The Masque Of The Black Tulip, Paperback book

The Masque Of The Black Tulip[Paperback]

by Lauren Willig

3.67 out of 5 (21 ratings)

Allison & Busby 
Publication Date:
15 February 2010 
Modern & Contemporary 


'But if modern manhood had let me down, at least the past boasted brighter specimens. To wit, the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Purple Gentian and the Pink Carnation, that dashing trio of spies who kept Napoleon in a froth of rage and the feminine population of England in another sort of froth entirely'. Modern-day student Eloise Kelly has achieved a great academic coup by unmasking the elusive spy, the Pink Carnation, who saved England from Napoleon. But now she has a million questions about the Carnation's deadly nemesis, the Black Tulip. And she's pretty sure that handsome Colin Selwick has the answers somewhere in his family's archives. While searching through Lady Henrietta's old letters from 1803, Eloise stumbles across something more exciting than she ever imagined: Henrietta and her old friend Miles Dorrington were on the trail of the Black Tulip and had every intention of stopping him in his endeavour to kill the Pink Carnation. But what they didn't know was that while they were trying to find the Tulip - and trying not to fall in love in the process - the Black Tulip was watching them...

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  • <strong>My thoughts:</strong><br/><br/>I read this just after I had read book one in the series. Book two turned out to be just as good if not better... I really fell for Miles and Henrietta as friends and as a romantic couple. There's something about two people who fall in love that have known each other most of their lives... They were so adorable....<br/><br/>There were many moments I loved, but one of them was when Henrietta told her two girlfriends, in a shop, that she had fallen for Miles; it was both hilarious and cute at the same time.<br/><br/>I want to see more of Sir Vaughn in future books - I want to see him fall in love with a woman and the <em>right woman</em> too. I loved how mysterious his character was throughout the book, to good effect, I thought.<br/><br/>Like in the first book, I loved the chapters focusing on Jane Wooliston - I adore her female intelligence... I can't wait till she gets her own book, though I'm not ready for her to fall in love, as I love her independence! BUT, who says she won't meet her male equal who will let her be who she is?<br/><br/>I enjoyed this book a lot, but I was quite anxious throughout because you really come to care for the characters. It doesn't help that a chapter may end in a cliffhanger and then you have to read the whole next chapter before you can know what happened - though each book<em> does</em> end with a happy end for the given couple in the historical setting (it's a different couple with each book). I thought the idea behind The Black Tulip, which I won't spoil, was wonderfully thought of and I loved the climax.<br/><br/>With each book you learn more about the people who are with and around the Pink Carnation which makes the world of the books even more interesting and thorough in the world-building. In needs to be said that though the historical setting in Revolutionary France is the <em>most</em> interesting because of all the intrigue and mystery, the contemporary setting also manages to be<em> really</em> fascinating; I, for one, am rooting for Eloise Kelly to end up with Colin Selwick at some point at the end of the series, or if not sooner.<br/><br/>These books are, first and foremost, romantic feel good books which means that the historical research is allowed to take different leaps in the imagination of the author. To Lauren Willig's credit, she truly cares about historical accuracy and only changes a few things to her advantage. I really think she does wonders with her historical research, leaving the reader wanting for more. So, if you want to read a romantic feel good book which promises a happy conclusion for the given couple, with plenty of mystery and espionage (in the swashbuckling tradition of things), then these books will deliver. AND if you're thinking that 400 kindle pages are too much, then let me assure you that these books are quick and easy reads, even considering the jumps between the historical setting and the contemporary setting - the books truly are escape reads of the best kind!

    5.00 out of 5


  • 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]

    5.00 out of 5

  • 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!

    5.00 out of 5


  • 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.

    4.50 out of 5


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