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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,685 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Willig Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781101484456
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"Pride and Prejudice lives on" (USA Today) in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which has been hailed for its addictive blend of history, romance, and adventure. In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. 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 suspected 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 more in common 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 late?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/17/2014

    " Another great book in The Pink Carnation series. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and can't wait for the next. The excellent blending of two stories in one always keeps me reading well into the night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnn somerset | 2/14/2014

    " yay for bringing us back to the spying, th eoriginal plot and a cameo form the purple gentian. I liked that there was spying in this novel again, it seems the past few didnt really play around with that too much. loved this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Fauble | 2/1/2014

    " This was one of the more enjoyable books for me in this series. I especially appreciated the return to the basic mission/purposes of the Pink Carnation and her network of spies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed this book tremendously as all of Willig's books. It was different and I can't put my finger on what is exactly. Maybe a little less swashbuckling and a little bit more mental swordplay. I'm not sure. In that regard I liked the others in the pink series better. I did however appreciate the dynamics of this novel. It was very intense. Our new spy - the silver orchid did amazingly well for her first mission. And the Purple Gentian made a surprise visit. I enjoyed the history this was taken from as explained at the end. The Governess Laura Gray is truly a well rounded character and is a very good match for her employers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/26/2014

    " Pink Carnation meets The Sound of Music and Les Miserables. One of my favorites in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caiti | 1/22/2014

    " This is the best of the series since The Masque of The Black Tulip. Willig writes two truly fantastic characters with Laura and Andres, and the action-adventure is back at an all time high when things get sticky under Napoleon's thumb. I absolutely loved this book, and the development of the romance was probably the most well done since The Seduction of The Crimson Rose. I adored this installment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 1/17/2014

    " Loved this one. A little Jane Eyre, a little Scaramouche, a bit more actual dangerous-spying-on-the-Frenchies than we've had in awhile...just what I like. Plus, a leading couple who are both over thirty, with all the life lessons, baggage, and bad habits that entails. Does Willig write these just for me? I'm starting to think so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/17/2014

    " Better than the last two, The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig reminds me how much I enjoy her writing. Witty, romantic and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raquel Rochelle | 1/1/2014

    " I have enjoyed all of the books in the Pink Carnation series but The Orchid Affair has been my favorite of them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/28/2013

    " This one was intriguing, and I'm beginning to see the end of the series - in a good way. The overall storyline is beginning to loop back around in a way that makes perfect sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 12/17/2013

    " Longer review to come--this is both a departure from earlier installments and a return to "tradition" or the beginning or whatever. I really liked this a whole bunch, but have a few quibbles...more in the morning... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 11/20/2013

    " The Pink Carnation saga returns to post-Revolution France, with much intrigue & excitement. This series is just so much fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/20/2013

    " See my review for The Secret History of the Pink Carnation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 5/11/2013

    " This didn't hold up quite as much on reread as I wanted it to (I might give it 3.5 stars instead of 4 if I had the option), but I still enjoyed it a lot. It was wonderful to see Jane again, and Richard too. Gabrielle remains my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sari | 8/24/2012

    " The Orchid Affair is one of a series by Lauren Willig. While I enjoyed this book, I felt I was at a disadvantage because I had not read the previous books in the Pink Carnation series. I may add to this review at a later time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 5/15/2012

    " I thought this was one of the better books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie Bonner | 2/29/2012

    " My favorite of the Pink Carnation series so far!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/8/2011

    " Not my favorite book in the series but a good book. One of the best series out there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bundaberg Library Library | 8/12/2011

    " Not my favorite in the series, but a lot better than most historicals out there. As usual, a nice blend of chick lit meets Baroness Orczy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista Mercer | 8/1/2011

    " A surprising entry in the Pink Carnation canon, with an entirely new heroine (Laura Grey) rather than one of the extended Selwick clan. The romance between her and Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police, was deliciously intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominica | 7/1/2011

    " Even when I start the book frustrated that Willig's introducing new characters and sure I won't like it, I end up loving them and cheering for them by the end. I just wish they hadn't changed the cover scheme! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/8/2011

    " A guilty pleasure. Predictable plot, but who cares. I've read the whole series and wait for more. May Willig not run out of flowers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/29/2011

    " Glad we finally got out of the ton and glad that even Andre gets a bit if romance...but sad to have to wait until Jan 2012 for the next Pink book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/24/2011

    " Liked the historical romance, but grew tired of the intermixed present day story line. Witty dialog, intrigue, light romance, and some action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 4/23/2011

    " This is the 8th volume in the Pink Carnation series. These books are well-written, well researched stories with fun characters and good historical notes and explanations at the end.--Leslie "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 4/11/2011

    " I am slightly embarrassed to admit to reading this. But for an escapist read, the series is fairly entertaining. The quality is variable for each book; the first being the best, as is often the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/10/2011

    " The idea that anyone taught by Amy Selwick could be anything less than a national security disaster aside, this was another pretty good installment. I liked the characters and the premise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendela23 | 4/5/2011

    " 8th in series
    Laura Grey goes undercover as a governess in the home of Andre Jaouen who is high in the French government. Turns out he is working against the government too. They fall for each other and flee to England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/3/2011

    " Another fabulous read in the flower(y) spies series by Willig. Laura Grey is an English governess who is being set up in a French household to spy on the master of the house due to his position within the prefecture of police. Lots of intrigue, drama, and a bit of romance too. Fun stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/3/2011

    " When I picked this up, I had no clue it was part of a series (I just grabbed it randomly from the library), and I still didn't realize it until I looked at the comments on here. I loved this book! A good mix of mystery and romance. I will have to go back and read her other books now :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie | 3/28/2011

    " My favorite Pink Carnation book yet. "

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About the Author
Author Lauren WilligLAUREN WILLIG is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series and a RITA Award-winner for Best Regency Historical for The Mischief of Mistletoe. She graduated from Yale University, and has a graduate degree in English history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.
About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.