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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation | Lauren Willig
Nothing goes right for Eloise. The one day she wears her new suede boots, it rains cats and dogs. When the subway stops short, she's always the one thrown into some stranger's lap. Plus, she's had more than her share of misfortune in the way of love. In fact, ever since she realized romantic heroes are a thing of the past, she's decided it's time for a fresh start. Setting off for England, Eloise is determined to finish her dissertation on that dashing pair of spies, the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. But what she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: the secret history of the Pink Carnationthe most elusive spy of all time. As she works to unmask this obscure spy, Eloise stumbles across answers to all kinds of questions. Like how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly escape her bad luck and find a living, breathing hero all her own?
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Sharanya
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Pickpick

This was an utterly charming, adorable book! Though random interludes into Eloise‘s life did nothing for the rest of the plot, & both she & Amy were rather naive beyond belief — I found myself rolling my eyes & yelling WELL DUH multiple times at their obtuseness. Still, despite all this, the writing was hilarious, the dialogue even more so, and the romance was totally swoony. A really fun start to the series! ★★★★☆. 1st for #24in48

Texreader What a great review! 6mo
Sharanya @Texreader thank you! 6mo
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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | Mystery? Check. Intrigue? Check. Romance? Check. Humor? Check. So excited for this book! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #24in48

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EmilieGR
Pickpick

Always a romantic romp

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BookishMarginalia
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This one looks so fun! Thank you, Michelle, for thinking of me. I am touched 💜💜💜 @Elma

Elma You're welcome! Thanks again for all you do on Litsy! 11mo
BookishMarginalia @Elma 💜💜💜 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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@IndoorDame thank you for a lovely Valentines Day package!! I‘m so happy with it! And I love the necklace! Thank you @kaye for coordinating this!

Kaye Oh, beautiful book cover ! I like the little key too. Very cute. 11mo
Chrissyreadit @kaye it is a very sweet necklace Adina made. 11mo
IndoorDame @Chrissyreadit I‘m so glad you like it! 11mo
booksandsympathy I love this book series! 11mo
Wife 🌹 11mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Kalalalatja Great quote! 👌 1y
LeahBergen Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕 1y
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Bamazin
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1. Sense and sensibility
2. Secret history of the pink carnation
3. Sarcasm and profanity so 2ish
4. Hey Arnold, Doug, Gullah Gullah island, reading rainbow
#sundaysurvey

alisonrose LOLOL I am also fluent in those languages 🤣🤣🤣 thanks for playing!! 1y
KrystleTheBookSlayer I loved Gullah Gullah Island! ❤ 1y
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thegreentealibrarian
Pickpick

This was hilarious and adventurous! Plus romantic. 😚😚
But the present narrative felt superfluous.

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thegreentealibrarian
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Starting out September with pumpkin spice hot chocolate and historical fiction. 😎🎃 #currentlyreading

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whatsthEStorey
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Looking guilty after sneakily stealing the sunny spot and my book! Guess I'll read in the shade.

aroc Ah! Tell me if you are enjoying it! 2y
aroc That's on my summer TBR! (Plus I recommended it off another recommendation so I hope you like it!) 2y
Mollyanna Love Pink Carnation! It‘s a great series! 2y
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SledgeReader Read it a long time ago. Have the series tagged - along with Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache - as a full in series read start to finish with no interruptions. 2y
whatsthEStorey @aroc I didn't make it very far, but I can tell I'm going to like it! 2y
whatsthEStorey @Mollyanna & @SledgeReader I'm glad to hear it's good! I'm enjoying it so far! 2y
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TheReadingMermaid
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Suzze Ooh! The One and Only Ivan! I loved, loved, loved it! 🦍🐘 (edited) 2y
SquidgetsRoom I loved Brain on Fire! Did u like it? 2y
TheHeartlandBookFairy You are rocking this challenge @TheReadingMermaid !!! 2y
MelissaSue81 Oh! You‘re doing good with this one! I keep getting distracted by other books 2y
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whatsthEStorey
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My haul from the library sale today for $3.25! Snuck out at lunch to score some books...WITH my boss! 😂 #whenyourbossisalitten

