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Sugarplum Surprises

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Lovely Jane Nichol-who spends her days disguised as a middle-aged seamstress-has crossed paths with a duke who shelters a secret as great as her own. But as Christmas approaches-and vicious rumors surface-they begin to wonder if they can have their cake and eat it, too...
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Signet
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader

2,5 Stars

Mini-review, not much to say about this average Traditional Regency where Miss Jane Nichol, the heroine, in order to escape an arranged marriage to a sleazy old baron lives the life of a French modiste under false identity and happens to attract the attention of the Duke of Chandrose, who's enjoying the Christmas Season in Bath after having jilted his fiancée.

Smooth writing and linear plot made for a relaxing, quick and pleasant enough read, but the sparkle and humour the sub-genre us
Apr 01, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a good Christmas love story!
Okay, I agree that it is slightly ridiculous to be giving such a fluffy, Christmasy book a five star rating, but it really was a good one. I found it so sweet, fun, delightful and pleasant that I couldn't bring myself to rate it any lower.

Elisabeth Fairchild has a very unique writing style, one that feels almost poetic at times. I quite enjoyed it; it gave a nice feel to the story and felt refreshing after the other more contemporary-written Regency I'd been reading. Fairchild's prose went so w

There's something about Fairchild's poetic style of writing that always draws me in. She does it once again with 'Sugarplum Surprises' which held a few nice surprises with it's Christmas Cinderella theme. The two leads a duke and a dressmaker are running from past and present hurts. Slowly uncovering and healing each other scars and finding love around Christmas just made this book just so sweet.

When Jane Nichol ran away from home she found her niche as a disguise dressmaker - Madame Nicolette
M.A. Nichols
Ugh. The premise of the story is hard to swallow, but I went with it because this is meant to be a cheesy historical romance. I can take a bit of cheese (if the story is at least decently written), but this story requires you to suspend reality way too many times.

The characters were okay. Nothing particularly memorable, though I felt like the hero's mother was a bit inconsistent at times. The good guys are perfectly good, the bad guys are perfectly awful (even to the point of having open sores
Dec 14, 2013 Christopher rated it it was ok
Sugarplum Surprises had quite a bit going for it. I liked that it was a loose adaptation of Cinderella - it contained enough of the traditional elements so that the reader recognized the story, but was an original and creative traditional storyline in it's own right. I really liked that the heroine was strong and always upbeat like the Cinderella character, but was well-rounded enough to seem like a real person. The hero was a bit stereotypical in his honorable duke role, but at least his charac ...more
Linda C
Jane Nichol is in disguise as Madame Nicolette, dressmaker, having run away from a planned forced marriage. Jane meets Edward, Duke of Chandrose, as herself at an Assembly where she tries to shame him into paying for his fiance's trousseau after he jilted her and the jilted bride's father refuses to pay the dressmaker. He refuses but when he comes to her shop he guesses that Jane and Nicolette are one person. Thus begins a loosely based retelling of Cinderella with a stepmother and 2 ...more
By night, she is her own person. By day, Jane Nichol disguises herself as middle-aged Madame Nicolette, the best seamstress in town. Could she be a runaway with secrets? Edward Bridges, the Duke of Chandrose, is determined to find out.

This story surprised me because it is a farce BUT the characters are fairly well-developed. Jane's responsibilities as a dressmaker take their toll. She has to remember her French accent while she is playing one part and English while she is in true form. Just gett
Jan 03, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
my mother has an affinity for regency romance. Sometimes they are nothing more than smutty bodice rippers. However I did enjoy this one as it was innocent and charming.
I liked the storyline and the character development.
I feel the ending was a little too "happily ever after" and "no one ever heard from the mean old stepmother again" for my taste.
I like the villains to have their justice meted out to them with an iron fist. I like the just desserts. This book didnt seem to have that.

But this was
Dec 17, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used, 2011, trad-regency
I really enjoyed this book. The heroine rescues herself from a bad situation and manages to take control of her life. Despite some instalove, both H and h give some thought to their relationship and its consequences. A very nice holiday read.
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Dec 21, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
liked the book, didn't like the ending.
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Elisabeth Fairchild is half English and considers the British Isles her second home. With a degree in advertising from North Texas State University, Fairchild worked for ten years in advertising before turning to writing full-time.
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