The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
During WWI, Eve, a teenage orphaned British girl is recruited to join the country's secret service as one of its first ever female wartime spies. After extensive training, she is stationed at a small town in France near the eastern border under the guise of working in a restaurant that caters to German officers. She quickly realizes that one of the best ways to procure information about the Germans is to enter into a relationship with the middle-aged restaurant owner, a Frenchman who is quite cozy with the Germans he entertains. Eve spends the war working with other women spies, dubbed "The Alice Network", and watches as her peers are captured and tortured. When she herself is captured, it is not by the Germans as she suspects it will be, but by her restaurant manager, who tortures her horribly before turning her over to the Germans who inter her in a prisoner of war camp. Years later, as WWII comes to a close, a young American girl shows up on Eve's London doorstep seeking her help to locate her cousin who disappeared during the war, Eve having processed the cousins' papers. The last known contact for the cousin is at a restaurant by the same name where Eve worked as a spy. Eve and Charlie work together to find Charlie's cousin, and discover Eve's former employer still alive, when she had thought him long dead, and Eve has her revenge for the torture he inflicted on her so many years ago. Hold-your-breath exciting, fascinating, and a chance to learn something new about Britain's first group of women war spies, this book can't be missed.
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