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The Mischief of the Mistletoe

(Pink Carnation #7)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,170 ratings  ·  606 reviews
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 conducti ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Dutton
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Esme Nope! I read the first Pink Carnation book years ago and don't remember it well, but I loved Mischief of the Mistletoe!

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Miriam
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Regency romance fans
Shelves: holidays
Verdict: even sillier than normal for this series. On the plus side, I did not hate either of the romantic protagonists, as is so often the case. Most of the leads from her other books wandered pointlessly through the story to remind me of how forgettable they were. The only ones I found memorably hateful were Vaughn and Mary, who had even less excuse for their cameo than some of the other characters'. No, actually the character who had the least reason to be in the story was Jane Austen, weakly ...more
Laurel
Righty-ho! Turnip Fitzhugh gets this own book!

In her six previous novels in the bestselling Pink Carnation series, Lauren Willig has furnished us with an assortment of dashing heroes thwarting Napoleonic spies while romancing clever heroines. There are your alpha heroes and your beta heroes, but none qualify as a vegetable hero except Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh! He is long on looks and short on brains; but it does not signify. From his very first bumbling scene in The Mischief of the Mistletoe w
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Rebecca
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've complained about the awkward device in Willig's novels in which she alternates between dashing spy romances and tepid modern day drama. In this book, delightfully, Eloise-the-irritating-historian makes no appearance whatsoever! Instead, the entire book is focused on the adventures of the English spy set, which is a vast improvement.

Willig continues in well-differentiating between the characters of the different books. Previous heroes and heroines show up now and then, but I very much like t
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QNPoohBear
Miss Arabella Dempsey has been living with her Aunt Osborne since the death of her mother some years ago. Her wealthy aunt gave her the best of everything, including a London season, but Arabella remained a wallflower until she met the charming Captain Musgrave. Now Captain Musgrave is her new uncle and Arabella is left out in the cold (almost literally) since her aunt's imprudent marriage to a younger man. Arabella has a sickly clergyman father and three younger sisters to care for. She's deter ...more
Lynn Spencer
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! After seeing Turnip as a good-natured bumbler through several books in this series, Willig turns the tables on readers a bit and causes us to see the very best of him. In earlier books, we can see that the various flowered spies rather like Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh, despite his clumsiness and blinding fashion sense. And now, after getting to know him better, it's easy to see why.

In this tale, Turnip is indeed a romantic hero. He's kind and considerate, and has a sense of hum
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Kendra
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have to admire Lauren Willig's ability to to take side characters that, on the surface, don't seem to be leading role material and make you absolutely love them (or love to hate them) while staying completely true to their already established selves. I was a little wary, to say the least, when I heard Turnip would be the hero of The Mischief of the Mistletoe. I've always found him to be hilarious, with his over-the-top pink carnation adorned waistcoats and all, but he seemed better suited to o ...more
Amanda
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was as enjoyable upon rereading as it was to read it the first time. Turnip is a really lovable hero for a romance novel. Built like an alpha who acts far more like a beta male, Turnip is funny and humble a really freaking adorable. Arabella is a lovely heroine stuck in an all-too real hard place. Whilst having circumnavigated the upper echelons of society, she is too poor to truly fit in and has to resort to working for a living. I very much appreciated Arabella's tall height and big feet, ...more
Paige
This is one of my favorite books and it is part of one of my all-time favorite series. I fall in love with this story, and especially Arabella and Turnip, each time I read it. Turnip really is the hero's nickname, and he turns out to be perhaps one of the most heroic, romantic, loveable, and swoon-worthiest heroes of all.

This is delightful, and despite the fun completely touches my heart. I find myself laughing, swooning, and shedding tears throughout. This glorious story turns out to be what th
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Heidi
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: Allison (The Allure of Books)
Shelves: amazing-audio
4.5 Stars

Oh my. I’m not sure what I was really expecting when I poked my ear buds into their proper place and began listening to The Mischief of the Mistletoe, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this book to be so much fun. You know those books that cause you to have a big stupid grin on your face throughout the majority of the story? The ones that are particularly awkward to listen to at the gym because people can hear you chuckle choke for lack of air and see the look on your face as you go? The
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Susan in NC
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reread
Dec. 2018 - still a feather-light, charming, fun 3.5 star Christmas reread - I listened to the audiobook this time, great fun while knitting, and provided some much-needed Christmas cheer!

