Second Tuesday Book Club will meet in person from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, in the program room at Schimelpfenig Library to discuss The Rose Code, by popular historical novelist Kate Quinn. As usual, we will observe social distancing, but with face coverings optional. Please email Cathe Spencer at email@example.com if you have questions or comments. See you soon at Schimelpfenig Library!
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, Osla, Mab and Beth bring their own unique skills to Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Although they become close colleagues, in time war, loss, and the impossible pressure of their secret lives will tear the three apart.
But by 1947, as a royal wedding approaches, a mysterious encrypted letter draws the trio back together to find a traitor, someone they knew at Bletchley Park. Can they crack one final code, the Rose Code, that will reveal the betrayer’s name?
Describing her novel, Kate Quinn comments, “I realized that yes, this would be a book about codebreaking—brilliant coffee-fueled women staring at jumbles of nonsense letters, drawing connections across chalkboards in a wild attempt to break a battle plan’s cipher before ships are launched … but this is also a book about … the kind of friendship that exists between women who have finally found a place that accepts them for who they are and what they can do. And what they can do, in between dancing to Glenn Miller and reading mystery novels on their off-hours, is break the unbreakable, decode the impossible, and win a war.”
Publishers Weekly gave The Rose Code a starred review, calling it an “immersive narrative enhanced by Kate Quinn’s richly drawn characters, and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via Quinn’s extensive historical detail.”
In her review in the New Zealand Herald, Louise Ward says: “A wartime debutante, a determined social climber, a repressed daughter. Three women meet and share a single goal — to be a cog in the machine that cracks German codes at Bletchley Park. What a fabulous ride this story is! The Rose Code is a big book, but romps along at a terrific pace. Spies, codebreakers, geniuses, Prince Philip, Bletchley Park, intrigue, tragedy, romance, bombs. Absolutely topping!”
Kate Quinn began writing historical fiction in 2010 and has had four bestsellers set during World War II–The Alice Network, The Huntress, The Rose Code, and The Diamond Eye. She has been praised for her well-developed characters and the extensive research that enhances her novels. She says that she has loved history all her life, and hopes to share that with all her readers.
She grew up in Southern California and now lives in San Diego. She holds two degrees in classical voice from Boston University. Her website is here and includes links to her other social media accounts.