Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Orchid Affair Valentine's Day Giveaway

The lovely people at Dutton have given me not only my own copy of The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig to review, but have also gifted me a lovely second copy to giveaway to one of you!!

In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet.

Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura's mission is to report any suspicious findings.

At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen-secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought...

As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it's too late?

I'll be posting my review next week...

To enter the giveaway (U.S. Residents only...sorry!), please leave me a comment with your name, email address, and what you're really hoping to get this year from your Valentine. I'll randomly pick a winner on Monday, February appropriate for Valentine's Day, no?...and contact you for your mailing address. Good luck!


  1. Lindsay c

    Im hoping my valentine will grow a pair and propose to me :) if not, well, then im still happy im with him!!

  2. Well, I am my own Valentine, so I hope I win a book to give to myself to read! Oh, and chocolate - chocolate's always a good gift.



  3. Connie B

    I don't expect to get anything this year...don't have a valentine.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

  4. @Lindsay - Oohh! Just don't expect too much...that's a lot of pressure on VDay every year...mine finally did it spur of the moment on a regular day and it was wonderful!

  5. @Margay - books and chocolate...*smile*...add a glass of wine and that's my ideal too!

    @Connie - Well, you are now officially my unofficial Valentine! :) Everyone should have one...even if it's only virtual.

  6. Denni

    What I'm really hoping to get is a meaningful gift. Nothing too crazy or anything, just something that came straight from the heart.

  7. we went out for a nice dinner last night. Would love to read this
    msboatgal at

  8. I would love to get anything at all. I usually get nothing so anything would be good

  9. Don`t want anything fancy, just some chocolates & books, books, books loll.

  10. Jenn

    I'm hoping this valentine's day to just get to spend some quality time with my boyfriend. I wish I was getting an engagement ring, but that'll have to wait a little longer ;)