The Orchid Affair

The Orchid Affair

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" Pride and Prejudice lives on" ( USA Today ) in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which has been hailed for its addictive blend of history, romance, and adventure. In The Orchid Affair , Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura's mission is to report any suspicious findings.

At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen-secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought...

As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it's too late?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2011.
ISBN: 9780525951995
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 24 cm.

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marthabwaters
Jun 25, 2015

Yet another enjoyable installment in the Pink Carnation series. This is the first book since the series-opener to be set in France, which made for a nice change of pace, and while I was initially uncertain about the fact that this was the first time one or both of the protagonists weren't recurring minor characters from previous installments, I still liked this one quite a bit. As ever, Willig excels at balancing romance and intrigue, and writes two memorable, well-matched lead characters.

samdog123 Sep 23, 2013

Another title in the "Pink Carnation" series. Post revolutionary France in the time of Buonaparte is fraught with danger. Our latest spy from the Selwick spy school is "The Silver Orchid" and alias for Laura Grey, a governess seeking excitement in her life. A plot to put a Prince of the blood back on the throne is discovered and the chase is on. This is the 8th in the series and there are subsequent titles too.

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Ubalstecha
Jul 14, 2013

Laura always wanted a much more exciting life than being a governness. It figures that she would then end up as a governness in France, spying for the Pink Carnation. But what she didn‘t count on was falling in love with her target. Which complicates things immensily, especially when she has to help him and his family flee from Paris. Can she get them to safety without blowing her cover and endangering the Pink Carnation‘s carefully constructed network.

Good installment of the series, but we are facing diminising returns here. She needs to dial up the “naughtiness“, realizing this is some of her audiences

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rowan2791
Aug 08, 2012

Loved this book. Willig has a way of making historical romance feel like Jane Austen meets great historical fiction. Paris is the backdrop this time (prior book in the series is set in India) and it gives a real sense of the political intrigue throughout the world at the time (as viewed from a British perspective).

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