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The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,922 Ratings  ·  499 Reviews
A dangerous ring of spies, a game of mistaken identities, and a heartwarming romance of unlikely pairs come together in Lauren Willig's engaging and exciting third novel THE DECPTION OF THE EMERALD RING. Praised for the "cheerfully postmodern and energetic . . .romance-adventure hybrids [that] have escaped the clutches of niche fiction." (The Onion A.V. Club), her Pink Car ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published November 16th 2006 by Dutton
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Jul 28, 2013 Navessa rated it really liked it
Greetings ladies and gentlemen! If you missed my review for the last book in this series, The Masque of the Black Tulip, I’ll give you a slight refresher. Our hero’s name is Shoulders because you can bet your sweet ass the width of them will be mentioned more than his actual name. Our heroine is Chemise as all our hero seems to think about is getting her out of hers. Also, spies. Now on with the show!


Shoulders: I must run away with her! I love her and I’ll have her any way I can
Lisa Kay
Regency Period & Ireland
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) Oh! This parallel time warp series just keeps getting better and better. Luckily, it looks like the fabulous, talented and versatile Kate Reading narrates the whole of this series. She does a wonderful job on the male and female voices – of all ages. (Eloise’s grandmother sounds a little like an elderly Katherine Hepburn.) She’s good at differentiating the voices within the same sex also. Regardless of wh
Jun 17, 2014 TL rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: random purchases in the Book Rack:)
Love this series:-) Romance and spies, humor/drama *happy sigh* Kate Reading did a brilliant job narrating the story, giving everyone a distinctive voice, past or present.

Letty is one of my favorite characters of the series, I think we'd be great friends:-)
Sep 08, 2014 Ian rated it liked it
Shelves: g-historical
After trying to thwart her sister's elopement, Letty finds herself compromised and married to Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe. Feeling he has been trapped into a marriage to the less attractive sister, Geoffrey abandons Letty on their wedding night and sets sail for Ireland.

Feeling humiliated Letty sets off in pursuit but what she doesn't realise is Geoffrey is a spy in the League of the Purple Gentian and he is traveling to Ireland to thwart a French invasion. Letty lands right in the middle of a
Beth F.
The magic was missing from this one. And I’m not sure I can elaborate further and identify what piece was lacking except to say that something was just off. It took me a week of off and on reading to finish this which is inexcusable for a book that qualifies as light reading.

There is an author’s note in the front of the book where she admits that this book was more of a struggle to write than the first two and unfortunately, I think I picked up on that because I kept putting this book down to g
Sep 13, 2007 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: popculture
Old TT review:

So, I read The Deception of the Emerald Ring, the third book in the Pink Carnation series, and I have to say, I'm not pleased with the direction the series is taking. Instead of being French Revolution spy adventures with a dash of romance, they are turning into romance novels with a dash of French Revolution spy adventure. Me, I got nothin' against romance novels, but I'm picky about them and Lauren Willig is not making the cut here. Also, the framing device of the PhD candidate d
The third book in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and a satisfying addition for me. This one takes place mostly in Ireland. Fast paced but not too fast that you blink and miss something. I wasn't really liking the hero and heroine at first but after awhile I started warming up to them. I thought the romance was a little stiff and not totally convincing but it worked out in the end. I'm not a great fan of plot-lines that continue in several books but I'm enjoying the series anyway.
Pandora Black
Apr 10, 2015 Pandora Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Je partais avec un ou deux a priori sur ce tome, en plus du fait qu'il arrive juste après Henrietta et Miles qui sont absolument fabuleux , et au final je l'ai absolument adoré autant que le précédent.
Comme j'avais dû le dire pour le tome 2, je ne suis pas fan des histoires où les héros sont obligés de se marier précipitamment pour x ou y raison, parce que souvent au fond, c'est un GROS MALENTENDU et je déteste un peu la ficelle du GROS MALENTENDU (bon sang parlez un peu les gens) (bref). Que c
This is the third book in a series that takes place in England during the regency period. It focuses on the leagues of English Spies ala the Scarlet Pimpernel (aristocrats who spy!) who are busy doing their part to foil Napolean. This was the first in this series that I read (the pink carnation series)and while I think reading the earlier books would have fleshed out some of the characters in this book a bit more, it wasn't a big problem. I wasn't sure going into this if this was going to be str ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Mabeo rated it liked it
The problem here is the bitter single woman syndrome. This book is the third book in a series about a Harvard grad student who is researching spies in England during the Napoleonic wars. A totally fascinating topic that is ruined by the modern day researcher who is just a mess. This is no Jennifer Weiner description of a modern woman, this is just pure insecure woman with no life but her research. In short, there's nothing to respect about her, she rarely holds her own, she's miserable without h ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. It's predictable, but sometimes predictable is nice. Geoff accidentally marries the wrong sister, Letty, but somehow they fall in love in the midst of spying and intrigue in Ireland. Also, we learn more about the Black Tulip.

