Book Tour & Review: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

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I would like to thank Randon Things Tours, Kate Quinn and Haper Collins UK for sending me a copy, in exchange for my honest review.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published March 9th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

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!

Make sure you check out the other blog stops on the book tour!

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

Happy reading bookworms –

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Blog Tour & Review: The Witch House by Ann Rawson

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I would like to thank Ann Rawson and Red Dog Press for sending me this ARC, in exchange for my honest review.

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Paperback, 382 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Red Dog Press

Who can you trust, if you can’t trust yourself?

Alice Hunter, grieving and troubled after a breakdown, stumbles on the body of her friend and trustee, Harry Rook. The police determine he has been ritually murdered and suspicion falls on the vulnerable Alice, who inherited the place known locally as The Witch House from her grandmother, late High Priestess of the local coven. When the investigations turn up more evidence, and it all seems to point to Alice, even she begins to doubt herself.

Can she find the courage to confront the secrets and lies at the heart of her family and community to uncover the truth, prove her sanity, and clear herself of murder?

TW: Anxiety/Mental Health.

Wow, this book was definitely something! I adore a good murder mystery story and with the added bonus of Witch Craft? How on earth could I pass up this gem!?

Alice Hunter is not having the best of times. She has recently been released from a mental facility and has now discovered the body of her friend. Unfortunately, the police think she is the culprit and so begins the journey into discovering who the real killer is.

I loved how the author throws straight into the chaos at once. It really built up my intrigued and desire to know more about what is going on. I really loved the setting of the story; I was recently down in Eastbourne, so I could imagine myself walking the cliffs and gazing out to the sea. It was truly a wonderful setting for a witchy crime novel.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. It was descriptive, but not overtly bombarded me with numerous different facts. I felt that I was with Alice on her journey the entire time. This enabled me to really feel and root for her throughout the story.

As someone that also suffers from anxiety, I could really see some of myself in Alice. The struggles of “normal” everyday life and trying to get through day by day. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and tackle life head-on.

The theme of all things Witchy was cleverly woven into the story life and wasn’t over the top or unbelievable. The subtle hints and suggestions made me want to learn more!

Without a doubt, I could not put this book down! It was such a binge-worthy read and I cannot wait to read more by this author!

Happy reading bookworms –

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