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 cryptanalysis.
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…
Historical fictions aren’t necessarily my go too; but when I do, I am always so fascinated and amazed by the creativeness of the authors and how they are able to take me back in time.
The Rose Code was definitely one of those reads that was incredibly hard to put down. Though this book stands at over 600 pages long, it was an absolute page turner! The suspense of the narrative had me hooked from the very beginning, and I was so intrigued to see where the lives of the three women would take them.
Osla, Mab & Beth, our protagonists of the story, all have very different personalities that really make the story more interesting and enjoyable to read. I loved getting to know each of them individually as they all played such important roles.
I enjoyed the two different time periods we were taken too, 1940 and 1947. Moving between the two different years really added to the story in times of the backstory and creating that suspension.
This was my first Kate Quinn novel and I can safely say that I am so excited to read more of her work!
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Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia
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