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The Alice Network
The Alice Network: A Novel | Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two womena 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 1947are 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 truth...no matter where it leads. Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
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Nessavamusic
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1. Listening to tagged, Wonder Woman Vol 2 by George Perez and working my way through Priory of the Orange Tree.
2. Well Met by Jen Deluca, was so cute and fun
3. I can‘t read hardcover with covers on, I like to keep them pristine.
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Murphytall
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Fun historical fiction novel. Characters are engaging, World War II story was intriguing and a happy ending.

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ElizabethBoa
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I absolutely loved this book! I loved Eve's story, I loved Finn and Charlie. It had me googling characters and learning so much. I only wish I could be as ballsy and courageous as these Mal du Fluers. Especially Lili and her grand hats 👒📿

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crazyspine
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I tried reading this a couple of times, but it was the audiobook that got me really engaged, and I absolutely loved it.

Bookwm85forever Cute pup!!! 3w
Louise Yes! The audiobook was so well narrated! 3w
Andrew65 I loved the audiobook. 3w
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crazyspine @Bookwm85forever Thanks. @Louise @Andrew65 I just got the huntress have either of you read it yet? 3w
Andrew65 @crazyspine No, I want to read it but not got hold of it yet. (edited) 3w
crazyspine @Andrew65 I work at a high school, and I was surprised to br first person to check it out. These kids don't know what they're missing. I heard that parts of it go on and on but that overall it's good. 3w
Andrew65 @crazyspine That was lucky. I look forward to getting to it. 3w
Louise Hadn‘t heard of the Huntress! Does it look like a good read? 3w
Suet624 It's a good one, for sure. 3w
TheWintergarden 🐕♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 3w
crazyspine @louise it's really long 3w
Louise I shall consider myself forewarned! ☺️ 3w
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Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Louise Oh! This is a powerful book! 3w
HCBB My daughter (of 17 years) was the one who introduced me. I'm loving it! Can't wait to finish it. I love Eve's story more than Charlotte's so far. 3w
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crazyspine
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Here is my February rating log. My goal is 7 books starting with the audiobook attached.

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Mdonald
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DMC_run8
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Loved this book! I wonder if there are any non-fiction books on Alice DuBois...

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Echo

“Steel blades such as you and I do not measure against the standards for ordinary women.”

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SistaPip
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I loved this book!! I am a big fan of historical fiction so I'd be inclined to like it regardless, but it's so good. Beautifully written and rich with details, it's a fascinating story about female spies in WWII. I actually couldn't put it down.

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DimeryRene
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“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.”

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Hannah_H
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TerriGreen
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First audiobook of the year. Loved the mix of WW1 and post WW2 storylines. 4⭐️ #2020book2

tpixie Loved this book!!! 1mo
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DimeryRene
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Coffee shop reads today.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I loved her next book, The Huntress. This one is on my tbr - hopefully one day soon! 2mo
DimeryRene @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I read The Huntress first too!!!! I loved it! 💕💕 2mo
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ErraticElle
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I loved this so much! The dual narratives & timelines weave together flawlessly & the characters are incredibly distinct & amazing. The focus was SO ingrained in the characters that it was easy to let the war aspect fade somewhat into the background, serving to make the book more accessible for those who maybe want to try historical fiction, but shy away from “wartime“ novels. Easily one of my favorite historical fiction reads of all time.

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booklover76
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Biggest highlight was becoming an aunt in 2014.
Paired back my reading goals from last year. My new job keeps me pretty busy so I set a goal for 25 books
I grew up in the South. We're supposed to eat ham hocks, greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread. Alas I live in the Midwest now so I had ham, cabbage, potatoes, and cornbread.