aroc Hahahaha! 😂 2y
mrozzz Nicely done!! 2y
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kidamy Cute bag! 2y
StephanieGeiser I love that bag! 2y
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balletbookworm
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#riotgrams Day 6 - duologies, trilogies, and more! (Only a day late ?) The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig is obviously an “and more” here, twelve books in all! It went on so long it moved imprints and changed publication styles ? Fun fact: I haven‘t read the last book (Moonflower) yet because if I do there won‘t be any more left to read ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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mommamatch
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Mehso-so

I picked this for the ugly cover/cover I hate prompts for the Read Harder and Popsugar 2018 challenges. Lady in a pink frilly dress. Not my thing. But I read the description - spies?!?! That‘s sounds better. This was a good plot and some strong characters, just not the main one. Amy is a smart woman who can‘t see the truth no matter how obvious- not a very good spy. Enjoyed Jane and Miss Gwen. Not sure that I‘ll read the next 11 in the series.

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mommamatch
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It has been a long hard week and it‘s finally Friday night. This is the moment that got me through this week. #matchbooks

Chelleo 🙌🏾 enjoy your night! 2y
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readinginthedark
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This is a historical romance and a great series starter for the right audience! I didn't love everything about it. The level of emotional intensity and foolhardiness of both female main characters was an annoyance for me, and there was a bit of lingering on physical attributes that I found unnecessary but not extreme. (Warning here if you don't like physical intimacy in your historical fiction.) Disclaimers aside, I really enjoyed this book!

Velvetfur That sounds rather fun! Stacked 👍 2y
Christy2318 The rest of the series improves. This book is heavier on the sex part then the others. Books 2 & 3 are good but she really hit her stride with book 4. I loved 4-10. 11 & 12 weren‘t my faves. Overall the series is a lot of fun. 2y
Smangela I have one later in the series that was given to me. So now I need to pursue the rest of the books! Thanks for the review and reminder to check them out :) 2y
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readinginthedark @Christy2318 Yeah, it didn‘t bother me so much. But a lot of the negative reviews on Goodreads were because people either wanted it to be really serious historical fiction or they were angry about the sex, so I figured I‘d give a warning. 2y
readinginthedark @Smangela You‘re welcome! This is one I had on my TBR for a long time, and my manager finally convinced me to give it a try. I‘m so glad she did! I needed something fun and good on audio! 2y
AlaMich I liked this audio version too. Although my *ahem* somewhat sketchy knowledge of that historical period required a little research. 😬 2y
readinginthedark @AlaMich Yeah, I‘m not very familiar with that period either—at least in France. I appreciated her notes at the end about some of what was true and what wasn‘t, although I learned a few other tidbits from the complaints on Goodreads. 😆 2y
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readinginthedark
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I don‘t know about the rest of you, but most of March has been stressful for me. I‘m taking a break from stressful reading, at least until my son‘s birthday party is over. The tagged book was a great reprieve for me. I‘m set for print solutions, but does anyone have not stress- or anxiety-inducing audiobook suggestions?

readordierachel Sorry you've been stressed. This was a fun one on audio 2y
mabell I understand, and I hope things calm down for you soon! ❤️ I just listened to Damsels in Distress on hoopla. If you like kooky cozies, this is great! 2y
Cortg Ugh! I feel you. Looking back, all of my books lately have some degree of stress or anxiety. I did listen to Crazy Rich Asians last summer. It was a fun book that didn‘t need too much attention. It was funny and because I will never have that kind of money, I found myself doing a lot of eye rolling in a fun way. The movie is coming out, so I think it could be a good choice. 2y
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ReadingRover If you haven‘t listened to this yet you totally should. You will laugh your a$$ off. (edited) 2y
ReadingRover Also, another two that were really funny, short & I picked up at random were The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson and Little Donkey: A Short Story by Jodi Taylor. Honestly both had me laughing like an idiot. 2y
Texreader Yes an extremely stressful month. And I fly off next week to spend several days with a new client. Oh I hope it goes well...I‘m going to steal some of the suggested audiobooks for my trip. I too can‘t deal with stressful reads this month (edited) 2y
merelybookish Sorry to hear you are stressed! Hope March goes out like a lamb. I dip into Cheryl Strayed's or Annie Lamott when I want some comfort. 💕 2y
emilyhaldi This is a funny one! 2y
readinginthedark @emilyhaldi @merelybookish @ReadingRover @Cortg @mabell @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks everyone! I‘m looking these up now and appreciate the kind thoughts and suggestions! 2y
readinginthedark @Texreader Good luck! We just need a break; no harm in that! ❤️ 2y
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mommamatch
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😱😱😱 Someone dog eared a library book!! 😱😱😱

