'The Rose Code' is a gripping WWII thriller

'The Rose Code' by Kate Quinn
"The Rose Code" by Kate Quinn
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Ask Katy Futrelle — owner of Horton’s Books and Gifts in Carrollton, Ga., that celebrates its 130th anniversary this October — about one of her favorite books to recommend this year, and she’ll tell you about Kate Quinn’s novel “The Rose Code.” 

“This book combines the absolute best of being both a thriller and an espionage tale set in the World War II era,” she raves. “And it's just a delicious, impossibly gripping, can't-put-down story.”  

The novel follows three very different women who all report to the mysterious Bletchley Park at the start of World War II, where they each play a role in the British attempt to break the German enigma code. Debutante Osla, self-made shop-girl Mab and shy crossword puzzle-genius Beth would never have met outside of the war. Pulled apart by a series of events, the three must come together two years after the war to solve one final, vital puzzle. “You get so close to these characters,” Futrelle says. “This book will reel you in.” 

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