The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation Series #6)
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The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation #6)

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Unabridged CDs, 12 CDs, 15 hours
The latest installment in the beguiling, beloved, and bestselling Pink Carnation series.

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Published January 12th 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published November 23rd 2009)
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Pamela
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is the sixth installment in Lauren Willig's delightful Pink Carnation series, which chronicles the romantic adventures of Napoleonic (aka Regency) era British spies and the romantic misadventures of modern-day Harvard doctoral student Eloise Kelly, who is researching said spies for her dissertation.

At the very beginning of the series, Eloise is struggling to find sources--any sources--for her dissertation on super-spies the Scarlet Pimpernel (in the series, a real...more
Anna
SPOILER ALERT - I've really liked Willig's previous books (however guiltily) and wanted to like this one too, but I dislike being put in the position of rooting for a character to commit adultery, however unhappy the circumstances of her marriage. Others might not struggle with that, but it ultimately left me with a sadder feeling about the book than her other novels. I also felt like this was one of her weaker stories, narratively. The "spy" aspect of the plot seems far more contrived with this...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I'm so happy I scored the ARC and got to read this before seeing a bunch of other reviews for it! Although its also a mixed blessing, because I'm (of course) already dying for the next one and now I just have to wait that much longer for it.

Anyway...on to my review.

Henrietta and Miles have been dethroned from the status of my favorites of the series. Alex and Penelope really got to me! I LOVE how they have all sorts of issues; I hate disgustingly perfect characters. Alex's issues rest mostly on...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
But really more like 4.5 stars...we really need half stars on here. Anyway, the sixth installment of the Pink Carnation series does not disappoint and I think it might even get more new readers, seeing as it is set in India and does not rely overly heavily on past events. I also really enjoy Penelope as a heroine and with her starting out the book already married to a man she doesn't love we are in a far different position that previous novels. Instead of an innocent happy virginal character, we...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Penelope is forced to marry Freddy through her own flirtation gone awry. As Serena Selwick-Adderly says of Penelope; she's a bit of a "lost soul". There are none that think of her that way accept for Captain Alex Reid - the guard that takes charge of Freddy and Pen's travels to Hyderabad, the place where Freddy has a cushy job with a title he hasn't deserved.

Freddy doesn't love his wife and Pen most certaintly doesn't love her husband, hell, she doesn't even like him but there are ways that a ma...more
Knitme23
This was my last audiobook for the year--I finished it Wednesday and school finished Saturday. I get a huge kick out of Willig's books, as they seem like novels my sister and I would've written in our early teens, when we devoured huge stacks of Georgette Heyer and Elswyth Thane and the like. This one, however, goes a bit too far in suspending our disbelief.

The main character, Penelope, is pretty unlikable. We only know her as being bitter and self-pitying, and we never get to see a more endear...more
Nicole
I filed this under "frothy romance," but there's really nothing frothy about this. Willig goes very dark for this story of Penelope and how she finally finds love. This may be the best Pink Carnation book to date.

The thing I most like about Willig's series as it continues is that each story has a very different tone depending on the main characters. While some are romps (The Mischief of the Mistletoe is the prime example in this category), others are much more serious, such as this one and Crims...more
Jackie
While I’m rating this one 2 stars, it’s more like a “meh” than an ‘it’s okay’. To clarify, that amounts to about a 1.5 star. Anyway, I just think Willig should have stopped the series at The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (#4). I felt like The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (#5) was rather pointless. It only served to bring the Hell Fire Club into existence so that Willig could continue the mystery plotline in the rest of the series. However, this story line has fallen by the wayside. I feel li...more
Miriam
Another fluffy installment in Willig's formulaic series of semi-sympathetic lovers battling French spies during the Napoleonic wars. The basic concept is that following the successes of the The Scarlet Pimpernel a bunch of other English aristocrats also took floral code names and skulked around defeating the Froggies. In this instance the story is set in India and the espionage plot is rather minimal. Penelope is newly and unhappily married to jackass Freddy and, bored with her neglectful husban...more
Adite
This historical fiction, set in 19th century India, has all the ingredients of an intrigue-filled adventure-romance. The author provides authentic insights into the politics of the times and sweeps us right into the durbar of the Nizam of Hyderabad and gives us a feel of Begum Johnson's lavish parties in Calcutta.

There is a contemporary angle to the story as well. The protagonist of the modern times is an American researcher, Eloise, whose history project takes her to England where she meets Co...more
Krystal
Willig never fails to deliver. Clever, fast-paced, and funny, her plots and characters always entertain. Lady Penelope Staines nee Devereaux has to be one of my favorites from her in a while though. One has to love a strong and opinionated heroine who also happens to be a good shot. Charlotte is nice and all and Mary prickly but Penelope is the sort of character you root for in a book because not only do we get to see the front she presents to the world but also her personal thoughts where she k...more
Lady Knight
I was very excited to finally receive the latest installment in the Pink Carnation series, and started reading with great relish. I was, however, greatly disappointed with "Betrayal of the Blood Lily".

I loved the change in setting! I thought India was a wonderfully exotic, and yet familiar thanks to the British presence at the time. It also seemed to suit Penelope better than the stiff and formal balls and drawing rooms of England. I loved the characters of Penelope (who, even in the past books...more
Christy B
I really love this series! The only thing I hate is the long wait in between books!

An action-packed, romance, espionaged filled story set in early 19th century India. Yes, please!

