The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas
By Lauren Willig
Dutton, 2010. 339 pgs. Historical Fiction
By fan request, Lauren Willig has taken one of her beloved minor characters, bumbling “Turnip” Fitzhugh, and written a romantic adventure of his own. Turnip who has often been mistaken for the elusive British spy, the Pink Carnation, fumbles onto a French plot while visiting his sister at her boarding school. When young, pretty Arabella Dempsey, a new teacher, is threatened after accidentally witnessing a break-in at the school, it is it up to Turnip to save Arabella and uncover what the dastardly French are trying to do.
This is one of many books in the Pink Carnation series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. While there is a tie-in to Christmas, it is not overly saturated in the season and could therefore be enjoyed at any time of year.