The problematic elements such as the racist treatment of Indian and Anglo Indian people Penelope is Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread forced to marry Freddy through her ownlirtation gone awry As Serena Selwick Adderly says of Penelope she s a bit of a lost soul There are none that think of her that way accept or Captain Alex Reid the guard that takes charge of Freddy and Pen s travels to Hyderabad the place where Freddy Has A Cushy Job With A Title He Hasn has a cushy job with a title he hasn deservedFreddy doesn t love his wife and Pen most certaintly doesn t love her husband hell she doesn t even like him but there are ways that a marriage of convenience can hurt and Freddy knows how to twist the knife in What no one expects lease of all Alex is that Penelope is daring brave stubborn impetous regal and hard but most of all she s just a young woman who eels alone She acts out and sells herself cheaply when she s than what she thinks and than what most people assume A crackshot a horsewoman a seductress and witty Penelope meets her match with AlexUnfortunately it s a case of bad timing or is it Alex is the epitome of an honorable service man He s a protector and believes in Penelope when even she doesn t Of course he has his own laws and his own demons most noticeably in the orm of his brotherIndia beautiful but wild untamed with parts of civilization and hot with bits of staggering coolness best describe Penelope and Alex a British born child who had grown up in India it s the perfect matchExcept or the husband the spies and the politics There is aspy going by the lowery epitaph of the Marigold Which one of Freddy s weasly She Weeps Each Time You're Born friend s could it be Or is it any of them Could it be Alex Is it Pen Lots of accusations and suspicions abound but the core of this book isn t the spy story or the adventures It s a lost little girl who was made a woman too soon through her own recklessness and treatment and a man who has aierce love but no one he deems good enough to share it withThere are twists and turns and it s all well worth it The story the landscape and the characters seem to come out of the page and grasp your attention with both hands Willig has mentioned how much she loves And Admires Georgette Heyer And I Have admires Georgette Heyer and I have unny idea that Ms Heyer would like this series as well Though this is a standalone book with none of the core characters in it there is one character that does show up toward the end and is a nice oil Seven Days, Seven Dinners for Penelope s brusue blunt mannerAs with every book in this series it is a story within a story and I must admit that I was a little bored with Eloise and Colin until their last two chapters That might be part of the problems with carrying two stories especially when the modern story is used as a vehicle to get the main historical story across but Ielt like Eloise and Colin A Northern Light fell a littellat this time around Let s hope they pick it up in the next bookI did miss Jane and Henrietta but Penelope with all of her If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas faults was a good enough heroineor me to overlook them or 396 page. Tain Alex Reid With danger looming rom 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 oundations of the British Empire. ,
Hrug small potatoes either way I noticed the next parish orphans book mentioned India and my brain immediately lashed back to this book So I went back to the beginning of the series and skimmed everything that
interesting Skimming rereading rothy and unny it seems to be the only thing my brain can ocus on right now And this series is really entertaining I D Forgotten How Much I Liked Jane Hovering In d orgotten how much I liked Jane hovering in background like a deadpan The Slave Dancer freakishly competent actual spy albeit one who awarded herself her job counterbalancing the outrageousness of all thelowers sprouting up everywhere The tone is like that too glib and outrageous to be taken seriously and the couples are like that too One exception before this one Mary s book I liked that one a lot And then I got to this book which does center on India and which doesn t have Jane And I like it so much Willig is at her best I think when she s writing characters like Penelope or Mary she s not cute and perky and there s a sense of real pain lurking beneath the surface that allows this book to be than spy hijinks in India It s so well done in Special Agent fact that Iound this not to be a spy story at all this is Penelope s story and it s prickly and difficult and great reading This book reminds me why I like Willig s writing so much The Pink Carnation universe has gotten rather large by this point but her characters all seem so very different In some series the author s leads can Sleep with the Fishes fall into a particular type where Willig s all speak in uniue voicesIn this installment Penelope Staines has been essentiallyorced into marriage an unhappy one as it turns out and banished to India with her husband where he has a diplomatic assignment of sorts in Hyderabad Captain Alex Reid is an officer s son and after growing up in India has The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History followed in hisather s ootsteps He s very down to earth and sensible and has little patience or his current job of escorting ignorant aristocrats to HyderabadGiven the rules of society at the time the growing attraction between Penelope and Alex is very problematic and the A World on Fire fact that most readers know what will have to happenor these two to ever get together does cast something of a pall over the story And yet this storyline really lets readers understand Penelope than in previous books She has always been high spirited and has often gotten herself into scrapes or made a subject of gossip However in this book the author explores her motivations and this made me like her much The characters really make this book and I did enjoy learning about some areas of history with which I wasn t very amiliar This is not an with which I wasn t very amiliar This is not an is exotic and there are exotic sexytimes to be had here kind of romantic novel The author devotes uite a bit of time to making sure readers understand that India is a country with a large number of different languages and traditions and while there aren t any big infodumps there are plenty of references to the historical period including some of. Ues of the Nizam of Hyderabad where no one is uite 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 Cap. ,Sounded Interesting Skimming Rereading Frothy And Funny
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is the sixth installment in Lauren Willig s delightful Pink Carnation series which chronicles the romantic adventures of Napoleonic aka delightful Pink Carnation series which chronicles the romantic adventures of Napoleonic aka era British spies and the romantic misadventures of modern day Harvard doctoral student Eloise Kelly who is researching said spies 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate for her dissertationAt the very beginning of the series Eloise is struggling toind sources any sources or her dissertation on super spies the Scarlet Pimpernel in the series a real person his successor the Pur I m so happy I scored the ARC and Pur I m so happy I scored the ARC and to read this before seeing a bunch of other reviews or it Although its also a mixed blessing because I m of course already dying The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece for the next one and now I just have to wait that much longeror it Anywayon to my reviewHenrietta and Miles have been dethroned The New Job Security from the status of myavorites of the series Alex and Penelope really got to me I LOVE how they have all sorts of issues I hate disgustingly perfect characters Alex s issues rest mostly on his amily and crazed sense of loyalty while Penelope has a rather large mass of unresolved personal issues she wrestles with throughout the book I really love the way Willig interpreted her character and have a great respect or her ability to do so because I don t think most authors could have pulled it off Just like Aunt Arabella told Eloise she comes off as spirited but she is also pretty weighted down with horribly low self worth Like Alex comes to realize the spirited courageous Penelope is hidden behind the stone cold Lady Staines He helps Penelope kick Lady Staines out on her ass and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it I love when authors can convey a real chemistry between characters it comes off wanting often then not This series however never The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fails to deliverI was blushing and getting warmuzzies right along with PenelopeAnd of course there is the ever wonderful Eloise and Colin I think Eloise has to be one of my The Jumbee favorite characters of all time She is bumbling awkwardand also loyal charming and absolutely hilarious I will never give up hoping they will get their own book one of these days I hate only getting short glimpses into their world I want Anywaythis series as a whole is justabulous The settings are always historically sound the characters and their To Helvetica and Back feelings always believable there is always an abundance of delightfully biting wit and some of the capers these people get into are ridiculous enough to be on the point of spoof I don t mean spoof in a bad way I mean it as in the characters are channeling the spirit of Amelia Peabody but real enough to put you on the edge of your seat In short this series has it all And this oneor me was the best of the lot so Simple Art of Greatness farThere was one thing toward the end Alex and Penelope rush off somewhere in a hurry so she just jumps on his horse with him but then when they are leaving their horses plural are waitingor them But I do just have the ARC so maybe it was cleared up 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 intrig.