoil the ending (much). Suffice it to say it is as perfect as a bonbon au chocolat.

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PETER CALAMAI
May 16, 2018

Riveting from beginning to end. Although fictional, based on fact so provides a fascinating insight into espionage activities of a close-knit group of women in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Characters are multi-dimensional and this (male) reader bonded with them. Will definitely look up author's other books.

A good read but writing style is somewhat repetitive and the protagonist is annoyingly immature. Conflict with her parents is never really explained except that she was a girl and her brother died while she survived. Great background on the role of women spies and the lack of recognition for their bravery. It is also important that the west recognizes that because France was vanquished does not mean that their people did not suffer.

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sam_212
Apr 18, 2018

Enjoyed this book very much. I am partial to WWI and WWII historical fiction, and this fit the bill. Strong female protagonists, espionage, suspense. I have been recommending it to all of my reader friends, and it has been universally enjoyed!

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ANNE DEARDORFF
Apr 11, 2018

If you loved Elizabeth Wein's books "Rose Under Fire" and "Code Name Verity" you will love this book. If you love this book and haven't read Wein's books, you need to read them. This is a great book with marvelous characters and a story that needs to be told.

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Sam_Stewart
Mar 30, 2018

Read as a part of a book club. Really enjoyed the strong female characters; in addition the references to actual people and events were interesting to share as a group.

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