I've continued reading this series because it is like potato chips. Not particularly good, and you know that there is much better substance out there, but still you find it enjoyable and a little addictive. I was rolling my eyes a bit to (once agai
Jun 06, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it
The plot was fairly interesting, but Willig's writing style leaves a lot to be desired. I didn't like how she switched between the present and the past; it felt disjointed and I didn't really care for the characters in the present. I can see where she tried to make some parallels, but I didn't enjoy them. Also, her use of language makes the sections set in the early 1800s implausible; I felt like she tried to antiquate modern language, but she didn't really succeed, so a lot of what the characte ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
Eloise continues her search for more information (using only primary sources of course) regarding the adventures of various spies during the Napoleonic Wars.

This book revolves around Geoff and Letty -- who were caught in a 'compromising' situation and were forced to wed basically as strangers. I did find it interesting but I felt like this relationship was a little forced. I mean Geoff suddenly realizes Letty is this honest and wonderful girl after what, like a couple of weeks?! Of course they
Mar 24, 2008 MJ rated it really liked it
The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

After her weekend at Colin Selwicks country estate ends rather quickly (that’s what happens when you almost kiss and are interrupted by a phone call) Eloise Kelly is back in London looking for more information on the Pink Carnations activities. Only she keeps getting distracted by the fact that her cell phone is not ringing and Colin is not calling. That is until she stumbles upon a possible link to the Pink Carnations activities in Ireland.

Susan (susayq ~)
I fall a little more in love with this series with each book I read. The humor is what gets me...and Lauren Willig has me cackling with some of the stuff she writes.

The premise of this book is that the Pink Carnation is in Ireland to help foil the plans of another attempted Irish Rebellion, while the Irish are seeking help from the French and the Black Tulip. Well, lets' just say, the Pink Carnation does what she's supposed to and stops the Irish with a little help from her friends. Geoff and hi
Nov 04, 2015 Nanou rated it really liked it
Shelves: espion
Eloise et Colin m'ont donné des palpitations xD #TeamColin ... #TeamPammy&Martin aussi ^^

parcontre si j'ai bien aimé Letty, Geoff m'a moins plus ici que dans les tomes précédent :/ il passe un peu vite du "ah merdre je me suis peut-être trompé sur elle" à "je la met dans mon lit à la première occasion" si j'avais été Letty je l'aurais fait un peu plus ramper par terre le Geoff xD

