The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

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Penguin Putnam

Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation novels have been hailed as “sheer fun”* and “charming.”** Now she takes readers on an adventure filled with hidden treasure and a devilishly handsome English colonel....

Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed at an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates.

Because she served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside—especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan. But, when the Pink Carnation’s little sister goes missing from her English boarding school, Gwen reluctantly returns home to investigate the girl’s disappearance.

Thrown together by circumstance, Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious intent get their hands on them. But Gwen’s partnership with quick-tongued, roguish William may prove to be even more of an adventure for her than finding the lost girls….


*New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Dodd
**Kirkus Reviews

Baker & Taylor
A spy, Gwendolyn Meadows, and a British colonel, William Reid, join forces to investigate the sudden disappearances of a number of young ladies.

& Taylor

A spy, Gwendolyn Meadows, and a British colonel, William Reid, join forces to investigate the sudden disappearances of a number of young ladies in the tenth installment of the best-selling series following The Garden Intrigue. Original.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2013
ISBN: 9780451414724
Branch Call Number: FIC WIL
Characteristics: 468 p. ;,21 cm.


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martha_w Jul 19, 2015

Yet another fun entry in a fun series. The formidable Miss Gwen is a challenging heroine to take on, and I admire Willig for being able to show us a new side to her--and William Reid (father of Alex, the hero of book 6) is the perfect leading man to balance her out. I also -- finally! -- enjoyed the contemporary storyline in this one. I still think the whole frame story is unnecessary (and frequently annoying) but I think this is the least I have minded it out of all ten books so far, so thank goodness for that. Clever and enjoyable.

Feb 04, 2014

A fun installment to the series -- love that Miss Gwen gets her own story!

Oct 11, 2013

Lauren Willig is a young American who writes delightfully about characters akin to The Scarlet Pimpernel - The Pink Carnation series- with intrepid lady spies during the early C19.Napoleonic France and British India play a part in this latest which is delicious, frothy, and witty. There's the family mystery of the current generation with a Treasure Hunt interspersed with the historical mystery of the missing schoolgirls,travel at speed through the English countryside and Romance with a capital R..

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