Title: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
Publisher: Dutton, New York
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, February 2005, stated; full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the half-title page: "To Marisa, / With best wishes, / Lauren Willig." The author's debut novel and the first of the Pink Carnation series, which reached twelve titles in 2015. Quarterbound in white paper-covered boards with a red cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95); light edgewear. Two bookmarks laid in, one from BelleBooks and one from the Concord Bookshop (Mass.). Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 004202
Synopsis: Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvardís Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803. Eloise has found the secret history of the Pink Carnationóthe most elusive spy of all time, the spy who single-handedly saved England from Napoleonís invasion.
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, a wildly imaginative and highly adventurous debut, opens with the story of a modern-day heroine but soon becomes a book within a book. Eloise Kelly settles in to read the secret history hoping to unmask the Pink Carnationís identity, but before she can make this discovery, she uncovers a passionate romance within the pages of the secret history that almost threw off the course of world events. How did the Pink Carnation save England? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly find a hero of her own?
About the Author:
Lauren Willig is a law student and Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University. She is the author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.
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