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The Rose Code

The Rose Code

A Novel

Book - 2021
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Joining the elite Bletchley Park codebreaking team during World War II, three women from very different walks of life uncover a spy's dangerous agenda years later against the backdrop of the royal wedding of Elizabeth and Philip.
"1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Osla puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Mab works the legendary codebreaking machines and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Beth's shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and she becomes one of the Park's few female cryptanalysts. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, the three women 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"--adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780063059412
Call Number: F QUINN KA
Characteristics: 624, 24 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 13, 2021

Loved it! Well worth the time it took to read its 624 pages. Never did I have to force myself to read to get to the end- I enjoyed the whole book and slowed down only as I didn’t want it to end. And author’s note reveals how much was based on real characters and events, much more than I expected. Read and turned in quickly so those waiting can enjoy it too.

Jun 08, 2021

A favorite of mine.SO well written, like her other books.

May 21, 2021

Highly recommend!

May 17, 2021


May 10, 2021

Absolutely superb!It is true, you cannot put it down. Three very different women, find out who they really can be, during WW2, working at Bletchley Park. The oath to secrecy taken by this large group of people is mind-boggling. This book clearly illustrates how parts of history can be omitted or not highlighted, depending on who the author is. So fascinating, that most of this book is true! Thank you Kate Quinn for a phenomenal piece of historical fiction!

Apr 13, 2021

An engrossing and suspenseful story based on the truly patriotic code-breakers of Bletchley Park in England during World War II. Quinn weaves the narrative around Osla, Mab, and Beth, three distinctively different women who each play critical roles in the machinery that intercepted and eventually broke down German missives. Sprinkled within are romances, one with Prince Philip of England before he married Queen Elizabeth, and tragedies and forgiveness. The book is difficult to put down, despite its large size!

Apr 13, 2021

I was fascinated by the work of the code breakers. A page from history that was given its full value by MS. Quinn. very well written.

Apr 12, 2021

EXCELLENT read ! Could hardly put it down. Interesting, intriguing, romantic and touching.

TSCPL_Miranda Apr 11, 2021

Kate Quinn’s done it again! The author of The Alice Network and The Huntress is one of the hottest voices in historical fiction. Her new novel The Rose Code tells the story of three women who serve in Bletchley Park during World War II. Like Quinn’s previous novels, the book blends research and detail with the tightly plotted action of a thriller and hints of mystery. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages, and you might need a friend to scream-text with as you make your way through the twists and secrets.

Osla, Beth and Mab all have reasons to prove themselves as they do their bit for England during World War II. The book begins after the war as England prepares to celebrate the royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. It flashes back and forth between wartime and post-war England, gradually adding pieces until we see the whole picture.

Osla comes from a wealthy background and wants to show she is more than a “dizzy Deb.” Mab wants to help her family and find a husband who will secure their financial future. Beth is under the thumb of a controlling, abusive mother, and needs to get away to begin her own life. All three end up working at Bletchley Park where they help the Allies win the war through translation, code-breaking and transcription. The challenges, responsibilities and friendships they form will change their lives forever. The Rose Code is a story of strength, triumph and the power of women.

Apr 09, 2021

I surely did not waste my time , this was an incredible, fascinating story with a solid historical background, thoroughly researched.

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