SaturnDoo 😐😲😡👎👎👎 2y
jwashreads That monster! 2y
Dpotter How dare they??!! 😱 2y
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readinginthedark
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Thanks for the tag, @Ddzmini !
1. How Far I‘ll Go from Moana...I have a five-year-old! 😆
2. The tagged book—probably 3✨—it‘s not what I expected but still fun
3. Honestly, I don‘t remember or care that much. 🤷🏻‍♀️
4. @Jess_Read_This @PaperbackReader

Ddzmini 😝😋 2y
vkois88 How Far I'll Go is a good one to be stuck with... Mickey Mouse Clubhouse songs usually stay with me. Or the Trolls soundtrack, but I don't mind those as much 2y
readinginthedark @vkois88 Yep, those are catchy ones; I‘ve been there! At least it‘s not Dora! I don‘t mind the show, but the little tunes! 🙈 2y
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BiblioLitten @readinginthedark hahaha Dora tunes! Like Mitch in Modern Family says, "I'll be plotting the death of Dora the Explorer." ?? 2y
vkois88 @BiblioLitten 😂😂😂 @readinginthedark I avoid Dora like the plague!! 2y
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booksandsympathy
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I love this book series! It's so much fun. I spent 12 years reading the books as they came out and when I finished the last book, I felt bereft. I had to go back and read them again. I had just gotten these from the library each time, but a couple of months ago, I scored one of the hardcovers of this book for only $2! I'll have to slowly obtain them all. @mrozzz #ClearTheShelvesGiveaway

GypsyKat That cover is gorgeous!!!! 💗💗💗 2y
booksandsympathy @GypsyKat All of the books in the series have gorgeous covers. But the cover is what originally made me pick up the book and see what it was about. 2y
RachLovesTV I need to finish this series! I really loved it, but I was reading them as they came out, too, and after the first 3, I stopped because I disliked waiting between each book. Now that it's all done, I can pick it up again! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Eloise Kelley travels back in time to find information about the mysterious English spies, Pink Carnation and Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something historians have missed-the secret history of the Pink Carnation-the most elusive spy of all time. Have not read this, but sounds like a fun chic lit-historical romance read.

#heartsandhardcovers #secrets
#150PnPCoverParty #regency

Melissa_J I love this series! 2y
wen4blu I have this one in my TBR pile! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕💕💕💕💕 2y
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rubyslippersreads I've read this first one, but need to continue with the series. 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve always wondered about this series. Nice pick! 2y
CrowCAH It‘s on my TBR too; looks good! 2y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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#currentlyreading for the #popsugarreadingchallenge --I'm determined to finish before the end of the year, only 3 books left!

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smilingshelves
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#ThisShouldBeATVSeries Spies, intrigue, romance. This would totally work! #fallintobooks

@RealLifeReading

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Jesskathkarl
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I should be reading my course book...

