London's best and most covert spy tries to escape the man who has always adored her.
New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of enduring love set in her popular Parasolverse.
Agatha Woosmoss, the Wallflower, is the greatest intelligencer of her generation. And no one knows she exists. She has been invisible, capable, and cunning for well over four decades. Her greatest skill is in her ability to go forever unnoticed.
Except by one man.
Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is a professor of ancient languages at Oxford University. He's tried to ignore his training as an Evil Genius and live a quiet life away from politics and intrigue.
When an assignment goes horribly wrong, Agatha must hide and heal. So she goes to ground with the only person who's always kept her safe, Pillover.
Can Pillover hold onto the deadly woman who specializes in getting away? Will Agatha realize that patience is indeed a virtue, and that perhaps it is good to be noticed by the one who waits?
"This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)
Spinning off from Miss Gail's Finishing School series, this story stands on its own and spans decades but was written after Defy or Defend. May contain vampires, old injuries, lost love, and the reappearance of many favorite characters. Perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Jodi Taylor, or Meljean Brook.
This tale concerns a considerable amount of pining and the repressed passion of two people who secretly adore each other and occasionally act on it. Agatha and Pillover are mature characters who act maturely, please be aware of this. If you like gruff but caring men with secret sorrows and the tough smart women they love, you'll also enjoy How to Marry a Werewolf.
Also by Gail Carriger set in the Parasolverse
The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't
The Finishing School series (start with Etiquette & Espionage)
The Delightfully Deadly stories
The Parasol Protectorate series (start with Soulless)
The Supernatural Society stories
The Custard Protocol series (start with Prudence)
The Claw & Courtship stories
As G L Carriger
The San Andreas Shifter series (start with The Sumage Solution)
The Tinkered Stars stories
I Won’t Read it Again and Again
The name Gail Carriger belongs to a stellar author, and, evidence suggests, perhaps also a good human. One whose work I’m always grateful to pre-order. I like authors with a unique voice, who take chances with the language. Who manage to imbue their work with laughter and occasionally painful truth without having to be serious all the time.
This story seemed at first to meander through the lives of two quietly tragic entities (in the Shakespearean sense, but Carriger always provides us the relief of a bearable ending).
I thought it wouldn’t be my favorite. I thought I would read bits of it again over time and be satisfied with the scenes I enjoyed, despite not particularly liking the story arc.
But here I am at the age of 40 having read this ending and actually cried. To think I might have missed a story that let me look back on a life full of little moments of love, from both expected and surprising sources.
I won’t read this piece again and again. But when I come back to it, I’ll be looking for the very specific bit of hope it offers.
Maybe your life story isn’t what you thought, or hoped. Maybe it isn’t a 1950s happy ending, and maybe it isn’t always enough. But maybe, looking back, you’ll find a love story after all.