THE MISCHIEF OF THE MISTLETOE
Book 7 in the Pink Carnation Series
ISBN: 9780525951872-Hardcover/ 9781101440704-eBook/ 9781101444702-ePub/ 9781101461723-Audiobook
Dutton, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Hardcover/ eBook/ ePub/ Audiobook
$19.95-Hardcover & Audiobook/ $10.99-eBook & ePub
352 Pages-Print & eDownload/ 11 Hours-Audiobook
Historical Fiction; Romance
Rating: 4 Cups
Arabella Dempsey is floored when the man she thought she loved married her much older aunt. Deciding that being around the couple is unhealthy for her sanity, Arabella takes a teaching position at Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies.
Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh is not known for his brilliant deductions and somber attire. While he may wear bright clothing and have a tendency to be a bit clumsy at times, many still think he is the Pink Carnation no matter how many times he denies it.
Bumping into Turnip seems to set off a series of events for Arabella, which include chasing down secret assignations written in Christmas pudding. What began as a simple and fun scavenger hunt for them soon turns more serious as someone threatens Arabella. But she is determined to shove it off as a mere prank. Turnip must not only convince Arabella that she is in danger, but he must convince her that the threat of spies is very real and she is in the person’s line of sight. Can Turnip convince her that their little adventure that began with a Christmas pudding has now grown into something much more deadly before it is too late?
When I first picked up this novel and read the description given for Turnip, I was terrified of how overwhelmingly dim-witted and ridiculous he was going to come across. While he does bumble along for most of the story and make a mess of their adventure time and again, Ms. Willig has a way of describing his character that allows him to worm his way right into your heart. The storyline is strong and left me quite satisfied whenever I had to stop; knowing that when I went back to this novel I would enjoy the next chapters as I did the previous pages. The Mischief of the Mistletoe may be part of a series, but there is enough information within the book to keep you up-to-date on everything that has happened that is important for this plot. Whether a fan of Ms. Willig or a good historical novel, you will take pleasure in reading this tale.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More