|Pages/Publication Date:||451 / 2006|
Harvard grad student Eloise Kelly has gotten into quite a bit of trouble since she started "spying" via the historical record on the Pink Carnation and the Black Tulip—two of the deadliest spies to saunter the streets of 19th-century England and France—in this third book in Lauren Willig's sexy historical romance and adventure series. Not only has Eloise been unearthing secrets that will rearrange history, she's also been dallying with the Purple Gentian's descendant Colin Selwick, and seeking a romantic adventure of her own. Little does she know that she's about to uncover another fierce heroine running headlong into history. Moving between the early 19th century and the 21st in Willig's witty, sultry series, we also meet Letty Alsworthy in 1803, who attempts to prevent her sister's midnight elopement—only to be accidentally whisked away by the groom herself.
"Harvard Ph.D. candidate Eloise Kelly continues her research of early 19th-century spies in the smart third book of the Pink Carnation series, following the well-received The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip. This installment focuses on 19-year-old Letty Alsworthy, who, after a comedy of errors, quickly weds Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, her older sister's intended. Geoffrey, an officer in the League of the Purple Gentian, flees to Ireland the night of his elopement. Unbeknownst to Letty, his plan isn't to abandon her; it's to quash the impending Irish Rebellion. When Letty tracks down her prodigal husband in Dublin, not only does she learn of his secret life as a spy, she's sucked into it with hilarious results. Willig—like Eloise, a Ph.D. candidate in history—draws on her knowledge of the period, filling the fast-paced narrative with mistaken identities, double agents and high stakes espionage. Every few chapters, the reader is brought back to contemporary London, where Eloise gets out of the archives long enough to nurse her continuing crush on Colin Selwick.... The historic action is taut and twisting. Fans of the series will clamor for more."—Publishers Weekly