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Ected 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 in common Oh I loved this installment of Pink Carnation The historical action shifts to France and I loved the intrigue The Selwick spy school sends one of its pupils off on a mission and it kept me buried deep in readingLaura Grey has spent 16 long years as a governess and her life feels as drab and grey as her wardrobe Given the chance she goes undercover in France aswhat else?a governess in the household of the Minister of Police's right hand man However the widower Jaouen is not all he seems Laura appears to have an aptitude for spy work but there is also a connection forming between her and her employer The twists and turns of their story are fascinating Creating chemistry between two characters who 1should be enemies and 2 where at least one of whom cannot be honest with the other cannot have been easy but Willig makes it look seamlessAdded bonus the relationship between Eloise and Colin in the contemporary frame of this story makes some real progress as well Even though it gets much less time on page I found myself following that plot avidly as wellThis series is fabulous and I particularly enjoyed this installment of it Laura and Jaouen are both intelligent and a bit mature than the usual historical leads Laura is 3233 and I'd guesstimate Jaouen to be in his mid maybe late 30s If you've not started this series yet it's definitely a do not miss reading experience

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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 susp Here's the thing If you're at the point where you're reading the SEVENTH of a series in HARDCOVER you don't really need my review You're like me; you're going to read it regardless of what the main storyline might be We've come this far and we've been amused enough with the ride so we'll continue on The Orchid Affair is indeed the seventh book in the Pink Carnation series a count which doesn't include the Christmas intrigue published a few months ago or that little online novella published by Lauren Willig historical romance novelist who found her way to full time writing only after going to Harvard Law something tells me that when they talk about the many things you can do with your law degree this might not have been what they had in mind Willig has certainly published a great deal since The Secret History of the Pink Carnation appeared in 2005 so thank goodness she seems to know exactly what her readers want The series is loosely gathered around the doings of the Pink Carnation an English spy but the Pink Carnation herself is a somewhat elusive character only peeking in occasionally while each book focuses on the love lives of two other individuals Most of the pairs of lovers in uestion are English regardless of the country that provides our setting but The Orchid Affair is uniue; rather than featuring Englishfolk running about France while sporting flowery spy names this installment features a Frenchwoman returning home after spending years in England as a governess so she can sport a flowery spy name and be planted in the home of a French official Much less Englishness And running At least in the first half In the end what she and her super secret spy boss The Pink Carnation doesn't uite count on is that the French official in uestion might not be totally on board with the current government's practices either which would make them surprising allies in the need to smuggle a French claimant to the throne out of FranceWillig readers know the basic idea of what they'll be getting here Some ridiculous fun and an eventual happy ending preferably with a sexy scene or two tossed in or at least some nice romantic angst And when the obvious set up is between a secret spy governess and the employer she's spying on well there you have it Laura Grey is indeed a governess so posing as a governess isn't a terribly difficult role for her Her parents were artists her mother a poet of some note and her father a well known sculptor and while they had many friends in life when they died in a boating accident Laura made her own way in life Now the thrill of serving as a spy and having gone through the Selwick Spy School is a bit muted by the daily duties of teaching children so thankfully the story does eventually veer off into something much amusing a traveling troupe of actors Andre Jaouen is her employer the right hand man and cousin by marriage to the Chief of Police It's not surprising therefore that the Pink Carnation might want someone in his employ to glean any useful bits of information what Laura eventually discovers however is that Andre is assisting the Royalist cause having grown jaded with what the Revolution has led to As a result we get a fresher look at all the post Revolution politics in France which provides a welcome perspective in a series where naturally one must worry about the whole those Frenchies seek him everywhere storyline could get tiredO Mountain Man (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation She hardly expects her Diana (Sunfire, first assignment to be serving as governess Blue Crush (Blue, 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 susp Here's the thing If you're at the point where you're reading the SEVENTH of a series in HARDCOVER you don't really need my review You're like me; 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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 lat Ahh Willig is such a delightful author to read Buta funny thing happened on the way through this book a subtle role reversal took place The contemporary storyline which through the previous books was merely a conduit to further the historical plot line became much intriguing than the main story The historical adventures of the Silver Orchid were interesting if a little slow moving while the intrigue among the modern day Selwick clan was palpable I found myself wanting to just skim over history in order to get to the parts that contained Eloise and Colin's predicament Unfortunately that ended up being the biggest disappointment in the book Nothing was revealed nothing was accomplished and nothing was learned after all the suspense It was just left dangling with no one saying a thing If I hadn't loved the wonderful yet humorous writing of Willig this would have suffered greatly in the star department

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