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."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ♭2017.
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9780062654199
Characteristics: 501 pages :,map ;,21 cm.

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michellecharris
Jan 18, 2021

Probably my favorite from Reese’s list so far. Could not put it down. Finished it in a little over a day. Highly recommend. Have heard chatter it may be made into a movie.

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PEG2006
Jan 08, 2021

Very engaging book with heart-stopping events throughout. Brings to light their struggles and challenges during the time period as women.

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esrobbins
Dec 28, 2020

Very well researched, using real people’s stories throughout this historical fiction. I really enjoyed reading about the strength and struggle of the women involved in the Alice Network during WWI. The theme of this book is how strong women are and how much they can and will endure. This was an inspiring and fascinating story. Worth a read!

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marilynaraujo
Nov 21, 2020

This was a great story. I couldn't put this down. Immediately I was lost in the story of this character and how her story became intertwined with the past. Great read.

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lissetzuniga
Oct 05, 2020

2 great stories weaved together by strength, courage, sacrifice, survival and love. A great way to tell the untold story of women’s contributions To WWII and their sacrifices of life and love.

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Roundcat
Aug 15, 2020

The dual plot lines from the two World Wars, and skipping back and forth kept me involved in trying to figure out whether the three central characters, damaged by war, were going to pull together to find a path forward for each of them or split apart. The peripheral people are affected by their decisions and choices, so that it is a really complex puzzle. It is not a book for the faint of heart; but it will keep you riveted to the end. I listened to the audio book, and the narrator was excellent. She seems to speak several languages fluently, so there were no mangled pronunciations, and she differentiated the characters' personalities excellently, so that it was easy to follow who was speaking. I noticed in other comments that there was an author's notes section, which was not included in the audio book that I listened to. I was sorry to have missed that.

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czarneckip
Aug 06, 2020

Very good book but I liked The Huntress more

BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2020

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be human? I laughed. I cried. I raged. This book made me feel everything! And I kept turning pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen next. These were definitely characters I could, and did, root for all the way to the end. Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a book more people need to read. I didn't realize when I started it that it was based on fact, and I appreciated that the author went into some details about those facts at the end. It was eye-opening for sure.

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fettigsr
Jul 29, 2020

Excellent story about determined, courageous women who are willing to do whatever it takes for family and country!

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spudwil
Apr 16, 2020

Maybe I’m the only one who didn’t love this book but I found the whole premise kind of ridiculous. It just doesn’t seem plausible that a well bred woman would go searching for her (probably) dead cousin with a couple of complete strangers, while pregnant no less! And then, while still pregnant, comes on to one of these strangers even though he is old enough to be her father. It just doesn’t seem like something that a young woman would do in post-war Europe in 1947. Just my two cents.

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Sep 17, 2018

“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?” - p. 336

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