The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig
(Pink Carnation)

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Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation novels have been called "fun [and] fresh" (Kirkus Reviews) and "clever and playful " (Detroit Free Press). Now she introduces readers to a mismatched pair who find passion in the most astonishing of places...
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’s side. An old school friend of Napoleon’s stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, eloped with a Frenchman, and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Now widowed, she entertains herself by holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus’s 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. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend’s entertainment. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted—especially Augustus’s unexpected feelings for Emma.

About Lauren Willig

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LAUREN WILLIG is the bestselling author of eight previous Pink Carnation novels. She received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, though she now writes full-time. Willig lives in New York City.
Published February 16, 2012 by NAL. 400 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But true hearts always win out in this delightful series, and this ninth installment holds true to Willig's (The Orchid Affair, 2011, etc.) principles that the female characters should be as involved in the swashbuckling espionage as their love interests.

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We are now on the ninth book of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, which is almost hard to believe, given that I remember buying the first one however many years ago that was.

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But whereas Bertie wanders in a hapless sea of silver spoons and charming girls, without -- to the best of my knowledge -- ever falling deeply in love, Willig takes Augustus straight past insouciance to deeper and (to Augustus) more irritating emotions.

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Augustus and Emma are forced to spend time together as Emma writes a play to be performed at Napoleon’s court and Augustus is drafted by Emma’s friend, Jane, to help her write the verses.

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