“The Lure of the Moonflower” by Lauren Willig is a bittersweet read for fans of the Pink Carnation series. We finally get a book with Jane’s story, but it signals the end to a delightfully action-packed and romance-laden series that fans have come to love. Over the last eleven books we’ve also gotten to watch the romance grow and blossom between Eloise and Colin, with a wedding finally in the offering. Does Jane find love and how will she choose between her personae of the Pink Carnation and having a husband and a family? Will Eloise and Colin make it down the aisle, and does the question of Colin being a secret agent finally get answered once and for all?
Lauren Willig hooked me on this series with the very first book, “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” and I’ve eagerly awaited each one since. The writing is always superb, with wonderfully witty characters, plots full of intrigue and romances full of humor and wooing. Having each book jump from present day to the historical storyline, keeps the reader eagerly turning pages. When I finished this book, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend. I look forward to seeing what Lauren Willig sets her pen to next.
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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