The Rose Code Review
Title: The Rose Code
Author: Kate Quinn
Style: Historical Fiction
Three strangers, all women, meet at Bletchley Park, a secret government building used to crack codes during WWII. Osla has it all. She's rich, beautiful and dating the Prince of Greece. Mab comes from poverty and hopes to land herself a good husband someday. Osla and Mab's world collides with Beth when the young woman live with her. Beth ends up being a genius code breaker and begins working at Bletchley Park. Working in these extreme conditions does cause people to crack and one of the girls appears to have succumbed to this and is put in an asylum. But did she really crack? A few years after the war friendships are put to the test when two of the women receive a message that there was a trader among them at Bletchley Park. The three girls come together to prove that the trader is the one who imprisoned the girl to keep her quiet.
Kate Quinn does it again with this stunning historical fiction that is based on true facts. One thing I love about all her novels is not only the strong character development but the strong female characters in general. They typically involve women doing hard or scary things that are both inspiring and brave. Her stories are often the untold stories or history that I hadn't heard or learned about before. The story is engrossing and brought out a few emotions in me. I found myself flying through the book even though it's pretty long, over 600 pages. The story is told in multiple perspectives, Osla, Mab and Beth as well as two timelines. I highly recommend this story for the historical fiction lovers.