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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 susp. The Silver Orchid shines in post revolutionary Paris The Orchid Affair is Willig s eighth novel in the popular Pink Carnation series set during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France They involve historical espionage romance swash buckle and a fair dose of comedy and sardonic wit neatly ticking off all the check boxes on my ideal historicalromancecomedy reading hit listThe opening chapters of Orchid were an abrupt change after the high comedy of Willig s last offering The Mischief of the Mistletoe Get ready to shift gears No Christmas pudding capers here It is 1802 post revolutionary Paris The tone is serious and somber lots of cold rain a prison interrogation and a visit by Madame Guillotine BrrrOur heroine Miss Laura Grey is eager to do anything other than the governessing that has consumed her life for the past sixteen years Recruited by the elusive flower spy The Pink Carnation she has just graduated from the Selwick Spy School and traveled to Paris on her first mission to of course do what she knows best be a governess albeit an undercover one teaching young children and blending into the woodwork as a servant in the household of an important police official Undercover as Laure Griscogne s code named The Silver Orchid her assignment is to observe and collect information on the movements of her new employer Andre Jaouen who works at the Prefecture de Paris under Louis Nicolas Dubois Chief of Police and prot g of Joseph Fouche Bonaparte s Minister of Police Jaouen and his arch rival Gaston Delaroche an agent of Fouche are investigating a Royalist plot to overthrow the First Consul of France Napoleon Bonaparte and reinstate the Bourbon lineParis is grim and imposing a police state and not at all what Laura remembered from her childhood Orphaned at sixteen by the untimely death of her artistic parents famous French sculptor Michel de Griscogne and Italian poetess Chiara de Veneti Laura has spent the last half of her life earning her bread in the oppressive governess trade in England Her current employers wife Julie Beniet died four years prior to her arrival and their two young children have until recently been raised by a family friend in the country Jaouen is suspicious that Laura is a plant in his house by Gaston Delaroche the mad megalomaniac to sinister Fouche He does not uite know what to make of this prim matter of fact governess She on the other hand is as eually curious of him Handsome and austere this disheartened Revolutionist ideals of libert galit and fraternit are now a muddled dream after the coup d tat of Napoleon and his self installation as First Consul The age of revolutionary enlightened for both of them is now a regime of terror and fearTeaching Latin texts and Aesop s Fables seem rather dull and un spy like to Laura until her employer s secret meetings suspicious doings and shocking reveal change the course of her mission As Andre and Laura put aside their differences they are forced to flee the city as husband and wife with the children under the cover of traveling performers in a Commedia dell arte troupe In hot pursuit is the evil Gaston DelarocheAs in all of the previous novels in the Pink Carnation series except The Mischief of the Mistletoe the parallel plot with contemporary scholar Eloise Kelly prompts the historical story as she conducts her own research for her doctoral thesis on the enigmatic British flower spies during the Napoleonic Wars Her ongoing relationship with Colin Selwick a direct descendant of the Purple Gentian and the Pink Carnation brings them to Paris for Colin s estranged mother s weekend birthday party As both plots unfold will the Pink Carnation s help be enough to assist Laura and Andre to safety and success supply Eloise with enough footnotes for her dissertation and the reward of a marzipan pigWhat a fun adventure The Orchid Affair is Since a ladies imagination is very rapid I was guessing at plots left and right Hmm 1 Stern widower in a dripping greatcoat and prim impoverished governess Will there also be mad wife hidden in the attic like Jane Eyre 2 Brave widower and prim governess flee nasty government officials Do they sing next and go mountain climbing like Sound of Music 3 Stoic widower and prim governess escape by disguise as actors in a comedy troupe a la Scaramouche Oh it doesn t matter in the least because it is all totally original in the end I just like playing these mind games Readers will see the fun too and join in the huntFans of the series will be pleased to be back in the Pink again As a standalone novel The Orchid Affair is an historical triumph Willig is known for her romances but this really is heavier on the historical fiction than romance aside It hearkens back deeply to The Scarlet Pimpernel for espionage and swash A true Anglophile I didn t know much about this period of French history until I read For the King this past summer This novel covers a later period in Napoleon s reign as First Consul by a few years but I did recognize