The Orchid Affair

The Orchid Affair

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Romance, Intrigue. Adventure, and . . . textbooks?

Laura Grey has had enough of governessing. After sixteen grim years spent schooling the children of England's elite aristocracy, Laura sheds her domestic shackles and heads to the Selwick spy school, expecting an exciting new world of elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits. With the code name "the Silver Orchid," Laura sets off for France in service of the master spy known as the Pink Carnation. There's just one hitch. The Pink Carnation wants her to infiltrate the household of André Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police--as a governess.

André Jaouen has enough on his plate with rumors of a Royalist rising sweeping Paris. The arrival of his children, formerly tucked away in safety in Nantes, causes a whole new level of complication, especially with his sinister colleague, Gaston Delaroche, who is determined to one-up him in whatever way he can. Hiring a governess is meant to be the solution to the problem, and Laura seems like the perfect candidate. But from her first day in his house hold, André finds he's hired far more than he's bargained for. . . .With political intrigue and sinister plots swirling around them, can André and Laura uncover the secrets of state--and of their own hearts--before it's too late?
Published: New York : Books on Tape, 2011.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780307878236
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate


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Mar 29, 2013

The book was well researched. Willig did a really good job at giving us a sense of time in history. I really enjoyed the details she inserted into the story. I did not realize the Pink Carnation was a series. Without any knowledge of it, the story worked as a standalone. The performance of Kate Reading was skillful. Her male voice did not have the forced low that pops the listener out of the story. Her creations of Laura and Andre were as natural as I can imagine. And her French added a rich layer to the enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended.


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