Book: The Rose Code
Author: Kate Quinn
This is my 71st read of the year
This is a story of three women who answered the call during WWII to break German Codes. In 1940 The three British women arrive at Bletchley Park among with other great minds from all over the country, and set out to find out what the Germans are planning before it happens. Oslo who is beautiful and wealthy, and currently seening Prince Phillip of Greece (before he became THEE prince Phillip), Mab - who grew up poor and wants to find a husband, and Beth - a meak girl who needs to get away from her mother who thinks all Beth is good for is taking care of her. Oslo and Mab take Beth under their wing and soon discover that Beth has a brillian mind for puzzles. But soon, a terrible tragedy tears the women apart.
The story jumps to 1947, days before Prince Phillip is to marry Princess Elizabeth. Beth has called Oslo and Mab to help her with one last encrypted letter that she believes is the key to what broke their friendship apart and also got Beth sent to an asylum. Oslo and Mab reluctantly agree to unbury the past and help Beth with this one last task. It is dangerous, but Beth knows it has to be done.
This was a good book. It is LONG. I listened to it, and it kept me entertained. The story flows nicely, and you get invested in the lives of these three women and the tragedy that pushed them apart. IT jumps back and forth from 1940 to 1947, spending most of the time in 1940 while the women work together to break codes. We get a look into what it was like to be on a code breaking team and how hard it is to keep secret that this is what you did during the war - even after it is long over. The women who were code breakers were some of the most brillian minds of the times, and not something I was familiar with going into this story. While this is a historical fiction book, you still learn a lot about what the process was like, which I always enjoy.
This was a good one. I highly recommend.