1940. 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. Awkward local girl Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles beneath her shy exterior.
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…
As the nation prepares for the royal wedding, they must race against the clock to save one of their own.
The enigma arrived in the afternoon post, sealed, smudged and devastating.PROLOGUE
(@HarperCollinsUK, 18 March 2021, 645 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 23 March via @RandomTTours)
This is a new author for me. I’ve become quite a fan of historical fiction over the past couple of years and wanted to read this because it’s about Bletchley Park which I am aware of but only have passing knowledge of. The Rose Code appealed to me because I thought it would be different from other historical fiction I’ve read. I thought this was a terrific book. It’s well written and completely hooked me from the start with its mix of historical fiction and mystery. I was impressed by the level of detail in the book and how much research has been done. This is a terrific book.