The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series:  Pink Carnation
Publisher:  NAL Trade
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Category: Historical Romance
Setting: England
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About series:


This is a great series that includes both a modern day and historical romance. The modern day romance is between Eloise Kelly, a literature loving American researching her thesis in England and Colin Selwick, the handsome ancestor of her research subject the elusive Pink Carnation. The historical romances include a bevy of spies who in the midst of helping England during the Napoleonic war stumble upon love.


About this book:


Gwendolyn Meadows had been a spinster before she became a spy. Now she was the chaperon to Jane Wooliston, one of England’s greatest spymasters known only as the Pink Carnation. It was a life she never dreamed that she could have, but Jane’s sister goes missing and the two lady spies must leave France behind and return to England. Little does Gwen know that she will come face to face with her past and her future.


Jane’s sister Agnes isn’t the only one missing; her roommate Lizzy Reid has gone missing as well. This comes as a shock to Lizzy’s father, Colonel William Reid who has just returned from India after a long career in the East India Company military. He had come to retrieve Lizzy from school only to find Miss Meadows and Jane looking for the two missing girls. Now the three of them must find out where the two girls have gone and why.


William soon realizes that Gwen and Jane are not typical English ladies. He is captivated by Gwen’s spirit and her sword play but spying is a serious and lonely business. Gwen is having the time of her life as a spy which conveniently lets her avoid getting emotionally attached to anyone, except for maybe Jane. But by the end of this adventure William and Gwen may have found more than just the missing girls.


Learn about other books in this series:


  1. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (spring 1803)
  2. The Masque of the Black Tulip (spring/summer 1803)
  3. The Deception of the Emerald Ring (summer 1803)
  4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (autumn 1803)
  5. Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas (Christmas, 1803)
  6. The Mischief of the Mistletoe (winter 1803) Read My Review
  7. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (winter 1803/spring 1804)
  8. Bunny & Biscuits: A Very Dorrington Valentine’s Day (Valentine’s Day 1804)
  9. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (autumn 1804)
  10. The Orchid Affair (spring 1804) Read My Review
  11. The Garden Intrigue (summer 1804)
  12. The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (spring 1805)