Mistletoe Cottage book review



In order to buy in to Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason, you have to suspend disbelief a little more than is usually required of the reader of a romantic novel.

First of all, Sophie, the heroine, doesn’t know who the real father of her child is. Huh?

The spirit of the great grandmother of Liam, the hero, is roaming around the premises and can be seen only by the cute daughter of the protagonists and the cat.

It may sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I like the way Mason writes, and after all, this is set at Christmas time when miracles are supposed to happen, right?

I found the supporting cast of characters more interesting than the leads.  Most of the characters involved in the book are keeping secrets that I assume will be dealt with in future Harmony Harbor books. I particularly liked the heroine’s very Italian grandmother who is a hoot and the stern butler with a soft heart. The bridezilla was fun too.

This is one of those books that make you say, “Awww” when it’s over.



Just Fine with Caroline review


Just Fine with Caroline is darker in tone than I expected. The story is set in the Ozarks in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. This is usually my favorite kind of book.

I was expecting lighthearted fun. But all the moonshine in the hollers can’t change the fact that no life is perfect. Caroline’s mother has Alzheimer’s, her cousin has up and left an abusive husband, and her gay best friend is afraid to come out and face ostracism.

Tall, dark, and exceedingly handsome Noah left town years ago, but now he’s back to reopen what once was his grandfather’s business across the street from the bait shop that Caroline runs since her mother no longer can.

Secrets from the past eventually are revealed and interfere with the budding romance.

Personally, I couldn’t really warm to any of the characters except Noah. Even the HEA wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped. The writing is fine, but this one is not my cup of tea.