The Lure of the Moonflower

The Lure of the Moonflower In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla Napoleon has occupied Lisbon and Jane Wooliston aka the Pink Carnation teams up

  • Title: The Lure of the Moonflower
  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • ISBN: 9780451473028
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal Portugal, December 1807 Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower formerly the French agent known asIn the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal Portugal, December 1807 Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower , has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact He does not expect to be paired with a woman especially not the legendary Pink Carnation All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon Only the English government knows that mad seventy three year old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it s only a matter of time before she s found and taken It s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower Operating alone has taught her to respect her own limitations But she knows better than to show weakness around the Moonflower an agent with a reputation for brilliance, a tendency toward insubordination, and a history of going rogue READERS GUIDE INCLUDED

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    1. I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars.It's always a sad day when a long-running series comes to an end, especially one I've enjoyed as much as Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. And with The Lure of the Moonflower Ms Willig has done her fans proud and brings the series to a close on a high, with a fast-moving storyline featuring the Pink Carnation herself, now working alone and undercover in Portugal. Jane Wooliston is an intelligent and [...]

    2. A satisfying conclusion to the series, although I will miss these more new adventures with these people :)It was great to get inside Jane's and to finally properly meet Jack Reid :). While I knew in on respect how the story would go, it was still an interesting journey. Watching them come to terms with each other while going on with their mission. The romance was slow-burning/building and never overtook the other part of the story. Jack has his demons and is full of surprises (to Jane) and Jane [...]

    3. Had to give the series finale 5 stars!!Pink XII is the much-anticipated "Jane's Story." For long time readers of the series, it's a story we've been wanting to know & read for awhile. Personally, I think it was done excellently. With Jane as the lead character, we see a different side to her personality than we've seen before. I think that's typical of the series, though. People aren't always what they seem to onlookers and once you get to "know" them first-hand, you see inside them and get [...]

    4. All good things must come to end. And so it seems must my favorite historical romance series, The Pink Carnation—offering us its twelfth and final installment, The Lure of the Moonflower. *deep sigh*For eleven novels author Lauren Willig has enchanted us with Napoleonic spies, romance and laughter. It has been an amazing ride while it lasted. Now with one last fling ahead of me I started to read (and listen to the audio edition) this new novel. Pushing aside my deep lament, I came to the reali [...]

    5. I've always had a bit of a thing for espionage stories particularly from the past so the Pink Carnation series has been right up my alley. The Lure of the Moonflower is the twelfth and final book of the series and brings things full circle with a mission for the Pink Carnation herself.For those not in the know, this series is told split story- present story framing a past story. In the present, Eloise and Collin have their adventures as Eloise lives at the old Selwick country estate to do resear [...]

    6. I REALLY LIKED THIS.I was so, so wary about this book, as those of you that I talk about this series with (and that I dragged into it with me) know well. Everything after book six is so hit or miss for me--the books range from "not a fan at all" to "I liked that way more than I expected, but maybe not as much as I thought." And I wanted this book. I'd wanted this book since she announced that we'd already met Jane's hero and we spent considerable time speculating as to his identity.I wanted to l [...]

    7. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel. This series was really fun and while Book 1 wasn’t my favorite, Books 2-5 were great. The series reached its peak with book 6, the fantastic Betrayal of the Blood Lily. After that there was a decline. Or maybe I just didn’t care too much about the newer characters. But I think Willig is really back on form with this book. It’s more serious than her last few, more in the vein of Blood Lily, which only makes sense since Jack Reid, the hero, was [...]

    8. review & rating to come later but hint: I really liked it.OKAY SO. 4.5 Stars. This for me, was a return to what I love about the early books. The mix between farce and danger and serious stuff and arguing about what to call the donkey - stuff like this is why I adored this series, and I'm so glad we bookended the series with that stuff.That being said. I did go into this with lowered expectations for this book - so I'm sure some of my love of it is associated with that, but it genuinely is g [...]

    9. I wasn't that into this, but, well, I kind of knew it would be a tough sell for me. The series has just gone on too long and I've grown weary of Willig's writing.I do wish we'd gotten the Jane and Nicolas novella Willig apparently planned on writing. I felt like I missed out on something, since so much of that relationship happened off screen.And the Colin/Eloise story (view spoiler)[was so very very silly. I didn't like it. (hide spoiler)]I'd have some interest in a (view spoiler)[Lizzy/Nicolas [...]

    10. So this is the book that everyone has been waiting for in this series…Jane’s romance with maybe the exception of me.I have never really been a fan of Jane in this entire series. Maybe in the beginning she had intrigue and promise but as the series has gone on I just have liked her less and less.But I had to finish the series all the same and Willig is always so good at making me fall in love with her heroines, I tried to keep an open mind.This one was hard to review. I still never really war [...]

    11. 4.5 stars rounded up because it deserves it!I REALLY like this. It was, for me, the perfect ending to the series. I had gone in with medium expectations since the last few books in the series had underwhelmed me but I was still excited for Jack. And boy was I not disappointed there! Jane/Jack was fantastic! They are the first Pink couple in a long time that I was swooning over. Their banter, chemistry, dynamic, all of it, was spot on and reminiscent of the characters and stories that made me fir [...]

