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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 uiet girls’ school in Bath expecting to face nothing exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital She hardly imagines coming face to face with Fren 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 improvementWillig 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 the fact that the current hero and heroine do not always like the previous characters Everyone's a hero in their own story but they all have flaws and the other characters are uite aware of them This one thinks that one's priggish that one thinks the third's a snob she believes he is untrustworthy he thinks she's altogether too boring for words In this particular story the male lead has been the buffoon in the previous books Willig implies she wrote this one due to popular demand for poor Turnip to get a love story of his own He continues to be a complete dolt in this one he's just kind of dim But Willig gets well into his head and makes him completely sympathetic while doing doltish things and does a surprisingly good job of not being condescending He knows he's not very clever and he's doing the best he can She also does a fantastic job of explaining why a bright enough girl might fall for him he's genuinely sweet and gallant He treats her far better than the smarter men do because he's a genuinely good person who's worthy of being loved I never would have thought I'd be charmed by someone not very smart intelligence is absolutely at the top of my personal attraction list But I genuinely believed in their happy ending the particular woman values him for the right reasons and while she'll probably be periodically exasperated with him I truly believed they would be happy together in the long run This is probably the sweetest silliest and most fun of all the books in the seriesAmusingly enough this is the most chaste of this series Both characters are scarcely the type to sleep with someone they cared about before marriage although it's implied Turnip has come to some mutually beneficial arrangements with some women outside his class in the past Since the book ends oh no spoilers for a romance on a proposal there's simply no time for than a couple stolen kisses Apparently fans were very disappointed that Turnip didn't get any action So Willig obligingly wrote a short story about their wedding night and handed it over to the crew at Smart Bitches Trashy Books for distribution Have to hand it to the woman she knows how to keep her fans happy It's positively adorable

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The Mischief of the Mistletoe A Pink Carnation ChristmasCh aristocrats and international spies Reginald “Turnip” Fitzhugh often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation has blundered into danger before But when he blunders into Miss Arabella Dempsey it never occurs to him that she might be trouble When Turnip and Arabella stumble upon a beautifully wrapped Christmas pudding with a cryptic message written in French “Meet me at Farley Castle” the unlikely vehicle for intrigue launc 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 determined to see her sisters' future secured by taking a place as a teacher at a young ladies' seminary Her friend Miss Jane Austen warns against it but Arabella thinks it will be fine She didn't bargain for literally running into a gentleman nicknamed Turnip; finding mysterious messages inside Christmas puddings; lively teenage girls; midnight intruders and perhaps spies If Arabella had known all that would she have accepted the position? If she hadn't she never would have met Reginald Turnip Fitzhugh not the brightest star of the beau monde but an all around nice gentleman Though they have met before Turnip does not remember Arabella but after their first unusual reunion he's determined never to forget her name When a mysterious message shows up in the Christmas pudding his little sister Sally pushed at him he and Arabella find themselves faced with the possibility of tracking down spies and traitors Arabella is convinced this is all a prank or much ado about nothing but Turnip having some experience in the matter believes Arabella to be in danger As the Christmas season goes on Turnip and Arabella get to know each other better than they ever did in a London ballroom and Turnip is determined to keep Arabella safely by his side for as long as possible maybe even foreverThis volume of the Pink Carnation series appears to be of a spin off I haven't read the others but a handy list of characters in the back cleared up any uestions I had after finishing the novel The plot was inspired by Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons In this book Arabella is the eldest and the plot veers wildly from what Jane Austen intended Jane herself appears as a character in the novel which I did not like Her presence seemed superfluous and her dialogue was copied from letters and other writings which is immediately recognizable to any dedicated Janeite The story didn't have to be The Watsons It stands on it's own just fine The characters really make this novel superior to most Regencies and even cozy mysteries Even the supporting characters are great I fully expected to hate Sally and her most particular friends and dismiss them as annoying teenage girls but I truly grew to love them in the midnight intruder scene I especially liked Lizzie They made me laugh Miss Climpson is only in one scene and she steals it with her absurd dialogue The main characters are stellar too Turnip is a beta hero He's bumbling forgetful and fond of shockingly garish clothing but he's a loyal friend and a true gentleman I wouldn't want to marry him but I enjoyed him immensely He's so funny and charming the way he is I like his sense of humor and how Arabella shares the same sense of the absurd I love his Shakespeare references or thingamummy what's her name? 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Arabella is a great heroine and I really liked her character development She starts off as a wallflower whom no one remembers and ends up a heroine I liked her journey very much and wanted her to succeed and be happy I also like that she's intelligent and capable of handling any situation without vapors The plot resembles a cozy mystery though there's no murder I could NOT put this book down The rollicking mystery plot had me guessing at every turn I was rather surprised at the villain I guessed that person had something to do with it but never did it cross my mind how much or who the villain would turn out to be There are any number of red herrings to complicate matters The romance is awesome It's sweet with a little bit of checking out each other's figures There are a few kissing scenes that are perfectly clean The romance develops nicely over a short period of time and concludes with a comical scene that will please the reader The story plays out like a comedy of manners nearly in the style of Georgette Heyer I nitpicked the inaccurate language not periodAmerican and inaccuracies If you like the idea of Georgette Heyer but struggle with the language try this novel instead If you love Heyer's beta heroes you must read this book

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Read The Mischief of the Mistletoe A Pink Carnation Christmas eBook ô Hardcover ´ 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 Hes the pair on a Yuletide adventure that ranges from the Austens’ modest drawing room to the awe inspiring estate of the Dukes of Dovedale where the Dowager Duchess is hosting the most anticipated event of the year an elaborate 12 day Christmas celebration Will they find poinsettias or peril dancing or danger? And is it possible that the fate of the British Empire rests in Arabella and Turnip’s hands in the form of a festive Christmas pudding? 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 allThis 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 the world needed and includes Christmas pudding as a projectile weapon spies and Jane Austen as a secondary character This could be read as a standalone I also recommend the audio book