Lauren Willig’s The Mischief of the Mistletoe won the 2011 RITA for best Regency Historical Romance last week. As I have never read Ms. Willig’s books before and The Mischief of the Mistletoe is the sixth book in her Pink Carnation Series, I decided to read book one: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation this week. The novel is charming silly fun and I loved it. It is a spy novel, but not at all suspenseful and a romance without being a tearjerker. What it IS is an adorable comedy and I recommend this novel wholeheartedly.
Sherry Thomas’ His at Night was the 2011 RITA Winner for best Historical Romance, and if I had been on the voting committee this novel would have been my choice for sure! Ms. Thomas’ writing is beautiful and original. I opened the novel to page one and happily fell in to the world she created. The story is about two people who are both living behind carefully constructed masks – hers is for survival, his is for the sake of undercover investigation work – both recognize his/her own self in the other’s modus operandi and ultimately find happiness in each other’s arms.