The Rose Code
Books | Fiction / Historical / 20th Century / World War II
“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...
World War 2
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"An historical fiction about the code breakers of Bletchley Park, England during WWII. An entertaining tale of three women who become friends and then are torn apart due to secrecy and betrayal not clearly understood until after the war. The story weaves in Prince Phillip and Princess Elizabeth’s wedding. I’ve read two other books by this author, The Alice Network and Diamond Eye. The Rose Code has been my favorite."
"Kate Quinn is one of the better historical fiction writers, in my opinion. The first half of this book was just a little too long and drug out, but the second half made up for that. This was written so well and kept me reading. It wasn’t as good as The Diamond Eye, but definitely one I could recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"
"First Kate Quinn novel; cannot wait to read her others. The story keeps you on your toes and intertwines 3 very different women's lives into one purpose revolving around WW2, codes and secrets. Highly recommend! "
"Absolutely adore this book! Rated it 5 stars for my first Kate Quinn book. Yes, it does move slow at times but that really helped the development of the events and characters. I absolutely loved the strong and complex fmc, love interests, and plot twists. I finished the book in about 2 weeks and cannot wait to get my hands on another Quinn book! :))"
"It was slow but interesting "