Another fabulous installment in the Pink Carnation series. We are back in France for this one, in both the modern story and the historical story.
In the historical story we are introduced to governess Laura Grey, who is on a mission for the Pink Carnation and placed into the employment of Andre Jaouen to be governess to his two children. Laura's mission is to report anything suspicious or anything that may be helpful to the Pink Carnation, and there is bound to be plenty, seeing Jaouen's closeness to the minister of police.
Laura is probably the best heroine yet. She is vastly intelligent and has a strong independent nature. Despite her doubts of herself, it is clear that she can take care of herself, seeing as how she has been doing so for 16 years. She is also quick witted and has a great talent of improvising to get herself – and others – out of the devil of scrapes.
I was glad to see the Pink Carnation have a part in the story rather than just hearing her name every now and then. And Laura's contact, boy was he hilarious. As we've come to expect from this series, the dialogue is fun and the plot is very clever. The ending was great; it was nice to see an appearance from another character we haven't seen in a while.
The Orchid Affair was another great romp in the early 19th century. And as for the modern day story of Colin and Eloise, things are just clicking right along for them. Things in Colin's family have hit the boiling point.
Pink Carnation fans will not be disappointed in The Orchid Affair. I cannot wait for the next book!
I had a review copy of this book.