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Well-ReadNeck
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Panpan

I finally finished this one after picking it up multiple times. #UnpopularOpinion but I just thought this was sooooooooooo slow.

bookwrm526 I agree, I wanted more Eve and less Charlie 2mo
Well-ReadNeck @bookwrm526 Agreed. I did a good amount of skimming the Charlie chapters. 2mo
Tamra I contemplated the audio and then thought nah...... 2mo
Maude It's still a DNF for me, I keep thinking I'll pick it back up but never do 🤨 2mo
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Bookgirl
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This is an enjoyable and fast read about a woman spy in WW1 and another woman searching for a cousin lost in WW2. Their paths intersect in the 40s after WW2 and the tale goes back and forth between the time periods. An interesting fictional account of actual people in WW1 and events from both wars.
The picture is just a rare moment from our pets hanging together. #petsoflitsy #catsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy #loki #lucy #klaus #stillmissingelvis😿😢

AlaMich There must be treats involved in the shooting of this picture, right? 😊 2mo
Bookgirl @AlaMich oh yes. And whistling from two people. And a lot of fails!! 2mo
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Sahar
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This book... this story...the writing... there aren‘t enough words to describe how absolutely beautiful this book was and how much I didn‘t want the story to end. Kate Quinn wrote an exceptional story laced with historical facts, filled with characters that felt so real. A great book club read.

kyraleseberg I really need to add this closer to the top of my TBR stack! 3mo
Sahar @kyraleseberg Yes, indeed! And make sure you have tissues, tea, and chocolate nearby❣️(The bravery of these women... —a conglomeration of personalities gently lifted from the pages of history... 🙌🏻💐) 3mo
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Christinak
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“That‘s quite a face you have,” the Captain said. “Nothing going on behind it, nothing to show, anyway. And I‘m good with faces, Miss Gardiner. It‘s mostly in the tiny muscles around the eyes that people #give themselves away. You‘ve got yours mostly under control.” #QuotsyDec19

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Mehso-so

Read this over my Thanksgiving trip and finished it on the way home. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had just been Eve‘s story. Charlie‘s storyline seemed unnecessary and the jump between them had those forced cliffhangers that I hate. But it kept my interest and I learned a lot of new WWI history. This is my book club‘s pick for December so it‘ll be interesting to see what the other ladies think of it.

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Lauranahe
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I really liked this book. I had never heard of the Alice network, so that was interesting to read about. I liked the woven storylines from 1915 and 1947, bringing together the shared tragedies from both wars. And I really appreciated the author‘s explaining after what was real and what wasn‘t, giving more facts, and printing letters from the actual people.

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! After I read this, I realized how much I like historical fiction. 3mo
Jeannineth This book has stayed with me since I read it. I wonder if given similar circumstances, would I rise to the level of bravery these characters exhibit. 3mo
Lauranahe I‘ve wondered that too. I don‘t know if I would have been brave enough; these women were amazing. And I really like historical fiction! One of my favs is a book called Fever, about Typhoid Mary. So interesting. 3mo
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knoves
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This is my November TBR pile, I‘m hoping to get all these read and then some. Fingers crossed!

lahousewyfe The Alice Network is one of my favorite books of the year. So good! 4mo
knoves @lahousewyfe I got this as a gift earlier this year, but I know it was a highly sought out ARC before it came out and still has a huge buzz. I can‘t wait to start it. 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#GratefulReads My #PreferredGenre is historical fiction, and this was one of my favorites.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Jensol77 It was a great book. Read some Ruta Sepstys. She writes some awesome historical fiction. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Nice pic! 🙌🏻 4mo
Readswithcoffee One of my favorites, too! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Mine too!! I loved this one!! 📚💗 4mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Mehso-so

I found this book quite enjoyable, however, I've rated the book as a historical fiction novel. In this genre, the book lacked a bit of historical facts (in my humble opinion).
However, still a very entertaining book to read.

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Ms. Simberlund

Great read!

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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 3mo
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thekeeperoflostbooks
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1.because it's amazing
2.sometimes when the mood strikes
3.scalding pizza or no pizza
4.size 38
5.@bookaholicwithtea
#friyayintro

Readswithcoffee This book IS awesome! 4mo
thekeeperoflostbooks It's my first rec for any customer that comes to to shop looking for a good book that will grip him from the first page 4mo
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paulareadsallthetime
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Another great Historical Fiction book!!

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Starting this book today. It sounds quite intriguing.