Dec. 2017 - still a 3.5 star fun, frothy Christmas rereads for me. I needed the laughs!

Dec. 2016 reread - Still a 3-3.5 star fun, frothy Christmas reread with several laugh out loud scenes with witty, sparkling dialogue and two absolutely charming lead characters! Recommended to put you in the Christmas spirit
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Hannah
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hannah by: QNPoohBear
Shelves: romance
Oh, I just adored this book. I don't know what I had expected when I picked up The Mischief of the Mistletoe, but I certainly didn't expect to discover the historical romance comedy novel of my dreams. Between the delightful little spy mystery, the two sweet characters who form an unlikely hero/heroine pair and their charming romance set in the festive season, this book is a comfort read that really hits the sweet spot.

Set in Bath in the Regency period, this little adventure is actually more abo
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Leslie
3.5*

I missed having the sections involving Eloise but otherwise this entry in the Pink Carnation series was most diverting. And it was fun having Jane Austen peripherally involved :)
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Review to come, but just as awesome the second time around!

Arabella Dempsey has been thrown back onto the bosom of her family. Her Aunt has made a bit of a to-do, marrying a man closer in age to her niece, who might have been a little too close to her niece's heart. Arabella's years being raised as her Aunt's companion and nominal heiress have been brushed aside with one wedding vow. She must now return to her family, whom she barely knows, and be a burden on their already strained income. But A
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Shelli
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I was just starved for some good, clean romance or what... but this really hit the spot.

When I read Willig's comment that she was writing this book because her readers wanted to know more about Turnip, I honestly thought, "Why? Turnip is a dolt," and I thought, "annoying..." I was too influenced by the other characters who were not always kind in their descriptions of the man.

But it only took about half a page before I was completely in love with him. Turnip is the perfect hero:
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Mela
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mela by: QNPoohBear
Turning to Turnip, Miss Dempsey said, “Do you think?” “As little as I can,” Turnip replied honestly.

QNPoohBear! You were right. I also nearly died laughing. And Turnip was such a dear, such charming beta hero. It was much better (thanks to a more humorous narration) than the first part of series, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. I am even tempted to try other parts (although after first part I have decided to not do it).

About a Christmas play, which students play in: The big Christmassy
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Pandora Black
MIND THE MUSTACHIOS AND FOLLOW THE PUDDING !!!
C'est du grand n'importe quoi mais c'est totalement merveilleux ^^
Pas de gros complots même si il faut résoudre le mystère des messages dans les puddings (je ne pensais pas écrire cette phrase un jour...), étant donné que le tome se passe en parallèle de The temptation of the night jasmine ça donne une histoire où pour une fois ce sont les personnages secondaires qui tiennent le premier rôle, Turnip ayant fait des apparitions brèves mais remarquables
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Nicole
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a total romp. It is my favorite of the series; I never wanted it to end. It was lovely to see things through Turnip's eyes, and to see him find a smart, kind woman who could appreciate him. Willig did a great job of revealing Arabella's background in a way that showed why Turnip is exactly the kind of guy who is perfect for her.

It was also fun to see some of the events in Night Jasmine from a different perspective.

I will admit, I only noticed at the end that there was no Eloise and
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Kelly
La! What fun I've had reading this weekend! Or should I say, "fa la la la la," since the book I've just finished reading is Christmas-themed?

Long-time readers know that I am a huge fan of the Pink Carnation books, commencing with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and progressing through The Betrayal of the Blood Lily. The books, for those not yet familiar with them, are a combination of modern-day romance involving Eloise Kelly and Colin Selwick (moving slowly across the course of the ser
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Lisa Kay
Christmas Pudding
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★★★★ Loved this one! Such fun to finally have a story about the charming, lovable, bumbling, dimwitted (?) Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh. I knew it was going to be good when his sister suggested he throw the Christmas pudding he’d received and he hefted it from hand to hand to gauge its weight as a projectile. Like the picture, this one’s on fire! If you haven’t started this series yet, do so! Nevertheless, don’t spoil any of the wonderful surprises; you definitely n
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Julie
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It takes an incredibly gifted author to take unimportant people with serious flaws, keep them true to character, and still make the reader sit up and cheer for them. I loved this book. It is so nice to be able to recommend a book without sex, horror, or anything else to qualify how and why I liked it.

