If you have not read this yet... stop what you are doing and start reading it now.
“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?”
Another one of my favorites!! 🇫🇷❤️🇫🇷
Been meaning to post this for a week! I‘ve been super super busy, I ended up working two 12 hour shifts last weekend so I didn‘t get to open it when we finally could. I LOVED MY BOX @mvegabec everything was super cute and I can‘t wait to read these. You did a great job, I know my TBR list is a hot mess. #summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia
Kate Quinn's The Alice Network was a pleasant surprise. I read about it when my book club chose it but somehow thought it was a WWII novel (and I'm still in the grasp of some WWII fatigue after over-reading books from that time period a couple of years ago). It takes, therefore, a special book set during that time period to knock me out of my aversion. Quinn's book was the perfect remedy, perhaps because it's WWII adjacent. (continued in comments)
I read this for a group read, and I found it a little meh. I think I might be burned out on historical fiction around the wars, and I also feel like I wanted way more of Eve and a little less of Charlie. I would, however, read other books by this author, because I did enjoy the writing.
@AmyG thank you so much for the birthday package! I love the pillow ❤️. I‘ll be taking the notepads and kitty tissues to work, they‘re cute and made me laugh. The coaster is on my coffee table. And I‘m excited for both of these books. You‘re so sweet! 💕
This book was adventurous, dramatic, witty, romantic, suspenseful, historical, educational, and heartbreaking. It seems impossible that the author managed to pack all of that into one novel, yet she has done so. The story doesn't allow for a moment's rest and women in it are incredible. I want to go out and buy a "morally questionable hat" to celebrate the book.??
Kate Quinn superbly intertwines real historical characters and true events with fictional details here and there, never twisting facts too much to fit her storyline. I devoured the author's note at the end (something I don't always do), learning which characters and events were real and which parts were made up by her. Brilliantly written and very well researched historical fiction. Recommended for those who like to read about both World Wars.
I am more than half way to my reading challenge on Goodreads.
Love it ❤❤❤
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I was expecting a bit more about WWII but was happy to find it focused mostly on WWI and the aftermath of WWII. I thought the back and forth between Eve & Charlie‘s perspectives was well done. I felt strongly connected to both characters and enjoyed the group dynamic of Eve, Charlie, and Finn as well.
Looking forward to discussing this with #LitsyBookClub!
Still listening to The Alice network. Sitting outside enjoying the irises at there peak!
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Just finished this and can‘t wait to discuss it with @litsybookclub it was so good! Had me captivated from the start. Loved the characters and a hell of a story. Eve is a total badass!
Starting the Alice network for #LitsyBookClub but I also need to get started on the 100-year-old Man ... For #FriendsWithBooks Club
Today I‘m also celebrating that my daughter is finishing in nursing 🤱 school and is having her Pinning Ceremony today!
My #CurrentlyReading list is getting a bit out of control while also dealing with the last few weeks of the school year.
📖 The Return of the Shadow for #YearofTolkien #LotRHistory
📖 Elective Affinities for #Reading1001 Randomized list and readalong with @jewright
🎧 The Castle of Otranto for #Reading1001 #TBRTakedown
📖 The Hunchback of Notre Dame on #SerialReader for #Hugonuts readalong, also #1001books
🎧 The Alice Network for #LitsyBookClub
The courage & dedication that these women had was astounding. They sacrificed everything.This had been a hard read for me because as I progressed through the story, I felt every year, every emotion Evelyn went through. I was Charlotte, searching high and low for a friend who could very well be dead.The Alice Network was skillfully written, transitioned smoothly between past and present. I can't wait to jump into my next read by Kate, The Huntress.
Started reading this one today. Loving it so far! Can‘t wait to see how the two stories intertwine..
Pretty good story, but I think it would have been better if the focus was on the female WWI spy rather than bringing in the other characters. The post-WWII characters seem thrown in mainly for the romance angle. While Eve was a great character, the others seemed somewhat cliche. Not bad, but I felt the book could have been pared down and more focused. 3⭐️