"In her swashbuckling debut...Willig reimagines France under Napoleon besieged by a whole bouquet of spying floral foes...Bad news for the Bonapartes but barrels of good-natured fun for the rest of us." --Library Journal
"A juicy mystery...Chick-lit never had it so good!" --Complete Woman
"[A] breezy historical romance... The sparks fly." --Publishers Weekly
"[A] playful romp...effervescent prose... A sexy [and] determined-to-charm historical-romance debut." --Kirkus Reviews
Eloise Kelly longs for the romance of years gone by; for a dashing hero like The Scarlet Pimpernel to come and sweep her off her Jimmy Choo-clad feet…but instead she’s sloshing around London in the rain and finally realising that romantic heroes are a thing of the past.
To distract herself from such thoughts, Eloise concentrates on her History dissertation, and it’s while rummaging through a pile of old letters and diaries that she discovers something amazing, something that historians have missed: the secret history of the most elusive spy of all time, The Pink Carnation. But why is the very modern Colin Selwick so determined to interfere with Eloise’s research? And why does he have to be quite so charming…?