- File Size: 1192 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (January 20, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 20, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ELAAQ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$15.00|
Save $7.01 (47%)
Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price set by seller.
The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel (Pink Carnation series Book 8) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 416 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $8.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Kindle e-ReadersFire TabletsFire Phones
- Book 8 of 12 in Pink Carnation series (12 Book Series)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The opening chapters of ORCHID were an abrupt change after the high comedy of Willig's last offering, THE MISCHIEF OF THE MISTLETOE: A PINK CARNATION CHRISTMAS. Get ready to shift gears. No Christmas pudding capers here! It is 1802 post-revolutionary Paris. The tone is serious and somber; lots of cold rain, a prison interrogation and a visit by Madame Guillotine. Brrr!
Our heroine Miss Laura Grey is eager to do anything other than the governessing that has consumed her life for the past sixteen years. Recruited by the elusive flower spy, The Pink Carnation, she has just graduated from the Selwick Spy School and traveled to Paris on her first mission to, of course, do what she knows best, be a governess, albeit an undercover one, teaching young children and blending into the woodwork as a servant in the household of an important police official. Undercover as Laure Griscogne's (code named The Silver Orchid), her assignment is to observe and collect information on the movements of her new employer Andre Jaouen who works at the Prefecture de Paris under Louis-Nicolas Dubois, Chief of Police and protégé of Joseph Fouche, Bonaparte's Minister of Police.Read more ›
Part of Jaouen's role is to keep track of the artistic crowd in Paris. After all, his first wife was a noted painter before her death. He invites Laura to attend which causes her to meet people who were part of her childhood. Her parents were a famous sculptor and a famous poet who dragged her all over Europe until their deaths when she was sixteen. When one of their friends, painter Daubier, is arrested by Jaouen's rival Delaroche, the plot threatens to unravel and make it necessary for Jaouen to rescue him, grab his family, grab the Bourbon Prince, and leave Paris.
Laura calls on her fellow English spies to find a way to get all of them to safety. They find themselves traveling with a theatrical troop as they make their way to the coast and safety. I liked the way Jaouen and Laura grow closer as they travel together. Being forced to pretend to be husband and wife adds to their tension but also forces them to learn about each other.
In the present timeline, Eloise and Colin travel to France to celebrate his mother's birthday. Eloise is apprehensive but grossly underestimates just how horrible the situation really is. Luckily, it makes her relationship with Colin even stronger.
I can't wait to find out what happens next in the present and in the 1800s.
In The Orchid Affair, Willig redeemed herself. The plot was great, and the suspense was back. And we get a change of scenery, this one being set in France instead of England. (Other book venues include India and Ireland). The novel stands by itself, without a need to have read the previous ones or the next one. But the romance scenes? Not so much. I'm not really sure what happened here. Maybe the conservative atmosphere of her former New York law firm rubbed off on Willig, because suddenly her romance scenes just don't exist. After an entire book of suspense leading up to the hero and heroine finally giving in... she might as well just write "And then they had sex. Cut to next scene." Talk about a disappointing denouement! Maybe Willig is trying to avoid falling into the same category as trashier romance novelists (if you want just a good bodice ripper, check out Liz Carlyle), but when the entire plot centers on a romance, you really need at least one steamy romance scene!
In addition to the main story in each of her novels, Willig has a continuing story set in the present.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another fun read with great historical references. I am really enjoying this series and will finish them to the end. This one ended a little abruptly for my liking.Published 1 month ago by Cathy Watkins
Another great novel in the Pink Carnation series! I admit that I was a bit turned off at first. The plethora of French names made me think I would never keep all the characters... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashley O'Melia
Though this is book 8 in the series, it was the first book I read. The novel opens up in 2004, with Eloise, a researcher for the time period that most of the book takes place in,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Heather
While the books are sometimes a bit slow, the story of what happens to the characters are always interesting. I am always wanting to know what is going on with Eloise.Published 7 months ago by Jacalyn Voigt
Being orphaned at sixteen in the early 1800's was no picnic for a young lady. That's exactly the predicament Laura Grey finds herself in. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sandra Iler Kirkland
I was not sure how I would feel about Eloise coming back into the story, but I really enjoyed her story line in this book. Also, the main story arc was highly enjoyable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cogginsvc
A good, quick read. The series is entertaining if at times far-fetched. Sometimes you just need to read something that allows you to escape from the reality of your own life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tina Thomas
I am a huge fan of Lauren Willig. I loved the first few Carnation books, lost a little interest as the series progressed and more characters were introduced, but this is still one... Read morePublished 14 months ago by magnafire7
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
- Books > Literature & Fiction > United States
- Books > Romance > Historical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > French
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Regency
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Historical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Romance
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Historical Romance