The Masque Of The Black Tulip
- Allison & Busby
- Publication Date:
- 15 February 2010
- Modern & Contemporary
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The sequel to [The Secret History of the Pink Carnation] was just as much fun. Personally I think I liked this one better than the first. I love the character of Henrietta, and i loved the relationship that developed between her and Miles. The next book in the series is [The Deception of the Emerald Ring]
This is my favorite book of the series so far. My favorite characters in the first book were Miles and Hen so I really enjoyed them in this book. I felt that Eloise and Colins story broke in at the right places to keep you reading. This is a great fun read!
Harvard grad student Eloise Kelly is still whirling from her discovery of the Pink Carnation's identity in the archives of Colin Selwick's family. She heads with Colin to his family estate for further digging into archives and discovers the existence of a French spy known as the Black Tulip.Centuries earlier the Pink Carnation's best friend, Miles, and his sister, Henrietta, race to find out the identity of the deadly Black Tulip. As danger creeps up on them, they begin to realize that the relationship that they've taken for granted has grown into something very special.
If the story plot sounds complicated, it really isn't. While it jumps around, pulling you from character to character, making you wonder who might be a spy, the real story centers around this complicated relationship and emotional dance between Henrietta and Miles. Although you realize there is a spy story going on, the tension mainly focuses on the misunderstandings and social pressures between the two love birds.As with the last story, there is a good deal of romance involved in the story, but isn't developed until the later part of the novel. In this particular installment, there seemed to be less storytelling done from the present, which I actually missed...strange enough. I have been curious about Eloise, and can sense that she has developed feelings for the man who owns the journals she is reading. Honestly, I did want a bit more from the present, and grew to care a little more about our grad student. For some reason, now that she has uncovered the story behind The Pink Carnation, I wanted to know more about what Eloise was going to do with her story, and hope to get more in the novels that follow!Overall, I have enjoyed these stories and am looking forward the the next installment. This second book leaves you with a bit of a cliffhanger with Eloise, and dropped Henrietta and Miles a bit, even though you knew they were all right and happy. There is a certain playfulness to these stories that I find interesting, and I enjoy following to see how the spies will catch their enemy, and how their female spy love interest will help them. These really are fun to follow, and while you could probably read them individually, I do think you need some back up from the previous story to really dive in. However, if you like period dramas with a bit of romance built into a spy thriller, then you might enjoy these.
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