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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

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Author Lauren Willig
Rights UK & Comm ex Canada
ISBN 9780749007614
Pages 464
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Nothing goes right for Eloise. The one day she wears her new suede boots, it rains cats and dogs. When the tube 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, after she realises romantic heroes are a thing of the past, she decides it’s time for a fresh start.

Eloise is also 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. 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 of her own?

What The Critics Said

'Rollicking, bodice-ripping, and engrossing: a historical, yet contemporary, mystery romance. The 400+ pages flew by and I loved every moment!'

The Bookbag

'A multitude of fun!...The book has so much going for it - an engaging main character, funny snappy dialogue, interesting locales, handsome rogues and Napoleon's court vividly portrayed... It is a historical romp with bite...laying the foundations for a rollicking series of adventures and I am really looking forward to the next instalment(s).'

My Favourite Books

‘Imagine a caper novel, spoof of Orczy’s oeuvre, historical romance and chick-lit all rolled into one. If you like comic Regency romance and have always thought that such books were too short then you will surely be in heaven, particularly when you realize that this is book one of an ongoing series.‘


‘A playful romp…effervescent prose… A sexy and determined-to-charm historical-romance debut’

Kirkus Reviews

‘A breezy historical romance…The sparks fly’

Publishers Weekly

‘A juicy mystery…Chick-lit never had it so good!’

Complete Woman

‘In her swashbuckling debut…Willig reimagines France under Napoleon besieged by a whole bouquet of spying floral foes…Bad news for the Bonapartes but barrels of good-natured fun for the rest of us’

Library Journal

‘Funny, entertaining and witty’

A Romance Review

‘A historical novel with a modern twist’

Mina Ford, author of My Fake Wedding

‘A dash of chick-lit with a historical twist - romance, mystery, and adventure. Pure fun!’

Meg Cabot

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