The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is the latest entry in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. Penelope Deveraux has been pushing the strictures of society for some time, knowing that someday she might push too far. But she never thought it would land her in India, wife to Lord Frederick Staines. Penelope may be married, but she still won't be limited by expectations of what a "lady" should and shouldn't do. Captain Alex Reid expected that escort duty for Lord Staines and his new wife would consist of playing nursemaid to spoiled and useless namby-pampys. But he finds himself constantly surprised by Penelope, with her ability to shoot, ride, and swim surpassing her husband, and Alex is soon fighting an unexpected attraction to Penelope. When intrigue in the guise of French spy Marigold arises, Alex and Penelope find themselves unlikely allies, until a tragedy threatens to tear them apart forever.
Penelope is my favorite character in the Pink Carnation series to date, she is irreverent, headstrong, sarcastic, covers feelings of inferiority and doubt with a disregard for society's rules, and is just fun to read about. She is not your normal shrinking violet, this venus flytrap has a bite to her beauty. With the plot weaving between India in the 1800s and England today, the reader gets to watch two romances unfold. Lauren Willig's novels are filled with witty dialogue, breathless romance, intrigue, lords and ladies, flowered spies; basically Jane Austen meets James Bond.
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...