The Orchid Affair

orchid affairI don't know what I'm going to do when Lauren Willig finishes her Pink Carnation series. The Orchid Affair is the seventh book in the series (eighth if you count the Turnip book) and if I recall correctly she had only planned on there being seven books in the entire series. She's got to be getting close to the end, which will, of course, end with Jane. (I used to think that she'd end up with Turnip but since that's not going to happen I've had to switch gears and move my suspicions to someone else.)

When I saw that The Orchid Affair was going to be about Miss Grey I was very confused. Who the heck was Miss Grey? I knew she had to have appeared somewhere in the other books because Willig always makes sure to connect things. I had to go back to Miles and Hen's book to find her hiding out at the Selwick Spy School.

Miss Laura Grey grew up in France but after her artistic parents died she spent supported herself in England by being a governess. A governess is a highly useful position to be in for a spy, particularly when one is placed in the house of Andre Jaouen, who works for Bonaparte’s minister of police. He also happens to be a bit of a rival with our favourite French villian, Gaston Delaroche. Being back in France Laura is, of course, recognized by former friends of her parents and it turns that thought that connection she had played an unknown-to-her role in the revolution. Come to think of it, I don't know if she ever really discovers that role. Hmmm... And then there's the usual intrigue and secrets and danger and romance that you'd expect in a Pink Carnation novel. It was nice to see Jane in her undercover role in the Bonaparte court.

If we can flip ahead to the modern day...forget about Eloise and Colin. Can you believe what Serena did? OMG. I mean, I kind of understand why she did it (well, not entirely but I understand why she thought it was a good idea) but if I was Colin I'd have killed her. Ok fine, I wouldn't have killed her but it's entirely likely I'd have thrown her into the Seine. Jeremy really is quite the smarmy jerkwad isn't he?

After reading The Orchid Affair I'm extra glad that Willig published The Mischief of the Mistletoe. Just like in The Betrayal of the Blood Lily there was a distinct lack of Turnip. Two Turnip-less books in a row would just have been too much. I do hope that when her next book comes out (I'm guessing in early 2012) that Turnip makes a cameo. I'll be watching for it.