The Rose Code [Book Review] #ThrowbackThursday #HistoricalFiction #Mystery

The Rose Code is a story of friendship, aspirations, determination, courage, betrayal, and secrecy.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (cover) Image: a woman in a scarlett dress stands with her back to the camera facing a gold machine

Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, WW11, Friendship, London, Code Breakers, Espionage, Mystery

Welcome to #ThrowBackThursday where I highlight an older review or post a current review of a backlist title. Today, I’m sharing a 5 Star, favorite histfic story by a favorite author, The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.

I’m linking up with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowbackThursday.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Summary:

Popular historical fiction author Kate Quinn brings us a thrilling story about three female code-breakers who work at Bletchley Park outside London during WW11. This is a story of friendship, aspirations, determination, courage, betrayal, and secrecy.

Quinn introduces us to three young women who are quite different in their backgrounds and personalities. Mab is twenty-six, poor, and wants more from life, especially for her four-year-old sister. Mab was forced to drop out of school at fourteen to help support her mom, and in a determined attempt to better her life, Mab always works her way up at her jobs. Olsa is eighteen, attended boarding schools, is dating Prince Phillip, desires to prove herself as more than a pretty face, and has an expressive and impulsive personality. Born in Canada, she considers England home. Finally, Beth is twenty-four, lives at home with an abusive and controlling mother, and is quirky, brilliant, and skilled at crossword puzzles. She might be on the Autism spectrum.

These three different girls end up with jobs at the Bletchley Park English Country House, the site of the ultra secret British and Allied code-breaking operation during WW11, and they form a bond of sorts. Mab works with the decoding machines, Osla’s skill is in translating, and Beth’s expertise is in cryptoanalysis. Their relationship is one of the most compelling parts of the story. The friendship has its ups and downs as they support each other, argue, and compete, At war’s end, their friendship appears doomed and they part as enemies. 1947 will be the ultimate test of their loyalty.

“Duty, honor, oaths–they are not just for soldiers–not just for men.”

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