Heart-Stopping WWII Historical: Read an Extract of The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Heart-Stopping WWII Historical: Read an Extract of The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

London

The enigma arrived in the afternoon post, sealed, smudged, and devastating.

Osla Kendall stood, twenty-six years old, dark-haired, dimpled, and scowling, in the middle of a tiny Knightsbridge flat that looked as if it had been bombed by Junkers, wearing nothing but a French lace slip and a bad mood as she looked over the piles of silk and satin exploding over every surface.

Twelve Days Until The Wedding of the Century! this morning’s Tatler had gushed. Osla worked for the Tatler; she’d had to write the whole ghastly column.

What are YOU going to wear?

Osla picked up a rose satin gown with whorls of crystal beading.

“What about you?” she asked it. “Do you say `I look simply smashing and I couldn’t care less that he’s marrying someone else’?” What on earth did you wear to a wedding when you wanted your appearance to say `I can’t outshine the beastly bride but I’d really, really like to’?

Etiquette lessons at finishing school never touched that one. Whatever the outfit, everyone in the congregation would know that before the bride came along, Osla and the bridegroom were— A knock sounded. Osla flung on a robe to answer it. Her flat was tiny, all she could afford on her Tatler salary if she wanted to live alone and be close to the center of things.

“Darling, no maid? No doorman?” Her mother had been appalled. “Move in with me until you find a husband. You don’t need a job.” But after sharing bedrooms with billet mates all through the war, Osla would have lived in a boot cupboard as long as she could call it her own.

“Post’s come, Miss Kendall.” The landlady’s spotty daughter greeted her at the door, eyes going at once to the rose gown slung over Osla’s arm. “Oooh, are you wearing that to the royal wedding? You look scrummy in pink!”

It’s not enough to look scrummy, Osla thought, taking her bundle of letters. I want to outshine a princess, an actual born-to-the-tiara princess, and the fact is, I can’t…

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        Publisher details

        The Rose Code
        Author
        Kate Quinn
        Publisher
        HQ Fiction
        Genre
        Historical Fiction
        Released
        03 March, 2021
        ISBN
        9780008455859

        Synopsis

        1940, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire. Three very different women are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla has the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses – but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, working to translate decoded enemy secrets. Self-made Mab masters the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and the poverty of her East-End London upbringing. And shy local girl Beth is the outsider who trains as one of the Park's few female cryptanalyses. 1947, London. Seven years after they first meet, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens. Osla, Mab and Beth are estranged, their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal. Yet now they must race against the clock to crack one final code together, before it's too late, for them and for their country.
        Kate Quinn
        About the author

        Kate Quinn

        Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with The Alice Network and The Huntress. All have been translated into multiple languages. Kate and her husband now live in San Diego with two rescue dogs. 

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