Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig

Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Fiction
Pages: audio version
Challenges: Read Your Own Books
New-to-me Author: no
Author's Website

Simple Description:
This is the third book in the series by Lauren Willig. In this one, Letty tries to keep her sister from enloping with Lord Jeffery Pinchingdale-Snipe, but somehow ends up being compromised and is forced to marry Lord Pinchingdale-Snipe herself! On their wedding night, Jeffery leaves for Ireland. He doesn't even tell his wife, he just disappears. Of course, he is very unhappy with the situation and believes Letty wanted to be compromised so he would have to marry her. Letty decides to go after him, because it's far to embarrassing to remain at home and have everyone learn that he ran off already. So she goes under a different name and pretends to be a widow. Once in Ireland, she attends a party and finds her husband there...flirting with another woman, somebody far more beautiful than Letty.

When Jeffery notices Letty, he is very upset. He is actually working in Ireland, he is on a secret mission for the League of the Purple Gentian. Letty doesn't even know he works for them and she could ruin everything. The beautiful women he is flirting with, is actually Jane - the Pink Carnation. She is under an assumed name. While it appears they are flirting..they really aren't..they are passing important, spy-worthy information back and forth.

Switching back into real day, we have Eloise who is researching The Pink Carnation and The League of the Purple Gentian. She is secretly in lust with Collin Selwick but isn't sure he returns the feelings. Collin is a ancestor to those she is researching and she has been using the family archives to help with the research. He isn't happy she is messing around with his family history or archives however in this book he does show interest in what she is finding in her search at the British Library.

Now what you really want to know....my thoughts:
I loved this book! This is one of my favorite series, so far. It's so fun to read about the spy's and what is going on. I love the romance part of it...sure you can guess what is going to happen but it's still fun to go along for the ride with the characters as they figure it. I definitely recommend these books to others.

I also found the whole idea of Letty being compromised just by kissing a boy rather funny. If that happened now-a-days, we would have a ton of forced marriages. haha! It's so fun to read about the customs of days gone by and compare them to the way things are done now.

This is the first time I have listened to the audio version of this series and I must say that the reader did an excellent job. I'm very tempted to get the rest on audio from the library now. The reader changed her voice for the different characters, which is something that I love.

This audio book was rented from my local library, although I do own a copy of this book as well.


bermudaonion said...

This sounds like a fun book - I, of course, would want to start with the first book in the series.

Kris said...

Bermudaonion - It was lots of fun, I chuckled several times in the car while listening to it. I would also recommend you start with the first. haha!