The Kiss of Death for me (besides men wearing aftershave!) is the red double heart on the spine of a library book that says: romance.
Because, let's face it, I have enough that doesn't happen to me without finding out that my bodice will ne'er be ripped and my heaving bosom shall remain, well, heaving.
Generally, when I indulge in the guilty pleasure of a romance novel my suspension of disbelief suffers a serious poke in the eye from the first pages. How any of these things could happen just strikes me as beyond absurd. And all with legs shaved, plump raspberry lips and a man whose visage rivals that of the Greek gods. Oh, and he's rich and loyal, too.
Which is why, when I picked up Lauren Willig's The Mischief and the Mistletoe (based solely on how taken I was with the cover art-judge a book, much, Mimi?) I had no great expectations.
But I do adore Austen so I thought it would be fun to have a light Christmas read.
Well, let me tell you, I couldn't have been more wrong about those red double hearts!
It is proving to be a most delightful read!
A Victorian Yuletide setting, characters you dearly want to become friends with and some razor sharp, tongue-in-cheek humor that will keep you reading to the last page and sighing because it came to an end!
Oh, and simply begging Turnip to escort you to the next Frost Fair!
If you are taken with Austen and hilarious characters and long for the smell of a sticky Yule pudding......
read this book: now! :)
There are many more Willig books in this, the Pink Carnation Series.....and I can't wait to read them all!
Actually, I must read them all as I can't bear to leave this wonderful Victorian world that
Willig has brilliantly created!
Oh, and why Christmas Turnip?
Well, you'll have to read and find out for yourself! ;)
Trust me....Turnip will make you fall in love with him on every single page!
(Really, who doesn't adore a man who has embroidered pink carnations on his waistcoat.....?)
And a Happy Christmas read!