many of the same names Thankfully less Googling The research alone must have warranted many trips to the actual Mus e des Collections Historiues de la Pr fecture de Police in Paris The detail is uite stunningOne of Willig s trademarks is to interlink characters from one novel to the next It gives the reader a sense of continuity like one big happy Pink family She has successfully achieved this by introducing a character albeit briefly in one novel and then highlighting them in another We meet some old acuaintances here too Lady Selwick the Pink Carnation appears and one of my favorites Miss Gwendolyn Meadows Our Lady of the Sharp Umbrella but the two new protagonists Laura Grey and Andre Jaouen take up the majority of the narrative and I could not be happier They are delightful both guarded and reserved they are hiding their real personalities that come to life because of circumstance and association Their romance is well wrought and touching Willig s writing is just well awesome There are few who can surpass her in witty dialogue and imaginative plots She is top on my list of contemporary authorsLaurel Ann Austenprose A House In The High Hills the Selwick Spy School expecting Sunshine and Shadows to find elaborate disguises and The Palace of Dreams thrilling exploits in service Two Wings to Veil My Face to The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd the spy known as The Porcelain Thief the Pink Carnation She hardly expects her first assignment The Porcelain Thief to be serving as governess for The Mad Queen the children of Andre Jaouen right hand man Aesops Fables to Bonaparte's minister of police Jaouen and his arch rival Gaston Delaroche are investigating a susp. 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governessing Hua Hua You Long 1 that has consumed her life for The Family Cooks the past sixteen years Recruited by The Town That Food Saved the elusive flower spy The Pink Carnation she has just graduated from The Year of Cozy the Selwick Spy School and The Gut Balance Revolution traveled Dark Viking (Viking II, to Paris on her first mission Broken to of course do what she knows best be a governess albeit an undercover one Fearless Queen Part 2 teaching young children and blending into Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the woodwork as a servant in Bad Romance the household of an important police official Undercover as Laure Griscogne s code named The Silver Orchid her assignment is The Mistake to observe and collect information on The Man Who Saw Everything the movements of her new employer Andre Jaouen who works at Penguins Poems for Life the Prefecture de Paris under Louis Nicolas Dubois Chief of Police and prot g of Joseph Fouche Bonaparte s Minister of Police Jaouen and his arch rival Gaston Delaroche an agent of Fouche are investigating a Royalist plot The Armourers House to overthrow Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the First Consul of France Napoleon Bonaparte and reinstate Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the Bourbon lineParis is grim and imposing a police state and not at all what Laura remembered from her childhood Orphaned at sixteen by Ask the Past the untimely death of her artistic parents famous French sculptor Michel de Griscogne and Italian poetess Chiara de Veneti Laura has spent Using Natural Finishes the last half of her life earning her bread in Anatomy of Violence the oppressive governess La grande casa trade in England Her current employers wife Julie Beniet died four years prior Achieving Work-Life Balance to her arrival and Fearless Warriors their 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity two young children have until recently been raised by a family friend in The Tea House on Mulberry Street the country Jaouen is suspicious Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences that Laura is a plant in his house by Gaston Delaroche The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the mad megalomaniac Blood Heir (Blood Heir, to sinister Fouche He does not uite know what The Tenth Parallel to make of The Poincaré Conjecture this prim matter of fact governess She on Icarus at the Edge of Time the other hand is as eually curious of him Handsome and austere What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing this disheartened Revolutionist ideals of libert galit and fraternit are now a muddled dream after Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss the coup d Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, tat of Napoleon and his self installation as First Consul The age of revolutionary enlightened for both of Certain Magical Acts them is now a regime of The Descent of Alette terror and fearTeaching Latin Hedged texts and Aesop s Fables seem rather dull and un spy like The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever to Laura until her employer s secret meetings suspicious doings and shocking reveal change The Year the Gypsies Came the course of her mission As Andre and Laura put aside The Kingdom their differences O Assassinato Perfeito they are forced The Road to Lichfield