by Kate Quinn
This book kept me engaged throughout its entirety. It focuses on the lives of two women during two different time periods. One woman was a spy in the “Alice” network during WW1. Her experiences and the atrocities she faced during her career are dealt with in detail. The other main character is a wealthy, young American, who finds herself pregnant, unmarried and confused. She travels to Europe with her mother to take care of her “problem”. However, this young woman (Charlie Sinclair) is determined to locate her cousin who disappeared during WW2. It is because of this quest that her life becomes interconnected with Eve Gardner, who served as a spy during WW1. Charlie believes Eve can help her locate her missing cousin. Eve struggles to live a normal life while she deals with the demons of her past. Alcohol has become her crutch. She is also very bitter and rough edged. The book shifts between two time periods. The first is 1915 and follows Eve’s work as a spy during WW1. The second is 1947 and follows both women as they partner to learn what they can about the fate of Charlie’s cousin. What occurs along the way creates an adventure that makes it difficult to put the book down. This novel provided not only historical fiction, but mystery, suspense and romance as well.