Mischief of the Mistletoe
A Pink Carnation Christmas
Pink Carnatian series, No. 7
By Lauren Willig
Dempsey has been companion to her elderly Aunt Osborne for 15 years.
Now Aunt Osborne has married Captain Musgrave, a fortune hunter
half her age. Arabella feels she must leave that household. With
three sisters and an ailing father there is no place with them.
Against the advice of her best friend, Miss Jane Austen, she seeks
employment as a teacher at Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young
"Turnip" Fitzhugh visits the school to deliver her Christmas
box to his sister, Sally. He stumbles into Arabella when they are
attempting to retrieve a fallen Christmas pudding. They find a cryptic
message written in French on the muslin wrapper of the pudding.
This is the time of the war with Napoleon. They determine to learn
the source of the message and are involved in a complex web of espionage
and danger. They must find a missing list of English spies in France.
The discovery of their identities would create havoc with the British
is a delightful romance and intrigue. Arabella is an attractive
and intelligent young woman with a great sense of humor. Turnip
is a lovable hero. Some of the characters from previous books of
the series make an appearance and Miss Jane Austen makes an appearance
as Arabella's best friend. The life in the girls' school and the
Christmas celebration at the Duchess of Dovecote give a picture
of life in this period. There are several episodes which will bring
laughter to the reader.
is a thoroughly enjoyable book to read as an escape from everyday
of other titles in this series
Secret History of the Pink Carnation, No
The Masque of the Black Tulip, No 2 [review]
Seduction of the Crimson Rose, No 4 [review]
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, No 5 [review]
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, No 6 [review]
The Mischief of the Mistletoe, No 7 [Audio]
The Orchid Affair, No 8 [review]
The Garden Intrigue, No 9 [review]