The Rose Code - Kate Quinn

The Rose Code

Author: Kate Quinn

  • Publication Date: 2021-03-09
  • Category: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 1,283 Ratings)


“The reigning queen of historical fiction” --  Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue  

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to 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, 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...


  • Fantastic

    By erininportland
    Fabulous read, great characters. Loved every page and learned a lot about this real life group of women. Hated to see it end!
  • Fabulous

    By Baby Doc 911
    I knew nothing about BP prior to reading. Characters jumped off the pages. The writing is likely the best I’ve ever read, wonderful adjectives and so very intricate but not boring descriptions of everything. I absolutely loved it.
  • Great historical fiction

    By Buckingb
    It was a very good book but just a little bit too long.
  • One of my favorites

    By Wispy-Willow
    I loved this book, could not put it down. I am drawn to WWII books and different views from the different countries involved. Learning about the decoding was something else very new to me and so informative, so involved. Development of these characters by the author was so thorough and well done, I felt like they were my friends and/or acquaintances in real life.
  • Great novel

    By maria_AK907
    Well written, captivating! I couldn’t put it down.
  • The Rose Code

    By The_Classy_Lady_Survival_Guide
    I got lost in this novel. The story follows three very different women. Mab from Shoreditch who is determined to better her life. Beth with her brilliant mind and overbearing mother. Then there is Olsa the sassy debutante from Canada. Like so many others during this time, war creates unlikely friendships and can tear those friendships apart in a moment. The story pivots between the war years and the days leading up to the royal wedding in 1947. The story ties real events into the story and gives us readers an idea of what life was like at top secret Bletchley Park. Although we will never know everything. There are plot twists and intrigue along the way. The story is an excellent choice if you are interested in the stories of women during war and a peek into the world of code breaking.
  • Another amazing book by Kate Quinn

    By Peonies+Magnokia
    Captivating and charming. My favorite book by this author - I hated for it to end!
  • Rose Code

    By srormy1
    Very interesting semi true story. I found the writing style tedious. Jumping back and forth between present and past. I learned a lot about this secret group of people who gave up a lot to defend England
  • Great book

    By Cut wood
    Good characters, good story, great book. I enjoyed the history and the plot. Very exciting and fun.
  • Great books by a great author

    By Silver Fox 20
    The story, written by a women, principally about women was mesmerizing. When a book brings me to tears I feel that the author has succeeded! Kate Quinn is such an author. Thank you for many wonderful hours of reading.