The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
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... show more
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?
Pages no: 449
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, Historical Mystery
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
Series: Pink Carnation (#1)
Eloise Kelly is an American history student trying to find material for her dissertation in England. Enamoured of the dashing gentleman spies of the late 18th and early 19th Century, like the Scarlet Pimpernel and his successor the Purple Gentian, what Eloise really wants to do is unmask the identit...
Another series where I won't be seeking out the subsequent titles.
I was surprised by many aspects of the book. First, the various romances and character types.woven throughout the novel. Willing does an amazing job of.creating believable and highly realistic characters. Second, I.was surprised by the humor and wit contained both in dialogue and Eloise's mind. This...
This is a very high 3 stars, but I can't quite justify giving it 4 stars.The ProsThe espionage provided a light fun adventure. I liked that it struck a balance between a hardcore thriller espionage and fluffy romance that made it enjoyable to read without being unbelievable. The side characters were...
Frothy & predictable. Mindless, easy, & frivolous enough as a beach or pool read if you're looking for that sort of thing. I guess it's considered historical romance. It's pretty lightweight as a historical fiction piece; not sure how it measures up as a romantic piece as I rarely read romances.