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review The Passion of the Purple Plumeria Pink Carnation #10 107 Ì [PDF] ✩ The Passion of the Purple Plumeria Pink Carnation #10 By Lauren Willig – Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children who are safely stowed in an academy in Bath Upon his return to the IsleColonel William Reid of the MOBI #238 has returned home from India to retire near his children who are safely stowed in 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 classmatesHaving served as second in command to the Pink Carnation one of England’s most intrepid spies it would be impos. Purple The color of royalty The hot color of red mingled with the cold color of blue So appropriately the favored color of Miss Gwendolyn Meadows middle aged spinster chaperone and assistant spy to Miss Jane Wooliston AKA the Pink Carnation She’ll never be mistaken for a ueen but she is just that to a loveable rogue of a career officer Colonel William Reid Finally in “Pink X” we are introduced to a heroine and hero who prove you don’t always have to be young to experience the thrill of a breathless reckless romance This review assumes familiarity with the Pink Carnation series My apologies if you are still “un pinked” Miss Gwen would command you to “do try and keep up”What a time to leave Paris with rumors of an alliance forming between the Ottoman Sultan and Napoleon It seems the Pink Carnation’s little sister as well as Colonel Reid’s youngest daughter have gone missing from Miss Climpson’s boarding school for young ladies in Bath which precipitates the immediate departure of Miss Jane and Miss Gwen Simultaneously Colonel Reid retires from his military career in India to settle down in England with his two daughters and is blissfully unaware of his youngest daughter’s disappearance along with Miss Wooliston’s younger sister Just why they have gone missing might be their unwitting involvement with an ancient Indian treasure steeped in superstition known as the lost jewels of Berar Two centuries later Eloise and Colin are also beginning to believe that same treasure to be real and historical rumors place it somewhere on Colin’s ancestral estate of Selwick Hall Mrs Selwick Alderly who has given Eloise total access to the Selwick family history promises to reveal what she knows of the treasure only if her nephew Colin and Grandson Jeremy work together Easier said than done Colin and Jeremy despise each other and Eloise is caught in the middle She is also vacillating between staying in England with Colin or flying home to a teaching position at the “other Cambridge”Two centuries earlier and thrown together out of necessity Miss Gwen and Colonel Reid are polar opposites as they search for the missing school girls The Colonel is ruggedly handsome likeable and attentive He could charm a basketful of cobras into submission where Miss Gwen would simply intimidate them for the same result She is English to the core while he wonders what his late and exiled Scottish Jacobite parents would think of him on English soil The Miss Gwen tries to hold off the Colonel’s enthusiastic addresses with her caustic wit and chilling countenance the her slumbering passion is aroused in his presence In a beautiful moment Colonel Reid discretely admires Miss Gwen as they ride together in a coach“William snuck a glance at Gwen’s profile the long line of her nose the curve of her jaw the surprisingly long sweep of her lashes as black as her hair She was all bundled up again primly braided and buttoned but he knew that beneath that stern exterior was a lifetime’s worth of adventure for the man brave enough to win her If he could talk her to a standstill first Or kiss her into confusion”Each chapter begins with excerpts from Miss Gwen’s gothic novel The Convent at Orsino which she has been penning since first arriving in Paris Each uote is a clever portent to that chapter That very novel will be highly significant two centuries later for Eloise and ColinThe mysteries posed by this tale are non stop Selwick Hall appears to have been ransacked but by whom Has the Pink Carnation actually fallen in love Is there finally some resolution gasp in the relationship between Eloise and Colin Who is the shadowy foe of the Pink Carnation known only as “the gardener” Will the partnership between Miss Jane and Miss Gwen be acrimoniously severed Is Colonel Reid’s son Jack a spy or counter spy Who were the men who attacked the colonel and Miss Gwen working for Are the lost jewels of Berar in India or England or just a mythAlong the way Pink Carnation fanciers are treated to re appearances by the infamous Hell Fire club Amy and Richard Selwick plus Henrietta and Miles Dorrington While there is passion a plenty between Miss Gwen and Colonel Reid I waited patiently for something similar to happen between Colin and Eloise but their relationship rolled onfrustratingly too cool and clinical for this incurable romantic It was late in the book before any sort of emotional heat was generated However I trust the author and assume she has something else planned out for these two perhaps in Pink XIThe story works for me on many levels The author’s format of shuttling the story between two eras is what makes the Pink Carnation series so absorbing The December romance is refreshing unexpected and risky I loved the glimpse behind the often comical side of Miss Gwen that reveals a tragic past and how those events color her world Colonel Reid notwithstanding it is really Miss Gwendolyn Meadow’s story and how beautifully the author lays bare this most misunderstood but loved heroine with perfect proportions of humor sorrow and sensitivity Is this my favorite Pink Carnation yet I think so and I hope it is likewise for you too dear readers

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Girl’s disappearanceThrown together by circumstance Gwen and William must cooperate to track down the young ladies before others with nefarious Passion of the ePUB #8608 intent get their hands on them But Gwen’s partnership Passion of the Purple Plumeria Epubwith uick tongued roguish William may prove to be even of an adventure for her than finding the lost girl. Found both of these characters to be too heavy handed on the buffoonery side Author seemed to intend them too much as figures of fun and personally that grated on me the reader Felt like Willig was treating them as clowns due to their 'advanced age' perhaps Just a feeling I felt they were disrespectedMiss Jane's sad backstory meant to make readers feel for her but then author goes back to using her as the comic element Would much rather have seen this story handled touchingly with real emotional impact like Loretta Chase's Not uite a Lady or to have Miss Gwen treated as worthy of respect yet hilarious like Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Btw was Gwen intended to imitate Amelia Problem is that readers laugh with Amelia and at Gwen Sorry hard to explain my train of thought Hope this somewhat makes senseSpoilers follow Skip if you don't like thatI had one major problem with the hero which made me furiously angry and dropped this down a star Why when he found his daughter 1 living in abject poverty in a slum 2 taking in washing to survive 3 the only means of support for an invalid aging grandmother does the man not bother to leave her any money or arrange to care for her financially What kind of idiot does that He offers to put her up at an inn but when she refuses he hasn't thought it through or made any real plans he just takes off He feels guilty yes But there's no follow up nor does he seem to think much about her again or make any plans to care for her in the future Even Miss Gwen who has experience of living on the edge of poverty on her relative's charity doesn't seem to think of helping out They just both go merrily off on their adventures Frankly this made them both come off as thoughtless twits No mention was made ever that they went back and fixed their messes to my knowledge What the hellI was utterly flabbergasted by this As if I'd hit a brick wall I never regained my respect for both of them after that point Thinking about the real life conseuences of a woman living in poverty at that time as well as for a young woman wandering around the countryside I felt Willig really missed the mark Instead it was all light hearted adventureOh dear oh dear We should worry about them but let's go chase spies and romance each other instead WHAT THE HELL WHERE ARE YOUR PRIORITIES I seriously wanted to bang the character's heads together Okay rant over

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria Pink Carnation #10Sible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give The Passion PDF or up the intrigue of Paris for a uiet 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. 45 starsYou are either going to love it or hate it I always had a soft spot for Miss Gwen