Vaughn toujours avec son aura de mystère mystérieux ^^ et alors c'est horrible mais chaque fois qu'on décrit comm
May 06, 2010 Celeste rated it really liked it
I love these books---as romance novels...I don't think that they will win any awards anytime soon---but that having been said...I love these books. The authors humor is just like my own (I would like to think that if I wrote a novel I would be as witty as this) If you read too fast you might just miss something rather funny. If I were to give the author any advice it would be this---find a friend with some "glamour shots" experience and a friend who has a camera slightly nicer then a disposable. ...more
Christy B
Not as good as The Masque Of the Black Tulip , but still a delightful book. Nobody can beat Miles and Henrietta - and I was very sad of the absence of them in this book - but Geoff and Letty, while a different sort of pair, were just as funny and cute together, although in a different way. Lord Vaughn continues to peek my interest. And excuse my French, but Miss Gwen kicks ass!!
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Letty and Mary Alsworty are as different as two sisters can be. At a frizzy haired five foot, Letty will never be like her statuesque sister. And she would NEVER run off in the middle of the night for a midnight elopement with Geoffry Pinchingdale-Snipe. She might try to stop the elopement with all good intentions, but never elope herself. Until fate intervenes and she's the one being spirited away in the night to a rendezvous with a certain member of the peerage. Geoff, being Geoff, marries the ...more
3rd installment in the Pink Carnation series, which follows Eloise Kelly, a Harvard graduate student on a research year in London trying to find out more about the league of English spies in Regency England. Her research on the Pink Carnation continues in this installment, taking her to Ireland in 1803 as she learns of the Pink Carnation's role in thwarting the local revolt, along with the aid of Geoffry Pinchingdale-Snipe, the quiet and organized friend who helped to organize Richard's escapade ...more
Steve Lindahl
Apr 19, 2014 Steve Lindahl rated it really liked it
The Deception of the Emerald Ring is the third book in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series and I have to confess I haven't read the first two. But it seems to stand well on its own. It's a light read, which means that although the characters get into some dangerous situations, they never stop tossing quips at each other. That's fun, but I suppose it could be disappointing to someone expecting a serious spy novel, especially since this is based on a real situation when France, England's enemy a ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2011
These stories are FUN! While it reads more like a historical chick lit book than anything else it is still a great escape. Many humorous lines and situations, interesting characters, strong heroines, mysterious hero make for reading time well spent.

My only negative thought about this story was that while I enjoy the modern narratives, they didn't have much depth to them. Nothing seemed to happen, or if it did, it was very little.

Jan 09, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I would actually give this book 2.5 stars. It just didn't really work for me in some areas, especially after how great the last book was. My problem with this book really lies with the two main characters, Geoff and Letty. When Letty wakes in the pre-dawn hours of a London night, she hears suspicious thuds coming from her sister, Mary's, room. Knowing what her sister was about, Letty checks the ally and, sure enough, there is a carriage there, waiting to whisk her sister off to an elopement with ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my least favorite book pf the series so far, largely because there was little about it that felt remotely believable.

1) Not the fact that the heroine *finally* admits to herself (realizes?) in the latter part of the book that she has loved her now-husband Geoffrey from a distance (in a sense of complete hopelessness, of course) for a long time. That little detail came much too late and with too little substance to feel valid.

2) Not the fact that Geoff had pursued Letty's older sister, M
Rebecca Huston
Oct 21, 2010 Rebecca Huston rated it really liked it
Book #3 in the Pink Carnation series.

More of a historical romp than anything else. I still had fun with it though, and it's clever at least. Calls a lot on the classic Scarlet Pimpernel series.

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Jan 17, 2015 Alleluialu rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Spies are in England, spies are in France, spies are in Ireland, spies are everywhere! Code names like the Pink Carnation, the Black Tulip, the Purple Gentian, the Scarlet Pimpernel! Exciting, interesting, and clever. That's a good way to describe Lauren Willig's book series - very clever. This one was mostly set in Ireland just before the second uprising in the early 1800's. A young British lass is mistaken for her sister and kidnapped by her sister's beau. Of course her reputation is ruined un ...more
This was my least favorite of the series. It was kind of boring and the main characters were extremely irritating, and those are the worst sins an author can commit.
Dawnn somerset
Jun 06, 2014 Dawnn somerset rated it it was amazing
i didnt like the start of this one as much as the others, it didnt really suck me in right away like the others in the series
Jun 16, 2007 Schmerica rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
I adored the first two books in this series -- complete fluff, but immense -- but this one was weirdly unsatisfying. Alas.
Nov 15, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I really liked Letty and Geofrey but the modern day Eloise was a bit annoying. Cute story.
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen 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 before ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Pink Carnation (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2)
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4)
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation, #5)
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe (Pink Carnation, #7)
  • The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation, #8)
  • The Garden Intrigue (Pink Carnation, #9)
  • The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)
  • The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)

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