Friday, June 10, 2011
The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig, 405 pages
This is the eighth book in the flower spy series by Lauren Willig, continuing the proud tradition of the Scarlet Pimpernal. Laura Grey is the newest spy, named the Silver Orchard, sent to France to serve as a governess in the household of Andre Jaouen, a highly placed government official. But she never expected that along with the danger and intrigue, she would have to deal with her feelings for Andre. Interweaved with the storyline is the plot of Elise in present day England, an American graduate student who thesis is based on the flower spies. She has fallen in love with one of the descendents, Colin, and is now caught up in his family drama.
This is one of my favorite series, it combines Regency romance and the best of Jane Austen, with intrigue, spies, and a big dash of Bridget Jones' Diary. What's not to like?