The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France’s most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. What they don’t know is that also in Ireland is England’s top spy, the Pink Carnation, who is working to shut the rebels down. 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 Pinghingdale-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. Then, Geoff receives word that he is to travel to Ireland to help the Pink Carnation and disappears immediately after their wedding ceremony. Letty learns of Geoff’s disappearance and, not to be outdone by her husband, steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her husband…and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.As in her previous tales, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque Of the Black tulip, our modern-day heroine and hero, Eloise Kelly and Colin Selwick, continue their budding romance in this captivating third novel in the series.– Goodreads
Another Lauren Willig novel! This is her third in the series so you would think I’d be used to the slow burn of her novels by now. You’d be wrong. Usually I hate slow burns. But this one is so well done I believe it and I crave more slow burn. I want more of Letty and Geoff who spend most of the book at odds with each other. In case my reviews haven’t made it clear: I hate angst. That’s Tina’s job here at Nose In A Book. I’m the girl who loves fluff. I like puppies and ponies and stories about domestic bliss.
Oh those who think I’m joking.
Anyway, back to Geoff and Letty, this is another story where I loved the past story more than the present day story that was occurring in the book. I wanted more of Geoff and Letty and Ireland. Where present day was still with Eloise, England and her dissertation. I know that dissertations take for-freaking-ever to write, and the present day part of the story hasn’t been going on for that long but I would still enjoy if if that portion could move along. I know that Eloise is part of the glue that holds the historical stories, and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I could do without her. This is the second book by Willig in the row I wanted/needed to know more about the historical story. I listened to this on my ipod and when it would go back to present day I would legitimately get sad.
It is also important to note that WIllig’s writing style is getting progressively stronger since the first book in the series.