Title: Betrayal of the Blood Lily
Author: Lauren Willig
Genre: historical fiction, romance, mystery? (depends on what you consider a mystery)
Length: 401 pages
Of my own collection
Challenges: Historical Fiction Challange (2nd of 6 pledged) & 2010 Resolutions (read 5 books published in 2010)
Here is the product description, from Amazon.com:
The heroines of Lauren Willig’s bestselling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over nineteenth-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.
Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she’s be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. AS Lady Frederick Staines, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem-even her husband. In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust…
Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks-until Lady Frederick Staines out- shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm’s way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire…
So this is the quickest I have finished a book in a long time. But, that’s to be expected when I had two whole days to read the majority of it And I loved this Pink Carnation installment as much as the others. If you the very last post on this blog, you’ll find my first reactions to it. I commented on how different this book started than the previous 5. And I really ended up liking this difference. But it wasn’t so different that it was totally the opposite of all of the previous books.
As this book fits in many genres–historical fiction, romance, maybe even mystery (when considering all of the spies and espionage)–I really love it. This particular book, as a romance, was different than the first 5. I don’t recall any of the first books having so graphic a sex scene in it–but, then again, that goes with the difference of the herione already being married and experienced at the beginning (it usually takes most of the book before this happens).
I wasn’t sure if I should technically count this book in my Historical Fiction Challenge, but, it is historic and even includes a Historical Note at the end of the book. Willig puts lots of time and research into these books and I love this about her. Also, this book was published about a month ago, so it also qualifies as a Published-in-2010 book for my 2010 Resolutions.
As I have mentioned, Willig has a second book coming out this year called Mischief of the Mistletoe. She has posted the cover(s)* on Facebook, so I’m going to attach them here. It comes out in October.
*The original cover had the same woman as one of the previous Pink Carnation books, so the publisher changed it. (I like both, so I’m posting both.)