Kindle Price: $7.99

Save $7.01 (47%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel (Pink Carnation series Book 8) by [Willig, Lauren]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel (Pink Carnation series Book 8) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$7.99

click to open popover

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.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.


Product Details

  • 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
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Laurel Ann VINE VOICE on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE ORCHID AFFAIR is Willig's eighth novel in the popular Pink Carnation series set during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France. They involve historical espionage, romance, swash, buckle and a fair dose of comedy and sardonic wit - neatly ticking off all the check boxes on my ideal historical/romance/comedy reading hit list.

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 ›
1 Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
On a trip to the library this summer, I stumbled upon a book called The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig. Just by the title, I picked up the book not knowing anything its about nor knowing that it was a part of a series. I picked it up not knowing what it was about nor that it was a part of a larger series. Not knowing any of this, I took it out of this gigantic pile of library books I have in my room to bring on a trip to Carmel. I started reading it on the air plane and fell in love. The book takes place in both modern times and post revolution France. It starts off with Eloise and Colin, going to Paris for Colin's mothers birthday. It the switches back in time to Laura Grey, a governess and government spy. I am under the impression that Eloise and Colin's story goes through all of the books in the series, however their plot line seemed pretty superfluous reading The Orchid Affair as a stand alone novel. I would highly recommend this novel, but I'd recommend reading it in order with the rest of the series, because it does make sense as just a stand alone novel, it would be more enjoyable with the rest of the series backing it up.

[...]
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After sixteen years as a governess, Laura Grey changes career paths, attends the Selwick Spy School, is rechristened as the Silver Orchid, and sent off to France to become the governess of Andre Jaouen who is one of Fouche's protegees. Things go pretty well until she discovers a plot to kidnap or assassinate Bonaparte and put a Bourbon back on the throne.

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
When I first started reading The Pink Carnation series, I was completely enthralled. These books are real page turners. The suspense, the romance, the history... I absolutely loved them. Lauren Willig quickly became one of my favorite authors; I liked her even more than Philippa Gregory. But then after a few books, something happened. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, for example, was borderline terrible. The romance seemed too formulaic, and the plot was all over the place. The steamy romance scenes? Completely gone. Even worse, in the way of the worst series, the current book seemed just a prequel to the next one. I was disappointed to say the least.

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 ›
2 Comments 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel (Pink Carnation series Book 8)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel (Pink Carnation series Book 8)