Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TLC Book Tour & Review: The Garden Intrigue

Author:Lauren Willig
Title: The Garden Intrigue
Publish Date: February 16, 2012
Publisher: Dutton
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the publisher
Book Blurb: Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can't bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage.
New York-born Emma Morris Delagardie is a thorn in Augustus's side. An old school friend of Napoleon's stepdaughter, she came to France with her uncle, the American envoy; eloped with a Frenchman; and has been rattling around the salons of Paris ever since. Widowed for four years, she entertains herself by drinking too much champagne, holding a weekly salon, and loudly critiquing Augustus's poetry.
As Napoleon pursues his plans for the invasion of England, Whittlesby hears of a top-secret device to be demonstrated at a house party at Malmaison. The catch? The only way in is with Emma, who has been asked to write a masque for the weekend's entertainment.
Emma is at a crossroads: Should she return to the States or remain in France? She'll do anything to postpone the decision-even if it means teaming up with that silly poet Whittlesby to write a masque for Bonaparte's house party. But each soon learns that surface appearances are misleading. In this complicated masque within a masque, nothing goes quite as scripted- especially Augustus's feelings for Emma.

Review: The Garden Intrigue is the 9th installment of the Pink Carnation series. I already have several of the books from this series in my TBR pile, but this is the first one I've had the chance to read. So yeah, I'm doing the whole reading out of order thing again. Bad me.

I love how this series mixes the present and the past. If you like the Deanna Raybourne or Tasha Alexander, you definitely want to give this series a try.

I also love that these books are set in the Regency period, which is one of my favorite parts of history.  I love the relationships going on in this book, Emma and Augustus and definitely Eloise and Colin.

Rating: 5 flowers


Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

I don't generally read a series out of order but it sounds like this series might be ok to read that way - good to know!

Thanks for being on the tour.

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