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Subject: Pink Carnation read along chapter 21 to 30
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 3:33 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/4/2011 3:50 AM ET
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Much more a historical romance than historical fiction, with some great laughs it has been thus far good fun.  It seems we were all right about the Pink Carnation.   I just started chapter 31, it's becoming more and more a romantic comedy, in an historical setting.  A spy caper with only a smattering of any historical fact.  Purists I am certain wouldn't bother. 

What are your feelings about the amount of historical fact in the story?

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 12:13 PM ET
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The author, a PH.D candidate in history at Harvard (I found this info on the back cover of the book) was definitely going for a chick lit novel.  Not much "history" here!  This is humorously and lightheartedly written.  The story is very "tongue-in-cheek," as if the author was having as much fun writing it, as we are having reading it!

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 12:44 PM ET
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I completely agree Anna.  Are you close to finishing?

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 12:51 PM ET
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Chapter 33.  Plan to finish it tonight. smiley

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Date Posted: 2/4/2011 5:30 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/7/2011 10:02 AM ET
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Yes, I can definitely see why HF purists have not been a fan of this book.  But it is just purely fun for me, so I'm loving it.  Seeing the real Miss Gwen in this section had me giggling. 



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Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 2/9/2011 1:42 PM ET
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If anyone wants to join the READ ALONG of The Secret HIstory of the Pink Carnation, I have a hard back copy. Just PM me and it is on its way.

Mary

Date Posted: 2/15/2011 9:59 AM ET
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I'm halfway through this section (chapter 25) and do agree that this is more of a chick lit/romance type of book than historical fiction so far. But, I'm enjoying it anyway! :) I just got past the big boat scene and Richard dumping Amy right after (what a sweetheart, lol). On audio, it just switched to disk 8 (of 12) so I've got about 5 hours left.



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Date Posted: 2/19/2011 6:30 PM ET
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I finished it up last night, it was a fun, rompy read, but really light on historical detail and heavy on the chick-lit elements.  Having said that, I enjoyed it, and still think it has one of the most lovely covers of recent books. One thing that really detracted was the clunkiness of the transition between current and past.

Has anyone read the later ones? What do you think?

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 7:56 PM ET
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Mimi, I'm almost done with it now and I do think the transitions were a bit challenging to get into. I find myself not even caring about Eloise and Colin and wanting to just fast forward all of that, lol. I'll probably finish it up this weekend, but it's been a fun listen on audio.