The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
A Pink Carnation Novel
By Lauren Willig
(NAL, Paperback, 9780451414724, 480pp.)
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
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Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels have been hailed as “sheer fun”* and “charming.”** Now she takes readers on an adventure filled with hidden treasure and a devilishly handsome English colonel....
Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed at an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates.
Because she served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside—especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan. But, when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing from her English boarding school, Gwen reluctantly returns home to investigate the girl’s disappearance.
Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them. But Gwen’s partnership with quick-tongued, roguish William may prove to be even more of an adventure for her than finding the lost girls….
READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
*New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Dodd
The author of nine previous Pink Carnation novels, Lauren Willig received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, though she now writes full-time. Willig Lives in New York City.
- What was your initial opinion of Gwen when she was introduced at the beginning of the novel? Did your feelings about her change as the novel progressed? Did you have any revelations about her that surprised you?
“[An] enchanting, exciting, and clever story.” — Romance Reviews Today on THE GARDEN INTRIGUE
“[A] supremely nerve-wracking, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can’t-sleep-until-everyone-is-safe-read…fabulous…Charming three-dimensional characters, lively action, witty dialogue, and a continuous contemporary story line that enhances the events happening the past.” — Library Journal (starred review) on THE ORCHID AFFAIR
“Willig’s sparkling series continues to elevate the Regency romance genre.” — Kirkus on THE ORCHID AFFAIR
“Pride and Prejudice lives on in the pages of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation romance-spy series.”
— USA Today
“History textbook meets Bridget Jones.” — Marie Claire
“Jane Austen for the modern girl…Sheer fun!” — Christina Dodd
Praise for the Novels of Lauren Willig
“Jane Austen for the modern girl.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Dodd
“Pride and Prejudice lives on.”—USA Today
"History textbook meets Bridget Jones."—Marie Claire
“Willig’s series gets better with each addition.”—Booklist
“[This] sparkling series continues to elevate the Regency romance genre.”—Kirkus Reviews