Books by Lauren Willig

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The Summer Country

The Summer Country is the latest standalone historical novel from author Lauren Willig. It's a dual timeline story that takes place in Barbados, and I'm pleased to report it's everything I've come to expect from this author, and then some. Emily Dawson has always been the poor relation in the eye ...

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The English Wife

The English Wife is a tale of smoke and mirrors. It is a fable of wealth and power set during the 1890s swan song of the Gilded Age. It’s a mystery, a romance, a coming of age story and easily one of the best books you’ll read this year. Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil have the kind of elegan ...

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The Lure of the Moonflower

It's always a sad day when a long-running series comes to an end, especially one I've enjoyed as much as Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. And with The Lure of the Moonflower Ms Willig has done her fans proud and brings the series to a close o ...

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The Other Daughter

I love heroines who display spirit, backbone and intelligence with ease and elegance. That’s exactly what happened in this novel and I found myself completely enthralled by the story as a result. Rachel Woodley is working as a governess in Paris when the telegram reaches her: “Mrs. Woodley il ...

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

With just one book remaining in Ms. Willig’s Pink Carnation series, I find myself savoring each new entry. So I’ll have to admit I was less than enthusiastic when I heard that Sally Fitzhugh is the historical heroine for The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla. The Mischief of the Mistletoe, Sally ...

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The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

Reading the latest installment in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series is a pleasure I savor each summer. It was no different this year, and The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla proved a charming read. The novel is set more than a year after the one that comes before, The Pas ...

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The Ashford Affair

As a longtime fan of Ms. Willig’s Pink Carnation series, I had mixed feelings when I heard about this stand-alone novel. The historical portion set in post-WWI Nairobi sounded fascinating, but how would this stack up? And when I learned that there was a different narrator, I was even more nervous. ...

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

Narrated by Kate Reading I’m a big fan of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, but was skeptical several years ago when I learned that Pink 12 would feature Miss Gwen as the heroine. Admittedly Miss Gwen has been with the series since the beginning, first as chaperone, and then as an eager ...

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

I absolutely loved this book . I’m woefully behind on the Pink Carnation series, but I jumped at the chance to review this one, not least because it has rather a USP (Unique Selling Point) in the genre – namely that the hero and heroine are of more mature years (he’s fifty-four, she’s fort ...

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The Ashford Affair

Full of historical detail and a big, sweeping romance, The Ashford Affair makes for a thrilling read. As in her beloved Pink Carnation series, Willig presents readers with a story within a story. However, in this case, the modern day (or at least kind of modern - their story is set in 1999) lovers' ...