Nothing goes right for Eloise. The one day she wears her new suede boots, it rains cats and dogs. When the subway 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, ever since she realized romantic heroes are a thing of the past, she’s decided it’s time for a fresh start.
Setting off for England, Eloise is 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. Like 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 all her own?
I absolutely LOVED this book! I'm SO glad it's a series, so I can continue following these characters and their escapades. It's full of espionage, historical fiction, and laughs! This was suggested on one of our forums, and I'm SO glad for it. I've been lapping up this series ever since.
I rarely ever return a book only partially read. For me The Secret History of the Pink Carnation did not have the feel of the period at all. The thought processes and actions of the heroine seemed very contemporary. Outside of clothing and carriage rides I would have never known the story was set at least this portion in the early 1800s. The protagonist in the modern section was silly and in no way appeared to be someone who even went to college let alone Harvard. Since this was the first book I have attempted by this writer I may try another in the future. Hopefully I will enjoy her other books more than I did this one.
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