Welcome to June, and welcome to our month of reading The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (AKA Pink X).
Those of you who have been following Lauren and the Pink series for a few years may remember that Pink X was originally going to be about Kat Reid and Tommy Fluellen. And then, in September 2011, Lauren made two major announcements:
- After Pink X, there would be two Pink books left in the series.
- Miss Gwen had barged into Pink X and demanded that Lauren tell her story.
I have to admit, I experienced momentary panic on both accounts.
Only two more Pink books? But… but why? Couldn’t Pink go on forever? I really did want that Kat and Tommy book, and there were other characters that Lauren had SURELY written into previous books intending to make them heroines later, and how were Colin and Eloise going to find a lost Indian treasure and get married and live happily ever in only three (including Pink X) more books?
And instead of Kat and Tommy, Pink X was going to be about Miss Gwen? Miss Gwen who was ancient? Miss Gwen who was prickly and and rude and fun for comic relief but terrifying to imagine as a heroine?
Breathe, Ashley – just breathe. After several cups of tea and opportunities to mull these things over, I felt calmer. Surely the fact that Lauren was publishing other, non-Pink books was a good sign. Wouldn’t I enjoy watching Lauren explore another time and place? I didn’t want her to feel stuck in Napoleonic France forever. Miss Gwen as a heroine was still a hard sell for me, but I decided to trust that Lauren would tell me a good story. And when Pink X was released, Lauren proved that my trust in her was not misplaced. She proved it again with The Ashford Affair and That Summer. Basically, watching Lauren branch out, both by taking her series in a direction I wasn’t expecting and by exploring new stories outside the Pink universe, showed me that great things happen when I let go of my expectations and just plan to enjoy the ride.
So now, we dive in to Pink X together. On Wednesday, I will introduce your moderator for the month, and she will share the reading schedule for June. For now, let’s begin with Lauren’s Pink X recap:
Who: Miss Gwendolyn Meadows and Colonel William Reid
When: Spring, 1805
What: Take two missing girls, one parasol-wielding spinster turned spy, one retired colonel, add a dash of adventure and stir. When Lizzy Reid and Agnes Wooliston disappear from their Bath boarding school, Miss Gwendolyn Meadows is on the case– but is she prepared to collaborate with the irritatingly charming Colonel William Reid?
Historical Cameos: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (aka Talleyrand), Napoleon’s foreign minister.
And we begin back at Selwick Hall with Colin and Eloise.
“I seriously doubt the lost jewels of Berar are under your bath mat.”