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The Rose Code
The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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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...
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Another historical fiction home run for Quinn! Following the lives of three women serving at the British codebreaking headquarters, Bletchley Park, during WW2, Quinn expertly weaves history, friendship, betrayal, and romance together as she writes about this insular world. BP comes to life through the pages, and visiting is now on my bucket list. A little verbose (600+ pages), but this story held my interest, and my heart, unflinchingly. 5⭐️

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Andrew65
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My April choice for #12Booksof2022 would easily be in my top ten for the year, if not top 5. The Rose Code is a fabulous book with some key surprises at the end and covers the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park in the Second World War.

Also notable mentions for two books from my favourite series, A Room Full of Killers, Book 1 in the Fabulous Matilda Darke Series by Michael Wood, and Six Graves by Angela Marsons. Love Kim Stone books.

kspenmoll I loved this book! 1mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Have you read the short story she wrote, not directly connected to this but connected to the code breakers and a great time slip element. Only short but 😢😭 Loved it. 1mo
Monica5 This has been on my TBR List forever. I really need to get it read 1mo
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Andrew65 @Monica5 You certainly won‘t regret reading it. 1mo
Bluebird Stacked! I must read this one. I just finished Signal Moon and loved it! Additionally, i love reading about the WWII code breakers, so this is likely my cup of tea. 😄 1mo
Andrew65 @Bluebird Glad to hear you enjoyed Signal Moon. This is an excellent read. 1mo
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jlowery999
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Unpopular opinion alert. I dinnae like it. It just felt ... basic. If someone were to tell me to write a book about Bletchley Park, this is probably the exact storyline I would have dreamed up in my head. I wanted to be surprised, I wanted to be challenged. I also do not care for using real people in historical fiction and fictionalizing their lives.

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AvidReader25
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You know you‘ve got the best bestie when she surprises you with a Christmas ornament filled with your favorite books from the year.

LeahBergen How wonderful! 😍 2mo
JamieArc Wow! What a great gift! 2mo
MaureenMc That‘s awesome! 2mo
Christine Aww, how lovely and fun! 2mo
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jlowery999
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"'It wasn't our job to decide what the right thing was.'
'It's every thinking human being's job ... and don't tell me differently.'"

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Andrew65
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Day 7 #AdventRecommends April Book 1

Simply loved The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, another of her excellent World War II stories, this time focused on the code breaking activities at Bletchley Park. A great story that has some surprising twists and includes some detail on Prince Philip before he married Elizabeth, soon to become Queen. Strongly recommended.

@emilyrose_x

Bookwormjillk I loved this one. I have another of her books I‘m hoping to get to this month 2mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk That‘s one I still need to read too. 2mo
IndoorDame I loved this book!!!! 2mo
Andrew65 @IndoorDame She writes a great story. 2mo
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jlowery999
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"'I don't require protestations of eternal love from the women I take to bed, but I do require consciousness.'"

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jlowery999
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"'Ah , domestic life,' mused Giles, ducking in after Osla. 'Why wait for death?'"

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Here is my list for November #bookspin! Excited to see what comes up. 😀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This was good. A little predictable.
I enjoy Quinn‘s writing and her interweaving of history and story. I like that she does her research.
Strong women, history, a bit of love and intrigue.
Recommend.

CoverToCoverGirl This my fav by her. 🧡 3mo
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MittenGirlPeach
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My #HHS package has mailed as planned! Estimated delivery in Texas is Tuesday. I‘ll update and tag the lucky (I hope she agrees!) recipient then. A terrific swap and season. @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 4mo
MittenGirlPeach It was delivered today! Hopefully @MatchlessMarie received it without any issues. 👻 🍂 3mo
MatchlessMarie I‘ve been home all day and I haven‘t. But hopefully that means they left it with my leasing office. I will check with them in the morning. Thank you 🙏 3mo
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MatchlessMarie Actually I just checked my informed delivery and it does say there was a package delivered to the office around 3pm. I bet that‘s it. I‘m so excited! 👻 (edited) 3mo
MittenGirlPeach @MatchlessMarie The tracking says it was delivered at 2:57 pm to front desk/reception; does that sound right? I‘m so pleased at how quickly it made it to you; 🤞 you‘ll have it in the morning. 3mo
MatchlessMarie @MittenGirlPeach yep that‘s the time I have. I swear I‘m gonna be the girl who cried package 😂 I had a really hard time with mail access at the last place I lived (I moved in June) so I gave my office a heads up about the swap and have been checking in every once in a while. I will post once I have it in my grubby paws 😄 3mo
MittenGirlPeach @MatchlessMarie 😉 that sounds great! I saw you‘d had problems with mail in the past on your form so I wanted to be sure nothing went awry. 3mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Another Kate Quinn. She‘s becoming an auto-read for me.

