This is the eighth book in the flower spy series by Lauren Willig, continuing the proud tradition of the Scarlet Pimpernal. Laura Grey is the newest spy, named the Silver Orchard, sent to France to serve as a governess in the household of Andre Jaouen, a highly placed government official. But she never expected that along with the danger and intrigue, she would have to deal with her feelings for Andre. Interweaved with the storyline is the plot of Elise in present day England, an American graduate student who thesis is based on the flower spies. She has fallen in love with one of the descendents, Colin, and is now caught up in his family drama.
This is one of my favorite series, it combines Regency romance and the best of Jane Austen, with intrigue, spies, and a big dash of Bridget Jones' Diary. What's not to like?
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...