A Pink Carnation Novel

By Lauren Willig
New American LibraryAugust 2013

Trade Paperback480 pages, $15.00, ISBN: 9780451414724
Subject: Family / Intrigue / Mystery

  1. What was your initial opinion of Gwen when she was introduced at the beginning of the novel? Did your feelings about her change as the novel progressed? Did you have any revelations about her that surprised you?
  2. What did you think of the relationship between Colonel Reid and Gwen? What about each of them made them perfectly suited for each another?
  3. What did you think about Gwen’s novel, The Convent of Orsino? Is this a book you would be interested in reading? Do you think it would have been well received by readers at that time?
  4. What are some of the parallels that can be drawn between the historical and modern-day storylines in Passion of the Purple Plumeria? Do the modern and historical characters play off one another? What are the similarities between the couples? What are the differences?
  5. Why do you think Eloise and Colin have put off revealing their true feelings for one another for so long? What do you think is in store for them? Do you think their relationship will survive?
  6. Before he makes off with the fake Jewels of Berar, the Chevalier tells Jane: “I am sure I do not need to tell you how very much I wish the circumstances might have been otherwise.” Do you think they could have had something romantic together if they did not play for opposite teams?
  7. Towards the end of the novel, Jane makes the following proclamation: “Wherever I go next, I go alone.” Do you think her decision to dissolve the League of the Pink Carnation and work alone is a wise one? Why or why not?
  8. What is the significance of the Moon of Berar being a mirror instead of jewels?
  9. Did you think Gwen’s more audacious methods made her an effective spy? Why or why not?
  10. Do you think Jeremy is as villainous as he appears to be? Do you think the relationship between Colin and Jeremy will be repaired for the sake of their great-aunt?
  11. Did you find Gwen’s revelation about her ex-lover and scandalous pregnancy to be surprising? How do you think that experience colored her relationship decisions from that point forward? Do you think she would have lost as much if she had been a man?
  12. How is the theme of passion addressed in the Passion of the Purple Plumeria?