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JessicaPHoffman
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I'm loving this book, recommended by @jess.how and my favorite historical romance author Eloisa James 👍🏼👏🏼

howjessreads YAYAYAY! Glad you like it, and that @EloisaJames and I convinced you!! 🙂 2y
EloisaJames I'm glad you are liking it!! 2y
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robinb
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Mehso-so

Finally finished! This one took me forever to read because it simply did not hold my attention very well. I did not really care for one of the heroines (it is an historical told through letters/journals of the historical heroine read by a modern-day heroine). Too much back and forth. Would rather have concentrated on one or the other story. Also had some editing issues that bugged me. I'll give it a pass but not a favorite. #romantsy #osrbc

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robinb
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OK, I've been working on this book for much too long...but I'm determined to finish. Not one of my favorites but still want to see how it turns out. #romantsy #osrbc #willieverfinishthisbook

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robinb
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Another pick from my #SecretSantaGoesPostal friend! This one was on my TBR list....
#romantsy #osrbc

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Melissa_J
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Great literature this series is not, but it is #funfunfun #RockinMay

Cinfhen If you enjoy it, it's worthy!!! 3y
moranadatter I enjoyed it. Sally's book was my favorite. 3y
Melissa_J @moranadatter I've not read that one yet. I just had a look at the list of books and didn't realize how many there now are! My favourite so far has been the Black Tulip. 3y
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quietjenn
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Lazy Sunday.

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books_cats_art
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Pickpick

I've forgotten how much I truly enjoy this series! ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤ all the way. I've decided to scrap the plans for my next read and continue in the series. I need a little more before I'm done :)

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Melissa_J
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My #happyreads are generally lighter fare works of historical fiction, such as Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series pictured here, cozy mysteries and fantasy. #Marchintoreading

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books_cats_art
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I love the things you find in books you haven't read in a long while... I can't remember the last time I flew United! #modernmrsdarcyreadingchallenge

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Melissa_J
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Turns out I have more books with #pinkcovers (or at least pink spines) than I thought I did #riotgrams

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Leelee08
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This has been in my TBR pile for a while now. A romance/ mystery where a woman goes to London to finish her dissertation on the secret heroes of England??? Sign me up!!❤📚#flowersoncover #feistyfeb

howjessreads I really like that series, although the first one Isn't my fave. They're so fun! 3y
Leelee08 @jess.how Good to know! Thank you!😀 3y
moranadatter What @jess.how said. My favorite is book 11. 3y
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AnnieReads It's also on my TBR shelf. I've heard good stuff about the entire series. 3y
candyflossramparts I have most of the series in my TBR. I started the first book ages ago and it didn't grab me - but I'm a moody reader, so I definitely want to pick it up and try again later! 😜 3y
MeganB This series is soooooo good! I have the last two, I just need to finally read them. I'm a little sad though to leave this world behind😢 3y
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Jesskathkarl
Pickpick

Loved, loved, loved it. Love this style book! Already bought the next two for my Kindle app!

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Jesskathkarl
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HAHAHAHA

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Jesskathkarl
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Robbins tended to display his feelings for the French by lurching violently into every pothole he could find...

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MamaGina
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Enjoying this one so far.
REALLY enjoying the fact that I have the next 4 days off work!!!🤓

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erinreads
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GUYS. This may be old news, but if you buy $25 worth of print books on Amazon and use the code HOLIDAYBOOK, you get $10 off your order. So basically a free book! 👌🏻

britt_brooke Thanks! I should've known this already, but I didn't. 😁😉 3y
Suzze Is this just for Prime? 3y
erinreads @Suzze I don't think so! Nothing in the restrictions say so. 3y
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Sapphire I love you guys! Thank you for posting. I never see these things. I just ordered two from my wishlist. 3y
Suzze @erinreads Yay! I just went and spent.....$50. They are no dummies. 3y
kspenmoll Thx! Oh no, i can buy more books! 3y
silentrequiem ...I did not need to know this. 3y
Cinfhen Thank you for sharing ❤️️💜❤️️ 3y
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annahenke
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#photoadaynov16 #spynovel

With the setup of a young scholar researching a little-known historical figure AND a book within a book setup AND a secret network of Napoleonic-era spies . . . what's not to love?! This is a fast-paced, genre-bending read with plenty of mystery, intrigue, romance. I was also pleasantly surprised by the witty banter, family-gang-together aspect, and the great female friendship portrayed between Amy and Jane.

