THE GARDEN INTRIGUE
Willig delights time and again with her clever, witty, intelligent and thoughtful Pink Carnation series. The ninth installment retains all the freshness and vitality of the first. Fans, new and old, will savor the mystery, double romance and the wondrous appearance of the Pink Carnation.
Eloise and Colin are withstanding the invasion of an American film crew when a scrap of bad poetry in her pile of Pink Carnation research catches Eloise’s eye.
Hovering on the edges of Napoleon’s court is American Emma Delagardie, close friend of both Jane Wooliston (the Pink Carnation) and Napoleon’s daughter, Hortense. When she’s invited by the emperor to write a masque for a weekend party in the country, Emma reluctantly agrees to work with poet Augustus Whittleby. She’s unaware that the foppish poet has finagled an invitation to the party in order to collect information on a new military device. As they work together, he reveals the depth beneath his dilettante façade and she displays the cleverness behind her scatterbrained act. They might just make beautiful poetry together. Meanwhile, Eloise must face her future and Colin must protect his heritage, though the present is so much more delicious. (DUTTON, Feb., 384 pp., $25.95)