A new cover for MISTLETOE

Never say you don’t have an impact. After all the discussion here and on Facebook about the similarities between the covers of The Mischief of the Mistletoe and The Masque of the Black Tulip, the Dutton art department raced back to the drawing board and whipped up a whole new cover. (Apparently, the duplication was not actually intentional.)

I think they’ve outdone themselves this time. The last one was lovely, but this one just screams “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”. Or, in this case, Turnips.

What do you think?

The cover may have changed, but the release date remains the same: October 28, 2010.


  1. J on February 12, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    The other cover was nice, but this one looks perfect!

  2. Aleah on February 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! The Dutton folks did a great job! 🙂

  3. Julie A. on February 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    OMG!!! I thought the first one was great but this one is even better. It looks magnificent!

  4. Suzanne on February 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I love the new cover & how prominently the mistletoe is displayed.

  5. Trish on February 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    that is so lovely!

  6. Perla on February 13, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I love this cover!!!

  7. AngelB on February 13, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Much Much Better! Good job art department.

  8. am7 on February 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

    OMG!! I can’t believe I missed all this. She looked so different with her head in tact. (not the mention to change of color in her robes.) I don’t know i liked the old cover, but this looks more Christmassy. And I think its good that the covers looked differently. It bothered for a while that the picture on Crimson Rose, supposedly Mary was also on my copy of Wurthering Heights.
    Oh, Lauren I have been so meaning to write. Thanks so much for the advanced chapters; they were so wonderful! the only thing is I thinks its confusing that its not a pink book, or is it?
    HMMM,,, maybe we could call it a blush or mauve or puce book as in sorta pink.

  9. Zoe J on February 13, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Very pretty, very Christmassy too, love it!

    My only ‘thing’ about it is: Isn’t that holly on the cover? Holly has red berries, we have LOADS of holly bushes where I’m living in Surrey, but I thought, and please do correct me if I’m wrong, that mistletoe had white berries!? And smoother leaves too. I’m just being picky, I know, but in England, at least when I was growing up, we’d have both of them hanging close to one another in the house, the red and prickly next to the white and smooth compliment one another beautifully.

    Either way, the cover is BEAUTIFUL 🙂

  10. Sheila on February 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I am so happy that dear Turnip’s heroine is so lovely and sweet. Yet another gorgeous cover to titillate us as we anticipate October.

  11. Alicia on February 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

    This cover is great!! I can’t believe they changed it…wow, we’re kind of impressive 🙂

  12. Diana on February 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I liked the other cover, but this one is wonderful. It is very Christmasy.

  13. Stephanie W on February 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I thought it was Holly too and not Mistletoe. Either way, it’s a lovely cover. 🙂

  14. Susan on February 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    The new cover looks great! It fits perfectly with the title.

  15. Carole on February 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    LOVE It! It just shouts out Christmas and whatnot. I love it more than the last one.

  16. Teje on February 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The last one was wonderful, but the new one takes the Christmas pudding!

  17. Elizabeth P. on February 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I think this one is much better. More appropriate and it’s better to have a brand new cover.

  18. Tami on February 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Love this one! I liked the other one because I adore the Black Tulip cover, but I’m glad Mistletoe has its own unique one. This one makes me feel warm and cozy..like sitting in front of a fireplace with milk and cookies, and a good book, of course! ..very Christmas-y!

  19. Lois M. on February 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Not that I didn’t like the first one, I definitely prefer this one. Fits the title oh so perfectly! 🙂


  20. Maddie on February 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE it! I was actually disappointed to see the other one duplicated because each of the pink books are so unique and deserve a unique cover… i really didnt want to say anything before but its not like i wouldn’t have read it anyway 🙂 cant wait!!!

  21. Erica D on February 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Much better! Mistletoe deserves its own unique cover! =)

  22. Ashleigh on February 14, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I love this cover, but I am pretty sure that Stephanie J and Zoe W are correct – that the cover has holly and not mistletoe, as mistletoe has white berries, not red. I must say, it looks amazing, though!

  23. Meredith on February 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I didn’t even pick up on the similarity (perhaps because my copy of Black Tulip has the cover with the purple dress and black mask), but I definitely prefer this cover. It’s all the things I love about Christmas.

  24. Sarah on February 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I love it!- much improved with a stronger festive feel.

    I adore the cover of the Black Tulip but it felt like cheating to recycle a previous cover when there are so many gorgeous portraits crying out to be used here.

    Now we just have to wait…

  25. Alyson on February 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Yes, this one is much better. As much as Black Tulip is one of my fave covers, I didn’t take to it being used again. This one is perfect!

  26. Stephanie Ball on February 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    LOL apparently i am the only one not ashamed to say it out loud. I noticed it right away. I love the new one looks so much better. Sorry if it was rude, lol i agree with the comment above. the books are each unique i did not like that they looked so close.

    This one is much better.. love it!

  27. Yvette on February 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I LOVE the new cover! Its very Christmassy.

    But, Zoe J, Stephanie W, and Ashleigh are all correct. The stuff on her sleeve is holly. Mistletoe is bright green and has branches with small, oval leaves, and white berries. (There are several trees where I work with mistletoe growing on their branches.) When the trees loose their leaves in winter, the bunches of mistletoe are clearly visible – its a parasitic plant & is also poisonous.

    … and that’s the end of today’s botany lesson ;-P

  28. Natalie on February 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I’m so freaking excited about this! Do we know if it will also be on Audio!?

  29. Lauren on February 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Believe it or not, it already is! At least, it’s already on pre-order as an audio: http://www.amazon.com/Mischief-Mistletoe-Lauren-Willig/dp/0142428302/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266353053&sr=1-2

  30. Lauren on February 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hey, Zoe, Yvette, Stephanie, and Ashleigh! You’re all totally right about the holly/mistletoe question. I looked up pictures of it when I was writing the book because I wanted to describe mistletoe. I was quite disappointed to find that mistletoe was not, in fact, what I thought it was. (And that the plastic things I’d been hanging from doorframes at Christmas parties were not actually mistletoe-derived).

    Anyway, short version, yes, that is holly on the cover….

  31. Natalie! on February 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Brilliant! I have all the books, and audios because they are read so well!

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