to flee Tales of Ancient Egypt the city as husband and wife with Tales of Ancient Egypt the children under The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the cover of Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe traveling performers in a Commedia dell arte The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English troupe In hot pursuit is The White Guns the evil Gaston DelarocheAs in all of The Book of Football Quotations the previous novels in Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, the Pink Carnation series except The Mischief of The Road Back Home the Mistletoe The TV Time Travellers the parallel plot with contemporary scholar Eloise Kelly prompts The Prester Quest the historical story as she conducts her own research for her doctoral The God Squad thesis on The Ayatollahs Democracy the enigmatic British flower spies during The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, the Napoleonic Wars Her ongoing relationship with Colin Selwick a direct descendant of Classic Essential Vegetables the Purple Gentian and The Murder Exchange the Pink Carnation brings The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, them The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, to Paris for Colin s estranged mother s weekend birthday party As both plots unfold will The Cold War the Pink Carnation s help be enough The Soul of Leadership to assist Laura and Andre The Night Listener to safety and success supply Eloise with enough footnotes for her dissertation and Under Currents the reward of a marzipan pigWhat a fun adventure The Orchid Affair is Since a ladies imagination is very rapid I was guessing at plots left and right Hmm 1 Stern widower in a dripping greatcoat and prim impoverished governess Will The Confidential Agent there also be mad wife hidden in The Light In The Window the attic like Jane Eyre 2 Brave widower and prim governess flee nasty government officials Do Three Entertainments they sing next and go mountain climbing like Sound of Music 3 Stoic widower and prim governess escape by disguise as actors in a comedy Lissa troupe a la Scaramouche Oh it doesn Lissa t matter in Red Sky At Sunrise the least because it is all Taken by the Alpha totally original in Ghost Children the end I just like playing Crazy for Cake Pops these mind games Readers will see Horse Trade (Saddle Club, the fun Extraordinary Circumstances too and join in From Madman to Crime Fighter the huntFans of The Secret of the Stallion (Saddle Club Super Edition, the series will be pleased Lets Weigh the Evidence to be back in Patient Safety Ethics the Pink again As a standalone novel The Orchid Affair is an historical Systems Failure triumph Willig is known for her romances but Becoming an Academic this really is heavier on Taking Nazi Technology the historical fiction Train Wreck than romance aside It hearkens back deeply A Political History of the World to The Scarlet Pimpernel for espionage and swash A Modernist Time Ecology true Anglophile I didn The Glovemaker t know much about Timelines of American Literature this period of French history until I read For Architecture in Formation the King Great Powers, Small Wars this past summer This novel covers a later period in Napoleon s reign as First Consul by a few years but I did recognize many of A Bloodless Victory the same names Thankfully less Googling The research alone must have warranted many Epiphany trips Unplanned Parenthood to The Cloak of Aphrodite the actual Mus e des Collections Historiues de la Pr fecture de Police in Paris The detail is uite stunningOne of Willig s Russian Eurasianism trademarks is Betsy Bonaparte to interlink characters from one novel American Hieroglyphics to Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families the next It gives Betsy Bonaparte the reader a sense of continuity like one big happy Pink family She has successfully achieved Interactions this by introducing a character albeit briefly in one novel and Critical Communication Studies then highlighting The Big Vote them in another We meet some old acuaintances here Gender and Firearms too Lady Selwick Six Essential Fingerings for the Jazz Guitarist the Pink Carnation appears and one of my favorites Miss Gwendolyn Meadows Our Lady of Defining Shinto the Sharp Umbrella but Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter and Other Poems the Stable Witch (Saddle Club, two new protagonists Laura Grey and Andre Jaouen White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right take up The Reign of Stephen the majority of Aliens the narrative and I could not be happier They are delightful both guarded and reserved Aliens they are hiding Not a Nickel to Spare their real personalities A Journey Through the Last Dance that come The Last Dance to life because of circumstance and association Their romance is well wrought and No Go the Bogeyman touching Willig s writing is just well awesome There are few who can surpass her in witty dialogue and imaginative plots She is Everyday Islam in Post-Soviet Central Asia top on my list of contemporary authorsLaurel Ann Austenprose

