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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 Readin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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