Pink Carnation

12 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,101 ratings

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation Publisher's Summary

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803. Eloise has found the secret history of the Pink Carnation�the most elusive spy of all time, the spy who single-handedly saved England from Napoleon's invasion.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a wildly imaginative and highly adventurous debut, opens with the story of a modern-day heroine but soon becomes a book within a book. Eloise Kelly settles in to read the secret history hoping to unmask the Pink Carnation's identity, but before she can make this discovery, she uncovers a passionate romance within the pages of the secret history that almost threw off the course of world events. How did the Pink Carnation save England? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly find a hero of her own?

©2005 Lauren Willig (P)2005 Penguin Audiobooks and Books on Tape, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 634

    Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly entertaining

    • By Jeny on 04-03-10

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 2

    • The Masque of the Black Tulip

    • A Novel
    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 571
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Coffee Lover on 09-04-06

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 3

    • The Deception of the Emerald Ring

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266

    The year is 1803 and England and France remain at odds. Hoping to break the English once and for all, Napoleon backs a ring of Irish rebels in uprisings against England and sends the Black Tulip, France's most deadly spy, to the Emerald Isle to help. Meanwhile, not to be outdone by her husband, Letty Alsworthy steals away on a ship bound for Ireland, armed and ready to fight for her spouse and to learn a thing or two about spying for England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More, more, more!

    • By Coffee Lover on 02-02-08

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 4

    • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    Lauren Willig continues the exciting series with her fourth novel, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, featuring Lord Vaughn, the delightfully devilish spy from The Masque of the Black Tulip, and Mary Alsworthy, the raven-haired beauty whose sister accidentally stole her suitor in The Deception of the Emerald Ring.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A new twist - Dispicable me!

    • By Gash on 06-30-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 5

    • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
    • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212

    The much- anticipated fifth installment in the inventive and original Pink Carnation series.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disapointing Reader

    • By Bethany on 01-27-09

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 6

    • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 354
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Unsympathetic Main Character

    • By Elizabeth on 03-24-10

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 6.5

    • The Mischief of the Mistletoe

    • A Pink Carnation Christmas
    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 444
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A smashing good time!

    • By A. L. Bray on 11-07-10

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 7

    • The Orchid Affair

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 483
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 331

    In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. 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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Back in Paris!

    • By Elizabeth A Ruuska on 02-12-11

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 8

    • The Garden Intrigue

    • Pink Carnation, Book 9
    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    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. In the ninth installment of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series, the atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed. :(

    • By J-9 on 02-26-12

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 9

    • The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Miss Gwen is THE BOMB!

    • By J-9 on 08-12-13

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 10

    • The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla

    • Pink Carnation, Book 11
    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231

    In October of 1806, the Little Season is in full swing, and Sally Fitzhugh has had enough of the endless parties and balls. With a rampant vampire craze sparked by the novel The Convent of Orsino, it seems no one can speak of anything else. But when Sally hears a rumor that the reclusive Duke of Belliston is an actual vampire, she cannot resist the challenge of proving such nonsense false. At a ball in Belliston Square, she ventures across the gardens and encounters the mysterious Duke.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Coffee Lover on 10-29-14

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 11

    • The Lure of the Moonflower

    • Pink Carnation, Book 12
    • By: Lauren Willig
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201

    Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped queen of Portugal. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman - especially not the legendary Pink Carnation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Pink Carnation is not Totally Perfect

    • By Barbara on 08-06-15

    Regular price: $31.50