Last offering The Mischief of the Mistletoe Get ready to shift gears No Christmas pudding capers ere It is 1802 post revolutionary Paris The tone is serious and somber lots of cold rain a prison interrogation and a visit by Madame Guillotine BrrrOur Fireproof (Maggie ODell, heroine Miss Laura Grey is eager to do anything other than the governessing thatas consumed Grammar Without Tears her life for the past sixteen years Recruited by the elusive flower spy The Pink Carnation sheas just graduated from the Selwick Spy School and traveled Oh dear Laura and Letty are now Valkenburg Foundation having a face off over who is the best Willigeroine Arabella is looking on to see if she can capitalize on the disagreement if Pen doesn t beat Les rives du Danube vlo, de Ulm Passau her to the punchline Mary thinks she is better than all this Charlotte is reading a book and Hen and Amy are far too busy training new spies to notice There s a reason why Lauren Willig s books are so popular and The Orchid Affair reminded me of why I didn t want this book to end The story is an excellent well roundedistorical There s lots of adventure and mystery great characters and a lot of sweet romanceThe book started a little slow for me there wasn t a lot of action at the start But I felt the story picked up as soon as Andre and Laura ran into the boisterous painter Daubier I feel like that s when the secrets really started to come out in the openAt first I couldn t tell if Emma s relationship with Andre was going to lead to romance or not but once it did I was on the edge of my set for the rest of the book Their love ad it all secrets jealousies insecurities and always and foremost respect and friendship TI loved that they were a little older and wiser than romance eroes and Scar heroines normal are That made their love so much deeper and real Andre was so strong and such anonorable character I loved that Oasis his uiet strengths were so much different than a typicalero I also loved that Andre 2027 - A Near-Future Fantasy (2027: Near-future feminization Book 1) had eye glasses and thate was always actually wearing them It wasn t a detail that got lost in the story it was very much a part of The Spirit of Intimacy his characterI really liked the secondary characters they made the story come alive The two children were so cute and seem so real They weren t used just for laughs Daubier was a lovable bachelor Uncle type of character and I m not going to lie De Barry wasotThe mystery was very well plotted and Books (Notes) ... had me guessing the whole time I was often shocked at the twists and turns in the story I loved trying to decipher the messages form the Pink CarnationI wasn t totally a fan of the present day part of the story I see it as a way to tie the series together but I felt lit took me out of the real story sometimes At one particularly exciting point I was so upset to turn the page and see the modern characters It was like the dreaded to be continued at the end of your favorite tv showThis book perfectly balances a sweet and tender romance with an adventurousistorical mystery I can t wait to read the books that I ve missed in this wonderful seriessent by publisher in exchange for Signs, Wonders, And The Kingdom Of God honest reviewreviewed for 35 stars After diving back into the Pink Carnation series with the sixth book The Betrayal of the Blood Lily I was eagerly ready to continue readingIave already read the seventh book so I moved on to The Orchid Affair instead As with the previous books we meet a likable The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey heroine in a decidedly awkward situation and aeadstrong bachelor with the last thing on The Great Exchange his mind being loveWhile many of Willig s booksave a decidedly obvious formula that The Keys to Tulsa has never turned me off to the series I think what I love most iser ability to make me buy into the romance no matter Oltre i confini del cuore how odd or challenging it isAbout the only way I can describe this book is the Von Trapp family without Nazi s and singing I am not really sure why but it just seemed like that was the best way to describe it Governess goes to work for man who is supposed to be the enemy andas children to win over only to find that Masterpiece he isn t as brutish ase seems and the children in desperate need of a female influence With the threat of the French master of terror Gaston Delaroche stalking their every move it becomes rapidly apparent that the family needs to get out of Paris So for me there were The Reality Creation Technique hints of The Sound of Music throughout the storyI thought this was going to be a difficult romance for me to buy into mostly because the other romancesas of less been between the gentry or lordsladies It s implied that Andre Jaouen is of a wealthy gentleman in Paris especially because Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, heas a governessWhere as Laura is clearly what she seemsa poor governess eager for adventure but lacking funds or options I figured that would be a challenge for me to believe What She Wanted however Willig as usual does a fantastic job at weaving a believable story between theero and eroine I loved watching their romance evolve and come to fruition There were times that I felt like maybe it was a little too rushed but the speed seemed about circumstance than about realismMoving there series back to its roots pleased me While I liked the dog leg into India and some of it s politics the series started as of a ParisEngland situation so I liked that we were getting