Sunday, January 23, 2011
Again,we read a book within a book. Just as in "The Secret History of the Pink Carnation", we travel back and forth 200 years--from England in 1803 (the spy networks) to England in 2003 (the researcher and her foibles). As both settings build on those from "Carnation", I highly suggest this to be a series best read in order.
I was delighted to return to her finely-drawn characters and even more delighted that so many red herrings were in place. The fact that a bit of license was taken with history does not detract in this series as nothing is so blatant as to be jarring, and enough historical accuracy is present that I now want to undertake a study of that period of French history (one of the periods I have had little interest in until now). I also like the way that bodice-ripping romance shares the stage with mystery and intrigue--it's almost like getting two books for the price of one LOL.
I hate spoilers and refuse to write them, so I will say no more of the plot. I will say that since I have book three, "The Deception of the Emerald Ring", currently on my shelf, I am having a very hard time going about my normal Sunday chores--grocery shopping, laundry, housecleaning, card crafting--because I so desperately want to begin the next adventure (this one is set in Ireland). But general living does not get easier with postponement and with a probable 50+ hour work week ahead, I have chores to do...