Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cover Geekery: The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig has unveiled the cover of the newest installment of the Pink Carnation series, that is due out in January of 2011. It's a bit different from the covers of the previous installments.

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?

Here are the covers of the previous installments, in case you need your memory refreshed:



So, what's your verdict? It's not bad, I think, just different. It may give off the wrong impression of the story inside, though.


Passages to the Past said...

I like the cover, but I wish they would've kept it the same format as the others. I hate when they change covers in the middle of a series...my OCD kicks in :) I'm almost done collecting the whole series and can't wait to start it!

stellar_raven said...

The cover is alright, but I also wish they'd stuck with the same format as the previous books. Not only because I like them to match, but I actually like seeing the art works on the covers, even if it seems like the same few paintings tend to get recycled.

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

I like it and think it's pretty. I think all the old books are going to be reissued with this new style of cover, so they will all eventually match under the new look.

Marg said...

I am a bit disappointed that they have changed it too, as I thought the others were quite obviously meant to be grouped together as a series. The new cover is a little indistinguishable from other novels in the romance genre.