The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation #1)
Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest histo...more
If I am going to be honest, it came down to these two points:
1) I already had plans to attend an event with author, Tasha Alexander. As the date approached, I learned...more
The lesson to be learned there is you can't do Pride and Prejudice with an R rating.
I HATE it when fun books turn out to be dirty when you're already half way through. Does anyone know if there's a website out there that gives tv/movie type rati...more
b) Pink Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
a) Purple Gentian (Gentiana verna)
d) Pink Champagne! ☺
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★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Kate Reading, who did a wonderful job on this charming intro to the Pink Carnation series. I cannot recall hearing her before; but, luckily she reads the rest of the audio series as well, so I certainly look forward to listening to her.
I guess you could call this one an “h...more
I read some reviews of this book on Amazon and found peopl...more
I could deal with the fact that the “modern” parts of the book were completely unnecessary. I could even deal with the fact that the way people spoke/acted in the 19th century parts and the modern parts were exactly the...more
Instead of sparkling wit of Heyer and the mannered prose o...more
Read the rest of my review here
The climax of the book is a bit of a letdown - when the reader finds out who really ends up as the Pink Carnation it's unsatisfactory and not at all how the plot should flow.
The cliff-hanger ending makes you want to dive into the next book to continue on Eloise's investigation on espionage. (No, the book doesn't have a tidy ending where everyt...more
“In her swashbuckling debut…Willig reimagines France under Napoleon besieged by a whole bouquet of spying floral foes…Bad news for the Bonapartes but barrels of good-natured fun for the rest of us.”—Library Journal
I’ve been reading Lauren Willig’s blog for a while, and I’ve wanted to dive into her books for all that time, just waiting to be in the mood for a Historical Romance. I was this last week and so I read it.
This was Lauren Willig's debut novel back in 2004, I believe. For a debut novel s...more
I thought I was getting a fabulous historical novel, but it reads like every other Regency era romance out there. Amy and Richard have the exact same modern voice as Eloise...more
It had all the fixin's of a good book. But perhaps I have feasted on too many truly talented writers who earned the nigh-to-unreachable title of Classic, to appreciate something a bit less than meaty.
If you read it, go into it thinking like this:
If you like flimsy romance for the sake of romance; if you...more
This title sets the stage for the series by introducing the readers to the Pink Carnation and also explains many of the relationships that will be useful in later books. Willig makes it evident that she has taken liberties with historical facts in order to tell a good tale (which she does).
While this is not a full blown romance, the book does have a romantic element. It’s enough to satisfy th...more
This book is absolutely brilliant and...more
One of the bad things about managing a book store is reading new release magazines and seeing books and series that you didn't even know existed that you are curious to try, so you order them for
I was looking for "romance" books to stock since Valentine's is comi...more
Reading/Content Level: Adult
This book sounded very intriguing but ended up a whopping failure. Her characters were undeveloped, childish, and were way to modern in their actions.
Her language was stilted at best as if she went over her first draft and added long words to make it sound better and way to many ADJECTIVES. I know this has been a complaint with Eva Ibbotson's writing too but somehow Ms. Ibbotson always chose the right ones...more
The historical story features Amy Balcourt, a half-French/half-En...more
The author bounces us back and forth between a student researching information for her thesis in our time period, and the story of the people in the time period she is researching. Two stories for the price of o...more
Where to begin? The story begins as a basic chick-lit story, then turns into a historical romance, except that none of the social conventions are kept and none...more
The book takes place in Revolutionary France, and the plot centers around an energetic young woman by the name of Amy Balcourt, who is determined, along with her cousin Jane, to discover the secret identity of the Purple Gentian (who is a successor t...more
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