The Mischief of the Mistletoe

Seventh in the series

by Lauren Willig

Dutton, 2010

Adult Historical Romance

8 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Arabella starts working at a school for girls when she literally runs into Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh and a Christmas pudding with a secret message goes flying. It sets into motion an unexpected adventure, guest starring: Jane Austen.

Likes: I did not expect to like this one as much as I did. I don’t hate Turnip as a character, he is good comic relief, but I wasn’t sure I’d like him as a main character. I’m glad I gave this one a chance. He isn’t the cleverest protagonist but he’s a nice guy and fiercely loyal when it counts. Arabella clicked right away. In addition, I’m hoping to see more of Sally and her cohorts. I also like Jane Austen as one of the characters and seeing Letty and Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe again was cute and funny. I don’t hate the contemporary storyline but I’m glad we got a break from it in this book.

Dislikes: I miss the Pink Carnation. She’s only been mentioned a few times since a few books ago. I also had a hard time reading about Lady Vaughn and Penelope. Getting their perspectives in previous books helped a lot but they are not the nicest people in this book.

Overall the events take place between The Seduction of the Crimson Rose and The Temptation of the Night Jasmine (there’s also some overlap with the Christmas celebrations at the beginning of that book) but I think it’s good to read The Betrayal of the Blood Lily because there are events that make more sense and we meet Captain Reid’s sister, Lizzy. The plot is also inspired by The Watsons by Jane Austen.

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