Monday, July 17, 2017

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

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 matter where it leads.
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Meet Kate Quinn:
Kate is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before moving to the 20th century with the "The Alice Network." All her books have been translated into multiple languages.

My Take:
I really wanted to read this book. I love history, and it sounded so intriguing, but my personal choice is not to read books that contain a lot of foul language in them. And this one just didn't hit the bar. The first chapter was full of words I would not include in my vocabulary. The second actually improved a bit so I was hopeful,  but it didn't last long. The use of the "f" word and taking God's name in vain were the final straw.  In spite of the fact that the plot interests me and the author did a good job of grabbing my attention, my moral code cannot allow me to finish the book.
I cannot give my opinion on the rest of the book content since I did not get through the book. - Sadly.

I want to thank Harper Collins publisher for sending me this book to review. I was not asked to review positively and all opinions are my own.

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