Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig

Laura Grey has spent the last 16 years of her rather colorless life governessing the children of England's elite.  Searching for a bit of excitement, she enrolls in the Pink Carnation's Selwick spy school and is sent to France, where she is to infiltrate the Parisian household of Andre Jaouen, a high-ranking official under Napoleon - as a governess.  With spies, swordfights, secret messages in bookshops, intrigue, secret identities and sweet romance, this latest installment in the Pink Carnation series is all fun.  This series of Regency tales of the swashbuckling adventures and romances of British spies rather incongrously named after flowers (inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel) begins with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - start there and read straight through to The Orchid Affair!