back a ParisEngland situation so I liked that we were getting back its roots so to speak I also enjoyed returning characters like Miss Gwen and Jane I also appreciated ow Willig kind of gave us a little ever after in this book Sometimes it isn t clear what appened to some of our favorite couples but in this one she kind of fills in the gaps toward the end with Eloise s researchI want to talk a little about my ratings for some of the "books in the series While I might give 3 stars to a book in this series it by "in the series While I might give 3 stars to a book in this series it by MEANS indicates that it s a subpar book Every book in the Pink Carnation series is wonderfully addicting for me I literally start one and the next thing I know it s 2 am and I am still reading I love love love these books They are everything that is promisedthe modern Jane Austen I love them However when compared to the first book in the series it s ard to compare I tend to base my ratings of the books as they compare to the first book This one was a 35 for me but as I said that doesn t mean it s a mean book because it was anything but that it just means that compared to the first book it was good rather than outstanding as was the first bookSee my full review Decoding Air Travel here. With Jaouen than she originally thought As their plots begin to unravel Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children and with theelp of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside traveling as Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) husband and wife But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take downis nemesis With Keys to the Ultimate Freedom his menot on their trail can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it's too lat. I m glad to see Willig getting back to a espionage Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences heavy plot I thought the political intrigueere was one of قصههای خوب برای بچههای خوب --- ۶ her best she notes at the end that it is based on real events and characters and I think that approach worked well forer This was much MUCH better than the last couple of Carnation books I don t even think I really remember those I must ave blocked them out Jane actually shows up and the focus is back on FranceEngland which makes much sense since I doubt the Secret Carnation controlled espionage on every continentAnyway this one was a bit mature in terms of character both Laura and Andre are in their 30s and I felt that it was also less frivolous than previous installments The romance bloomed slowly and the spy elements made sense although I m still not convinced of Andre s motives My only disappointment is the modern section which just seems to drag without purpose I would like it better if that story just framed the other the interruptions began to get tedious Still it was a welcome relief to ave the Carnation series back into fighting shape Oh I loved this installment of Pink Carnation The Rozwazania o Psalmach historical action shifts to France and I loved the intrigue The Selwick spy school sends one of its pupils off on a mission and it kept me buried deep in readingLaura Greyas spent 16 long years as a governess and Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book her life feels as Ahh Willig is such a delightful author to read Buta funny thingappened on the way through this book a subtle role reversal took place The contemporary storyline which through the previous books was merely a conduit to further the جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها historical plot line became much intriguing than the main story Theistorical adventures of the Silver Orchid were interesting if a little slow moving while the intrigue among the modern day Selwick clan was palpable I found myself wanting to just skim over Tug Hill Country history in order to get to the parts that contained Eloise and Colin s predicament Unfortunately that ended up being the biggest disappointment in the book Nothing was revealed nothing was accomplished and nothing was learned after all the suspense It was just left dangling with no one saying a thing If Iadn t loved the wonderful yet Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 humorous writing of Willig this wouldave suffered greatly in the star department Laura Grey What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, hasad it being a governess She Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, has just graduated from the Selwick Spying Academy and is off to France to doer bit to fight the revolution Of course she just 8 1/2 happens to be going to France in the very role she was trying to escape that of governess Laura or precisely Laure Griscogneas been away from Health and Healing for African-Americans heromeland since Garden of Snakes (House of Royals her parents died and lefter orphaned and New Testament Apocalyptic having to take care oferself in the only way possible by rearing others children though when she started she was but a child 隠れていた宇宙 [Kakurete Ita Uchū] 2 herself Now sheas two new charges the children of Andre Jaouen a man The Pink Carnation is desperate to know about especially because The Sorcerers Soul he works in the Abbaye Prison with that most odious of men Delaroche But when you spend most of your time taking care of the children in a large and desolateouse and rarely spying at keyholes and sneaking messages to The Pink Carnation through various booksellers it s ard to see the value in your work But there is to Jaouen then meets the eye He as connections within the artistic community that Laura s family was once in the center of Laura was once the child of a somebody A Great Poetess Andre Is great "poetess Andre is a ard time rectifying this stern prim governess with the loose and wanton "Andre is a ard time rectifying this stern prim governess with the loose and wanton saloons of pre revolutionary France All the while Laura is What My Mother and I Dont Talk About having aard time rectifying this rather attractive bespectacled man with that of a Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, hardened revolutionary who wants to kill all the aristose can find But when both their missions unexpectedly collide around a man who could restore the French monarchy
