The Orchid Affair

The Orchid Affair

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""Pride and Prejudice" lives on" ("USA Today") in Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, which has been hailed for its addictive blend of history, romance, and adventure. In "The Orchid Affair," Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura's mission is to report any suspicious findings. At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen-secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought... As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it's too late?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 405 pages
  • 162.56 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 612.35g
  • Dutton Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0525951997
  • 9780525951995
  • 451,965

About Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is a law student and Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University. She is the author of The Secret History of the Pink more

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Laura Grey doesn\'t want to be a governess anymore. Instead, she applies to the Selwick Spy School. After completing her training, she\'s sent to France to infiltrate the house of Andre Jaouen - as a governess. Known as the Silver Orchid, she\'s to teach his two children. On her first day, she takes the children to the bookstore to select reading material for them. It\'s also the place where she\'ll receive messages from the Pink Carnation herself. However, as soon as they return, Monsieur Jaouen forbids them to leave the house again. Laura isn\'t sure how she\'ll receive her messages now, but she\'s determined not to let M. Jaouen intimidate her. She stands up to him as much as she possibly can without getting fired. Gradually, she begins to unravel the secrets in the house of the man second in line to Bonaparte\'s minister of police. As she learns more about her employer, will she find her heart changing? I love this series! It\'s one of my favorites. I enjoyed this new spy\'s tale in the heat of the French Revolution. I liked the devious plots, the false leads, and how everyone wasn\'t what they seemed. I liked watching the relationship between Laura and the children grow. I loved the banter between Laura and M. Jaouen., and I also loved the present-day parallel story between Eloise and Colin. I can\'t wait for the next book in the series! *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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