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?
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