The latest chapter of the beloved series switches focus from the younger set to two mature characters--Gwendolyn Meadows and Colonel William Reid. The latter has family members who figured in the plot of The Betrayal of the Blood Lily. Miss Meadows and the Colonel, middle-aged but by no means down for the count romantically, bond over the search for his missing daughter, who has fled her school in the company of the younger sister of the Pink Carnation.
Another delightful read, with a mature couple striking sparks off each other while marveling that love can still touch them, in spite of the heartbreak of the past. A subplot about an opera diva blackmailed by Talleyrand gets lost; uncharacteristic of the author not to smooth out every element of the plot. On the other hand, the present-day wooing of Eloise and Colin takes a big step forward, at a crucial time.
The only thing really wrong with this series is the long wait between books. Great fun for all the avid readers of this romantic, historic book-banquet!