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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,584 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Willig Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pink Carnation Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101461723
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Tis the season to get Pink! Lauren Willig’s beloved Pink Carnation series gets into the holiday spirit with this irresistible Regency Christmas caper.

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 quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face-to-face with French 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 launches 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 twelve-day Christmas celebration. Will they find poinsettias or peril, dancing or danger? 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • In this seventh installment in the Regency romantic suspense series, Willig (The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, 2010, etc.) refreshes her formula for a lighthearted and sweet holiday romance. In this holiday-themed volume, Willig smartly recharges the series by stepping back in time-the action of this installment takes place between the fourth and fifth books of the series. A shift of focus away from espionage and toward Jane Austen makes for a fun, fresh installment in a successful series. Kirkus
  • 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. 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. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haleigh | 2/19/2014

    " My friend, knowing that I love books, picked this up for me for my birthday. I had never heard of the series nor the author, but I later found to my delight that it was written in a Jane Austen style, and I LOVE Jane Austen. Recently, I've been getting into Pride and Prejudice, and I adore that book, and I was pleased to find little mentions of Pride and Prejudice in Mischief of the Mistletoe such as Bingley and Darcy. And even the little Elizabeth statement. Mischief of the Mistletoe is a great book, and I am definitely going to look into the other books of the series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 2/18/2014

    " I seriously love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory | 2/17/2014

    " I thought this was better than the last couple of Carnation books EXCEPT that I missed Eloise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/16/2014

    " I love the Pink Carnation series and this was a fun Christmas edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manda Collins | 2/14/2014

    " Loved it. Can't believe I've waited this long to read this series. Turnip Fitzhugh is adorable and reminded me of Freddie from Heyer's COTILLION or Rupert from Loretta Chase's MR.IMPOSSIBLE. Arabella is the perfect practical foil for Turnip's scatterwittedness. And I loved the Willig blended Jane Austen herself into the story. The notes at the end about Austen's history during her time in Bath is fascinating. A wonderfully charming read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura K | 2/7/2014

    " Perfect Christmas novel. I very much enjoyed the Jane Austen-like setting, wit, and characters. Turnip was a great leading male. The Pink Carnation series is a lot of fun to read. I highly recommend them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 1/30/2014

    " Oh, this was a sweetly silly romance---lots of fun to see a familiar side character take center stage. And it's Turnip! He's surprisingly appealing, and Arabella seems like exactly the right romantic foil for him. A pleasing holiday visit to Pink Carnation land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 1/25/2014

    " This is a really fun holiday season read. Since I began the series I have always had a soft spot for Turnip. It was heart warming to see him find a really nice lady to love. The story is sweet, funny and gives you a chance to visit with some of her previous characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/19/2014

    " Great mix of romance, mystery, and wit set in early 19th century England! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Angione | 1/11/2014

    " This book is Jeeves and Wooster meets Jane Austen. It's hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/20/2013

    " See The Secret History of the Pink Carnation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 3/7/2013

    " What a great side story by Lauren Willig. While I missed the main characters from the presenst generation, I quite enjoyed the love story and fun characters. Finding a secret list, falling in love don't always go together,but they did in this case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/29/2012

    " This wasn't as good as some of the other books in the series, but still enjoyable with some really funny parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger Stanford | 8/18/2012

    " I love Turnip! What a doll!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Pawlak | 7/16/2012

    " This book was a quick read and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/6/2012

    " Yeah, yeah. Totally fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryal | 9/2/2011

    " The two main characters are delightful. But I kept skimming and saying "blah,blah,blah". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carah | 7/26/2011

    " Wonderful! I'll never look at a Christmas pudding the same way again. Hooray for a story about Turnip Fitzhugh. Willig is as predictable as Austen in that you know which two characters are going to end up together; you just don't know what adventures they'll have before they do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this mystery/romance/historical fiction. The heroine is a friend of Jane Austen who because of circumstances becomes a teacher in a girls school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 5/10/2011

    " I wasn't really expecting much from Turnip's story, but I Ms. Willig proved me wrong. I found myself engaged by both Turnip and his heroine throughout the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 5/1/2011

    " This book was a quick read and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 4/29/2011

    " Best and cleanest of the lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 4/19/2011

    " Annoyed that this was written slightly out of chronological order - I would have preferred to read it before the last book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2011

    " Light Regency/Mystery Romance. Harmless, light, I'm learning about the genre to help patrons so don't judge me too harshly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/6/2011

    " Unlike The Pink Carnation, Willig left this pretty much scene free! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 3/26/2011

    " A great addition to the Pink Carnation series... and perfect timing for the fun Christmas theme. This book fits right in the middle of the series, and it promotes secondary characters that readers have seen previously to the main characters. Fun read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rsspadafora | 3/4/2011

    " cute...but strangely predictable for Ms. Willig.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayakda | 3/3/2011

    " I love Freddy-like heroes and giggled a lot through this one. Perfect pick-me-up book for a dreary day.

    There is Jane Austen cameo, which I normally find annoying, but it didn't detract too much. Probably because I enjoyed having no intrusive Eloise story breaking in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/1/2011

    " This was such a great Christmas addition to the Pink Carnation series!
    I loved the way that it tied in with Betrayal of the Blood Lily! "

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About the Author
Author Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.