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SUMMARY ´ The Betrayal of the Blood Lily Ues of the Nizam of Hyderabad where no one is uite what they seem New to this strange and exotic country where a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card she can trust only one man Cap. I noticed the next parish orphans book mentioned India and my brain immediately flashed back to this book So I went back to the beginning of the series and skimmed everything that sounded interesting Skimming rereading frothy and funny stuff it seems to be the only thing my brain can focus on right now And this series is really entertaining I d forgotten how much I liked Jane hovering in the background like a deadpan freakishly competent actual spy albeit one who awarded herself her job counterbalancing the outrageousness of all the flowers sprouting up everywhere The tone is like that too glib and outrageous to be taken seriously and the couples are like that too One exception before this one Mary s book I liked that one a lot And then I got to this book which does center on India and which doesn t have Jane And I like it so much Willig is at her best I think when she s writing characters like Penelope or Mary she s not cute and perky and there s a sense of real pain lurking beneath the surface that allows this book to be than spy hijinks in India It s so well done in fact that I found this not to be a spy story at all this is Penelope s story and it s prickly and difficult and great reading The Great Game The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia flashed back to this book So I went back to the beginning of the series and skimmed everything that sounded interesting Skimming rereading Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice frothy and Thrill Me Do Not Disturb funny stuff it seems to be the only thing my brain can Vildanden focus on right now And this series is really entertaining I d The Russo Japanese War 1904 1905 forgotten how much I liked Jane hovering in the background like a deadpan Duffy freakishly competent actual spy albeit one who awarded herself her job counterbalancing the outrageousness of all the Art of Deception Kate Hanson #2 flowers sprouting up everywhere The tone is like that too glib and outrageous to be taken seriously and the couples are like that too One exception before this one Mary s book I liked that one a lot And then I got to this book which does center on India and which doesn t have Jane And I like it so much Willig is at her best I think when she s writing characters like Penelope or Mary she s not cute and perky and there s a sense of real pain lurking beneath the surface that allows this book to be than spy hijinks in India It s so well done in Flight of the Clockwork Angels fact that I Take found this not to be a spy story at all this is Penelope s story and it s prickly and difficult and great reading

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SUMMARY ´ The Betrayal of the Blood Lily A New York Times extended list bestseller in hardcover the sensational sixth book in the national bestselling Pink Carnation series Whisked away to nineteenth century India Penelope Deveraux plunges into the court intrig. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is the sixth installment in Lauren Willig s delightful Pink Carnation series which chronicles the romantic adventures of Napoleonic aka Regency era British spies and the romantic misadventures of modern day Harvard doctoral student Eloise Kelly who is researching said spies for her dissertationAt the very beginning of the series Eloise is struggling to find sources any sources for her dissertation on super spies the Scarlet Pimpernel in the series a real person his successor the Purple Gentian Willig s own invention and the elusive Pink Carnation ditto whom she hopes to finally unmask Eloise is about to throw in the towel and write about espionage and constructs of masculinity ugh when the academic euivalent of manna from Heaven appears a previously unseen archive in the home of a fairy godmother esue descendant of the Purple Gentian What Eloise finds in those archives and the archives that follow are the plots of Willig s novels Did I mention that there is also a Prince Not So Charming Eloise s benefactor s surly but strapping great nephew Colin makes his entrance in the first book as a foil to our heroine and their inevitable courtship forms the basis of the series s secondary plotline The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is a departure from the other books in the series in that its heroine is already married at the beginning If you have read the other Pink books recommended but not reuired then you have already made the acuaintance of Penelope Deveraux bosom friend to the Purple Gentian s younger sister and one of the most incorrigible flirts of the ton Penelope has finally succeeded in ruining her own reputation Compromised after being caught canoodling with the loutish Lord Freddy Staines Penelope finds herself rushed to the altar before the book begins Blood Lily also departs uite literally from the series s familiar setting of Franco British courts assembly halls and country estates for the wilds of colonial India where Freddy and Penelope are packed off to allow the scandal surrounding their marriage time to die down Several of her friends express optimism that exile could be the making of their relationshipIt isn tThis revelation should not be news to anyone who has read the book jacket Penelope does not find marital bliss in India What she does find is a decidedly extra marital romance in the shape of the dashing Alex Reid a captain in the British colonial forces charged with escorting Penelope and Freddy to Hyderabad where Freddy is to assume a low level diplomatic post at the court of