KristiAhlers I loved this one as well. 4mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Kate Quinn is slowly but steadfastedly becoming one of my favorite authors!

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vlwelser
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I loved this. But be warned about the tears. You will probably cry. So maybe read it at home. Or out in the wild with the other commuters. If you don't mind crying in front of strangers.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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vlwelser
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Missed my train. Trying not to do screamy things right now. So me and big bertha here are getting an extra HOUR together. Also if you dislike crying in public, read this at home.

Soubhiville Uh-oh. Sorry you‘ve got to wait now, but yay for extra reading time? I loved this book. 5mo
vlwelser @Soubhiville I love it also. I wish I had planned better. Because book club dinner is tomorrow. 5mo
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vlwelser
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So behind on book club books. Actually lugging this chunkster on the train. It's exercise, right?

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monalyisha
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For some reason, I‘ve been telling myself lately that historical fiction isn‘t my thing — and I was dreading reading this book. Turns out, I was wrong! It‘s a story about female codebreakers during WWII. Concurrently, it‘s a story about fighting against societal expectations, and about life-defining relationships (both romantic and platonic). Remember, though: “there‘s a war on.” Don‘t read without your tissues! 😭

kspenmoll This was a great book! 5mo
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monalyisha
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I went on vacation with my book club (friends from college); here are a few of us, all reading the same thing at the beach. 😅 It made me laugh.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Looks like a lovely time! 🥰 5mo
BittersweetBooks Aww I love this! Wish I had a book club as close as this one. 5mo
monalyisha Thanks @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm & @BittersweetBooks! We graduated in 2008 & have been doing this book club thing since 2012. That‘s a whole decade of book club! 🥹 5mo
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AmyK1
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Kate Quinn 2 days in a row 😂 But this one actually fits the #letterR. I loved it!
#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 6mo
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DisneyFan
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Great Book. Considering how much I love reading non-fiction and fiction books about WWII, I was surprised I still learned a few new things. 600+ pages flew by. 4 out of 5 stars.

#bookspinbingo
#August2022

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Jas16
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Three young women who couldn‘t seem more different fall into and out of friendship while working as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. After the war is over two of them are asked to help the third with a life or death situation. Love, war, loss, and betrayal, and three smart women strong enough face it all. This was a terrific book with rich characters and twists and turns that made me want it to never end.

CoverToCoverGirl Terrific book! My favourite by her. 🧡 6mo
Leftcoastzen What a sweet face !🥰🐶 6mo
kspenmoll Love this author & wonderful book! 6mo
batsy 😍🐶 6mo
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wen4blu
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Me: “I need a break from World War II books”

Me, two days later: “oohhhh, female code breakers”.

#currentlyreading

Soubhiville I loved this one! 7mo
DivineDiana I feel the same way, but this book took me by surprise. In a good way. 🙂 7mo
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DGRachel
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Not the tagged book, but this short story releases August 1st (not in the Litsy database) and it features a listening station that sends data to the code breakers featured in The Rose Code. Anywho…this is a wonderfully written short story with two timelines (1943 and 2023). It‘s available from Amazon First Reads now. I loved the characters and the plot. It‘s not original, but her writing skill is undeniable and it feels like she had fun writing.

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Andrew65
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#BigJuneReadathon #600Pages

The last 600 page book I read, but one of my favourite reads of the year so far. Most definitely recommended if you haven‘t read it yet.

