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Publication Date: November 29, 2016
The Marquis of Wythebury, is expecting an ordinary Christmastide at Hurst—until he is set upon by a beautiful miss who takes him to task for not allowing his young nephews to play outside. In his mind, a five and seven year old needn’t get chilled in the snow; better to plop them in front of the fire with a book. Few people have ever been brave enough to challenge him over anything, much less the rearing of his wards. The cheeky Miss Prim has no such compunction. No matter how fetching he finds her, he can’t give in to his attraction…for she is the sister of his best friend.
Growing up the middle child of five rambunctious girls, Lillian Prim doesn’t understand why two young boys visiting Hurst don’t know how to play until she meets their dashing guardian. The Marquis of Wythebury is commanding and intensely serious-minded. To her surprise, she’s captivated by him. It’s all she can do not to give into her feminine fantasies about him kissing him. Lillian has no intention of falling in love with the Marquis, but she will create Christmastide mischief and teach the boys and the handsome Marquis how to play.
It's Christmastime for the Prim sisters and this year will be spent at Hurst, the home of Crispin and Gwen Hurst (Duke and Duchess, of course). At the urging of the Duke, Seth Wythebury, the second Marquis of Wythebury, along with his two nephews (sons of his later sister and brother-in-law) attend the festivities at Hurst. He soon comes face to face with Lillian Prim, who, after a series of typical Prim antics (you'd know what they are if you read the rest of the series) comes to enjoy the company of the blonde haired, blue eyed young woman. Only, he's very serious, especially about the welfare of his nephews, Lillian's carefree attitude and sassy mouth are considered a deal-breaker for Seth.
Lillian Prim is the next oldest sister after Louisa (Book 1) and Gwen (Book 2.5). She's as carefree as the rest of her sisters but also knows the time and place for most of her antics. Two young boys at Hurst for Christmastime needn't spend their entire holiday tucked in front of fire with books and homework. They deserve to be kids, carefree and having fun. When she meets the boys' guardian, their dashing young uncle, she's smitten almost instantly - except, regardless of how he makes her stomach flutter, they will never work out. She refuses to marry a man that is stiff and serious all of the time.
Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis pairs up another Prim sister with her match. Gwen has grown up and been through a Season without any serious consideration of her suitors. When she meets Seth though, Gwen can't help but start to have feelings for him. Seth also begins to develop feeling for Gwen. Their issues concerning the well-being of Seth's nephews is certainly a realist conversation that any courting couples, even in this day and age, should have. Child rearing is important to discuss but in most cases isn't really a deal-breaker. No one truly knows how they will raise their kids until they have one.
The development of the relationship between Seth and Gwen was rather quick but expected. I thought their teasing and silly antics were nice additions to the interest each felt for one another. The women in Ameila Grey's novels/novellas aren't your typical ones from the era these books are written and that's why I love the series. Strong, opinionated women who find loving men to support and nurture them regardless of whether or not their behaviors and ambitions were "proper" for the time period.
If you are looking for a cute holiday romance (and have read the rest of the series - because they are fun and contain characters from previous books) then I recommend Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis.
I voluntarily reviewed an author-provided copy of this book.