    12. This was decent, but it came to such a foregone conclusion For once I'd like two people to travel across the countryside and not fall in love. It would be such a refreshing change. And the modern-day parts were completely unnecessary and completely ridiculous. (view spoiler)[Also, uh, you don't get to paint the Gardener as someone repugnant enough to kill and order murders and drive away both Jack and Jane, and then have him marry Lizzy. Nope. (hide spoiler)]

    13. C'est fini :( ça fait tout bizarre j'avais quelques appréhensions sur ce dernier tome, la mystérieuse et lointaine Jane n'ayant pas forcément été jusque là un personnage si sympathique que ça, mais son tome sert justement à la découvrir enfin, humaine et faillible. Et Jack, ah, Jack (comme le précise l'auteur a la fin, toute ressemblance avec un certain nombre de rôles d'Harrison Ford est tout sauf fortuite, donc coeur coeur coeur) (mais son frère Alex garde toujours ma préférence [...]

    14. Wellis is the end of a wonderful series. It was a long series, so I cannot complain because everything must come to end eventually. There is nothing worse then a series that drags on and on and on. Leave it on a good note and Lauren Willig certainly did. This was an excellent book to end the series on. However, I am still sad! I want more! :(This is Jane's story. She has been the woman behind the scenes making all the other books even possible. I love Jane and I am glad we got to see behind the [...]

    15. 3.5 starsThis was good and I enjoyed it quite a bit! I remember reading the preview at the end of last year's book and being completely over the moon about it because it had to be Jack and Jane she was setting up and JACK AND JANE. Because of my ridiculously high expectations (and they were high. In spite of my being wary about starting this book because I knew there was no way I'd get everything I wanted, I am never good at lowering my expectations) I liked this, but I didn't love it. I did lov [...]

    16. I wanted to take my time to think about this review since it will be the last Pink Carnation book I get to do so for. Reading it was such a bittersweet experience - this series has been with me for nearly a decade. I think about everything that has happened in my life as I've journeyed though the series, and it makes me reflect on how the last story went. I feel that when I started the series, I was much like Amy, and now at it's conclusion I feel I am like Jane in her quiet contemplation. I fee [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great ending for the series. The book itself I would give 4 stars, but I'm adding an extra star for the author extras at the end of the Kindle version- they were just what I needed in terms of closure on the series. (I do hope there are a few loose ends tied up someday in novels, but I'm satisfied with the series as a whole.)

    18. FIRST THOUGHTS: What a delightful adventure! The Lure of the Moonflower is different from the historical romances I've read, with an awesome espionage angle that I enjoyed. Jane and Jack were an adorable pair!

    19. Jane has never been a favorite character in this series, so I wasn't all that crazy about her story, but I'm glad we've finally gotten Eloise and Colin's happy ending. I wish there had been more chapters with the two of them!

    20. This was a fun end to a series I've really enjoyed. I wish the details of the previous (11!) books were more fresh in my mind as this one features a lot of previous characters.

    21. *Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance, during An August Adieu to celebrate the release of Lauren Willig's final Pink Carnation Book The Lure of the Moonflower. (August 2015)Jane doesn't know if it's wise to be working with Jack Reid, alias the Moonflower. But her mission is in Portugal, she doesn't speak the language, and he's the agent on the ground. Seeing as her old companion Miss Gwen is married to Jack's father, Jane has heard all there is to about Jack and his e [...]

    22. Jane Wooliston, know by a very few to be the Pink Carnation herself, is accustomed to organizing operations, telling operatives what she needs them to do, and in general running the show. She takes active part in plenty of the action herself, under many disguises. What she does not do well is follow someone else's lead. Leading a new mission in Portugal just after it was overrun by Napoleon, she finds herself out of her element. This is not France, where she speaks the language like a native, kn [...]

    23. With The Lure of the Moonflower, Willig’s Pink Carnation series comes to a close, and what a satisfactory ending it was.Jane Wooliston is the Pink Carnation. The spy the spears dread in the French forces. On her latest mission Jane finds herself in Portugal tracking down the mad Queen Maria before the French can use her to their adventure. Aiding Jane is the Moonflower, Jack Reid, a spy of dubious loyalty. But, since Jane doesn’t speak Portuguese and Jack happens to be the estranged son of a [...]

    24. A fitting end to a series that I have adored over a number of years now. There were a number of grammatical/editing issues that threw me (very unlike a Willig novel). I walk away still adoring Colin to bits though 😊 It's not goodbye, it's see ya later. I will reread this series because I've had so much fun with it.

    25. Loved the whole Pink Carnation series. Each one could be a stand alone, but knowing the previous characters and their idiosyncracies makes each one more.

    26. Title: Lure of the MoonflowerAuthor: Lauren WilligSeries: Pink Carnation, #12Pages: 528Publisher: NALDate: August 4, 2015Summary:In the final Pink Carnation novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, Napoleon has occupied Lisbon, and Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, teams up with a rogue agent to protect the escaped Queen of Portugal.Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known [...]

    27. Knowing that this was the last book in the Pink Carnation series, and knowing that Jane was going to be the star, made me a little apprehensive. Jane has been a character in many of the previous books in the series but she was always the quiet, self-contained mastermind who kept her plots and plans really close to her chest. I had trouble seeing her let herself be vulnerable enough to fall in love. I was wrong and Lauren Willig is a rock star!This story takes place in Portugal just as the French [...]

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