DebinHawaii I really liked this one. 📚👍 4mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @DebinHawaii Thanks for letting me know. I've had such a brilliant book year, and I'm hoping to continue with this book. 4mo
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Dcueto
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“Radium girls” was amazing. On to the next!

Readswithcoffee I really liked this one! 4mo
Dcueto @Readswithcoffee it sounds amazing. Im excited 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! 4mo
thekeeperoflostbooks I read it over a year ago and it's still on top of my favorites 3mo
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Skeeterisme
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So good.

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TracyReadsBooks
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I don‘t typically describe historical fiction as the perfect beach read but it works for this book. Based on the real life Alice Network, a group of female spies during WWI, the story jumps between 1914, & the tale of one of the spies, & 1947 as a young American searches for her cousin. The story itself is a little predictable but the action is nonstop & the knowledge it‘s based on real people & events keeps you engaged until the end. A good read.

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My mom told me she wants me to read the tagged book—the only catch is I have to do it while I‘m visiting her since it belongs to a friend & she needs to return it. Here‘s the thing, when mom says she wants you to read a book, you kinda, sorta, totally need to read the book. So, The Alice Network is up next (& I now have more time to decide which of my preorders—Exile From Eden, The Future of Another Timeline, Wayward Son—I‘m going to read first).

ravenlee Yeah, you just got some assigned reading! 5mo
TracyReadsBooks @ravenlee I sure did! I‘m a few pages in and enjoying the story so far so 🤞this assignment won‘t be too onerous! 😂 5mo
marleed That‘s so cool. I would love to give my daughter (27) assigned reading. I wish she would remember how much she used to love to read! She did this thing in school called Accelerated Reader (AR). She excelled but when she got to HS and no longer received accolades for reading, she quit. Cold turkey quit. I‘m still sad about it. 5mo
tessavi It's the other way around for me; I suggest books to my mom (general fiction) and dad (sci-fi & fantasy)! 5mo
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Louise
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Based on a real network of mostly female spies in WWI, this novel weaves historical fact with fiction to show how events from WWI influenced some people‘s choices and behaviors in WWII and beyond. It jumps back and forth between 1947 and the years of WWI. People endured so much hardship and needed such courage during the two world wars. Hats off to my grandparents‘ and great-grandparents‘ generations! #audiobook #WWI

Readswithcoffee This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. 👍🏻📚 5mo
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Wendyloohoo77
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I loved this book. I‘ve been on a WWII and holocaust kick lately, and that‘s just fine. So many stories of strong people, strong WOMEN, I don‘t think I could be so brave. The characters in this book were inspiring, overcoming obstacles and standing up for themselves, finding their own way and finding peace. A beautiful story. ♥️

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Shakespearience
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Just finished the audio version! The story was so exciting and I loved the little trio that formed — found families are my jam. The person reading the story did a great job with voices!

Blueberry @foundfamilies check out Billie Letts' books ♡ 6mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Bailedbailed

Eh, #unpopularopinion but I just get into this one.

rabbitprincess I couldn't get into it either, which was annoying because I liked the concept! 6mo
OutsmartYourShelf I read it but it wasn‘t as good as I had hoped. 6mo
REPollock Same. 6mo
Bookish2 I bailed on it too 6mo
Susannah I‘m reading it now for my book club, and I think it‘s terrible. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon ❤️❤️❤️ First thank you for sending a book. Because you‘re right—what is a bookmark without a book.

And second, because this bookmark RULES! 🙌🏻 This is about the most epic bookmark ever! ❤️🐱😹😘

#bookmarkswap

LibrarianRyan That cat an sword bookmark is so awesome. 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That bookmark is pretty awesome. 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. I love that bookmark too. 6mo
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ScientistSam
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This is definitely a 5 ⭐ read and one of my favorite books so far this year! Interweaving the stories of two young women during or in the aftermath of two world wars, Kate Quinn gives us les fleurs du mal, women who flourish in the face of evil. 1915 sees young Eve a spy for the Allies in occupied France, while 1947 has us meet her again through the eyes of young Charlotte, with her own quest for justice. What happened in the intervening years?👇

