Secret History of the Pink Carnation – Lauren Willig

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. This book I picked up on a whim. I was wondering through boarders and noticed the pretty cover. The girl on the front is in a pink satin dress holding a flower. I was curious and flipped over and scanned the back. To my surprise it was a historical romance with a bit of mystery. I bought it went home and spent the next 4 hours laughing. It was wonderful; the story is fun and light hearted with two story lines. One of a Harvard graduate student, Eloise, and her search and trials with her dissertation on Napoleonic era spies such as the Scarlet Pimpernel, and of course the most elusive Pink Carnation.  Eloise story is just as intriguing and constantly has you giggling at her random and slightly chaotic self.

The second story is that of Amy Balcourt and her deepest desire to join the Purple Gentian.  Along with her quiet but brilliant cousin Jane, and Miss Gwen who always is great for a laugh. Amy’s tenacious nature makes for a great character and torture for the man that adores her.

Cleverly written with that amazing laugh out loud quality that has co workers giving you odd glances when you are reading on your lunch break.  The best part Eloise story continues in Lauren Willig’s other novels. The other best part is your favorite characters never really disappear but are connected throughout the other novels.  Great for those who finish books and wonder what happened next. Fun read that mixes mystery, romance, and very entertaining characters.


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