I have seen this book everywhere. If I go on Amazon it is suggested to me. If I go on Audible, it is suggested to me. If I go to either of my online libraries, it is suggested there too. I decided to take that as a hint that this is the book I should read. HA!
The book is The Rose Code by Kate Quinn.
I will admit, it took me a bit to get into the book. There are three main characters and the story takes place during WWII and in 1947 after WWII. The book toggles between characters and between the two time periods. If listening to audiobooks, it is a little harder to keep track of some of that.
After I was in a few chapters, I had no problem…just at the beginning.
So what did I think of the book…
I very much liked it. The history part was awesome. The relationship between the characters was interesting. The mystery part was good. I highly recommend the book.
Here is what Amazon had to say: “1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to the 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, a 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...”
Amazon readers give the book 4.7 stars. I totally agree. If you’re looking for a good book, this one just might be it.
If you are looking for the book, you can find it HERE on Amazon.
7 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Rose Code”
Check out the series Bletchley Park on Acorn or British Box, can’t remember which one. Foyles War and Touch of Frost are also binge worthy.
Sorry, that should be Brit Box.
I also just finished reading Rose Code and liked it very much. I would give it about a 4.2!
I am so glad to hear that you had trouble getting into it! I am just reading it now and keep putting it down and wondering if I even want to finish. My husband sat down with it and whipped right through it and loved it. I thought maybe I was missing something! I do confess to having to look up a couple of their words/phrases-couldn’t quite decide what they meant. But I will stick with it, we almost always love the same books. Hugs to you & the whole family.
I loved this book!! I have read several books about “code girls” and loved them all. What an interesting time in history. A good read!!
Thank you for the recommendation! I downloaded a Kindle sample and then bought it immediately after I started. I love it.
I just finished The Berlin Zookeeper which was fabulous and I think you would love. Goes back and forth from Berlin at the last months of the war and current. Very historical and romance too. By Anna Stuart.