The Garden Intrigue

The Garden Intrigue

A Pink Carnation Novel

Book - 2013
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In the ninth installment of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series, an atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England. Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can't bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage. New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus's side. An old school friend of Napoleon's stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, the American envoy; eloped with a Frenchman; and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Widowed for four years, she entertains herself by drinking too much champagne, holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus's poetry. As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend's entertainment. Emma is at a crossroads: Should she return to the States or remain in France? She'll do anything to postpone the decision-even if it means teaming up with that silly poet Whittlesby to write a masque for Bonaparte's house party. But each soon learns that surface appearances are misleading. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted- especially Augustus's feelings for Emma.
Publisher: 2011. ,
New American Library, New York : 2013
ISBN: 9780451415608
Branch Call Number: AF WILL


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Mar 29, 2016

A good read, excellent characters.

Jul 12, 2015

Nine books in and I'm still finding this series so fun. I love when Willig takes a character who, in previous books in the series, has been portrayed as totally absurd, and makes him into a credible romantic lead, which is what she accomplishes with Augustus in this installment--and Emma is a very good heroine. Toss in the usual spy shenanigans and you've got an extremely enjoyable read.

Jun 12, 2014

Loved it. I liked the historical story the best. It was entwined with a little bit of current day storytelling, that was ok but really enjoyed the historical part. Also appreciated the historical note at the end that explained more about some of the characters who also appeared in real life. The author is knowledgeable, and tells a real page-turner, a lovely romance too! This is my first of hers but I am looking forward to checking out her other books in this series.

Jun 30, 2012

The latest in the Pink Carnation series teams two heretofore minor characters, Augustus Whittlesby--whose cover as a spy is the world's worst poet--and the Pink Carnation's friend Emma Delgardie. This Carnation book diverged a bit from the previous ones by having no steamy scenes at all. The last two, Orchid Affair and Mischief of the Mistletoe, were also tamer than previous novels. This one, like Mistletoe, diverged by having a spy crisis that was not actually a crisis. Good story overall but not as good as the first six.

Jun 20, 2012

I agree. It feels like that historical aspect has been told before. Sometimes I just skip thorugh to see where the modern story is at. I loved these books but now the plot just feels recylced.

May 17, 2012

Still a pleasant read, but sadly, Willig's franchise is showing signs of wear. Time for a new premise and a new 21st century heroine.

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