An interesting and entertaining read about two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. The chapters alternate between Charlie’s story in 1947 and Eve’s story in 1915 and I really enjoyed Eve's story the most.
The Alice Network was new to me and I was really interested in reading a historical fiction book about this time in history and how women became spy's and put themselves out there in the midst of danger in order to help win the war.
I always think the women are the unsung heros of war as they put up with and give up so much in wartime. No part played in war by any women is a small part as they watch while their husbands,sons, daughters and families went off to fight, they managed on rations and brought up their children alone and learned to raise their children against the odds and when the wars were over they grieved their loved ones, nursed husbands that were both physically and mentally wounded for many years after without complaint.
This book is well written and is an interesting read. I did however find it a tad too long and think it could have been trimmed down and still delivered on the story. The characters were well formed and I did injoy a lot about this historical fiction book. The ending was little too contrived but thats just my opinion.
I listened to this one on audio and the narrator was excellent. I believe there is an afterword in the hard copy which explains what is fiction and what is fact and unfortunately it wasn't included in the audio version which was quite disappoinng as I finished the book and was left wondering.
An interesting read and could have been a 4 star for me if I had read it as opposed to listening to it. I think readers who enjoyed the [bc:The Nightingale|21853621|The Nightingale|Kristin Hannah|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451446316s/21853621.jpg|41125521][b:The Nightingale|21853621|The Nightingale|Kristin Hannah|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451446316s/21853621.jpg|41125521] or[b:All the Light We Cannot See|18143977|All the Light We Cannot See|Anthony Doerr|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451445646s/18143977.jpg|25491300][bc:All the Light We Cannot See|18143977|All the Light We Cannot See|Anthony Doerr|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1451445646s/18143977.jpg|25491300] might well enjoy this one.