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The Rose Code: A Novel

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Saskia Maarleveld

16 Hours 2 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

March 2021

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“The hidden history of Bletchley Park has been waiting for a master storyteller like Kate Quinn to bring it to life. THE ROSE CODE effortlessly evokes the frantic, nervy, exuberant world of the Enigma codebreakers through the eyes of three extraordinary women who work in tireless secrecy to defeat the Nazis. Quinn’s meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel.”

Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of HER LAST FLIGHT

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, 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. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

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 last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...

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  • Katie H.

    Incredible book, incredible author and an incredible narrator! I had an enjoyable journey through this historical fictional book about the integral part that Bletchley Park played in the effort to end WWll. Each character was believable and written in the unique and intimate way that Kate Quinn writes all of her characters. Bravo Kate Quinn, you wrote a topping good story!

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  • Jamie M.

    This was a great story, and I liked how much was based on actual facts and people. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life and creating distinction between their personalities through voice and tone.

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  • Ina F.

    Loved the accent. The reader made to book come alive.

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  • KateinSD

    Loved the story and narrator. Such a good book. This author is really great. Second book by Kate Quinn that I absolutely loved! Characters and storyline are so great and love how it relates to real life stories.

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  • K S.

    Loved this book! Character development was good and very informative about real places and incidents . Narrator was skilled and enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Remarkable story about remarkable women.

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  • C M.

    I look forward to learning from the historical fiction books that I read. Kate Quinn does not disappoint. She researched her topics well.

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  • Susan Rollenhagen

    There were some slow parts throughout the book but overall it is captivating and well written. Would recommend for historical fiction lovers!

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  • Cecilia Moran

    Another great novel by Kate Quinn. Narrater Saskia Maarleveld was brilliant.

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  • Rachel S.

    Wonderful story with interesting historical background. Highly recommend.

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