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The Betrayal of the Blood Lily | [Lauren Willig]

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.
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The heroines of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over 19th-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom - and risk - more exciting than she ever imagined.

Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she's be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. As Lady Frederick Staines, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem - even her husband.

In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust.

Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks - until Lady Frederick Staines out-shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm's way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire.

©2010 Lauren Willig; (P)2010 Penguin

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    Elizabeth Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-24-10
    Elizabeth Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-24-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Unsympathetic Main Character"

    Like other reviewers, I loved Willig's first three books. It's a bit of a mystery why in this book she lavishes so much energy on a main character who is so lacking in redeeming qualities. Willig has been producing books at a suspiciously rapid rate over the past several years, but the problem with this book doesn't seem to be haste or laziness on her part. It's more like she's forgotten what attracts readers to books: great characters who we care care about having larger-than-life adventures.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Denver, CO, USA 01-15-10
    Jane Denver, CO, USA 01-15-10
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    "Nothing But a Mean Girl"

    I finished this audiobook reluctantly. The mystery/espionage plot is pretty much non-existent. For 3/4 of the book we just get the tale of the "heroine", Penelope. Rarely have I encountered such a totally unattractive character. Penelope's back-story doesn't justify her lack of development and growth or make her at all sympathetic. She is petulant, childish, selfish, egocentric, mean spirited and altogether a nasty girl. Frankly, I don't know why the hero bothers. It appears the author thinks we should admire this woman because of her bravado and impetuousness or feel sorry for her because she had a difficult childhood and dislikes herself. Frankly, I just wanted to kick Penelope and tell her to go grow up. That really doesn't happen, even during the predictable self-excoriation that Penelope inflicts on herself after her husband's death -- which is still all about her. I suppose one would say that the book is well written, since the lead character is certainly vividly drawn. But why should we care? Most of the book is spent regaling us with way this woman ignores the feelings and concerns of everyone around her. This is frankly boring and irritating. The mystery that Penelope and Alex are supposedly trying to unravel is secondary. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is a real disappointment in light of Lauren Willig's previous work.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Beth Waterboro, ME, USA 03-10-10
    Amy Beth Waterboro, ME, USA 03-10-10
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    "Not quite up to par with the rest of the series"

    First of all I LOVE love LOVE this series. I was so excited when I began, but was quickly disapointed. Much too dime paperback like. I just could not adapt to or empathize with the plight of the main character Penelope. she was unlike the character by the same name in the previous novel. Her husband, lord Staines is barely perceptble, outrageously abrasive and all around a huge drag. Predictable plot direction. Even the "uncovering" of the conspirators was a snooze. this book is missing the humor, character likebility and general supporting cast of the previous books. if you have read the rest, well of course you have to find out for yourself- but if you have never heard or listened to only a couple of the books in this series please read the rest first. don't let this one turn you off what is otherwise a witty and smart series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 03-01-10
    Dina LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Disappointment"

    I LOVED the first three books in this series. The reader of the last book was just awful and I couldn't even listen to it. I was so looking forward to this one because Kate Reading was back. But the Penelope character was so unlikeable, and there was something off about the setting in India. I hope Lauren Willig considers a new series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moors Berthoud, CO, United States 11-23-10
    Moors Berthoud, CO, United States 11-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm glad I purchased it."

    I went ahead and picked this title up -- in spite of some of the negative reviews -- and it ended up being one of my favorites of the series. I found the heroine to be refreshing, and enjoyed the story line immensely. Looking forward to the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    iphone reader San Francisco Bay Area 03-02-10
    iphone reader San Francisco Bay Area 03-02-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    I've enjoyed the "flower" series and was eagerly looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to the others. There were inconsistencies in the plot, and way too much verbiage - as though the author had too little plot. And the "heroine" was a spoiled, irritating, and selfish woman, who didn't deserve the rather dull hero. Even Kate Reading - a fantastic narrator - was unable to save it. I did finish the book, and was very pleased that I actually got through it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-25-10
    Heather Forest Hill, MD, United States 01-25-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved It!!!"

    I like Lauren Willig books to start with, but this was just fun. Having a book story line in India was a nice change from the other books that were based in France and England, This book being about a forced marriage was also different from the others in the series witch were about falling in love with there men and then getting married, Unlike this one where she was miserable with the match, I liked the sarcasm of the main character, I must say I first reacted to the story line of one falling in love with another man that is not your husband even if it was a slow falling...and even if her Husband was a bad apple..
    But over all I liked the book a lot and would by it again..
    Heather

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-02-13
    Kate TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-02-13
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    "Not as much fun as others in the series"

    Kate Reading is back so listening is a pleasure! Both story lines (modern and historical) veer off in new directions. I actually like India as a location, however Penelope is a difficult character to like - Willig makes her accomplished enough to be admirable - but she is so manipulative and short-sighted throughout most of the book that it is difficult to care about what happens to her. It isn't till the last third or fourth of the novel that she becomes at all sympathetic and likable, so it gets rather annoying about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-13
    Diana ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Spirited!!"

    What a great heroine! I am SO glad that I didn't listen to the other reviews and went ahead and listened to this book. I think Pen is probably my FAVORITE main character. Very well written-my breath actually physically caught in my throat a couple of times when Pen was so very hurt! But she perseveres despite all of the difficult situations that she has been in. She is a strong young woman who has had to become very independent. I am so happy that that she found the love she so desperatly craved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Cincinnati, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Leah Cincinnati, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you listen to The Betrayal of the Blood Lily again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice. I loved the different storyline from the others in the series. Though it didn't have great parallels to the present day storyline, I still liked the plot development in the historical setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Kate Reading returnd as narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this is not my favorite book in the series, and I can't agree with some of the choises the charactors made, I do love the way Willig explains their reasoning precesses. This whole series for me is a wonderful learning process in to the human mind and why some folks think the way they do. It doesn't matter what historical age you are in, Human is human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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