The Mischief of the Mistletoe

The Mischief of the Mistletoe

Book - 2010
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'Tis the season to get Pink! Lauren Willig's beloved Pink Carnation series gets into the holiday spirit with this irresistible Regency Christmas caper.

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 twelve-day Christmas celebration. Will they find poinsettias or peril, dancing or danger? Is it possible that the fate of the British Empire rests in Arabella's and Turnip's hands, in the form of a festive Christmas pudding?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2010.
ISBN: 9780525951872
Branch Call Number: FIC Willi
Characteristics: 339 pages
Alternative Title: Pink Carnation Christmas.


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samdog123 Feb 20, 2012

I've been enjoying the Pink Carnation series for a few years now. This is a cute Christmas story, featuring the affable Turnip Fitzhugh.

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Aug 25, 2018

Seventh in the Pink Carnation books.

Nov 30, 2015

One of the more enjoyable entries in the Pink Carnation series, a regular character by the name of "Turnip" finds and claims the love of his life. Involving Christmas puddings, a girls boarding school and a hunt for spies this is a light romantic adventure.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 14, 2015

This is a very silly series, and this is possibly the most absurd installment yet, and yet I really enjoyed it. It takes Turnip, a bumbling character used primarily for comic relief in previous installments, and turns into a credible romantic lead without actually changing his character, which is a tricky feat to pull off. Turnip is still ridiculous and not the brightest bulb on your string of lights, but by the end of the book you totally believe that the heroine is in love with him. As a bonus, this one doesn't have the unnecessary modern day frame story, which was a nice break, as I find it pointless and irritating.

samdog123 Feb 20, 2012

I've been enjoying the Pink Carnation series for a few years now. This is a cute Christmas story, featuring the affable Turnip Fitzhugh.

Dec 01, 2011


Jul 29, 2011

This story is a TREAT. And you get to know Turnip Fitzhugh like you've never. And like him, a lot! I will be re-reading this one for sure - that's how much I enjoyed it.

Nov 27, 2010

This light-hearted and fun novel will appeal to readers of the " Pink Carnation" series. It features Turnip Fitzhugh (usually a secondary comic character) in a feature role and schoolteacher Arabella Dempsey as his love interest. Several characters from past novels make appearances and we even get some up dates on their lives. (A baby--Really!!!) Turnip seems to be more simple good natured than-well----simple. Even Jane Austen appears as Arabella"s childhood friend. No updates on Eloise and Colin---that plotline is not even included. We do meet alot of "little sisters" - likely future heroines.

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