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The orchid affair
Lauren Willig
Adult Fiction WILLIG

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In 1804, governess Laura Grey has returned home to Paris after almost a decade in England. Learning rudimentary espionage skills at Selwick Hall has provided Laura with a code name, Silver Orchid; an alias, Laure Griscogne; and a mission, to become governess for Andre Jaouen's two motherless children. Jaouen's high-ranking position in government makes him among the first to hear of suspicious people or activities, allowing his new governess access to the same information. It's a tangled web of deception and double-crosses, needing only one unexpected event for all the intricate plotting to begin to unravel and all are left vulnerable. This supremely nerve-wracking, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can't-sleep-until-everyone-is-safe read is the eighth fabulous entry in Willig's popular Pink Carnation series (e.g., The Betrayal of the Blood Lily). It successfully upholds the author's tradition of providing charming three-dimensional characters, lively action, witty dialog, and a continuous contemporary story line that enhances the events happening in the past. As a bonus, readers view the aftermath of the French Revolution through individual viewpoints, and chaotic events of history become more focused and relatable. Verdict Fans of historical fiction, adventure, romance, and fine storytelling will savor every page, maybe even twice. [Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10.]-Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lauren Grey
Joined the Selwick Spy School in the hopes of working closely with the spy known as the Pink Carnation; instead she became governess for the children of Andre.

Jaouen, Andre
Right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police; hired Lauren to be governess to his children; investigating a suspected Royalist plot aganist Bonaparte.
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