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The delightful latest entry in the Pink Carnation series finds bumbling Turnip Fitzhugh in over his head when he visits sister Sally at boarding school, where a chance encounter with school mistress Arabella Dempsey lures the siblings into a complex web of espionage and derring-do. Guest appearances by Dempsey's best friend Jane Austen and characters from previous installments of the series round out the laugh-out-loud holiday-themed romance of intrigue. Readers familiar with the series will relish this newest installment and rejoice that Turnip has finally been given his due and a wonderful foil in Arabella. While readers never feel that the espionage aspect would actually put anyone in real danger, it definitely makes for an exciting story. (Oct.) (c)
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Set between the fourth and fifth novels in her charming Pink Carnation series, Willig offers up a holiday tale centered around Turnip Fitzhugh, the bumbling but well-meaning nobleman who is often mistaken for the English spy known as the Pink Carnation. Turnip isn’t looking for trouble when he visits his younger sister at her boarding school, but when he literally runs into Arabella Dempsey, a pretty young teacher, the two find themselves drawn into international intrigue via an unlikely source: a message written in French on the wrapping of a Christmas pudding. Turnip’s own limited experiences with espionage lead him to want to check it out, and Arabella agrees to go along. What seems like a frivolous endeavor soon proves to be something else entirely when Turnip learns of a missing list of English spies in France and Arabella is attacked after a school play. Forget all the Austen updates and clones—Willig is writing the best Regency-era fiction today. This delectable, exciting holiday tale will appeal to longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. --Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Series: Pink Carnation
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951872
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen 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 English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By blondemd77 on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ive been a fan of the Pink Carnation series for over a year but never taken the time to write any reviews. **hangs head shamefully**. Lauren Willig writes with such intelligence, sophistication, wit and humor and Ive fallen in love with both her style and each and every character she has created thus far. THis latest installment met and exceeded all my expectations. Like a previous reviewer said, I, too, had never given much thought to Turnip's character but he fared wonderfully in his leading role in this novel :-) Deuced loveable, that vegetable is. :-)
I suddenly have the urge to re-read all the books in the series, starting from the beginning again, and relive all the great moments as i wait impatiently for the next Orchid book to be released! Bravo Ms. Willig! Keep up the incredible work!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Mariano on August 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Ms Willig will note the absence of Eloise and Colin in The Mischief of the Mistletoe. I didn't mind at all since there is still plenty to rave about here. It continues Ms Willig's winning combination of romance and espionage. Through a chance encounter, Turnip Fitzhugh and Arabella Dempsey find themselves embroiled not only in each others' lives, but also in a plot to save the nation's secrets from getting into the wrong hands.

But what makes this a winner in my book is Turnip himself, certainly a different kind of romantic lead. He is far from the dark and brooding type, he dresses outlandishly, and he unintentionally creates humorous situations for himself. His manner of speaking is also markedly different from other heroes in the Pink Carnation series. He is also a very learned man, but Ms Willig allows the readers to discover this for themselves, rather than have another character point out how clever he can be. I like that everyone else (except Arabella, of course) tends to dismiss him as a buffoon. With Turnip, what you see is what you get: a genuinely endearing and guileless romantic lead. It's definitely refreshing to see a hero who can genuinely make a woman both laugh and swoon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura de Leon on February 1, 2011
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I've enjoyed all of the Pink Carnation series, but thought I liked the contemporary sections best. This book has me loving the historical aspects!

I really didn't remember Turnip Fitzhugh as a character, just that he was a bit dim, and seemed to have a knack of turning up at convenient (or inconvenient) times.

Now the dimness is downright loveable- he's very sweet, even if the consequences of his actions aren't always obvious to him.

Arabella is a more traditional romance novel heroine- smart and of a good family, but poor, ready to make her own way in life. She doesn't have much patience for this foppish fellow with too much time on his hands.

The spy story was entertaining, fun edging towards silly, but it kept the plot moving along well. The secondary characters (those new to this book and those that carry over from the others) were fun to read. Jane Austen even has a bit part!

The strength of this book was the two main characters.

Arabella was everything that I typically like in romance lead, and I enjoyed reading about her coming to terms with her current life and with the attention Turnip paid her.

Turnip was the true star for me- watching his boyish enthusiasm in the spy hunt, his genuine affection for Arabella, his growing understanding of the implications of the differences between their positions in society, his falling head over heels for Arabella after he gets to know her.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable read for me! I'm actually going back and listening to the historical portions of some of the surrounding books, just for the fun of it.

Series/Seasonal Notes:

In general, I'd read this series in order. This book is an exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SFC on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Ms. Willig's stories and this one, The Mischief of the Mistletoe is no disappointment. This one is the story of Turnip Fitzhugh, a character that I always enjoyed. I love the wit that flows through Lauren's books and Turnip is a great character. He has had some recurring appearances in the Pink Carnation series and it was great to see him shine in his own book.

This story obviously takes place during the Christmas season and it is absolutely delightful. There seem to be a plethora of Christmas puddings in this story and the book could well have been named the Mischief of the Christmas Pudding.

I loved the spunkiness of the heroine, Arabella, and was glad to see her come out of her shell as the story went on. She and Turnip seemed perfect for each other. The appearance of Jane Austen in this book was also a fun side note.

I highly recommend this book- another success for Ms. Willig. I hope she has lots more in her head to share. I'll be there on release day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunny on March 24, 2011
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Who would have thought I would enjoy a story whereby the lead character's nickname is a vegetable with such unpopular appeal...a turnip. If you have read any of the books poor Reginald Fitzhugh is always cast to the side and ridiculed for acting like a ...turnip. By the end of the story you are cheering on ...turnip. I also LOVED how the reader gets the true inner workings of the sub-plots of three of the series past books: "Blood Lilly, Night Jasmine & Crimson Rose!" It was just brilliant! I thought I would miss not reading about Collin and Eloise but the book flowed more smoothly. It is a must read for those that have read any of the "Pink Carnation Series" books! Just read the other three first, I promise then this one will read like a true gem.
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