The Deception of the Emerald Ring

 By Lauren Willig

This is the third installment in the Pink Carnation series and by far my favorite. As any series goes I highly recommend reading the first two books before this one, otherwise you will be very lost in a great deal of the plot.

Eloise Kelly is a history major researching spies, from the French and English war, in London where she meet Mr. Collin Selwick who happens to be a decedent of the great Purple Gentian. After Collin abruptly ended Eloise’s research through his family papers, she obsesses over reasons for why her cell has yet to ring with his number on the called id. Continuing her research she comes across the hasty marriage between Letty Alsworthy and Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe.

As Letty does her best to thwart the midnight elopement between her older sister and Sir Pinchingdale, her identity is mistaken and causes quite the scandal. Because of the man Geoffrey is, he does the honorable thing in asking for Letty’s hand in marriage. As soon as the “I do’s” are over Geoffrey heads to Ireland in aid of the Pink Carnation. Letty, not wanting to stick around to hear the town talk of her groom not being able to stand his new bride and leaving her, she catches a boat to Ireland traveling under the name of Mrs. Alsdale. Letty is soon caught up in the plans of the Pink Carnation to extinguish the brewing Irish Rebellion and possibly help her marriage.

Although sometimes it throws the reader off switching between the time periods, Willig creates a wonderful complex story. Most if the time I prefer reading the historical romance parts of the book but Eloise’s story captures my attention as well. Sometimes she may seem desperate and needy but then again most women are even though they’d never admit it. All together I would definitely recommend this book and series to all of my friends.

My favorite character in this series has to be Jane. She is a smart woman who is well respected and, what I relate to most can become any person she wants. She is my favorite spy also since she can blend in or stand
out when necessary, has a sharp mind, and always a cunning retort. My least favorite of course would be Captain Pinchingdale, even though he was just bought into the story plot he has rightfully won this title. Before Jasper came along the title belonged to Lord Vaughn for his haughty behavior and superior outlook on life. I am interested to see inside his head and how his love story unfolds in the next book.

Again I am new at this and would love your feedback. Please let me know if there is more you’d like to know or anything I can do to improve.

-Taylor

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