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The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation) Paperback – September 4, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. :-)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the story very interesting. It has a little mystery to it. I enjoyed it.Published 11 months ago by Rosalie Speciale
Normally I don't care for stories written in early English/French history, however this book (and the others in the series) kept my interest and was informative of the events in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judy
I have loved each of Lauren Willig's books from the Pink Carnation series. They each have their own personalities, while following the tale of our modern day heroine Eloise Kelly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ms. Darci
Great series. Tons of fun. Well written. Well researched.Published 17 months ago by cheri burmester
I love the entire series.It's romance,spying and very interesting characters all tied up neatly.The story telling is spellbinding and definitely keeps you wishing to continue with... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
#3 I think. I have been listen out of order. Wish I new the order before I started...Published 19 months ago by DDF