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1940. 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. Awkward local girl Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles beneath her shy exterior.
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 ultimate code together…
As the nation prepares for the royal wedding they must race against the clock to save one of their own. Whether you loved The Crown, don’t miss this riveting historical novel!
My thoughts on the novel
The idea for this book sounded really exciting, especially because I had seen the movie Imitation Game where a team of mathematical geniuses endeavor to decipher the notorious Enigma machine. So I was looking forward to a novelized version of this critical period of history.
The Rose Code is a very ambitious novel, covering a lot of ground (too much, perhaps?). Unfortunately, I found it was fairly slow and too “cluttered”. It is rather long and contains fairly a lot of characters and subplots, which was fairly a hindrance. Oddly enough, I found the author’s detailed paper money at the end of the book far more riveting; they were approximately the historical context and the background of the actual people it was inspired by.
I have another book by Kate Quinn in my to-read pile. I hope “The Alice Network” will be a more fluid read!