I can’t believe I’m typing this, but somehow it is time for the last recap of The Garden Intrigue. Please join me in saying thanks to Holly and Amanda, our outstanding moderating duo for the month of May. Thanks also to Sarah, who was a guest contributor this month. Lauren will be visiting on Friday for another round of Ask the Author – be sure to stop by! Over to Holly and Amanda…
Here we are in the final chapters of the Garden Intrigue. Will Mr. Fulton’s missing plans be noticed? Will Emma and Augustus get a happy ever after? Will the Lost Treasure of Barar be recovered at Selwick Hall?
When we left Augustus and Emma they were moving towards reconciliation in Augustus’ room- on his bed- where he had so cleverly hidden Mr. Fulton’s mysterious plans. Our fair Emma, being a smart girl and quite familiar with the plans, tries to comprehend just how these papers moved from Napoleon’s greenhouse to the bed. Augustus is forced to come clean, not just that he’s taken the papers but that he is an English spy. Poor Emma is devastated to learn he’s been as false as his poetic license. She realizes that he had used her in the beginning for an entree to Malmaison and that even the scene of their earlier fight was Augustus trying to be in the right place at the right time near Napoleon. Emma calls him out for being even less honest than Marston. Ouch. Emma discloses that Marston is also after the plans for the submarine. Augustus is shocked to learn Napoleon might soon have a way to move underwater against the English. He recovers enough to try to plead his love to Emma just as she storms out of his room.
Now the time for the masque has come. Jane tells Augustus that Mr. Fulton is displeased by the French government and she is hopeful that with some encouragement he will remove himself, and his plans, to the English. Fulton himself storms in before the masque can begin, complaining that his plans have been taken. Thankfully Emma offers herself up as the keeper before Fulton can accuse the Emperor of thievery. Augustus finds himself with a choice to make- does he approach Fulton before he loses his indignation with the French? Or does he chase Emma to thank her for saving his mission and his life?
For better or for worse, Augustus choses his duty over his heart and goes after Fulton. Emma is approached by a thankful and affectionate Marston who is sure that the promise of a future with him has spurred Emma into stealing the plans. She learns Marston has his own grubby hands on papers stolen from Mr. Fulton and is on his way to sell them to the English. She imagines quite a reception when Georges tries to sell the plans he describes- to the wave machine built for the masque!
Emma convinces Georges she’ll be pining for him until he can return for her. Marston exits the scene for Emma to have her next audience with a thankful Augustus. Augustus reveals that he’s turned Mr. Fulton and will be bringing him to England himself. He begins a new campaign to bring Emma with him. He plans to leave France in 3 days and asks Emma to consider a life in England. They agree to talk after the masque. Emma will join the Emperor and his family to watch their hard work being performed. Augustus runs into junior spy Horace de Lilly who is ready to celebrate Augustus’ feat of the theft of the submarine plans. Augustus sends de Lilly in search of a carriage to leave for the coast in 3 days.
Emma tries to watch the performance that she helped to write but is deep in thought about her feelings for Augustus and whether she loves him enough to leave her adopted homeland. The relative peace of the performance is disturbed by someone trying to gain entrance to the Emperor. When Emma hears “treason” and realizes the intruder is young Horace de Lilly she’s not immediately alerted for Augustus, but when she hears him refer to “the poet” she knows that she must act.
With the infamous wave machine for cover Emma moves to Augustus and alerts him to the double cross. They have an hour for Augustus to find the inventor and for Emma to get his plans. Emma makes a move on Marston, convincing him she needs just a few minutes for an affectionate farewell. Augustus leaps at his chance to knock Georges out for the count! Emma declares herself ready to leave for England and they ride off into the sunset– wait no they don’t. Their joyful embrace is ruined by Marston awakening from his blow to the head and realizing his coach is about to be stolen. He raises the alarm and gives Augustus a second chance to knock him out. Now Augustus and Emma can ride into the night – at top speed and with an Imperial guard chasing them. Augustus nobly gives Emma a chance to turn back and accuse him of kidnapping, but she refuses. Emma would rather face an unknown England with her love – as long as he’s done with the poetry.
Back at Selwick Hall, Eloise is ruminating on the fate of our Emma and Augustus. Did the past American find happiness with her love in England? She and Colin are avoiding the topic of her return to Harvard in favor of discussing the lost treasure of Barar. Though Colin invites Eloise to stay, she realizes she has to go back to Cambridge. She can’t turn down the job offer or walk away from her life in America. She and Colin are both forced to admit that they’re enjoying each other but it’s too soon to force their relationship to a stage that they’re not ready for. Eloise agrees to stay for the summer and Colin suggests a visit to Cambridge. But they have the summer still – which is plenty of time for their own treasure hunt to throw to spite Jeremy and find the treasure!
Will they find it? Did you get enough of Miss. Gwen as a pirate? What did you think about Emma and Augustus?