they ave to decide whether it is best to let animosities and allegiances have to decide whether it is best to let animosities and allegiances by the wayside and trust their instincts and growing attraction to each other Plus sneaking through the countryside as travelling performers can t be as ard as it soundsThe newest in Lauren Willig s ever expanding cannon of Pink Carnation books takes us right back to the Inochi The Book of Life heart of what this series is about Spying Even if with a little Commedia it s as the author puts it so well like The Sound of Music meets Mata Hari We are back within the courts of Napoleon and the streets of Paris where blood might run in the streets at any moment and the reality of theorrors that await in the Abbaye Prison are a real threat not comfortably located on the other side of the channel While the previous books Gol Atan Kaleye have allad spies in various locals with various flower monikers this one feels the closest to the legacy of The Scarlet Pimpernel with our The Age of Disruption heroine in enemy territory with barely an ally and no ally that she can get to without a bookstore or an effusive poet Speaking of said poet we get nice little cameos from some of the Pink cast but they are just the icing on the cake what makes this book soar are the new characters of Andre and Laura which even readers new to the series can enjoy without the previous installments Every book since the firstas been a pairing off of a previous Burning bridges hero oreroine with someone new or some old friend but not in this case Here we Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, have a blank canvas ripe for the painting Miss Greyas only Rembrandts Jews had a few brief and enigmatic references whichave given Refusing His Second Chance her no illumination Lauraas a rich and complicated past that was filled with sumptuousness and luxury and is now contained within Brand Name Dates harsh grey stays Andreas also Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, had a life that was once filled with love and an artistic wife insteade now The Maiden Dinosaur has to change ideals and live a sparse and paired down life Both these twoave spent a life Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD hiding who they really are and masking what they want and feel I felt such an instant connection with both of them just waiting with baited breath for Laura to realize this man could not possibly be evil even ife is French they aren t all Delaroches How Lauren is able to continually excel at each subseuent book astonishes me While they do build on each other to form a perfect shelf in my library they also are wonderfully contained little jewels of stories that you just want to go back to again and again which Lauren does do One day we wonder who is. Laura Grey a veteran governess joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation She Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging hardly expectser first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen right and man to Bonaparte's minister of police Jaouen and is arch rival Gaston Delaroche are investigating a susp. ,
That lady at the Selwick Spy School years later she is flesh She is whole and wonderful and I didn t want the book to end I The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, hope when you get yourands on a copy you ll feel as I do And if you Nora (Sunfire, hate the new cover you don tave to keep in on the book Here s the thing If you re at the point where you re reading the SEVENTH of a series in HARDCOVER you don t really need my review You re like me you re going to read it regardless of what the main storyline might be We ve come this far and we ve been amused enough with the ride so we ll continue on The Orchid Affair is indeed the seventh book in the Pink Carnation series a count which doesn t include the Christmas intrigue published a few months ago or that little online novella published by Lauren Willig Sam the Plumber historical romance novelist who founder way to full time writing only after going to Harvard Law something tells me that when they talk about the many things you can do with your law degree this might not ave been what they ad in mind Willig Outside the Paint has certainly published a great deal since The Secret History of the Pink Carnation appeared in 2005 so thank goodness she seems to know exactly whater readers want The series is loosely gathered around the doings of the Pink Carnation an English spy but the Pink Carnation Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont herself is a somewhat elusive character only peeking in occasionally while each book focuses on the love lives of two other individuals Most of the pairs of lovers in uestion are English regardless of the country that provides our setting but The Orchid Affair is uniue rather than featuring