The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
publication: March 9th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
genre: Historical Fiction, WWII, British Literature
From Goodreads…The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...
My Thoughts…Oh, My Gosh! Go get this book! WWII is such an amazing era. Not because of the war, but because of the amazing people who lived during that time and the things they had to do to continue living. The Rose Code is the story of three amazing young women whose job it is to break code. They work in huts and must keep everything a secret. No sharing what they learn…with anyone.
Osla is dating Prince Philip and has everything a girl could want but she wants more. She wants to prove that she is not just a society girl. Mab wants to move up in society and away from the poverty she was born into. Beth is a mouse of girl who does everything her mother says but is brilliant in solving puzzles. They seem an unlikely trio, but they work together, live together, and become best friends.
As they figure out how to live their lives, they find a fight that they cannot get past and do not speak to each other for several years. When a call for help brings them back together, bringing their history as codebreakers into their lives again, they cannot help but step up and do what is necessary. I really enjoyed seeing how their history came back around in their present. The tension was obvious but doing a job they were trained to do is most important.
Kate Quinn wrote a WWII book about a part of WWII that I had not heard of before. I am now looking for more stories set around Bletchley Park.
**Thank you NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet Kate Quinn…Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network”, “The Huntress,” and “The Rose Code.” All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with three rescue dogs.