While it could be read as a stand alone,it is best enjoyed if you have at least read the third book in the series first. Poor, bumbling Turnip is at his best (or worst) in that one. It helps you appreciate just how far he has come in this one. There has never been a more unlikely hero than Turnip.
Held up to the standards of other books in this series. Anything read by Kate Reading is always a delight!
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
Listen to this store Shenzhen you are by yourself bécause i promise you cant help yourself from chor,tling The dialogue is fast-paced engaging and tightly Written The plot is almost irrelevant because The characters are so delihgtful. I plan to listen to it again soon
I love this book. I listen to it over and over. Turnips simple take on both spies and love is very sweet. This book doesn't require a great deal of thought, but then turnip wouldn't want it any other way.
Gotta love Turnip; with so many spies and so much intrigue it was so pleasant to read about him and his quite uncomplicated approach to life and love! Arabella is a lovely leading lady as well. Enjoyed having Jane Austin as a catalyst and the school girls were quite fun. So looking forward to reading Ms. Gwen's novel set at the school, too! Wonderful Holiday Read!!!
I would recommend this book but I would suggest that they read a few of the others first. I think it was because we know Turnip from other tales that seeing him in this light is so delicious. I never saw him as a romantic interest before but now I do. It was well done.
When Turnip climbs the trellis--not for any romantic reason--but because he just wanted to continue talking to a fellow conspirator about the mystery. I also loved the final confrontation with the "uncle" I was hoping and hoping it would happen and Ms Willig delivered
I do love Kate Reading's interpretations. She is a great narrator.
A story that is both a part of the series and something that can be appreciated without having read all the rest of the books, though reading it as part of the series is more fun I'm sure. As always Kate Reading enlivens the story with her excellent characterizations and comic timing. A very feel good story for the holidays.
This book is just a lot of fun. Turnip is an unlikely hero--he didn't get his nickname for being the sharpest knife in the drawer, and he has execrable taste in waistcoats--but he's truly kind, caring and considerate, unlike so many other young bucks of the ton. It doesn't hurt that he's also something of a hunk, carnation waistcoats notwithstanding. The mystery is somewhat beside the point. I really love the narration of this whole series on audiobook. This is definitely a seasonal re-listen for me.
Turnip Wins Hoo-ray!!!
I really can't compare this book to any other....because I don't usually read this kind of book. I purchased "The Black Tulip" several years ago in an airport just before I boarded an oversees flight. I was hooked! Lauren Willig paints amazing pictures and her knowledge of the time period is astounding! She creates character that you root for! I love the way she weaves character from book to book. The best book in this series in my opinion is "The Crimson Rose". But that is only because I love characters with sharp tongues and a rapier wit!
This woman for this series is total perfection! I love to hear Kate read almost anything but this particular series is just made for her. I think I love her male voices sometimes better than her women. She is an awesome performer who makes me feel what she's reading. It doesn't get much better than that.
It would have to be Turnip. I would delight in watching and listening to him.
A note to the author. I love your work! There is one tiny flaw that gets me every time it happens. And it may only be a flaw to me. Your modern day character uses the term "Mobile" instead of "Cell Phone". If she were an American abroad I really don't think she would use that term.
Surprise! Turnip isn't as stupid as you think he is :) In this book he's still not exactly smart, but he's sweet and kind. He and Arabella make a perfect match. I loved Turnip in this novel. He's a hilarious and lovable character. And Willig gives us yet another strong-minded heroine that’s easy to sympathize with. Kate Reading continues to do a wonderful job bringing all of Willig's characters to life.
Also, if you're like me and grew up reading Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, but now enjoy contemporary novels, this might be the perfect book for you. It's sort of a revamped “Jane Eyre.” Plus, Jane Austen appears in this novel as Arabella's dear friend. What's not to love?
My only complaint—a very minor one—is that the musical interludes were unnecessary and awkward. They really didn't add anything to the audiobook.
P.S. I think this book appeared in print as "Ivy and Intrigue."