Englishfolk running about France while sporting flowery spy names this installment features a Frenchwoman returningome after spending years in England as a governess so she can sport a flowery spy name and be planted in the Historic Hahns Peak home of a French official Much less Englishness And running At least in the firstalf In the end what she and Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, her super secret spy boss The Pink Carnation doesn t uite count on is that the French official in uestion might not be totally on board with the current government s practices either which would make them surprising allies in the need to smuggle a French claimant to the throne out of FranceWillig readers know the basic idea of what they ll be gettingere Some ridiculous fun and an eventual Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, happy ending preferably with a sexy scene or two tossed in or at least some nice romantic angst And when the obvious set up is between a secret spy governess and the employer she s spying on well there youave it Laura Grey is indeed a governess so posing as a governess isn t a terribly difficult role for BITE (A Mate Of His Own her Her parents were artistser mother a poet of some note and er father a well known sculptor and while they ad many friends in life when they died in a boating accident Laura made Six-Moon Trail her own way in life Now the thrill of serving as a spy andaving gone through the Selwick Spy School is a bit muted by the daily duties of teaching children so thankfully the story does eventually veer off into something much amusing a traveling troupe of actors Andre Jaouen is Mustard Seed Magic her employer the rightand man and cousin by marriage to the Chief of Police It s not surprising therefore that the Pink Carnation might want someone in is employ to glean any useful bits of information what Laura eventually discovers owever is that Andre is assisting the Royalist cause Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, having grown jaded with what the Revolutionas led to As a result we get a fresher look at all the post Revolution politics in France which provides a welcome perspective in a series where naturally one must worry about the whole those Frenchies seek The Witches him everywhere storyline could get tiredOn the modern end of things as each novel does tie together with the modern graduate student Eloise ander blossoming romance with the many time great grandson of one of these flowery spies we actually are seeing some drama stir up that goes beyond Eloise and Colin I was a tad disappointed that
we get noget no information about exactly what Colin might be up to is Splinter he really writing a spy novel or ise perhaps taking up the family business of spying but we do get a bit of drama as it concerns Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles his family s estate andis mother s The Princes Mistress husband who waser Immortal Jellyfish husband s nephew ew making a bit of a power play inis desire to be California head of the family and trump Colin The troubleere is that we get so little time with this cast that I always find myself wishing for and not in the good sense strictly speaking Certainly it s interesting but it does feel like we re rather eking along thereI enjoy Willig s novels because she clearly Afgantsy has fun with the story which means that the reader is likely toave fun reading it She creates likable characters often of the bumbling variety and they get up to ridiculous antics and The Orchid Affair one was about par for the course though it takes a little while to get to the ridiculous antics as Paris is far too grim and serious for such things evidently Sadly we re getting to the point where Willig Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., has paired off so many people it seems almost absurd when you come across them a whole group of perfectly matched couples in charge of espionage operations across the Channel But I chuckled and read the book in a weekend so clearly it was all still amusing enough It wasn t my favorite ofer novels by any means the best one in the recent past was The Betrayal of the Blood Lily It was good to get back to the actual center of the series aka the French Revolution though and the French was good to get back to the actual center of the series aka the French Revolution though and the French was a nice angle The Mischief of the Mistletoe introduced a whole crop of younger sisters so clearly Willig Somnium has ample futureeroines tucked away so I ll keep on reading Reading a Lauren Willig novel is an exceedingly pleasant way to pass a winter s afternoonevening Just keep the tea warm and the scones at the ready The Silver Orchid shines in post revolutionary Paris The Orchid Affair is Willig s eighth novel in the popular Pink Carnation series set during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France They involve The Cronos Complex I historical espionage romance swash buckle and a fair dose of comedy and sardonic wit neatly ticking off all the check boxes on my idealistoricalromancecomedy reading it listThe opening chapters of Orchid were an abrupt change after the igh comedy of Willig Ected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte and Laura's mission is to report any suspicious findings At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen secret meetings and odd comings and goings As Laura edges Maid of Dishonor (The Wedding Season, herself closer toer employer she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she as far in common.