THE ORCHID AFFAIR
The Pink Carnation Series
January 20, 2011
Dutton, a division of Penguin Books
Rating: 4 Cups
Laura Grey has been a drab governess for sixteen years—ever since she was orphaned at sixteen. She was forced to lie about her age to get the job and now, as neutral as her name, Laura is practiced at blending into the shadows while guiding her small charges. A spy, freshly graduated from the Selwick Spy School, she is on her first mission—as a governess.
Andre Jaouen is the cousin of Bonaparte’s Minister of Police and, as such, is deeply embroiled in the investigation of a Royalist plot. Attempting to protect his children from the danger lurking in Paris, he hires the sour Mademoiselle Griscogne to tend them and keep them hidden from those who would use their innocence to direct their father’s hand. What he doesn’t expect is the tenacity, regal bearing and quick thinking of his stern looking new employee.
When Andre’s nemesis, Delaroche, forces them to make quick changes to their well-laid plans, Laura and Andre are stuck on the run. With a maimed artist, a surly nurse, the Bourbon Prince and two small children in tow, they try to evade Delaroche’s long reach and flee to safety. But will living as husband and wife in ruse result in feelings more real than either could dream of? Or will they all end up caught as traitors?
A historical plot line blended with a modern one, The Orchid Affair is riddled with edge of your seat suspense and fade-to-black variety passion. The details in this story really bring it to life for the reader, effortlessly transporting them from French Revolutionary Paris to the modern grace of today’s city in the flip of the page. While the historic side of the story was brilliantly done, the modern bits, for this reviewer, were more of an unwelcome distraction from the world I was immersed in rather than a cohesive part of the story… although the marzipan pigs did sound tasty.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More