Pink Carnation

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Regency espionage comedy-romance series by Lauren Willig. Harvard graduate student Eloise Kelly is in England researching her thesis on Regency spies. Specifically, Sir Percy Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel; Lord Richard Selwick, the Purple Gentian; and the Pink Carnation, whose real name has never been discovered. But Eloise is determined to unmask the Carnation, if the handsome and aloof Colin Selwick will allow her access to the family papers.

In 1803, Amy Balcourt accepts her brother's invitation to Paris. She's spent her life dreaming of joining the Purple Gentian's league, and she's determined to restore the French monarchy, despite the distraction of Lord Richard.

The subsequent novels have followed the adventures of various friends, associates and contacts of the Pink Carnation, all set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. The series also follows the development of Colin and Eloise's relationship as Eloise continues her research into the Pink Carnation's spy ring.

Titles in the series

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (2005) - Amy Balcourt and Lord Richard Selwick
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip (2005) - Lady Henrietta Selwick and the Hon. Miles Dorrington
  • The Deception of the Emerald Ring (2006) - Laetitia Alsworthy and Geoffrey, Lord Pinchingdale
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (2008) - Mary Alsworthy and Sebastian, Lord Vaughn
  • Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas - Amy and Richard
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (2009) - Lady Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert Lansdowne, Duke of Dovedale
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (2010) - Penelope Deveraux and Captain Alex Reid
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe (2010) - Arabella Dempsey and Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh
  • Away in a Manger [dead link] - Arabella and Turnip
  • The Orchid Affair (2011) - Laura Grey and Andre Jaouen
  • The Garden Intrigue (2012) - Emma Morris Delagardie and Augustus Whittlesby
  • Untitled Pink X (2013) - Gwendolyn Meadows and Colonel William Reid
  • Pink XI and last (2014) - Jane Wooliston
The Pink Carnation series includes examples of