- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (November 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525949771
- ISBN-13: 978-0525949770
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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The two of them find themselves in Ireland just in time to thwart the 1803 Irish rebellion. Things are complicated by the interference of our hero Geoff's dastardly cousin and the mysterious and enigmatic Lord Vaughn who seems to be everywhere in this series.
Hurt feelings, misunderstandings and too much pride manage to keep our young lovers at odds for much of the story which is filled with action and danger and all sorts of mysterious characters.
In the present story line, Eloise finds herself obsessing over an absent Colin who turns up at the most inconvenient time - just as she is out on a blind date that was set up by her grandmother. What is so intriguing to me about this bridging story line is that only a couple of weeks have passed since Eloise met Colin. After following three romances in the historical time period, it feels like more time must have passed in the present day one.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series and am really glad that there are twelve books in the series. Looks like I have lots of enjoyable books in my future.
In the third novel of the series, The Deception of the Emerald Ring the game between French and English spies continues. Letty Alsworthy is in London for the Season with the rest of her family, including her beautiful sister Mary, their flitterwit of a mother, and a father who means well, but can't seem to pass a bookstore without picking up a few new volumes. Which means that it's up to Letty to keep the family together, the bills paid, and things running smoothly. Besides, she knows that a suitor will not look at her twice, especially if Mary is in the room. But Letty is wise enough to know that if her sister goes through the elopement that she's planning, it's going to simply ruin the rest of the family. So, in the middle of the night in nothing more than her nightgown and a cloak she tries to find Lord Pinchingdale to tell him that it simply can't happen.
When the carriage that is bringing her to Lord Pinchingdale stops, she suddenly finds herself in the very passionate embrace of the viscount, who seems not to mind at all that she's isn't Mary. Worst still, two of Pinchingdale's friends are there, witnesses to the entire escapade, and Letty and Pinchingdale find themselves wed to each other, with neither of them happy about it at all. In fact, the groom is so unhappy that he leaves in the middle of the wedding celebrations, and a humiliated Letty decides to follow him -- off to the scarcely calm land of Ireland, where a revolt supported by the French is looming.
And suddenly, Letty finds herself in the middle of conspiracies, meetings in dark dank churches, sinister men in black, and all sorts of aliases and plots, all with the mysterious Pink Carnation at the center of it. Will poor Letty manage to keep her wits around her, and solve the awful dilemna of her marriage to Pinchingdale, who seems to loathe her on sight?
I have to say that this installment of Lauren Willig's of her series is rather exciting. For one, the action is shifted rather quickly from London to a place that isn't used very often for the Napoleonic wars -- Ireland. This really kept my interest, as I had no idea that the French were happily formetting revolution there, and seeking to use the country as a staging point for a possible invasion of England instead of just going across the Channel.
Nor does Willig forget the modern day story of Eloise Kelly and Colin Selwick. Eloise's scholarly researching into the Pink Carnation gives some amusement, not to mention her meddling grandmother's attempts to get her married off. It does get annoying in spots, as it does break up the story of Letty and Pinchingdale at the worst possible moments, and it does get predictable.
With those caveats in mind, it's still a fairly good story, and Willig's prose and mannerisms fit in nicely with the writing style of the Regency novel. Too, it's clear that she's paying homage to Baroness Orczy's novels of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Lastly, it's the fact that she can do research and isn't afraid to put in new elements into the ongoing story, and that I can always applaud.
Winding up, this gets a good four stars in all. If you like a smart, witty historical novel with plenty of slyness and a few laughs, this series would fit the bill nicely.
This is one of the few books you could skip if you wanted as Letty isn't involved heavily in the later books. If you want to read later books in the series and read fast enough to breeze through one of these in a few evenings it's not so bad to pass it up.
The story of Letty and Geoffrey was great. No complaints there, but the brief jumps back to the present and Eloise really didn't work for the book. There are two previous books in this series which I haven't read and perhaps people who started at the beginning will enjoy those updates on Eloise but honestly it wasn't working for me.
So, it's a pretty good book but in my opinion challenging if you haven't read book one and two.
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!