Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was our pick for March at our Book Club! I really enjoyed this book! It is based on a true story of The Alice Network, a real-life group of female spies in France during World War I.
The Alice Network tells the story of Charlie St. Claire in present day and then bounces into the story of another woman Eve Gardiner’s past. Charlie is pregnant and is on her way with her mother to ‘take care of her little problem” when she decides now is the time she is going to break free. She is hoping to find her cousin Rose who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war and now is perfect opportunity. Charlie heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
In Eve’s story, she is itching to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.
I usually have trouble when a story flips between two people’s stories, but I had no trouble with this one! I’m glad this author decided this story needed to be brought to light again. It’s fascinating to discover it’s based on a real woman, Louise de Bettignies or Alice Dubois and her story heroism and courage. I highly recommend this book!!!!