@Clwojick

Clwojick I adored this book! Looking forward to reading some more of her books. Have you read anything else by her? 8mo
Andrew65 I‘ve read the tagged book which is equally as good @Clwojick
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Andrew65 Also last month read the tagged book which was also very good, and now want to get to The Huntress. (edited) 8mo
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kspenmoll The Huntress was fantastic too! (edited) 8mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks, next on my list. 8mo
CoverToCoverGirl This is my favourite book by her. 8mo
Andrew65 @CoverToCoverGirl Mine too of the ones I‘ve read. 8mo
Clwojick Awesome! I‘ll be checking them all out then! ☺️ 8mo
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Lauriezp
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Another good novel by Kate Quinn, but I enjoyed The Alice Network and The Huntress more. Still, worth a read.

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Dragon
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I‘m going back to the book sale tomorrow- today I went to softcover fiction and romance. There‘s lots more to look at. Planning my attack with this handy map. What you can‘t see in the photo is upstairs are children and teen books while downstairs is self help

Centique Whoa. A book sale so big it needs a map! 8mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique it was the first sale since 2019 so it was even bigger than previous years- there were boxes and boxes of books under the tables - it filled the whole curling rink as well as the upstairs and downstairs ( I didn‘t make past the main floor) 💚🐉 8mo
Centique @Dragon that is phenomenal! I‘d probably lose my mind (but in a good way) 😜 8mo
Dragon It‘s a bit overwhelming @Centique but so worth it 👍😄 8mo
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Skeeterisme
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Wow

CoverToCoverGirl Right? 🧡🧡 9mo
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Andrew65
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Loved this book, one of the best books and stories I have read in a while. Thoroughly recommend this to others.

Book 4 finished for #AwesomeApril

Bookwormjillk I liked this one a lot too. Great ending. 9mo
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Definitely agree. 9mo
tpixie @Andrew65 Smoke signal is a novella on audible with Marie Benedict‘s Agatha Christie & Kate Quinn‘s Osla 9mo
Andrew65 @tpixie Thanks,will check it out. 9mo
tpixie @Andrew65 🌺💙🌺 9mo
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Andrew65
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End of Day 3 of the #AwesomeApril Readathon, no books finished but 419 pages read.

Overall

Finished 3 / 6 books

Read 1493 / 2400 pages

kspenmoll Loved The Rose Code! 10mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll It is a great story. 10mo
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Andrew65
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Starting my next book for #AwesomeApril Readathon. Looking forward to this one.

Tove_Reads I really miss buddy reads. I should soon have time for it as well! 10mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 @TrishB About 2/3 way through and really enjoying it so far. 10mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes me too, on both counts. 10mo
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rebbyj
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So good

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janeycanuck
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I don't think this needed to be 600+ pages, and would have been all that much better if it had been shorter but this is classic Quinn with complicated, strong women. There is a bit of romanticisation of the war, which I've long grown tired of but I don't think I'd have wanted Bletchley Park from anyone other than Quinn.

Book 3/3 for #MarvellousMarch

Eyelit Ooh, I‘ve got that up on hold from the library on audiobook. Looking forward to it. I think all of Quinn‘s books could be slightly shorter, but I don‘t begrudge her too much cause I always get sucked into the character development. 11mo
janeycanuck @Eyelit Yeah, they are alway fast reads. She‘s got a new one out at the end of the month, too! 11mo
Andrew65 I want to read this. Well done 👏👏👏 11mo
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The Rose Code was an enthralling look at female code breakers in WWII. Simultaneously fast-paced and detailed, this book swept me up in the story immediately and never let me go. I was wholly unfamiliar with this portion of WWII history and found both the story and the characters to be captivating. Be sure to read the Author‘s Note at the end, as it contains extremely interesting information. Cannot recommend this one highly enough!

