Over the years, I’ve considered several potential suitors for the Pink Carnation.
Back in the very, very beginning, I had intended to set Jane up with Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe. You all know how that went. By the end of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, it was quite clear to me that there wasn’t the least romantic spark between them. They would make wonderful business partners. Not so much romantic partners. (For which one Miss Letty Alsworthy is quite grateful.)
Then along came Lord Vaughn, the opposite of well-meaning, hard-working Geoff. Vaughn was suave, he was worldly, he was dangerously clever– and he flirted so very nicely with Jane in The Deception of the Emerald Ring. But that was all it was. Flirting. Fundamentally, their value systems just didn’t match. (Jane has a value system. Vaughn doesn’t.) Instead, Mary Alsworthy swept in and scooped Vaughn up.
What to do?
But there’s someone for everyone– even the Pink Carnation. Several books into the series, just the right character came along….
Last week, I ran an informal poll on Facebook, asking if people would rather know who Jane’s hero is, or wait until after The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla.
The result was a distinct… tie.
Some of you really want to know. Some of you really don’t want to know. And some of you suggested just dropping a few hints.
Since that seems like the easiest way to square this particular circle, I’ll go the “hints” route.
— We’ve met him before.
— He is who many of you think he will be. (How’s that for elliptical?)
— He has his own spy code name.
I’d worry that I was giving too much away… but for the fact that there are two characters in the series who meet all three of those criteria.
I’ll officially announce the identity of Jane’s hero this summer.