The deception of the emerald ring

Lauren Willig

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Willig, Lauren. Pink Carnation series ; v. 3.
Pink Carnation series.
New York : Dutton c2006.
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387 p.
Main Author
Lauren Willig (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Willig turns in the third in her clever series combining historical and contemporary romance and featuring scholar Eloise Kelly (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, 2005;The Masque of the Black Tulip, 2006). Eloise's research into a group of English spies during the Napoleonic Wars has led to an infatuation with Colin Selwick, a descendant of one of her subjects, and immersions in the adventurous stories she uncovers. The reader shares Eloise's fascination with the past as Willig fleshes out each romantic tale, here telling the story of Geoff, Viscount of Pinghingdale, and his exploits with the celebrated spy known as the Pink Carnation. Geoff is attempting to run off with the woman of his dreams only to end up mistakenly abducting her sister, Letty. Her reputation compromised, they hastily marry. The bridegroom then takes off for Ireland at the behest of the English government, and the bride promptly follows under an assumed name, never imagining the dangers they'll encounter. Willig's latest is riveting, providing a great diversion and lots of fun. ((Reviewed August 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The third title in Willig's historical series about British spies at the turn of the 19th century (begun in the wonderful The Secret History of the Pink Carnation ) finds our flower, ne Jane Wooliston, more active than in the last volume (The Masque of the Black Tulip ) though still not the focus of the inevitable romance. That honor falls to agent Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe and Letitia (Letty) Alsworthy, whose shotgun marriage is the result of trying to prevent Letty's sister, Mary, from running off with Geoff. Geoff himself runs off on their wedding night to continue the anti-Napoleon campaign in Dublin, where a real uprising stands in as backdrop for the goings-on. Letty ends up on Irish shores as well, and the undercover fur begins to fly. Unfortunately, the modern frame for the historical series the research of Harvard Ph.D. candidate Eloise Kelly into the archives belonging to Colin Selwick and the couple's not-quite-romance has collapsed, rendering this work little more than a sorry chick-lit beach read. But the series is proceeding, so we assume eventually our Carnation, as well as Eloise and Colin, will find love if not Napoleon. This reviewer hopes Willig will adjust her palette and discover the right color finally to satisfy her readers. For public libraries with Carnation fans. Bette-Lee Fox,Library Journal [Page 140]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. Willigâ€"like Eloise, a Ph.D. candidate in historyâ€"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 Eloise and Colin plot distracts from the main attraction, but the historic action is taut and twisting. Fans of the series will clamor for more. (Nov.) [Page 47]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A continuation of the popular series that began with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and The Masque of the Black Tulip pits the top spies of England and France against one another in 1803 Ireland, while Letty Alsworthy finds herself forcibly married to her sister's undesirable fiancé.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The top spies of England and France contend with one another in 1803 Ireland, while Letty Alsworthy finds herself forcibly married to her sister's undesirable fiancâe.