Review: The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

The Mischief of the Mistletoe  - Lauren WilligPublisher: Dutton (October 28th 2010)
Hardcover: 340 pages
Series: Pink Carnation
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies…

Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh—often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation—has blundered into danger before. But when he blunders into Miss Arabella Dempsey, it never occurs to him that she might be trouble. When Turnip and Arabella stumble upon a beautifully wrapped Christmas pudding with a cryptic message written in French, “Meet me at Farley Castle”, the unlikely vehicle for intrigue launches the pair on a Yuletide adventure that ranges from the Austens’ modest drawing room to the awe-inspiring estate of the Dukes of Dovedale, where the Dowager Duchess is hosting the most anticipated event of the year: an elaborate 12-day Christmas celebration. Will they find poinsettias or peril, dancing or danger? And is it possible that the fate of the British Empire rests in Arabella and Turnip’s hands, in the form of a festive Christmas pudding?


I picked this up over the holiday to get a cute themed Christmas book, regrettably I read 40 pages, and promptly forgot about it. Thankfully, I had the smarts to pick it up again because it well worth the read, if anything for the ridiculously adorable couple of Turnip and Arabella.

Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh, “possessed of every worldly endowment except for intelligence” (as described by Jane Austen of the Pink Carnation series), sweeps Arabella Dempsey (better know as Miss. Whats-her-face because people just can’t seem to remember who she is) off her feet (literally) during an altercation involving secret notes in Christmas pudding. Romance and a little sleuthing ensues.

Turnip and Arabella are well suited for each other. It’s so very easy to love Turnip! He’s just so utterly adorable and is a genuine happy guy. And instead of viewing Turnip as a bumbling idiot, Arabella sees him as the sweet and considerate guy he is. In turn, the some-what forgettable Arabella is unforgettable to Turnip.

The actually spy/action/sleuthing is good. Though not the main point (the main point is definitely the blooming romance between Turnip and Arabella, or at least for me it was), it was fun to follow the mystery anyways, at least it got Turnip to do some pretty funny things.

The Mischief of the Mistletoe is a super cute historical Christmas romance. If you’re looking for some light, fluffy, sweet reading (like cotton candy), definitely give it a go.

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