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Product Details

  • Series: Pink Carnation (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222213
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Harvard Ph.D. candidate Eloise Kelly continues her research of early 19th-century spies in the smart third book of the Pink Carnation series, following the well-received The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip. This installment focuses on 19-year-old Letty Alsworthy, who, after a comedy of errors, quickly weds Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, her older sister's intended. Geoffrey, an officer in the League of the Purple Gentian, flees to Ireland the night of his elopement. Unbeknownst to Letty, his plan isn't to abandon her; it's to quash the impending Irish Rebellion. When Letty tracks down her prodigal husband in Dublin, not only does she learn of his secret life as a spy, she's sucked into it with hilarious results. Willig—like Eloise, a Ph.D. candidate in history—draws on her knowledge of the period, filling the fast-paced narrative with mistaken identities, double agents and high stakes espionage. Every few chapters, the reader is brought back to contemporary London, where Eloise gets out of the archives long enough to nurse her continuing crush on Colin Selwick. The Eloise and Colin plot distracts from the main attraction, but the historic action is taut and twisting. Fans of the series will clamor for more. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

Willig turns in the third in her clever series combining historical and contemporary romance and featuring scholar Eloise Kelly (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, 2005;The Masque of the Black Tulip, 2006). Eloise's research into a group of English spies during the Napoleonic Wars has led to an infatuation with Colin Selwick, a descendant of one of her subjects, and immersions in the adventurous stories she uncovers. The reader shares Eloise's fascination with the past as Willig fleshes out each romantic tale, here telling the story of Geoff, Viscount of Pinghingdale, and his exploits with the celebrated spy known as the Pink Carnation. Geoff is attempting to run off with the woman of his dreams only to end up mistakenly abducting her sister, Letty. Her reputation compromised, they hastily marry. The bridegroom then takes off for Ireland at the behest of the English government, and the bride promptly follows under an assumed name, never imagining the dangers they'll encounter. Willig's latest is riveting, providing a great diversion and lots of fun. Patty Engelmann
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More About the Author

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

Customer Reviews

I think the most telling fact I can proffer here--to convey my reception of this book-- is the fact that I read the thing in one sitting.
Sandra Lemire
I have read all of Lauren Willig's books and while they are all enjoyable this is the book that keeps me coming back for more pink carnation stories.
Jane F
To summarize briefly, the story alternates from the present, in which Eloise is researching English spies in the Napoleonic era for her Ph.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Greene on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The books in this series (this is the third) just keep getting better. To summarize briefly, the story alternates from the present, in which Eloise is researching English spies in the Napoleonic era for her Ph.D. thesis, to Regency England and the story of Letty, who becomes involved with one of these spies. Both are having trouble with the male species (and it's not surprising that despite the century, the contretemps in which men and women find themselves have not changed all that much). The author switches between stories with an amazing dexterity that keeps the reader turning the pages as rapidly as possible.

The book is full of dry wit, the characters are delightful, and the plot engaging.

My advice to the author: Do quit the day job and focus on writing entirely -- and give us more of these books, SOON!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Goewey on January 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Eloise Kelly is in England researching 19th century spies for her Ph.D thesis and trying her best not to obsess over Colin Selwick, a decendant of one of her Napoleonic spies, the Purple Gentian (Richard), and one good looking Brit. She comes across Letty Alsworthy, also known as Mrs. Alsdale, who has found herself in a rather unpleasant situation with a friend of the Purple Gentian, Geoffrey Pinchingdale. They wind up in Ireland with the British spy the Pink Carnation, trying to stop an Irish uprising with possible French aid and the even more confusing and deadly French spy the Black Tulip.

Letty is an unlikely heroine who you can't help but root for. She says what she thinks and every emotion plays out on her freckled face. She has good intentions but things don't always turn out the way she plans. Geoff isn't your typical knight in shining armor. He's someone who prefers to think about things and to strategize. But he is charming and romantic (he writes poems) and you're glad he comes to his senses and realizes the beauty that is the second Alsworthy daughter.

This book was just as good as the first two. I suggest reading the books in order, but Willig explains enough so that you don't have to. I love how easily she switches point of view between her couples (Letty/Geoff, Amy/Richard, and Hen/Miles) in her books. Eloise's story doesn't interupt the other story and the other story doesn't interupt Eloise's story. Maybe a tiny bit predictable, but still very fun, very enjoyable, and worth whatever you pay for them. If you like historical fiction and a bit of romance and to laugh, you'll love the Deception of the Emerald Ring, along with the first two Pink Carnation books. Book four better hurry up and come out soon. :-)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Harvard Ph.D. aspirant Eloise Kelly researches her third potential nineteenth century female spy (see THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION and THE MASQUE OF THE BLACK TULIP) as she begins to find information on nineteen years old Letty Alsworthy. Apparently, Letty married Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, her older sister Mary's fiancé. This happened because she, the younger sibling, tried to prevent Mary from making a mistake that ironically ended with Letty making a mistake; alas the consequence turned out to be her hurried marriage to Geoffrey.

The League of the Purple Gentian sends Geoffrey to Ireland to prevent a rebellion. Letty assumes he is fleeing her so she investigates where he may have run off to after they ran off and married. She cleverly traces him to Dublin where she concludes her new spouse is a spymaster. Believing in supporting one's husband, Letty is active in his secret vocation though her bumbling amateur ways causes Geoffrey much consternation as she keeps trying to don his black cloak.

This is a terrific amusing historical romance that is at its best when the story line remains in the nineteenth century. When Eloise periodically takes center stage, the plot feels disrupted. Still this is a superb tale filled with warm characters in dangerous situations turned ironically humorous. Now if Eloise can be kept to pre and post game commentary, Lauren Willig's colorful female spy series would be perfect.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JaneConsumer on June 12, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first and second books in the series - THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION and THE MASQUE OF THE BLACK TULIP. They are funny and imaginative - a combination of chick lit, romance and mystery.

I must say I enjoy the changing scenes between the current Eloise/Colin relationship and the older (200 years old) mystery. But some readers find the back-and-forth confusing and superfluous.

I'm looking forward to book 4!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Deception of the Emerald Ring is different in the sense that it doesn't draw you into th reading immediately, but if you continue on with it, you won't be able to put it down. At first, it does drag on a bit, but soon enough, the excitement that we all love if Lauren Willig's writing, and the romance, picks up again. I'm not entirely done with the book, but right now, it's more than being an entertaining read. I have all 3 so far, and this one makes me anticipate a 4th.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Becca on November 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must first say that I loved Lauren Willig's first two Pink Carnation novels, so when I picked this one up I was already predisposed to enjoy myself. However, I was even more impressed with this one! I felt that Willig really pulled off keeping both the Modern and Historical portions of the tale fresh and interesting. This one really kept me turning the pages. I must say my only disappointment is that I've finnished reading the last page. Great Job! I am looking forward to the next one!
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