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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria | [Lauren Willig]

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed at an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates. Because she served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside - especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan.
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Publisher's Summary

Never before published!

Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels have been hailed as "sheer fun" and "charming". Now she takes listeners on an adventure filled with hidden treasure and a devilishly handsome English colonel....

Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed at an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates.

Because she served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside - especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan. But, when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing from her English boarding school, Gwen reluctantly returns home to investigate the girl’s disappearance.

Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them. But Gwen’s partnership with quick-tongued, roguish William may prove to be even more of an adventure for her than finding the lost girls….

©2013 Lauren Willig (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-12-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 08-12-13
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    "Miss Gwen is THE BOMB!"
    If you could sum up The Passion of the Purple Plumeria in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Clever, Original


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration. Her accents and character differentiation are fantastic. She is one of the best.


    If you could take any character from The Passion of the Purple Plumeria out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Miss Gwen without a doubt. I like how she always tells it like it is!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so sad when the book ended. I can't decide if I want to listen to this book again or start from the first book in the series and work my way through them all again. I thought Ms. Willig wrote a wonderful love story for Miss Gwen.

    I didn't think that Eloise's story was as strong as it was in some of the previous books, but I was so happy with Gwen's story that I didn't mind the weakness or real lack of a strong storyline for Eloise.

    If you've not listened to or read the other books in the series then Miss Gwen's attitude and seemingly harsh manner may not be understood. Beneath her gruff exterior lies a soft-hearted woman.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gail PASCO, WA, United States 11-11-13
    Gail PASCO, WA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2008

    I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy Adventure, ...

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    "My FAVORITE Pink Carnation book, so FAR!!!"

    I read this book 1st. It was how i discovered the series!!! It didn't hurt reading the book 1st and then in its order. I loved the characters from both perspectives!!

    Great FUN!! Great CHARACTERS! Great stories in both times!!!

    And of course KATE READING is the BEST FEMALE NARRATOR EVER!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 08-20-13
    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 08-20-13 Member Since 2014

    "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis

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    "Lauren's got her groove back!"

    The previous book in the Pink Carnation series was kind of forgettable (I don't even remember which one it was), but since I have thoroughly enjoyed most of them, I was very excited to get The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. Am I glad I did! It's right back up there with her first books in humour, intrigue, and soppiness, so I had my fill of a terrific romance, lots of spy stuff, and plenty of laughter. I didn't want it to end--and it sounded as if this may be the end of the series, so I was a little sad at the end of the book...well, ok, a lot sad, but I was glad that it was so enjoyable.

    The narration...for the first hour or so of the book I had issues with the narration--it seemed shrill and slow; and very enunciated (which can be annoying)--but by the next night I had grown used to it and by the end of the book I felt that Kate Reading did a wonderful job, all in all.

    If you have EVER enjoyed Lauren Willig's books, don't miss out on this one! It was a rollicking good time! And so scandalous!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Talazia Johnston, RI 04-22-14
    Talazia Johnston, RI 04-22-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Back to the Pink!"

    I found this one of the best in the series. I found some of the other flowers a bit tedious, but this character is well defined and the humor really shines through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JM Camas, WA, United States 09-04-13
    JM Camas, WA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, fun and it flows."

    Really enjoyed the insight into the Gwen Meadows character and the humorous way it is handled. I found myself smiling more that once. Lauren Willing is one of my favorite authors. Lots of interesting twists and turns within the outrageous story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Le Minnetonka, MN, United States 04-07-15
    Le Minnetonka, MN, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Romantic and Satisfying"

    Miss Gwen has been one of my favorite characters in this series. It was so good to see someone finally recognize her beauty and strength.
    I laughed out loud more than once while listening to this book. It is well written. I am not usually a fan of the dual timeline idea, but Lauren Willig makes it work.
    Also, Kate Reading is my favorite narrator. She is able to jump from the modern to the historical seamlessly. She always makes each character distinct, and she is amazing with accents!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 03-23-14
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I really enjoyed this listen,"

    I have all of Lauren Willigs books so far and I must say I was not disappointed in this listen at all. This was not as fast paced as some of the others in this series yet I found it fun and entertaining yet I am hoping Lauren will have more story lines like the pink carnation were I could not put my eye pod down.

    Happy listening,

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    Frances 02-02-14
    Frances 02-02-14
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    "Miss Gwen is a force to be reckoned with"

    I was happy to return to England and revisit some of the characters from other books in the series. Miss Gwen deserves her own story and some happiness.

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