Sugar and Spice
Philadelphia businesswoman Amy Baran is determined to raise money for a new seniors' center by harvesting Christmas trees from the small-town Virginia farm she remembers from her childhood. Trouble is, Gus Moss has come home from California with his own ideas about saving the farm his father has neglected. Neither wants to give up, but
First up is "The Christmas Stocking" by Fern Michaels. It finds Amy Baran and Gus Moss returning to their hometown to help their parents with projects relating to Christmas trees. Along they way, they meet and the sparks fly. The story started well, but I felt the plot resolved about thirty pages before the story ended.
Second comes "The Ghost of Christmas Past" by Beverly Barton. Katie Hadley is trying to escape her f...more
Fern Michaels tells the story of two adult children estranged from their only remaining parents who find themselves teamed up to make promises come true for reopening a beloved Christmas Tree farm...more
I usually adore romance novella collections, but this one fell flat for me. Three of the couples get engaged by Christmas, and two of those are married on New Year's. Seriously? And two of the stories were 12 days themed.
The romance in the Fern Michaels one has a very fun plot about running Christmas tree farms. I never knew the business was so complicated! Some of the plot strained belief slightly, but I quite enjoyed it until I reached the...more
The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels
While I am usually against the love at first sight gimmick I found it completely adorable in this story.
When Gus sees Amy and instantly starts calling her “my love” before even knowing her name it was both funny and endearing. He is so awkward and goofy that it came across as comical and not creepy. Especially when he realizes that she is his competition and continues to do so, lines like “my love is angry” were really amusing under the circ...more
Fern Michaels - 3 stars. Hero & heroine come home for the holidays to help out their parents (his dad/her mom). I liked this story. There were 2 episodes though that were kind of awkward (when his dead mom "talks" to him & his dad. They're not having auditory hallucinations, because the dog hears her too. I could MAYBE have accepted this if it were in a paranormal, but this is supposed to be a regular story!). If y...more
I do not believe I had read any of these authors before. I will not be reading anything by Joanne Fluke again. Her story The Twelve Desserts of Christmas was more about the mystery solving baker and her desserts than about the romance. If I had read one of her full length novels about said baker I might have enjoyed the story more, but as an introd...more
The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels was my favourite. I actually enjoyed the story telling alternating between the two main characters. Obviously the story would never happen but it was sweet and very loving.
Ghost of Chri...more
The first and second stories were not too bad. The fourth story started out with swearing...more
I ended up LOVING the story by Shirley Jump - "Twelve Days". I wanted it to be longer, but it still felt like enough story to be satisfying. I loved the characters and will be interested to check out other things by this author.
I did not read the first two stories in the book as they did no...more
Two teachers work in a boarding school over Christmas as 3 boys and 3 girls have no place else to spend it. Matt Sherwood and Julie Jansen are also romantically involved. Their cook, Mrs. Dryer, didn't make them any desserts, so Hannah is brought in to the rescue.
If you like short romancy tales, this would be for you.
Beverly Barton's story was sweet with a nice ending.
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen was nice because no one died. Sweet romance!
Shirley Jump's story was about office romances. She gave some great advice about following your passion for work. The nice girl wins!
Keep in mind, this is more romance than mystery though. The other two stories were more sexually oriented and didn't really appeal to me.
So glad I read Sugar and Spice during the Christmas season.
Shirley Jump. I read this because it was next in the Joanne Fluke series that I read, but I really enjoyed all the stories, especially The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels.