In honor of today’s debut mass market release of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, by Lauren Willig, I am wearing pink with the goal of introducing five of my customers at Barnes & Noble to this fabulous series. Since it’s initial release in 2005, the “Pink” series of novels have continued to enchant me with Regency-era stories of spies, espionage and romance a la The Scarlet Pimpernel. Here is the publisher’s description:
Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard’s Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803. Eloise has found the secret history of the Pink Carnation—the most elusive spy of all time, the spy who single-handedly saved England from Napoleon’s invasion.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a wildly imaginative and highly adventurous debut, opens with the story of a modern-day heroine but soon becomes a book within a book. Eloise Kelly settles in to read the secret history hoping to unmask the Pink Carnation’s identity, but before she can make this discovery, she uncovers a passionate romance within the pages of the secret history that almost threw off the course of world events. How did the Pink Carnation save England? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly find a hero of her own?
I am so excited that it has been released in mass market for the first time today, introducing it to a whole new generation of readers. Once you are hooked, and I am quite certain you will be, the series continues with six more novels: The Masque of the Black Tulip, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and the soon to be released, The Mischief of the Mistletoe on October 28th. Yes, just thirteen days away!