the Nizam Their romance is one of Willig s finest yet hard won even handed and utterly believable It helps that Penelope is no wilting flower Like Mary Alsworthy of The Seduction of the Crimson Rose Penelope is a difficult heroine willful world weary but whose hard ard couettishness hides a desperate desire to be loved and understood Penelope shoots cobras dives into rivers and matches words with the Nizam s sinister Prime Minister She is also horribly lonely having been sent away from all her friends to a strange country with a husband who treats her with utter disregard Her surprise romance with Alex who hasn t had the easiest time of it either is very much a meeting of the minds That they are first friends before they become lovers is a testament to the deep respect regard and understanding that they have for one another As for the rest of the plot this is a Lauren Willig novel so naturally spies are involved Our villain a French spy called the Marigold was introduced in the last installment While the Marigold s political treachery isn t fully realized until late in the book his or her personal threat to Penelope Freddy and Alex is keenly felt from the first broken girth Willig does a good job with the suspense and we spend as much time looking over our shoulders as we do straining out bodices She also does a superb job rendering the elaborate world of colonial India and its intrigues Many of Blood Lily s juicier elements the mad Nizam the leprosy ridden Prime Minister are culled straight from history and rendered in perfect detail But the plot itself I m sorry to say is at times not uite up to her usual standard I did keep guessing until the end who the Marigold was a first for me but the reveal was something of a letdown I can t say much without spoiling it but we do not get the sense here as we do in her other books of the villain s drive Instead of the mastermind behind a great conspiracy we find someone who seems to have merely stumbled into a great conspiracy She also leaves several very blatant loose ends Chekov famously said that one should not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it In other words objects introduced in a story must be used later on or else not included There are two loaded guns here big ones that are never fired and whose lack of use definitely contributed to my feeling not uite satisfied when I turned the last page A debt that is never repaid An enemy who never strikes To say would reveal too much so I ll just say that a red herring is one thing a dead end is another Don t get me wrong I really enjoyed this book It s actually a testament to how far Willig has come as a novelist that I m nit picking and griping about the spy plot which in her first few books served as a backdrop to the romance than a principal player As accomplished a writer as she now is I can t help but feel that she should know better In terms of the writing itself however Blood Lily is Willig s best yet Her prose which was charming but light in her first book has become nuanced rich and elegant Her characters are vibrant and pointedly realized her atmospheres are lush and her descriptions one in particular of a bloated corpse at times approach the poetic Her dialogue always a strong point is pitch perfect and sparkles with echoes of Waugh and Wodehouse And like Waugh and occasionally Wodehouse her writing is also earnest and poignant when called for We may laugh when Penelope lays into Freddy but we cringe when he sets her down and betrays her trust There is style but there is also real emotional substanceThis series is one of my favorite guilty pleasure reads It s light without being too light the intellectual s answer to the dime store romance Perhaps it won t come as a surprise that the series came about as an escape for Willig from her own dissertation research It is by definition escapist literature the perfect getaway for those of us who want to take a break from the real world and fall blissfully into the past where the men are swashbuckling and the women run the showPierre de Ronsard Renaissance France s answer to Ariosto wrote History only recounts things the way they are or were without disguise or ornamentthe Poet contents himself with the plausible to that which could be This is what I see Willig a former Ph D candidate doing She loves history really loves it to the point where she has to make it come alive and imagine what these people could have said could have thought could have done Her books are impeccably researched down to the type of knee breeches Lord Freddy would have worn and impeccably imagined down to what Lord Freddy would have said at breakfast You can t help but feel that these characters must have lived and what s you wish that they did And that is what historical fiction is all aboutA merry romp and a surprisingly evocative and accomplished book Grad students past and present especially ought to dive in as here at last is a heroine and author who Understands I can t believe I have to wait another year for the next one Storia del nuovo cognome for her dissertationAt the very beginning of the series Eloise is struggling to Death Banishes Mortis #6 find sources any sources City of Thieves for her dissertation on super spies the Scarlet Pimpernel in the series a real person his successor the Purple Gentian Willig s own invention and the elusive Pink Carnation ditto whom she hopes to Marrying the Enemy finally unmask Eloise is about to throw in the towel and write about espionage and constructs of masculinity ugh when the academic euivalent of manna Sugar Cookie Murder from Heaven appears a previously unseen archive in the home of a La pelle fairy godmother esue descendant of the Purple Gentian What Eloise Never Too Late finds in those archives and the archives that Unscripted Scripted #1 follow