The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, Book 6)

By Lauren Willig

"The heroines of Lauren Willig's bestselling red Carnation sequence have engaged in espionage far and wide nineteenth-century Europe. within the 6th stand-alone quantity, our reasonable English heroine travels to India, the place she reveals freedom—and risk—more intriguing than she ever imagined.

Everyone warned pass over Penelope Deveraux that her unruly habit might land her in shame sometime. She by no means imagined she's be whisked off to India to offer the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. As girl Frederick Staines waits, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the courtroom of the Nizam of Hyderabad, the place nobody is kind of what they seem—even her husband. In a wierd nation, the place tricky court docket gown mask much more problematic intrigues and a perilous secret agent known as the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there's just one individual Penelope can trust...

Captain Alex Reid has larger activities than play nursemaid to a couple of noblemen. Or so he thinks—until girl Frederick Staines out-shoots, out-rides, and out-swims each guy within the camp. She additionally has an uncanny skill to attract out the lethal plans of the Marigold and positioned herself in harm's approach. With possibility looming from neighborhood warlords, treacherous courtroom officers, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with woman Staines simply may be the single factor status within the method of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire...
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Having exhausted my constrained wisdom of recent York galleries, Jeremy transferred his awareness to Serena. “Will I see you in March? ” he requested. Visibly uncomfortable, Serena shrugged her shoulders just a little in lieu of a solution. i'll see the pointy bones of her clavicle throughout the smooth textile of her costume. “March is a hectic season for us,” she provided, in what was once in actual fact the 1st level of an extended and difficult test at evasion. an easy no might were way more powerful. “I’ll have a note with Adam,” acknowledged Jeremy kindly.

The falcon has lower back to the nest? what kind of absurd message is that? ” The unwitting item of Penelope’s difficulty strode right into a jewel field of a backyard designed to seem like anything out of the pages of an illuminated manuscript. He raised an eyebrow on the guy in the middle of all of it, who was once posing as if made up our minds to be simply as decorative as his atmosphere. Lanterns twinkled like stars, their pierced aspects growing an problematic filigree of sunshine and shadows over the stone flagging of the courtyard.

She hadn’t anticipated that. She grew to become on him with this kind of freezing stare designed to minimize a guy to gibbering apology, a sluggish spark of anger kindling in her eyes, like gold to the flame. With a nonchalance he was once faraway from feeling, Alex plucked a petal from a rose, rolling it among his palms in order that its musky perfume permeated the air among them. “Forgive me. I wasn’t acutely aware you have been the one one allowed to consult it. ” He paused prior to announcing, intentionally, unforgivably, “You weren’t so chilly 4 days in the past.

Little. Royal. German,” acknowledged Penelope. “I’m certain you’ve heard of her. ” “Well stated, girl Frederick,” acknowledged Cleave heartily, tugging at his cravat with apprehensive hands. “And now I recommend that we report to the Residency. this can be no position for a woman. ” Penelope folded her palms throughout her chest. “Then it’s a great factor I’m now not a lot of a woman, isn’t it? ” “Even so,” stated Alex. nonetheless? what kind of a word used to be “even so”? one of these word that stated completely not anything, that was once what it was once. Alex compounded his foolishness by way of including, “Cleave can exhibit you again.

Alex demanded, frustration ringing via his voice. “Wellesley doesn’t belief Kirkpatrick to piss with no somebody writing a mystery file on it; Russell isn’t a nasty variety, yet he’s untried—” “—and a section an excessive amount of in love with himself,” the Colonel humored him via including. Alex glowered at his father. simply because he had acknowledged it ahead of didn’t make it any much less actual or any much less tricky. “Precisely. the recent Nizam is a tin-pot Nero who will get his leisure utilizing silk handkerchiefs to throttle his concubines.

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