Realizing romantic heroes are a thing of the past, graduate student Eloise Kelly is determined to focus on her work. Her first stop: England, to finish her dissertation on the English spies of the Napoleonic Wars, like the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian.And within that story is the story of Amy, a young girl who was born in France but was forced to relocate to English during turbulent political times. When she returns to France she's bound and determined to join the league of the Purple Gentian and do some spying of her own. First, she must contend with Sir Richard Selwick, a dashing, if annoying, gentleman who is, of course, more than he appears.
But her greatest conquest is to reveal the most elusive spy of them all, the dashing Pink Carnation. As she does, she discovers something for the history books--a living, breathing hero all her very own...
So silly, so fun, so saucy. Most of the reviews I've read of this one cite it's far-fetchnedness and the light plot, but I really dug that. I liked the time shifts from Eloise's life to Amy's. I also really liked that the women in this book were daring and headstrong. I will definitely read more when I need a happy-making book with some historical flair.
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