The Rose Code - Kate Quinn

The Rose Code

By Kate Quinn

  • Release Date: 2021-03-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 2,142 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...


  • Best book I ever read!

    By CoriDub
    I’ve never been more captivated by characters in a book like this before. In a word, breathless comes to mind as I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Thank you, Kate Quinn!!!
  • So hard to put down

    By Pinkiemomma
    I loved the characters, even the dog. I made the mistake of picking this up at 1 am to help me sleep. I was still entranced at 6 am when my alarm went off.
  • Hard to pick a favorite

    By xjocesx
    My first book by Kate Quinn was The Huntress. Since then I have read 4 more books by her and have not been disappointed
  • Powerful read

    By coartchick
    The topic of Bletchley Park has. Even popular in recent fiction, but this book adds so much vigor! It had me reading through the night! The switching time periods took a bit of getting used to, but the flow worked. Read it.
  • Good read

    By DonnieboyT
    Fascinating story. But a little long.
  • Historical fiction deep dive

    By CaliRya
    This book seems great for historical fiction super fans. I’ve dabbled in historical fiction and am not that familiar with the author’s other works. So I felt like I was in a bit over my head with this epic read, which I felt dragged on at times. I was also lost with some of the historical British references and lingo, even though I lived in England for a few years myself. Although I appreciated how well-written the story was.
  • Loved it

    By stgoldb99
    Very well written and interesting
  • Rich characters

    By Ranger Ann
    The characters are rich and continue to mature as the years pass. They are all so different. I am not often that surprised by plot twists, but this story provided many unexpected twists.
  • Page turner

    By DirtPeddler
    Couldn’t put it down.
  • Truly beautiful

    By livvyoe
    This book grabbed onto my heart throughout the entire story. You truly fall in love with the characters and feel warmth to see them grow.