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tpixie
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Reading The Rose Code in anticipation of this 20 author book event tomorrow in San Diego. Kate Quinn is going to sing the National Anthem!
Kansas to San Diego or Bust!
#SuperBook3
#AdventuresByTheBook

bnp An in person book event! Hope it is fun! 11mo
tpixie @bnp thanks! On my way there now! 11mo
TheBookHippie I love San Diego enjoy. 11mo
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kissmehardy
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Even on a #reread, I couldn't put this book down. Nothing hooks me like three best friends breaking codes and catching traitors at Bletchley Park! #historicalfiction

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Kgaudiuso
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Loved this book even more than The Alice Network! It was so hard to put down, because I loved the story of these three girls coming together to work during the war with jobs that were so secret, that they could barely talk about it with each other. But despite that, they managed to form an unbreakable friendship that really proved itself when it mattered most.

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KristiAhlers
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I really enjoyed this story. To be fair this author is an auto buy one for me so there is that. This is about three very different women working at Bletchley Park during WWII. A real page turner. #100readschallenge

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Bookwormjillk
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I really loved this WW2 code breaking novel. The ending was perfect. A great way to start the reading month.

corireadslife Just finished this one not too long ago and loved it! 12mo
kspenmoll Loved this too! 12mo
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corireadslife
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Rating: 5 🌟
Book: 4 of 2022

Goodness gracious, Kate Quinn is so talented. I fell in love with Osla, Mab, and Beth from the beginning and despite their ups and downs, the ending was an absolute dream. My January #BookSpin is complete!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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IndoorDame
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Clwojick I ADORED THIS BOOK! ❤️ 12mo
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IndoorDame
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5⭐️! This was one of those fabulous pieces of historical fiction that uses real people, places, and storylines in a way that really makes the fiction come alive. As far as WWII fiction goes, this was on the cheerful end of the spectrum. It did make me cry once, but it‘s set in Britain the entire time and told from the perspective of young (straight, white, Christian) women, so Nazi cruelty is a very far away threat.

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radelyn
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Read this. It was incredible, such an intricate and wonderful story

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AvidReader25
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I loved this one. I‘ve been fascinated with the WWII female code breakers at Bletchley Park since watching Bletchley Circle. This book loosely fictionalizes a few real women & creates an incredible historical novel. I loved the author‘s note at the end explaining what was fact & all the real people & events she included. The 3 main characters: debutante Osla, no nonsense Mab, & shy Beth, have depth & complicated motives. I loved their friendship.

BennettBookworm Agreed, such a fascinating and wonderful book! 13mo
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Cathy_J
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This was excellent historical fiction! I loved it. The characters, the story, the setting .. I was picking it up whenever I could to keep reading! Gee I would love to visit Bletchley Park some day. (The Google search result is amusing 😆) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great book 😊

melissajayne I would love to visit there as well. 13mo
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corireadslife
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#Bookspin and #Doublespin picks for the month of January. Very excited for both of these!! I started with The Rose Code last night and am hoping to get in some good reading today!! 📖

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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melissajayne
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My favourite read for #august. Really liked how the three women portrayed as being independent and bright and intelligent and it not being a bad thing. It was the best written of the buzzy books that I read this year. #12booksof2021

Andrew65 This is a must read for me this year. 13mo
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Readergrrl
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#Bestof2021Swap
Thank you so much for my Best-of-2021 package! I love it all! The candle smells wonderful and I‘ll be having a cup of the tea after lunch!! I can‘t wait to read both books. They‘ve been popping up in my feed frequently so I‘m excited to dive in! I haven‘t been to The Strand in a few years, but the bookmark is reminding me that it‘s time for a road trip to NYC!! Love the notecards too… a great package. Thank you!!

BennettBookworm Yayyy I‘m so thrilled!!! Happy new year! 13mo
candority That bookmark is great! 😊 13mo
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kspenmoll
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Historical fiction at its best.While working as code breakers at the mysterious Bletchley park during WWII,3 women from very different backgrounds forge an unlikely friendship.After the war,they part ways.Much later in life they reluctantly meet again,to engineer a rescue of another worker.
The world of Bletchley Park is bought to life due to the author‘s impeccable research & her writing of the intricate details of life at this mysterious place.

Andrew65 I need to read this! 13mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 I think you would enjoy it- I learned so much about Bletchley Park! 13mo
Crazeedi Katherine I thought I read this but I guess I didn't! I'll be putting on my tbr!! 13mo
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