In Mischief of the Mistletoe, Reggie "Turnip" Fitzhugh finally gets his romantic turn. He has been a comic foil in most of the other Pink Carnation books. He has been presented as a clueless fop, b
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Christina (Reading Extensively)
Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh finally gets his own adventure when he visits his sister at school and becomes involved in unraveling a mystery surrounding a Christmas pudding with a secret message in the wrapping. Arabella Dempsey has just taken a job as a teacher at the school and together she and Turnip try to foil the plot of a possible French spy while losing their hearts to each other.

Unlike the other titles in the Pink Carnation series, The Mischief of the Mistletoe does not feature modern na
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Staci
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Staci by: Dutton Publishing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Lauren Willig is the author of this historical fiction/romance book published in November, 2010. It's about Arabella Dempsey who becomes a teacher at a Young Ladies Seminary. Her aunt marries which leaves Arabella out of the inheritance, so in order to take care of her family she goes into teaching. While there she becomes involved in a mystery filled with intrigue and espionage, that begins with a cryptic message wrapped up in a Christmas pudding. She meets "Turnip" Fitzhugh, a brother to one o ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I have been looking forward to reading this for months. Shanyn of Chick Loves Lit was nice enough to pass along an ARC copy she received and knew she wouldn't get around to reading. After I finished virtually kissing her feet, I immediately read it cover to cover. While I still have to claim The Betrayal of the Blood Lily my favorite of the series, this one is close to the top!

All us loyal Pink Carnationites have been clamoring for Turnip to have his own book, and reading it was just as much fun
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Girls Gone Reading
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Written in Austen-style, The Mischief of the Mistletoe is a great read. Lauren Willig based this novel on Jane Austen’s The Watsons, and the reference is easily seen. All of these elements together made Mischief a fun addition to my holiday reading.

As a newbie to the Pink Carnation series, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the compilations of Willig’s style. Part mystery, part romance, and a lot of historical fiction Mischief is the best of each genre. I have never read a book before that co
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Nanou
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gniiiiiiiiiii Turniiiiiiiiiiip ♥♥♥♥♥

il m'a tenu éveillé jusqu'à minuit et demi, je ne pouvait pas poser le livre sans l'avoir fini et que j'ai couiné (et pleuré ouep...) et aaaaawwwww *soupirs*...

Turnip réveille en nous tous les instincts protecteurs à la même manière que le ferait un chiot, on a envie de mettre une dérouillée à tous les gens qui se moquent de lui (et pour le coup les Vaughn au début je les ais trouvé extrêmement méchants >_<').

Arabella est géniale (elle va directe rejoin
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Laura
Feb 19, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun holiday read, and a lively addition to the series.
What I loved:
1) No annoying present-day interruptions, which are always my least favorite part of the Pink Carnation books.
2) Turnip! It felt like Willig had to tweak his characterization a bit from his previous appearances to make him fit the mold, but he turned out to be a great romantic hero.

What I didn't love:
1) Note to authors: please stop inserting Jane Austen as a character in your mysteries, romances, horror stories, etc. She was
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Tracy
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
On second reading, I bumped this up several notches. I generally enjoy Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series books, but had previously given this one a 2 star rating. Must have been off the old bean, as Turnip would say. The second time around I was quite taken with the story, especially Turnip's non-heroic demeanor. I am ever so tired of the leading man with the smoldering glances. Somebody has to bumble and trip over Christmas puddings and fall in love with the not-beautiful or ravishing schoo ...more
Manda Collins
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Austen, Wodehouse, Loretta Chase, Georgette Heyer
Loved it. Can't believe I've waited this long to read this series. Turnip Fitzhugh is adorable and reminded me of Freddie from Heyer's COTILLION or Rupert from Loretta Chase's MR.IMPOSSIBLE. Arabella is the perfect practical foil for Turnip's scatterwittedness. And I loved the Willig blended Jane Austen herself into the story. The notes at the end about Austen's history during her time in Bath is fascinating. A wonderfully charming read.
Kimberly
Such a fun addition to the Pink Carnation series! Arabella and Reggie are endearing and their interactions are fun to read. In this book more than any other in the series, Willig reminds me of Georgette Heyer with her witty banter and hilarious situations. Highly enjoyable!

"No one who wears false mustachios can be up to any good." - p 253
Kathryn
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I throughly enjoyed this book and Lauren Willig's others in this series! I can't wait till the next one!
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Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in History at Harvard before leavin ...more

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  • The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2)
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  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (Pink Carnation, #4)
  • The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (Pink Carnation, #5)
  • The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)
  • The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation, #8)
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