A more-than-capable heroine, a Regency era Bertie Wooster hero, Christmas puddings galore, and frothy, fun adventure! I was just utterly charmed and d...moreA more-than-capable heroine, a Regency era Bertie Wooster hero, Christmas puddings galore, and frothy, fun adventure! I was just utterly charmed and delighted by this adorable little book.
This was my introduction to the Pink Carnation series, and I'm afraid none of the other books will live up to it.
Minus one star for having Jane Austen as a character though. Too twee.(less)
Hmm. It's definitely a better book than the first in the series, but it's a bit unsatisfying and frustrating. The spy stuff is kind of shoved to the s...moreHmm. It's definitely a better book than the first in the series, but it's a bit unsatisfying and frustrating. The spy stuff is kind of shoved to the side in favor of developing the romance. Which is okay, as it is primarily a romance novel, but the romance annoyed me. I liked the characters and was interested in their situation, but I was unbelievably frustrated at how they just kept talking around the issue or just not talking at all and not confronting things, even when they started to understand each other more. I wanted Letty to have a chance to clearly explain what had happened and stand up for herself more, and it never came. And of course it all worked out in the end even if they never really had a good discussion about it (and seemed to decide that it didn't really matter), but it would have been more satisfying if they could have reached their happy ending through talking things out like the rational people I felt they were meant to be.
The modern framing device begins to wear thin here. Eloise seems more stupid in each installment and, since it doesn't get much space in each book, the story is too slow.
I loved Jane though! Jane is delightful. I know it's inevitable, but I don't really want a novel focusing on her. At least not a romance. I fear a love story will ruin her, and I want her to keep being independent and amazing at what she does and generally awesome.(less)
I liked the main characters in this book so much more than those in the first! Their romance was much better, and they were better individually as wel...moreI liked the main characters in this book so much more than those in the first! Their romance was much better, and they were better individually as well. And even if they did have their stupid moments, I never felt they were too stupid to live.
Anyway, it's all utter fluff and predictable as anything, but I was entertained.(less)
I'm not sure if 2 stars is maybe too much for this. But I didn't really hate it, so 1 doesn't seem enough. 1.5 maybe?
In any case, I love the idea of t...moreI'm not sure if 2 stars is maybe too much for this. But I didn't really hate it, so 1 doesn't seem enough. 1.5 maybe?
In any case, I love the idea of this series. The Scarlet Pimpernel was real! And there were other flowery-named spies around! Romance! Mystery! Action! So it's too bad this book is so disappointing. The disappointment mostly comes from the fact that the two main characters are complete idiots. Amy, we are told over and over, is so intelligent and well-read, but all she does in the story is bounce around, throw tantrums, behave like a twelve-year-old, and put herself and others in danger. And Richard isn't any better. He's supposed to be this master spy, but three seconds of Amy's bounciness and he stops thinking with his brain and spends the rest of the book being reckless and stupid. This moron is the master spy who eluded capture for so long? I can't buy it.
As many other reviewers have mentioned, the scene where Amy and Richard almost have sex on a boat on the Seine in front of the dude rowing the boat...yeah. That was only one of many scenes where I just wanted to shout, "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!" at them, even though the answer clearly would have been, "We are not thinking." Stupid stupid stupid.
For the most part, the secondary characters are better. I liked Jane and Miss Gwen! And I didn't mind the modern framing device, although I can imagine it getting annoying the longer the series goes on.
There are better books in this series (I haven't read all of them, so I can't say if they're all better). I'm glad I came across them first, because if this had been my introduction I never would've continued.(less)