ScientistSam Even more incredible is the fact that the Alice Network of WWI women spies is based on a little-known real spy network. 6mo
JulAnna I liked this one too! 😊 6mo
ScientistSam @JulAnna wasn't it great?! 6mo
TNbookworm I loved it! 6mo
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nichollinlove
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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In a move I rarely ever make, I read this book cover to cover. The author used historical events and people to weave the fictional character's story to life. I love the Author's Note and P.S. at the back of the book. Some of the small triumphant parts where I cheered were historically accurate, adding to the authenticity of fictional Eve. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DebinHawaii Such a great book! 📚🤗 6mo
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nichollinlove
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I am about half way through this book and I don't want to put it down! I know I won't have time to finish it tonight but I am caught up in the suspense of spies and mysterious disappearances. I've realized I know so little about the first world war and find myself looking up little details in relation to the story line.

Aims42 This was such a page-tuner, I loved it too!! 6mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 This one is on my TBR. I think I have it as an audiobook. 6mo
DebReads4fun I loved this book! 6mo
MellieAntoinette Wait for it! Her second WWII spyrama is super compelling as well! Read it on a weekend! 6mo
nichollinlove Thanks @MellieAntoinette ! I'm going to add that to my stack and pick it up sooner than later! 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Historical fiction is not usually my thing, but I found this fascinating! I‘m so glad my library book group voted to read this over the summer. Especially appreciated the author‘s note, detailing the historical references & where she took small liberties. Bonus-it fits into two reading challenges 😉. #LitsyAtoZ:Q #bbrc #growup #nytbestseller @BookishMarginalia @LibrarianRyan

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 6mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 6mo
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crazyspine
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Library sale #bookhaul

Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 7mo
tammysue 🙌🏻 7mo
crazyspine @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've heard a lot of good things. I have to add it to the top of my TBR. 7mo
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I finally finished this book! Thank you The Alice Network for being so great. It was a bittersweet ending topped with a feel of pride and honor. Such brave women to remind us that we ladies can endure hard times. Endure. ❤️

I also thank the thunderstorm for trapping me in the library so I had the chance to read. I‘m afraid of thunder and refuse to go outside in the middle of a storm! #historicalfiction

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theasaurus
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I have been wanting to go to my city‘s downtown or some cafe but both require a bus commute that makes me anxious so I‘ve always just chosen not to go. But today I mustered up the courage and went for it as soon as I woke up. It gave me a chance to read! I‘ve owned this book for almost a year. Because of my never-ending busy schedule I never really got into reading it too much until today. A much needed break.

I‘m pretty proud of myself today.

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My books for July. Not as many as June, but then I had to go back to work after summer break. Rather stay home and read. My favorites were Born a Crime, A Man Called Ove and The Alice Network. #thealicenetwork #miraclecreek #fivefeetapart #verity #daisyjonesandthesix #thelastmrsparrish #theperfectstranger #bornacrime #amancalledove #goodomens

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TheBookStacker
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I was on track to finishing my book before bed and then my kindle goes and decides to do this.... ugh! Time to watch Veronica Mars I guess 🤷🏽‍♀️

TorieStorieS That‘s the worst!!!! 7mo
Smrloomis It doesn‘t ask if it can ruin your reading experience at that moment??? That‘s awful! 😱 7mo
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rretzler
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I liked but didn‘t love it. I enjoyed the historical aspects - I learned about British female spies during WWI which was very interesting. The book was roughly based on a real female spy ring and it‘s leader. However, I felt that the author made a tenuous connection between the spy ring and WWII events. I think I might have enjoyed it more if she concentrated on the events and characters relating to WWI and not tried to add WWII. 3.75⭐️🤣 #2019

rmaclean4 I have wondered about this book. Thanks for the review. 7mo
rretzler @rmaclean4 😁 It has a lot of love, but I‘ve noticed in Litsy reviews that there are those who feel similarly to me. Wasn‘t bad, but could have been better IMO! If you read it, I‘d love to know your thoughts. 7mo
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