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The Orchid Affair

Ected 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 in common. This was much MUCH better than the last couple of Carnation books I don t even think I really remember those I must have blocked them out Jane actually shows up and the focus is back on FranceEngland which makes much sense since I doubt the Secret Carnation controlled espionage on every continentAnyway this one was a bit mature in terms of character both Laura and Andre are in their 30s and I felt that it was also less frivolous than previous installments The romance bloomed slowly and the spy elements made sense although I m still not convinced of Andre s motives My only disappointment is the modern section which just seems to drag without purpose I would like it better if that story just framed the other the interruptions began to get tedious Still it was a welcome relief to have the Carnation series back into fighting shape

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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 lat. There s a reason why Lauren Willig s books are so popular and The Orchid Affair reminded me of why I didn t want this book to end The story is an excellent well rounded historical There s lots of adventure and mystery great characters and a lot of sweet romanceThe book started a little slow for me there wasn t a lot of action at the start But I felt the story picked up as soon as Andre and Laura ran into the boisterous painter Daubier I feel like that s when the secrets really started to come out in the openAt first I couldn t tell if Emma s relationship with Andre was going to lead to romance or not but once it did I was on the edge of my set for the rest of the book Their love had it all secrets jealousies insecurities and always and foremost respect and friendship TI loved that they were a little older and wiser than romance heroes and heroines normal are That made their love so much deeper and real Andre was so strong and such an honorable character I loved that his uiet strengths were so much different than a typical hero I also loved that Andre had eye glasses and that he was always actually wearing them It wasn t a detail that got lost in the story it was very much a part of his characterI really liked the secondary characters they made the story come alive The two children were so cute and seem so real They weren t used just for laughs Daubier was a lovable bachelor Uncle type of character and I m not going to lie De Barry was hotThe mystery was very well plotted and had me guessing the whole time I was often shocked at the twists and turns in the story I loved trying to decipher the messages form the Pink CarnationI wasn t totally a fan of the present day part of the story I see it as a way to tie the series together but I felt lit took me out of the real story sometimes At one particularly exciting point I was so upset to turn the page and see the modern characters It was like the dreaded to be continued at the end of your favorite tv showThis book perfectly balances a sweet and tender romance with an adventurous historical mystery I can t wait to read the books that I ve missed in this wonderful seriessent by publisher in exchange for honest reviewreviewed for


10 thoughts on “The Orchid Affair

  1. says:

    Here's the thing If you're at the point where you're reading the SEVENTH of a series in HARDCOVER you don't really need my r

  2. says:

    I'm glad to see Willig getting back to a espionage heavy plot I thought the political intrigue here was one of her best she notes at the end that it is based on real events and characters and I think that approach worked well for her

  3. says:

    The Silver Orchid shines in post revolutionary Paris The Orchid Affair is Willig’s eighth novel in the popular Pink Carnation series set during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France They involve historical espionage romance swash buckle and a fair dose of comedy and sardonic wit – neatly ticking off all the check boxes

  4. says:

    This was much MUCH better than the last couple of Carnation books I don't even think I really remember those I must have blocked them out Jane actually shows up and the focus is back on FranceEngland which makes much sense since I doubt the Secret Carnation controlled espionage on every continentAnyway this one was a bit mature in terms of character both Laura and Andre are in their 30s and I felt that it was also les

  5. says:

    Oh dear Laura and Letty are now having a face off over who is the best Willig heroine Arabella is looking on to see if she can capitalize on the disagreement if Pen doesn't beat her to the punchline Mary thinks she

  6. says:

    Oh I loved this installment of Pink Carnation The historical action shifts to France and I loved the intrigue The Selwick spy school sends one of its pupils off on a mission and it kept me buried deep in readingLaura Grey has spent 16 long years as a governess and her life feels as drab and grey as her wardrobe Given the chance she goes undercover in France aswhat else?a governess in the household of the Minister of Pol

  7. says:

    There's a reason why Lauren Willig's books are so popular and The Orchid Affair reminded me of why I didn't want this book to end The story i

  8. says:

    Ahh Willig is such a delightful author to read Buta funny thing happened on the way through this book a subtle role reversal took place The contemporary storyline which through the previous books was merely a conduit to further the historical plot line became much intriguing than the main story The historical adventures

  9. says:

    35 stars After diving back into the Pink Carnation series with the sixth book The Betrayal of the Blood Lily I was eagerly ready to continue readingI have already read the seventh book so I moved on to The Orchid Affair instead As with the previous books we meet a likable heroine in a decidedly awkward situation and a headstrong bachelor with the last thing on his mind being loveWhile many of Willig’s books have a dec

  10. says:

    Laura Grey has had it being a governess She has just graduated from the Selwick Spying Academy and is off to Fr

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