are the plots of Willig s novels Did I mention that there is also a Prince Not So Charming Eloise s benefactor s surly but strapping great nephew Colin makes his entrance in the Все там будем first book as a The Trophy Wife foil to our heroine and their inevitable courtship The Power of Positive Thinking forms the basis of the series s secondary plotline The Betrayal of the Blood Lily is a departure L’écume des jours from the other books in the series in that its heroine is already married at the beginning If you have read the other Pink books recommended but not reuired then you have already made the acuaintance of Penelope Deveraux bosom Tomorrow Is Waiting friend to the Purple Gentian s younger sister and one of the most incorrigible His Duty Her Destiny flirts of the ton Penelope has Suspicions finds herself rushed to the altar before the book begins Blood Lily also departs uite literally Devil's Food Cake Murder from the series s Cleo familiar setting of Franco British courts assembly halls and country estates Aus der Geschichte einer infantilen Neurose friends express optimism that exile could be the making of their relationshipIt isn tThis revelation should not be news to anyone who has read the book jacket Penelope does not Scratch find marital bliss in India What she does The Temptation of Lady Serena forces charged with escorting Penelope and Freddy to Hyderabad where Freddy is to assume a low level diplomatic post at the court of the Nizam Their romance is one of Willig s The Mountain Between Us finest yet hard won even handed and 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atmospheres are lush and her descriptions one in particular of a bloated corpse at times approach the poetic Her dialogue always a strong point is pitch perfect and sparkles with echoes of Waugh and Wodehouse And like Waugh and occasionally Wodehouse her writing is also earnest and poignant when called La vie de Chopin for Willig The Kasari Nexus Rho Agenda Assimilation #1 from her own dissertation research It is by definition escapist literature the perfect getaway Only a Novel for those of us who want to take a break Martial God Asura Volume 4 A New Journey from the real world and Samurai Ascesa e declino di una grande casta di guerrieri fall blissfully into the past where the men are swashbuckling and the women run the showPierre de Ronsard Renaissance France s answer to Ariosto wrote History only recounts things the way they are or were without disguise or ornamentthe Poet contents himself with the plausible to that which could be This is what I see Willig a I promessi sposi former Ph D candidate doing She loves history really loves it to the point where she has to make it come alive and imagine what these people could have said could have thought could have done Her books are impeccably researched down to the type of knee breeches Lord Freddy would have worn and impeccably imagined down to what Lord Freddy would have said at breakfast You can t help but Auila feel that these characters must have lived and what s you wish that they did And that is what historical Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis fiction is all aboutA merry romp and a surprisingly evocative and accomplished book Grad students past and present especially ought to dive in as here at last is a heroine and author who Understands I can t believe I have to wait another year The Tejano Conflict Cutters Wars #3 for the next one

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SUMMARY ´ The Betrayal of the Blood Lily Tain Alex Reid With danger looming from local warlords treacherous court officials and French spies Alex and Penelope may be all that stand in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire. So sad so sexy I was a little bit anxious of the setting being a historical romance in a setting like India makes me nervous but this wasn t as bad as I expected to be but there were still moments of hm in terms of how characters described the setting but that s like what it is considering they re English people But anyway I really liked Penelope and Alex s relationship and how it progressed from antagonism to actual love I liked how active Penelope was in this in unraveling the mystery and how Alex came to rely on that insight Penelope is just so damn cool view spoiler I think the part where Penelope dealt with her grief over Freddie despite everything he d done and her affair with Alex was surprisingly dealt with in a way that neither minimized nor packed away neatly despite it being a pretty short part of the book when it occurred I thought that was neat hide spoiler Flora of Maine A Manual for Identification of Native and Naturalized Plants of Maine Vascular from local warlords treacherous court officials and French spies Alex and Penelope may be all that stand in the way of a plot designed to rock the very Resist Not Evil foundations of the British Empire. So sad so sexy I was a little bit anxious of the setting being a historical romance in a setting like India makes me nervous but this wasn t as bad as I expected to be but there were still moments of hm in terms of how characters described the setting but that s like what it is considering they re English people But anyway I really liked Penelope and Alex s relationship and how it progressed Non luogo a procedere from antagonism to actual love I liked how active Penelope was in this in unraveling the mystery and how Alex came to rely on that insight Penelope is just so damn cool view spoiler I think the part where Penelope dealt with her grief over Freddie despite everything he d done and her affair with Alex was surprisingly dealt with in a way that neither minimized nor packed away neatly despite it being a pretty short part of the book when it occurred I thought that was neat hide spoiler