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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

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ISBN13: 9780451217424
ISBN10: 045121742x
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Publisher Comments:

Nothing ever goes right for Eloise. The day she wears her new suede boots, it rains. When the subway stops short, she's the one thrown into some stranger's lap. And she's had her share of misfortune in the way of love. So, after deciding that romantic heroes must be a thing of the past, Eloise is ready for a fresh start.

Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on two spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation — the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise has more and more questions. Like, how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero of her own?

Review:

"The French eventually unmasked the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian, famed spies in the Napoleonic wars, but as Harvard graduate student Eloise Kelly discovers at the start of this breezy historical romance, the identity of the Pink Carnation remains a mystery. Working in London on her history dissertation, Eloise gets access to a trunk of papers and documents from the early 19th century. She dives into this treasure trove, and suddenly the reader is plunged into a novel within a novel, told from the viewpoint of Amy Balcourt. Amy, exiled to rural England with her mother, now wants to avenge, with the help of her cousin Jane, her father's death at the hands of the French. She hopes to be in league with the Scarlet Pimpernel, who heroically tried to save her father. Willig, a Harvard graduate student herself, does a good job painting a picture of the tumultuous era. She also makes the sparks fly between Amy and the Purple Gentian, a dashing English nobleman in charge of Egyptian antiquities for Bonaparte. But when the Pink Carnation's identity is finally revealed after many obvious clues, the reader wonders why it took Eloise so long to get it. More critically, Eloise's appearances come to seem like awkward intrusions into Amy's — and the Pink Carnation's — more intriguing story. Agent, Joe Veltre. (Feb. 7) Forecast: Misleading chick lit — style packaging doesn't do Willig's debut — essentially a conventional historical romance — any favors. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Masked men and low bodices in a corny, playful romp." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Romance, mystery, and adventure. Pure fun!" Meg Cabot

Review:

"[A] decidedly delightful romp." Booklist

Synopsis:

Even a modern girl could use a hero. Eloise Kelly, a smart but slightly fumbling Jimmy Choo-clad American, has had her nose in the books, but she's about to uncover The Secret History of the Pink Carnation — a tale of espionage, adventure, and romance. And she just might find a hero of her own along the way.

Synopsis:

Nothing goes right for Eloise. The one day she wears her new suede boots, it rains cats and dogs. When the subway stops short, she’s always the one thrown into some stranger’s lap. Plus, she’s had more than her share of misfortune in the way of love. In fact, ever since she realized romantic heroes are a thing of the past, she’s decided it’s time for a fresh start.

Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on that dashing pair of spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation—the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise stumbles across answers to all kinds of questions. Like how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero all her own?

Synopsis:

Eloise Kelly, a smart but slightly fumbling Jimmy Choo-clad American, uncovers the secret history of the Pink Carnation--a tale of espionage, adventure, and romance. And she just might find a hero of her own along the way.

About the Author

Willig is currently a law student and Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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OV_099, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by OV_099)
I loved this book, and the subsequent ones as well -- you have Regency English spies taking up the career of the Scarlet Pimpernel, you have humor, you have romance. . . she just can't write fast enough for me! :)

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rv.stewart, April 23, 2007 (view all comments by rv.stewart)
This was a very enjoyable, light read with a heroine to believe in. I was taken even more with the minor characters. Ms. Willig takes the time to show the characters true worth through their actions and words as opposed to simply describing them. The London War Office and the politics associated with it come to life!
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Catherine, October 16, 2006 (view all comments by Catherine)
Who could resist two tales told in one lengthy book? A Regency heroine looking for her one true love, and a modern day American girl writing a dissertation about flower-named spies looking for true love as well. If you think this book is just a fluffy romance, then you haven't read it. It's not all substance, but it's not all fluff either, and this book is most certainly not one of those boring tomes that you will snore over and your history professor will lecture about. This is the type of book that you will hide under your incriminatingly blank Analytic Geometry notebooks, and worth getting called to the principal's office for.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451217424
Author:
Willig, Lauren
Publisher:
New American Library
Subject:
England
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Romance - Suspense
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Pink Carnation
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
7.96x5.44x.99 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The French eventually unmasked the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian, famed spies in the Napoleonic wars, but as Harvard graduate student Eloise Kelly discovers at the start of this breezy historical romance, the identity of the Pink Carnation remains a mystery. Working in London on her history dissertation, Eloise gets access to a trunk of papers and documents from the early 19th century. She dives into this treasure trove, and suddenly the reader is plunged into a novel within a novel, told from the viewpoint of Amy Balcourt. Amy, exiled to rural England with her mother, now wants to avenge, with the help of her cousin Jane, her father's death at the hands of the French. She hopes to be in league with the Scarlet Pimpernel, who heroically tried to save her father. Willig, a Harvard graduate student herself, does a good job painting a picture of the tumultuous era. She also makes the sparks fly between Amy and the Purple Gentian, a dashing English nobleman in charge of Egyptian antiquities for Bonaparte. But when the Pink Carnation's identity is finally revealed after many obvious clues, the reader wonders why it took Eloise so long to get it. More critically, Eloise's appearances come to seem like awkward intrusions into Amy's — and the Pink Carnation's — more intriguing story. Agent, Joe Veltre. (Feb. 7) Forecast: Misleading chick lit — style packaging doesn't do Willig's debut — essentially a conventional historical romance — any favors. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Masked men and low bodices in a corny, playful romp."
"Review" by , "Romance, mystery, and adventure. Pure fun!"
"Review" by , "[A] decidedly delightful romp."
"Synopsis" by , Even a modern girl could use a hero. Eloise Kelly, a smart but slightly fumbling Jimmy Choo-clad American, has had her nose in the books, but she's about to uncover The Secret History of the Pink Carnation — a tale of espionage, adventure, and romance. And she just might find a hero of her own along the way.
"Synopsis" by ,
Nothing goes right for Eloise. The one day she wears her new suede boots, it rains cats and dogs. When the subway stops short, she’s always the one thrown into some stranger’s lap. Plus, she’s had more than her share of misfortune in the way of love. In fact, ever since she realized romantic heroes are a thing of the past, she’s decided it’s time for a fresh start.

Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on that dashing pair of spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnation—the most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise stumbles across answers to all kinds of questions. Like how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero all her own?

"Synopsis" by , Eloise Kelly, a smart but slightly fumbling Jimmy Choo-clad American, uncovers the secret history of the Pink Carnation--a tale of espionage, adventure, and romance. And she just might find a hero of her own along the way.
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