In one of my favorite reviews ever, Library Journal just compared The Betrayal of the Blood Lily to “a plate of warm from the oven chocolate chip cookies; it’s hard not to eat them all at once, but you also want to savor each bite”. I am both flattered and hungry. Mmm, cookies.
I’m not sure which is better, the cookies, or being compared to some of my favorite writers: M.M. Kaye (my idol for years and years), Tasha Alexander, and Deanna Raybourn. Of course, now I want to eat cookies and read Silent in the Sanctuary.
The review is too good not to share in its entirety– I’ve been reading and gloating over it all morning– so I’ve posted the rest of it below the fold. Thank you, Library Journal!
Reading the sixth book in Willig’s “Pink Carnation” series (after “The Temptation of the Night Jasmine”) is like getting a plate of warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies; it’s hard not to eat them all at once, but you also want to savor each bite. The cleverly connected historical and contemporary story lines are well blended with complementary turning points, but it’s really the historical characters who steal the show. Penelope and Lord Frederick Staines have been forced into marriage and shipped off to India to serve as Governor General Wellesley’s Special Envoy to the Court of Hyderabad. Escorting the couple is Capt. Alex Reid, born and raised in India. The unexpected connection between steadfast Alex and headstrong Penelope transforms the pair into appealing underdogs. The political intrigue among nations, intricate and double-crossing spy system, and engrossing historical view of India add essential elements of drama and action. VERDICT A great choice for readers who like their mysteries with historical or romantic elements. Fans of Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, Ariana Franklin, or M.M. Kaye are likely to love Willig, too.
—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., IL