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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.

THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION. Lauren Willig. 2005. Read by Kate Reading. 12 cds. 14 hrs. Penguin Audio. 0-14-305732-4. $34.95. Cardboard; plot, author, reader notes. SA

Although not identified as a satire of the historical romance genre, Willig's first novel pulls off a "story within a story" with great good humor. Harvard grad student Eloise Kelly is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on famous British spies: the Scarlet Pimpernel, the Purple Gentian and the Pink Carnation. Eloise travels to England where she is given access to family papers of a descendant of the Purple Gentian. Among the papers is the journal of a fearless, attractive, adventuresome young woman who travels to France to join the League of the Purple Gentian as a spy. Wild adventures and romance follow. Kate Reading is outstanding. She switches from an American English accent to a British English accent to a French accent flawlessly, never confusing the accent or characters as the scene changes back and forth from the present to the turn of the 18th century. Her vocal inflection captures each moment perfectly, from whispered meetings behind drawing room draperies to romantic moments sailing in the moonlight on the Seine. Another Pink Carnation novel is being planned. Carol Kellerman, Libn/Media Spec, Santa Fe, NM

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Author:Kellerman, Carol
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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