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The Rose Code

Author: Kate Quinn

Started: Mar. 11, 2021

Finished: Mar. 15, 2021

Bletchley Park, and the important work taking place there, was unknown to the average English citizen but to Osla, Mab, and Beth, it was about to become their whole world. Using each of their individual talents, these three women will help change the course of World War II.

As members of the famous codebreaking team, these women will help defeat the Nazi army as it makes its way across the continent. Along the way, Beth realizes that there is a traitor in their midst and receives the ultimate punishment to keep that information hidden. Together, the trio brings the traitor to light and mend fences for past grievances along the way.

I have long been interested in the roles women played in World War II and the story of the codebreakers, who were among some of the brightest minds of the time, is one of the best. While there were many brilliant men at Bletchley Park, such as Alan Turing, the creator of the Turing machine, the use of young, bright female students was unheard of. Women's colleges were scoured and the best of the best were brought to Bletchley to serve their country.

Kate Quinn has proven she is a master of World War II historical fiction. The attention to the details of the codebreakers' lives is exquisite. Using the names and histories of actual female codebreakers such as Osla Benning and Valerie Glassboro (grandmother of Kate Middleton). While this not a quick read, 626 pages to be exact, it is a story that drew me in and kept my attention. I know that when purchasing a novel by Quinn, that I am going to be told a tale that will keep me interested from page one.

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