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In her sixth book in the Pink Carnation Series, Willig takes us to the exotic setting of Hyderabad, India. In this historical romance, Penelope Deveraux marries Lord Frederick Staines and moves to India. Once there, she learns that her husband is not the faithful man she believed him to be.

Penelope’s husband accepts a position as Governor General Wellesley’s Special Envoy to the Court of Hyderabad. He gambles away her dowry and has affairs with local bibi’s, the Indian counterpart of a mistress. Penelope, on the other hand, is a a brilliantly bold character.

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily starts slow and takes place during the Napoleonic Wars between Britain and France. It is filled with spies, emissaries and espionage, rich history and romance. It is a well-paced book with characters that are creative and vibrant. All the characters in this book are faced with questions of honor and principles. It is a novel that will keep readers who are mesmerized by romantic history interested from beginning to end.

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