This one just didn't really do it for me like the others. I was disappointed in the story and the characters. Seemed like the story really didn't have a direction,purpose or ending.
Having read the previous 5 books in the Carnation series, I had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed. In fact, it is one of my top two from the series. This book is almost like a stand alone story, as compared to the previous entries in the series. There are references to previous characters and plots, but mostly, this is the story of Penelope and Alex, two people who slowly come to realize they belong together. The two must face French spies, cheating husbands, poisonous snakes, death, and danger before they can ultimately be together. My only small criticism was the seemingly convenient way the biggist obstacle to their happiness was removed. After first reading that part, I thought, how easy! Then, later on, I realized it was not convenient at all, only another stumbling block for them. What really adds to the deapth of the story is descriptions of Indian customs and society, that really helped to set this story apart from others set in England and/or France. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance, exotic settings, or historical fiction.