24 Days of Christmas Books: The Mischief of the Mistletoe

the mischief of the mistletoe lauren willigAll this last week I've been pointing out some of my favourite Christmas books and they've all made me want to drop everything and read them but perhaps none more so than Lauren Willig's The Mischief of the Mistletoe. I love Turnip! No, not the kind you eat. I actually quite dislike that turnip. I'm talking about Turnip Fitzhugh, the hero of this lovely little book.

Turnip has been a favourite of mine since he popped up as a minor character in The Masque of the Black Tulip. He is... well, he's a dandy. A dandy that dresses in horrid pink overcoats and decorates himself with carnations. It also frequently appears that he has fluff for brains. Turnip is completely loveable though, much the same way you may love Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster. I always thought that there must be more to Turnip, that he deserved his own book and Willig delivers with The Mischief of the Mistletoe.

Starring along side Turnip is Arabella Dempsey, who just happens to be best friend with one Miss Jane Austen. Yes, that Jane Austen. Following a personal disappointment Arabella decides to teach at Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Turnips sister just happens to be a student there and following a mishap with a Christmas pudding things start to look up for both Turnip and Arabella.

So. Much. Fun.

Earlier this year Willig released a follow-up novella called Away in a Manager. And fans of the series won't want to miss Ivy and Intrigue either. Both novellas are available for purchase as e-books through the usual suspects or as a free read on Lauren Willig's website.