kammartinez The entire series is fun :D. I haven't read the very last book, but I'll get around to it eventually XD. 3y
Sydsavvy Such fun!!! 3y
TNbookworm Love this series! 3y
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merelybookish I'm intrigued! 3y
PatienceFortitude The whole series is so good! Miss Gwen is my favorite 3y
RealLifeReading Oooh this sounds delightful 3y
readinginthedark I keep meaning to read this and forgetting! 3y
afbaugh One of my favorites! 3y
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bookandcat
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book 1 was the last to arrive, but hooray - now I have the entire Pink Carnation series (ordered for under $30 total after I saw Lauren Willig at Morristown Festival of Books) - I never got to read more than the first 3 when they first came out so can't wait to restart and finish this time! it's like Book Christmas :-)

annahenke It's a fun one!! 3y
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Pinkmeghan
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My all-time #favebookishsquad is the League of the Pink Carnation from the series by Lauren Willig. It's a series about English and French spies in the Napoleonic era and it's a long-time fave. If you love romance and espionage with a dash of humor, give it a go! #augustofpages #augustphotochallenge @TheSpinecrackersBookClub #day4 #bookishsquads

TheSpinecrackersBookClub So beautiful! 3y
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SarahRotenberry
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Ok all of you Pink Carnation lovers: I want to bail. I hate bailing! Maybe this isn't my genre? I love American historical fiction. I recently read my first Tudor-era book and quite enjoyed it. Dashing spies saving England from Napoleon's invasion? Not sure want to know more yet.

LitHousewife I've been reading this one slowly. It's good for me for that kind of read. How far along are you? 3y
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Nomad_Student
Pickpick

Given the tongue-in-cheek lyric references peppered throughout this book, I'm pretty sure Lauren Willig is a fan of musical theatre, and especially The Scarlet Pimpernel. A fun, fast read despite being a little over-the-top in places, this is a great story for some summer escapism. (And now I have to go hunt down the next book in the series...)

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LitHousewife
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I'm reading through this book leisurely, which is just how I like it. Combining that with a good pedicure was decedent. The massaging chair, a fantastic leg massage, and a good book is a great way to escape during a lunch break.

BookBabe Hey, that's my color! ❤️ 4y
Melwilk I am on my way to do the same thing today 😊 4y
LitHousewife @BookBabe It's OPI's Dutch Tulip. Since my family is Dutch, I love it. 😊 4y
LitHousewife @Melwilk I'm jealous. I want to go back already. 4y
[DELETED] 2232195534 The leg and foot massage...bliss! 4y
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LitHousewife
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This pin made me think about a fun conversation we had about reading in public or at family events this weekend. To all of my friends and family, you've been warned.

NatalieR This needs to be made into a t-shirt, bumper sticker, poster...am I right? 4y
stargazerblue49 I always have to tell people, "It's nothing personal... Sometimes I just need to read, and that's just me." Lol 4y
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LitHousewife @NatalieR Yes!!!!!! 4y
LitHousewife @stargazerblue49 I'm going to steal that line! 4y
Mayread Always bring an emergency book. I will rarely be seen without a tote bag. 4y
Sue I remember a particular Christmas when my sister gave my daughter a book, and then expected her to put it down to play with her cousins. 😳 4y
LitHousewife @Skiles I've always got a book. Then there is always my ebooks. I would itch if I was somewhere with nothing to read. 4y
LitHousewife @Sue Who does that? 4y
QueenAnne @Sue man, that's heartless! She should've brought books for everyone! 4y
QueenAnne @LitHousewife no chance in hell I'm leaving my house without a book! You never know! What if you have to wait on something or get lost and find a great book-nook! 4y
Coleen YES!!! Why can't they just understand?! 😋 4y
BookBabe 😂 👌🏻 #readerproblems 4y
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LitHousewife

On a day like today, it is so nice to have a fun, light book to get lost in before bed. Reading truly is the best medicine.

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carolinehawes
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Witty and romantic with great characters and a jump in time frames, my only real critique is that at points this novel can be a bit predictable. That being said I will definitely pick up the sequel anyway.