Friday, April 13, 2012

Back to the Pink Carnation

The Masque of the Black Tulip by Lauren Willig
This book is the perfect mix of chick-lit meets historical fiction, so is it any surprise that I loved it? The story opens just after The Secret History of the Pink Carnation ends. While the two main characters of the first, Amy and Richard, are present the book focuses on Richard sister Henrietta and friend Miles instead.

It feels like it's been a while since I've read the first, although it's really only been about 3 and a half months. It did take me a while it get back into things and remember who every one, but once I did, I was right back in love with all the characters. I thought I'd be disappointed that Richard and Amy weren't in it as much, but I loved Miles and Henrietta just as much if not more.

Now to a slightly more somber note, this book was one of the last books my mom lent me before she passed away in November, so I couldn't help but think of her as I was reading. She had picked up this and the first in the series on paperbackswap, read them, and lent them to me, and I know she would have done the same with the rest of the series. It's a little bittersweet (although that isn't quite the word I want to use) to know that I'll be able to read the next books in the series, that my mom never had the chance.

But getting back to a happier note, and I am glad that my mom introduced me to this series and can't wait to continue with it.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I haven't started this series but I think I would like it.

  2. I am so sorry about your mom. I bet that she would be very happy that you are going to read the rest of the series, just like she would have.
    These sound great and I am adding them to my list.

  3. This sounds like a bittersweet read for you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  4. Sounds like a series I'd get into. My mom passes books onto me a lot and I can see how bittersweet reading this was for you. Hope you continue to have good reviews for these books, I'm going to add them to my 'to-read' list.

  5. Aw, that is bittersweet about you being able to read a book your mom wasn't able to... I can see how you'd feel that way.

    I need to check this series out - sounds like something I'd like!

  6. So glad you enjoyed The Black Tulip -- it is a cute series that just keeps on getting better as I've read them all.

    My thoughts are with you -- remembering all the good things you shared with your mom helps.