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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Willig Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pink Carnation Series Release Date:
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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’ 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’ 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’ feelings for Emma.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Enlightening and entertaining as always, and full of plenty of romance and intrigue, this is a strong choice. Library Journal
  • Readers will be pleased to see the spy who inspired the series in action and will enjoy the charming, witty rapport between Augustus and Emma. Booklist
  • As fresh and charming as its floral theme. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aliza Tafoya | 2/20/2014

    " I love this entire series! I have to say that the past-part was a little anti-climaxtic compared to previous books, but the new developments between Eloise and Colin are incredibly exciting! I cannot wait until the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/18/2014

    " This was a good one...thoroughly enjoyed the Robert Fulton angle and the spy undercover as an over the top bad poet (whole concept cracks me up). Methinks I would love to have Lauren Willig to a dinner party :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susie Neligan | 2/18/2014

    " Very enjoyable, based in Napoleonic France with the Bonapartes as part of the main historical areas. Modern day parts set in England while filming a movie...entertaining and I have to go back the read the previous ones now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/11/2014

    " I was more intrigued by the modern story line than the Pink Carnation plot in this book. The spy/poet falls for the unhappy widow, who really could be a stronger character. Not too bad but not the best in the series. I am excited to see what happens next at the Manor House. "

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