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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
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Jan 21, 2012

did not like it
Read in January, 2012

Novel? Check!
Fiction? Check!
Historical? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

There is an historical setting to be sure but, beyond that, the author could have added time travel to the mix with virtually no effect on the characters, their actions or their seemingly general cluelessness about how person at that time behaved or spoke.

Nonsensical, badly researched, fluff would be the most generous description and given the books that have followed, there is a demand for such things. Not from me, I am afraid. I actually looked at the summaries of the following books to see if there might be some hope but the summary of #3, "Deception of the Emerald Ring", sounds like more than a little inspiration was gleaned from Georgette Heyer's "Devil's Cub":

"Meanwhile, back in England, Letty Alsworthy intercepts a note indicating that her sister, Mary, is about to make the very grave mistake of eloping with Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe (second in command of the League of the Purple Gentian). In an attempt to save the family name, Letty tries to stop the elopement, but instead finds herself swept away in the midnight carriage meant for her sister and is accidentally compromised. Geoff and Letty, to each other's horror, find themselves forced into matrimony."

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"He intends to bring Sophia with him as his mistress: but her strait-laced sister Mary has no intention of allowing her sister to be ruined, and takes her place, assuming that the Marquis will let her go once the mistake is discovered, leaving him with no chance to take Sophia afterwards. But she has not yet obtained the measure of the Marquis's personality, for in the grip of fury he takes Mary off with him instead, and only when they are in France and it is too late for either to turn back does he realise that by abducting a respectable girl he has compromised her and is obliged to offer her marriage."

This series is done like dinner for me.
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