Lauren Willig, author of The Garden Intrigue, on tour February/March 2012

Posted By on January 17, 2012

About The Garden Intrigue

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (February 16, 2012)

Just in time for the post-Valentine’s Day chocolate hangover, THE GARDEN INTRIGUE is the latest novel in the nationally bestselling Pink Carnation series by RITA Award winner Lauren Willig (Dutton, On sale: February 16, 2012). In this ninth installment, long-time readers and newcomers alike will be delighted to meet a character sure to become a fan favorite—a poet whose fervent ardor leads him to declare his feelings for the Pink Carnation in atrociously overwrought verse.

Lovable modern day grad student Eloise Kelly is back and on the trail of the Pink Carnation when she discovers a wretched poem among the papers of a code book. Poetry penned by the notorious fop Augustus Whittlesby for Jane Wooliston (aka the Pink Carnation)—Eloise can’t help but wonder; can anyone really be that bad of a poet? Or is something else hiding behind his putridly saccharine words? Back in 1804, New York born Paris socialite Emma Morris Delgardie doesn’t think so. She’s too busy sipping champagne to notice Whittlesby’s strange interest in a top-secret device Napoleon has commissioned. Unfortunately for Emma, she’s the poet’s entrée into the emperor’s inner circle. Fortunately for Augustus, this plucky American heroine could turn out to be his true muse.

Acclaim for Lauren Willig’s novels is as plentiful as her quirky and charming cast of characters: Marie Claire called her writing “History textbook meets Bridget Jones,” and Library Journal compared the series to “getting a plate of warm-from the oven chocolate chips cookies; it’s hard not to eat them all at once, but you want to savor each bite.”

The perfect addition to a much-beloved series, THE GARDEN INTRIGUE will leave readers clamoring for more of the spunky Eloise Kelly and the ever elusive Pink Carnation.

“As fresh and charming as its floral theme.”                                 

Kirkus Reviews

“Enlightening and entertaining as always, and full of plenty of romance and intrigue.”                               

Library Journal

“Readers will be pleased to see the spy who inspired the series in action and will enjoy the charming, witty rapport between Augustus and Emma.”


About Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the bestselling author of eight previous Pink Carnation novels. She received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, though she now writes full-time. Willig lives in New York City.

For more information about Lauren and her work, please visit her website,




Lauren Willig’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Thursday, February 16th:  Unabridged Chick

Friday, February 17th:  I’m Booking It

Monday, February 20th:  In the Hammock

Tuesday, February 21st:  A Fair Substitute for Heaven

Wednesday, February 22nd:  Book Reviews by Molly

Thursday, February 23rd:  Broken Teepee

Monday, February 27th:  Calico Critic

Wednesday, February 29th:  The Allure of Books

Monday, March 5th:  The Bookworm

Tuesday, March 6th:  A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, March 7th:  Library of Clean Reads

Friday, March 9th:  Colloquium

Friday, March 9th: YA Book Nerd – review

Monday, March 12th:  YA Book Nerd – author guest post

Wednesday, March 14th:  Write Meg

Tuesday, March 27th:  Stiletto Storytime


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