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Date Posted: 07:03:04 01/13/07 Sat
Author: Syl
Subject: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

This one was sent by Dawn C. Thanks, lass! Great!


TITLE: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

AUTHOR: Lauren Willig.

GENRE: Historical Fiction.



My friend gave me this book to read because she thought I would like it.
However it took me a bit to get to it because we usually don't like the same
type of books. But I really enjoyed this one. It's a great summer read. From
the description it sounds like it takes place in our time but itís actually a
story in a story with most of the book taking place in the late 1700's. If
youíre just looking for a bit of fun reading this one is great.

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise is an
intelligent American who 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
historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation - the most
elusive spy of all time, who saved England itself from Napoleon's invasion.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation opens with the story of Elise Kelly
settling in to read the secret history. But before Eloise can unmask the
Pink Carnation, she uncovers a passionate romance that almost threw off the
course of world events.

Here is another description:

While history has unmasked the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian,
mystery still surrounds another lesser known hero, the Pink Carnation. In
this refreshing historical romp strong on history with a healthy dollop of
romance Eloise Kelly, 21st-century Ph.D. candidate, sets about to reveal the
true identity of that romantic figure. Through dogged determination, Eloise
gains access to a treasure trove of letters and diaries.

Narrator Kate Reading slips seamlessly between the diction of present and past. Reading's accomplished voicing, particularly in the novel-within-a-novel, turns the
streets of 1890s Paris rank with unimaginable muck, while Josephine's salons
glitter with pomp. Reading handles secret assignations, gambling hells,
gentlemen's clubs, passionate encounters, torture chambers, and slimy
villains with her usual expertise, adding luster to author Lauren Willig's
imaginative take on the Napoleonic Era.

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[> This sounds like a fun read, thanks for the recommendation. -- Margy, 10:59:58 01/13/07 Sat

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[> This book is on my shelf. I picked it up at a book sale after someone posted about it on the RR board. Sounds great, thanks. -- FranS, 17:19:24 01/15/07 Mon

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[> I've read this and really enjoyed it. I have also read the second in the series - Masque of the Black Tulip. They are a lot of fun, and as long as you approach them expecting that, a great read!!I am hoping my library will hurry up and get the third book in the series in!! -- Marg, 18:16:26 01/15/07 Mon

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[> [> Yay!! The library has confirmed that they now have the third book in this series! Just have to go and pick it up. -- Marg, 23:03:07 01/23/07 Tue

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[> I heard about this and didn't know if it was worth the time. Thanks for the review, I think I'll read it. -- becca beccabee, 05:00:15 01/17/07 Wed

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[> I loved this book! I thought that it was a great easy read without being totally brainless. Very amusing, too. -- Reilly, 18:29:08 01/20/07 Sat

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[> [> And yes, this one was great on CD...I could never figure out whether Kate Reading was American or British in real life, she switches back and forth with such perfect accent. -- Reilly, 18:30:24 01/20/07 Sat

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[> I just recently finished this book based on recommendations from the boards, This was a fun book and now I see that it is a trilogy and I am off to locate the sequels. -- LadyGrace, 18:59:09 02/19/07 Mon

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[> the carnation series -- Noelle, 16:04:38 01/19/08 Sat

I have read all of the books -- The Pink Carnation, The Black Tulip and The Deception of the Emerald Ring. I am waiting for the Seduction of the Crimson Rose. I like Lauren Willig's heroine in this series-- Eloise. She is funny and clumsy and "real." I don't know much about Napoleonic Europe, so these are a fun excursion...

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