Books by Lauren Willig

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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 forty-f ...

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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' ...

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The Garden Intrigue

We are now on the ninth book of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, which is almost hard to believe, given that I remember buying the first one however many years ago that was. Looking back, it’s interesting to see how the series has evolved, both in terms of story and in Ms. Willig’s writi ...

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The Orchid Affair

The Pink Carnation series is one that I have been following with great pleasure for a number of years, but, as much as I have been enjoying the protagonists’ adventures in England, Ireland, and India, I was somewhat disappointed that after the first volume the action never returned to Napoleon’s ...

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The Mischief of the Mistletoe

I’ll say this for the art department at Dutton: They have some serious love for Lauren Willig. Her covers are always attractive, but the one on The Mischief of the Mistletoe is absolutely stunning. Periodically I would find myself lost in a daze and realize I was doing it, again - staring at the c ...

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The Masque of the Black Tulip

I have not had much success with New Year's resolutions in recent years. I followed up a goal to "scrapbook more" with not scrapbooking at all, then failed dismally when I vowed to clean out my e-mail in-box (if you've been waiting for me to reply to you since August 2007, you have plenty of company ...

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The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

With this latest installment in the Pink Carnation series, Lauren Willig takes us beyond the front lines of the Napoleonic Wars, off to British India. Penelope Staines, nee Deveraux, has always been a flirt, but when word gets out that she was unsupervised in a bedroom alone with Lord Frederick, ...

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The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the fifth entry in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. I'm a big fan of the books and enjoyed this entry a great deal. Just like the rest of the series, the book features a blend of a stand-alone European historical romance and a continuation of the chick li ...

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Seduction of the Crimson Rose

I’ve been following Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series from the beginning, and was very excited to get the chance to review the fourth installment, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. The series follows the quest of an English spy, the Pink Carnation, to one-up Napoleon and keep England safe ...

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The Deception of the Emerald Ring

Eloise Kelly is still digging up information on nineteenth-century spies and swooning over Colin Selwick in The Deception of the Emerald Ring, third in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. While investigating the Pink Carnation’s involvement in the quashing of the Irish rebellion of 1803, Ellie ...