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The Rose Code

The Rose Code

A Novel

eBook - 2021
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"The reigning queen of historical fiction" — Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

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...

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

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BUZZINGBEE
May 10, 2021

Absolutely superb!It is true, you cannot put it down. Three very different women, find out who they really can be, during WW2, working at Bletchley Park. The oath to secrecy taken by this large group of people is mind-boggling. This book clearly illustrates how parts of history can be omitted or not highlighted, depending on who the author is. So fascinating, that most of this book is true! Thank you Kate Quinn for a phenomenal piece of historical fiction!

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betsymarzoni
Apr 13, 2021

An engrossing and suspenseful story based on the truly patriotic code-breakers of Bletchley Park in England during World War II. Quinn weaves the narrative around Osla, Mab, and Beth, three distinctively different women who each play critical roles in the machinery that intercepted and eventually broke down German missives. Sprinkled within are romances, one with Prince Philip of England before he married Queen Elizabeth, and tragedies and forgiveness. The book is difficult to put down, despite its large size!

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tina43
Apr 13, 2021

I was fascinated by the work of the code breakers. A page from history that was given its full value by MS. Quinn. very well written.
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happycanuck
Apr 12, 2021

EXCELLENT read ! Could hardly put it down. Interesting, intriguing, romantic and touching.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 11, 2021

Kate Quinn’s done it again! The author of The Alice Network and The Huntress is one of the hottest voices in historical fiction. Her new novel The Rose Code tells the story of three women who serve in Bletchley Park during World War II. Like Quinn’s previous novels, the book blends research and detail with the tightly plotted action of a thriller and hints of mystery. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages, and you might need a friend to scream-text with as you make your way through the twists and secrets.

Osla, Beth and Mab all have reasons to prove themselves as they do their bit for England during World War II. The book begins after the war as England prepares to celebrate the royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. It flashes back and forth between wartime and post-war England, gradually adding pieces until we see the whole picture.

Osla comes from a wealthy background and wants to show she is more than a “dizzy Deb.” Mab wants to help her family and find a husband who will secure their financial future. Beth is under the thumb of a controlling, abusive mother, and needs to get away to begin her own life. All three end up working at Bletchley Park where they help the Allies win the war through translation, code-breaking and transcription. The challenges, responsibilities and friendships they form will change their lives forever. The Rose Code is a story of strength, triumph and the power of women.

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genepy
Apr 09, 2021

I surely did not waste my time , this was an incredible, fascinating story with a solid historical background, thoroughly researched.

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2greyts
Apr 01, 2021

This is more than a “5 Star” read. Well-written, gripping, clever and through it’s 624 pages, never a loss of interest. Highly recommended, tho’ I can’t afford a skywriter.
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Einer2
Mar 28, 2021

What a great base for a movie! Maybe not quite as good a read as The Huntress but didn't want to put it down :-)

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winterwheat
Mar 19, 2021

Another American writer explores an exciting period of British history and manages to turn it into a cliched, boring book. Don't waste your time.

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brangwinn
Mar 09, 2021

If you love watching The Crown and enjoy World War II novels, this book will appeal to you. Three vastly different women answer the call to help Britain. In 1940, they join the supersecret work at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire. They are working on decoding the Nazi military messages. Moving back and forth between 1940 and 1947 where the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip is the news of the day. Its personal, because Osla, one of the Bletchley Park women working on translating the German messages into English, has dated Prince Phillip. Beth whose parents despise an education for women, turns into one of the top decoders and finds herself spirited off to a mental institution because she has been decoding Russian messages which show a traitor is working at Bletchley Park. Meg, the third of the women, lost her husband and child in a German air raid and deals with coming to terms with her future. After the war, with Beth held captive in the mental asylum, Osla and Meg go their own ways only to reunite with Beth to catch the traitor who is still working for Russian intelligence. And it all comes to a whizbang of an ending, during the Royal Wedding in London as they capture the traitor. I listened to the audio version. With the number of characters with dialogue, Saskia Maarleveld was the right narrator for the story. She’s up to the task of creating both female and male voices.

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