Sugarplum Way is Book Four in Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series. In it, Mason finally lets us in on some of the secrets alluded to in earlier books.
The matriarch of the town’s leading family had written them all down in her diary. Although she has now departed in body, her ghost lingers on, still meddling and trying to keep the book away from those who might be hurt by the revelations.
Julia, aka Sugarplum, has been keeping a whopper of a secret. To atone for past wrongs, she’s been acting as a fairy godmother instead. Intense, but gorgeous Aiden is one of the recipients of her largesse. His suspicions about her motives don’t keep him from falling under her “magic.”
The rather large cast of characters might be a tad confusing to those who haven’t read the earlier books. The premise and the town, however, are delightful all by themselves. Like her heroine, Mason has a sense of whimsy that makes for a perfect holiday novel.
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.