When we last saw Penelope, she was forced into a hasty marriage after being caught in a most scandalous act. She finds herself in India as Lady Frederick Staines, where she finds a spy name Marigold lurking about. I loved Penelope. She was a spitfire redhead who made the best of her situation. She found herself in a fo...more
Amanda
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Susan (susayq ~)
***WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD***

It's a true testament to the writing talent of Lauren Willig that I even finished this book. I am a HUGE anti-cheating reader. And what happened in this book? Freddy cheated on Penelope and Penelope cheated on Freddy with Alex, who she fell in love with. Normally, when I got to the scene where Penelope walked in on Freddy and his bibi as he called her (and Penelope pointed out that it didn't matter what language he used, it was still his mistress), I wanted...more
Annemarie Donahue
Thank god it's over! I honestly did think I'd make it through this one. What possesses me to pick these books up and read them? Oh, yeah. I'm not actually reading them. I'm listening to them as I'm trapped in my car for 3 hours as a commute to work. Really love teaching at my school but if it could just magically be closer... Well, back to the book, with the turn of each page... er.. CD, the story got worse. It begins with the protagonist Penelope pushed into a hasty marriage to the completely u...more
Gigi
With the last book lacking a bit I was unsure how I would like this book. But I was pleasantly surprised! Once again I found myself taking breaks through out the day to read "just one more chapter". This book brought back the tension and romance. Willig got the play between Penelope and Alex just right. And her references to other Bristish literature were subtle which I liked.

But I have finally realized why I don't give this 5 stars...not because it is formulaic but because whenever the tensity...more
Beth
As a story, this book probably would earn 3 stars - it's certainly not Willig's best, but nor is it her worst. However, since the book is in the Pink Carnation series and spies aren't even mentioned until page 87, this one fails miserably. When Willig finally does get around to talking about spies, it's in the last fourth of the book and seems like it was added as an afterthought. Everything was just so rushed and forced, especially Penelope and Alex's relationship. Plus, I'm not a big fan of th...more
Angie
I enjoyed this 6th installment of the "pink carnation" series. This story had a different feel than the previous as in the main character is married as the story starts. It is also set in India and not England which is different. I had a harder time getting into this one, but when I did I didn't want to put it down! I agree with an earlier reviewer about not liking to root for a character to commit adultery. It is an uneasy place to be, but it worked out OK. I actually didn't expect things to go...more
Flora
This book's adventure was a particularly good yarn. More adventure, more moving parts (it read better the second time when I had a firmer grasp of who was doing what for whom). Overall a great read, but it did come at the cost of the main characters. Alex is woefully underdeveloped. While there was quite a bit more to Penelope -- she is a recurring character, after all -- I felt like the book could have gone just a little deeper on her, too.

One thing I really admire about these books is Willig's...more
Maggie Boyd
This wasn't quite the yawn that Secret History of the Pink Carnation was for me but I can't say I loved it either.

This was an easy fast read but only because the book is verbose without any actual substance to it. Penelope has to marry Freddy because she compromised herself - well, not really but she looked compromise and she was a flirt so marriage was the only solution. Freddy gets sent off to India to have them recover from the scandal. Alex is the poor army man sent to escort them to the em...more
Elsie
OK, I was introduced to "chick lit" by this author and I love it. This book was a little harder to get into because of the time it took the author to explain the involvement of England in India and the things that were going on there. But when I finally got past that it moved fast. I guess it was also a little harder to get into the book because Penelope is a bit of a bad girl where previous heroines have all been very good. Penelope gets trapped into a marriage because of her adventurous spirit...more
Kate
While I enjoyed this book, it was not one that I would read again. It is a bit problematic for romantic fluff, although I did enjoy the steamy scenes. I didn't care for the fact that the woman in the main love interest was married to someone else. I also found the portrayal of India a bit problematic. The entire book takes place in India, but the main characters are almost exclusively British (although a few are half British) and the book is about British concerns in India. I found it odd. There...more
Carolyn
Liked the character of Penelope, and loved the setting of India, but the 'mystery' of this one was not fleshed out as much as earlier books - too quickly solved. Some other flaws in the book, but can be overlooked, but don't care for the adultery aspect of the 'romance'. An enjoyable read, nonetheless and a good continuation of the series. Looking forward to the next one.
Katie
This was definitely my least favorite book of the series. I don't believe the author set out to make Penelope unlikable, but she did a pretty good job of it, just the same. When Penelope appeared in scenes of the previous books, she seemed to be a determined and opinionated flirt, but not irredeemable. Now that she has center stage and is reaping the consequences of her impetuousity and lack of decorum, she comes across more devious and intentional. it seems quite clear that she and Freddie have...more
Lisa
I was disappointed at the end of Pink Carnation #5 to learn that Penelope would be our heroine for the next book because I really didn't like her. But she really grew on me in this book. It was fun to see her growth, and Alex was a great addition, too.

The story was a bit too complicated - I found the background about the local Indian rulers and the British occupation lacking. I don't know this history as well, so when Willig threw in an Indian ruler here or there, I had trouble fitting the piece...more
Kelli
The idea of this series is so good, but I just don't like the execution. Its too much heaving bosoms and historical figures that don't talk like they are from the past but from present day. I didn't even finish it. I think its the last one of this series I will even try to read.
Jennifer
A perfectly fine read, but somewhat lacking in mystery and intrigue. These books work best when the romance is incidental to the derring-do.
Kate Forsyth
I've really enjoyed this series from Lauren Willig – light, clever, amusing and romantic. On the lookout for the next in the series.
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Genre: Regency Romance

Unlike the other regency romances of the Pink Carnation series, this one is set in India, featuring the newly married Penelope Staines (nee Deveraux). Unlike any other historical romance I've read, this one tackles the difficult issue of a mis-matched couple struggling to find a workable way to live together, and issues of how fidelity plays into that. Willig has created an interesting character with difficult problems, and India is a lush and fascinating background (with i...more
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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 befor...more
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