Today’s post was written by Beth, and the graphic above was designed by Sharlene.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed the first 8 chapters of The Deception of the Emerald Ring! It’s been so much fun to get back into Geoff and Letty’s story. Full confession first – every time I read this book, I call him ‘Gee-off’ for the first few chapters. Whew, I feel better now that I’ve got that out in the open.
So, let’s do a quick re-cap of what we’ve learned so far in Pink III:
First, Eloise – Eloise is deep in the libraries, trying to dig up information on the elusive, king of the swashbuckling spies, the Pink Carnation… with dissertation chapters looming ahead in the distance.
Our hero, Geoff – the strong silent type, saddled with one of the longest last names in the history of last names, he’s been very content to let Richard take care of all of the daring escapades and Miles to handle all of the communication while he remains in the shadows of the Purple Gentian’s operations. BUT, now that the Purple Gentian has been unmasked and Miles is busy with amorous exploits, Geoff is having to take more of an active role in this whole spying business. This leads him to traipse, in the not-to-distant future, off to Ireland and meddle in the Bonapart-supported revolution that is brewing there. This would be just fine, if it weren’t for the impending clandestine nuptials that he’s planned with his love, Mary Alsworthy, with whom he is madly, deeply, poetry-writing in love with at this very moment. That is, until he finds her little sister in his carriage, accidentally compromises her (enjoys it, if he’s being honest), and has to marry her for it. He’s not having such a good day, come to think of it, and maybe running off to Ireland won’t be such a bad thing after all.
Our heroine, Letty – bless her heart, she’s holding her family together as best she can with a completely annoying mother (totally Mrs. Bennett), a kind but slightly spacey father (totally Mr. Bennett) and a sister who is hell-bent on securing the best marriage proposal of the season, even if it means sneaking off with a viscount in the dead of night for a spontaneous elopment. In trying to prevent this terrible scandal, she accidentally gets compromised (also enjoys it, if she’s being honest) and has to marry her sister’s now-scorned lover, Geoff. So, her sister is mad at her, her parents are overjoyed, the gossip papers are full of the tale, Ms. Posonby’s the rudest lady ever to her, and she’s saddled to a man that couldn’t even be bothered to look her in the eye while swooning over his long lost love. It’s not exactly a fairy tale situation! Finding out that her husband as fled to Ireland on some mission during the wedding celebration – which really, she knows, is to avoid the fact that he’s married to the wrong sister – she decides to go after him.
Our soon to be heroine, Mary – hard to say at this point if Mary is a highly accomplished actress who is, in fact, a terrible human being winning the worst sister in the world award, or actually incredibly smart, manipulative, and cunning. Your guess is as good as mine….but I don’t like her. At all. We know, at least, that she’s beautiful…and powerful. How she’s going to decide to use that power, well, stay tuned.
Good grief, it was a busy first ¼ of the book! Lauren has got this story off to a rip-roaring adventure from the very first page. As I was reading, I thought of two questions for us to discuss:
1. What if (suspend reality…) Mary had actually married Geoff? We have the foresight to know that this really might turn out okay for Geoff in the end, but what would their life have been like together if he had actually gotten what he wanted in the beginning? Would they have worked well together? Would Mary have worn the ‘pants’ and ruled the show? Would Geoff have been happy?
2. Speaking of Mary…what was your first impression of these two sisters? How did you first feel for each of them, when meeting Letty and Mary?
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!