The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

51KBQPF3ZDL._SL500_If you’re looking for something fun to read that will hold your attention, you’ve come to the right place…or rather, right book. No, it’s not exactly a great literary work of historical fiction, but reading isn’t just about literary value, it’s about entertainment as well.

Willig has taken some liberties with dates and names (as she explains in the historical notes at the end of the novel), and the main characters are fictional. Despite that, it still remains fairly historically accurate, although the heroine and her companions do some things that ladies of the time would very likely not have done. If you can look past that and just enjoy the book, you’ll have a lot of fun with this one.

The novel has elements of a number of genres – romance, adventure, and mystery, to name a few – so there’s more or less something for everyone. I knew the whole time I was reading it how predictable it was, but Willig actually surprised me in the end by proving me wrong with a twist or two.

Even though I know it was a little bit silly, and not exactly serious, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It will definitely provide a nice break from reading the heavy, academic stuff (enjoyable though it is) that comes with being an English major.