The Pink Carnation Books in Order

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Pink Carnation is a Historical Romance Series by New York Times best-selling author Lauren Willig. It follows Eloise Kelly, an Harvard Graduate student, as she researches regency spies, who fight for Britain and fall in love against the backdrop of The Napoleonic Wars.

Reading Pink Carnation Books in Order

Pink Carnation Series: The Recommended Reading Order

Writer Lauren Willig gave her recommended reading order on her website. This order follows the chronological order of events during the Napoleonic Era.

1. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (set during spring 1803)
2. The Masque of the Black Tulip (set during spring/summer 1803)
3. The Deception of the Emerald Ring (set during summer 1803)
4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (set during autumn 1803)
4.5. Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas (set during Christmas, 1803)
5. The Mischief of the Mistletoe (set during winter 1803)
5.5. Away in a Manger: A Mistletoe Bonus Chapter (set during early 1804)
6. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (set during winter 1803/spring 1804)
6.5. Bunny & Biscuits: A Very Dorrington Valentine’s Day (set during Valentine’s Day 1804)
7. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (set during autumn 1804)
8. The Orchid Affair (set during spring 1804)
9. The Garden Intrigue (set during summer 1804)
10. The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (set during spring 1805)
11. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (set during autumn 1806)
12. The Lure of the Moonflower (set during winter 1807/1808)

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

Pink Carnation Series: The Modern Reading Order

Lauren Willig also gives this second reading order, following the modern timeline – the relationship between Colin and Eloise. The book The Mischief of the Mistletoe is not listed, as it has no modern component.

1. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (October 2003)
2. The Masque of the Black Tulip (October 2003)
3. The Deception of the Emerald Ring (November 2003)
4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (December 2003)
4.5. Ivy and Intrigue: A Very Selwick Christmas (December 2003)
5. The Mischief of the Mistl
etoe (set during winter 1803)
6. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (January 2004)
7. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (February 2004)
8. The Orchid Affair (March 2004)
9. The Garden Intrigue (May 2004)
10. The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (July 2004)
11. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (October 2004)
12. The Lure of the Moonflower (June 2005)

More about The Pink Carnation

The Story of the Pink Carnation Series

Here is the teaser for the first book of the series: Deciding that those true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard’s Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian.

What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803. Eloise has found the secret history of the Pink Carnation, the most elusive spy of all time, the spy who single-handedly saved England from Napoleon’s invasion.

Eloise Kelly settles in to read the secret history hoping to unmask the Pink Carnation’s identity, but before she can make this discovery, she uncovers a passionate romance within the pages of the secret history that almost threw off the course of world events. How did the Pink Carnation save England? What became of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian? And will Eloise Kelly find a hero of her own?

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose

Who is the author of the Pink Carnation Book Series?

The books are written by Lauren Willig. She has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. She has also written several stand-alone books of historical fiction.

Lauren Willig is a New York Times bestselling author.

How many books are there in the Pink Carnation series?

There are 12 books in the Pink Carnation series, published between 2005 and 2015. The writer also published a few novellas and bonus chapters.

The Pink Carnation series is now finished.

One inspiration behind the Pink Carnation

The Pink Carnation is similar to The Scarlet Pimpernel, a novel published in 1905 that was part of a series of historical fiction by the Hungarian-born British novelist Baroness Orczy.

Though, The Scarlet Pimpernel was an Englishman who rescued aristocrats before they were sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Is there an adaptation of The Pink Carnation books series?

The simple and only answer is: no. But every book doesn’t have to become a movie or a TV show!