Author: Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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Fall of Poppies - Stories of Love and the Great War

Fall of Poppies
  • 3 Stars
  • Number: 9780062418548
  • Release: 2016-03-01
  • Authors: Lauren Willig, Heather Webber, Kate Kerrigan, Beatriz Williams, Marci Jefferson, Hazel Gaynor, Jessica Brockmole, Jennifer Robson, Evangeline Holland
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Top voices in historical fiction deliver an unforgettable collection of short stories set in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month...

November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.

As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.

In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

Featuring: Jessica Brockmole

Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Heather Webb


The Forgotten Room

The Forgotten Room
  • Number: 9780451474629
  • Release: 2016-01-19
  • Authors: Lauren Willig, Karen White, Beatriz Williams
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: NAL
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New York Times bestselling authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century....

1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate?  And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?  In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known.  But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room? 

The Forgotten Room, set in alternating time periods, is a sumptuous feast of a novel brought to vivid life by three brilliant storytellers.


The Lure of the Moonflower - A Pink Carnation Novel, #12

The Lure of the Moonflower
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780451473028
  • Release: 2015-08-04
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal.

Portugal, December 1807. 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.

All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon. Only the English government knows that mad seventy-three-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken.

It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower. Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations. But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower—an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue.

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The Other Daughter

The Other Daughter
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 1250056284
  • Release: 2015-07-21
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.

Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his-and her half-sister's-charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé...

From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Ashford Affair, comes The Other Daughter, a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge.


The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla - A Pink Carnation Novel, #11

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla
  • Number: 9780451414731
  • Release: 2014-08-05
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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In the latest Pink Carnation novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig, rumors spreading among the ton turn deadly as a young couple unites to solve a mystery....

 

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.

 

Lucien, Duke of Belliston, is well versed in the trouble gossip can bring. He’s returned home to dispel the rumors of scandal surrounding his parents’ deaths, which hint at everything from treason to dark sorcery. While he searches for the truth, he welcomes his fearsome reputation—until a woman is found dead in Richmond. Her blood drained from her throat.

 

Lucien and Sally join forces to stop the so-called vampire from killing again. Someone managed to get away with killing the last Duke of Belliston. But they won’t kill this duke—not if Sally has anything to say about it.

 

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria - A Pink Carnation Novel, #10

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451414724
  • Release: 2013-08-06
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels have been hailed as ?sheer fun”* and ?charming.”** Now she takes readers 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?.


The Garden Intrigue - A Pink Carnation Novel, #9

The Garden Intrigue
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451415608
  • Release: 2012-12-31
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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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.


The Orchid Affair - A Pink Carnation Novel, #8

The Orchid Affair
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451235558
  • Release: 2012-01-03
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Veteran governess Laura Grey joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling adventures 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 Andr‚ Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police.

At first the job is as lively as Latin, but Laura begins to notice Jaouen's increasingly strange behavior. As Laura edges closer to her employer, she is surprised to learn that she has much in common with him. And Jaouen finds he's hired more than he's bargained for...


The Mischief of the Mistletoe - A Pink Carnation Novel, #7

The Mischief of the Mistletoe
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451234773
  • Release: 2011-11-01
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Romantic Elements, Seasonal / Holiday, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Despite her dear friend Jane Austen's warning against teaching, Arabella Dempsey accepts a position at a girls' school in Bath, just before Christmas. She hardly imagines coming face-to-face with French aristocrats and international spies.

Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh-often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation-has blundered into danger before. When Turnip and Arabella find their Christmas pudding yielding a cryptic message, they are launched on a Yuletide adventure. Will they find poinsettias-or peril?


The Betrayal of the Blood Lily - Pink Carnation Series #6

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451232052
  • Release: 2011-01-04
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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A New York Times extended list bestseller in hardcover-the sensational sixth book in the national bestselling Pink Carnation series.

Whisked away to nineteenth-century India, Penelope Deveraux plunges into the court intrigues of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem. New to this strange and exotic country- where a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card-she can trust only one man: Captain Alex Reid.

With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex and Penelope may be all that stand in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire...


The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - A Pink Carnation Novel, #1

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780451413017
  • Release: October 2010
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Everything is coming up carnations in this national bestselling series

Realizing romantic heroes are a thing of the past, graduate student Eloise Kelly is determined to focus on her work. Her first stop: England, to finish her dissertation on the English spies of the Napoleonic Wars, like the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian.

But her greatest conquest is to reveal the most elusive spy of them all, the dashing Pink Carnation. As she does, she discovers something for the history books-a living, breathing hero all her very own...


The Temptation of the Night Jasmine - A Pink Carnation Novel, #5

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780525950967
  • Release: January 2009
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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After 12 years in India, Robert, Duke of Dovedale, returns to his estates in England with a mission in mind-- to infiltrate the infamous Hellfire club to unmask the man who murdered his mentor at the Battle of Assaye.  Intent on revenge, Robert never anticipates that an even more difficult challenge awaits him, in the person of one Lady Charlotte Lansdowne.

Throughout her secluded youth, Robert was Lady Charlotte’s favorite knight in shining armor, the focus of all her adolescent daydreams.  The intervening years have only served to render him more dashing.  But, unbeknownst to Charlotte, Robert has an ulterior motive of his own for returning to England, a motive that has nothing to do with taking up the ducal mantle.  As Charlotte returns to London to take up her post as Maid of Honor to Queen Charlotte, echoes from Robert’s past endanger not only their relationship but the very throne itself.


The Seduction of the Crimson Rose - A Pink Carnation Novel, #4

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451224415
  • Release: December 2008
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romantic Suspense, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation. She must infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the Black Tulip, before he and his master can stage their planned invasion of England. Every spy has a weakness and for the Black Tulip that weakness is beautiful black-haired women-his "petals" of the Tulip. A natural at the art of seduction, Mary easily catches the attention of the French spy, but Lord Vaughn never anticipated that his own heart would be caught as well. Fighting their growing attraction, impediments from their past, and, of course, the French, Mary and Vaughn find themselves lost in a treacherous garden of lies.

And as our modern-day heroine, Eloise Kelly, digs deeper into England's Napoleonic-era espionage, she becomes even more entwined with Colin Selwick, the descendant of her spy subjects.


The Deception of the Emerald Ring - A Pink Carnation Novel, #3

The Deception of the Emerald Ring
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B000UZQJH8
  • Release: 2007-09-04
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Eloise Kelly has gotten into quite a bit of trouble since she started spying on the Pink Carnation and the Black Tulip-two of the deadliest spies to saunter the streets of nineteenth-century England and France. Not only has she unearthed secrets that will rearrange history, she's dallied with Colin Selwick and sought out a romantic adventure all her own. Little does she know that she's about to uncover another fierce heroine running headlong into history.


The Masque of the Black Tulip - A Pink Carnation Novel, #2

The Masque of the Black Tulip
  • Number: B000OIZV3O
  • Release: 2005-12-29
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: NAL
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...But now she has a million questions about the Pink Carnation's deadly French nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that her handsome onagain, off-again crush, Colin Selwick, has the answers somewhere in his archives. But what she discovers in an old codebook is something juicier than she ever imagined.