Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sugar and Spice” as Want to Read:
Sugar and Spice
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sugar and Spice

(Hannah Swensen #8.5 - The Twelve Desserts of Chr)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,525 ratings  ·  143 reviews
1. The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels
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,
Mass Market Paperback, First Printing, 431 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Zebra
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.86  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,525 ratings  ·  143 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Sugar and Spice
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2, christmas
A delightful collection of holiday short stories to get you in a Christmas mood. I loved Fern Michaels’ tale of two adult children returning home to help their parents struggling Christmas tree farm businesses. This was a cozy, sweet, cold weather story with plenty of fir and pine wreaths I could practically smell as I was reading! In another tale, two strangers are snowed in during a blizzard in rural Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I especially enjoyed Joanne Fluke’s story of Hannah Swenson and baking ...more
Rachel Aranda
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection of short romance stories around the Christmas season.

None were a full 5 stars but “Twelve Desserts of Christmas” was the closest at a 4.5 star rating. The ending was a little cliche but was the best that could have happened. It was interesting seeing a story where Hannah and her family weren’t the main focus. It’s nice when new characters and places are introduced.

My least enjoyed story was “The Ghost of Christmas Past” with a rating of 3-3.5 stars. It was nice enough to cont
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: december-2020
Well that was a disappointment!

Out of 4 stories I only liked 1, The Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke. In fact I wanna read more by Joanne Fluke in the future, I've also been told that there are Hallmark movies based on her Hannah Swensen series.

The first two stories were just meh so I won't talk much about them but the last story Twelve Days by Shirley Jump that was the biggest disappointment. I enjoyed the story up until the last 5 pages when the guy proposes after only really kno
Dawn Michelle
I am only reading the Hannah Swensen story in this book [as I don't read any of the other authors featured here], so even though the book is marked at read [when I finish], it will only be one story. I am [currently] unsure of the pages here, so I will make an estimate @110]. <--it was 110 pages. For once my math was dead on!! WHEW!!
This was a really good story - for once the focus is on other people and not Hannah and her ridiculous love life so it was a lot more fun. And no death and no murde
Tabby Kat
May 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book is a collection of four romance novellas set during Christmas time.

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
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libby
Read only the Joanne Fluke novella.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
1. The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels - 4 Stars
2. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Beverly Barton - 3.5 Stars
3. The Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke - 4 Stars
4. Twelve Days by Shirley Jump - 4 Stars
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Four novellas that take place during the Christmas season. Each story is a romance. They are all entertaining but predictable.

1. The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels ★★★
Gus returns to his hometown to help with his father's Christmas tree farm. Amy wants to raise money for the seniors' center by selling Christmas trees. Gus and Amy may have different goals, but they can agree on their attraction to one another.

A romantic story with instant attraction. Cute and sweet.

2. The Ghost of Christmas P
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 fun romantic short stories, set a Christmas time. This was a great short read for Christmas Break. One of the stories was a bit steamy, and detailed, but the others were cute wholesome romance stories. My favorite was the Twelve Days by Shirley Jump. The office where the main character Natalie Harris works has decided that they will exchange names for a 12 day secret Santa gift exchange. Natalie draws the name of one of the handsome co-bosses Jake! He has been the only reason she has stayed wo ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I only read the Hannah Swensen story which was a short and sweet Christmas treat - I had a quick look at the other authors but they didn't appeal. ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
For those who love culinary cozies, this Christmas themed book will not disappoint. Frankly, I bought it because of my love of Joanne Fluke's "Hannah Swensen" series, but all of the stories were fun and engaging. ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
This book fulfills requirement #5 ~ Contemporary Romance for the 2015 Eclectic Reader Challenge.

There are four novellas in this book, each by a different author. I picked the book up because I like Joanne Fluke and her novella was the third one in the book.

The first story was kind of fun. It reminded me of one of the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies (which are a guilty pleasure for me.) I would rate it a solid 4.

The second story was ok, but I didn't think it was as good as the first story. I'
Georgiann Hennelly
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sugar and Spice is a really lovable sweet read for the holidays . A great book to just curl up and read. There is four different stories by four different authors.The christmas stocking by Fern Michaels. Two adult children come home for the holidays to help there parents and raise money for a new senior center will Amy and Gus fall i love? The Ghost of Christmas past by Beverly Barton-Mack MacKinnon a wounded special ops officer isn,t looking forward to the holidays - until he rescues pretty wid ...more
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I just love Joanne Fluke so I picked this up. I had no idea that some of the short stories would be so...shall we say, graphic? I read this on my lunch breaks and was so embarassed reading some of the love scenes while at work! It made me feel like I was doing something naughty! lol
Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)
1. The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels ... 3/5
Two thriving business people come home for the holidays to bring about changes in their perspective lives. Gus with his family's tree farm, and Amy to help the seniors. They are rivals, because of course, who fall in love. It had it's cute moments. But overall, meh for me.

2. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Beverly Barton ... 3.5/5
Definitely showed more potential than the last. Gruff ex-Army Ranger, Mack, saves Katie from a nasty snowstorm in the
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, series
There were four novellas in this Christmas-themed-romance collection, but I only read Twelve Desserts of Christmas by Joanne Fluke. I read the Hannah Swensen mystery series, otherwise I would not reach for strict romance, which is not a genre I typically am drawn to. This was a quick and easy read. I thought it was cheesy-fun, it had a tiny mystery for Hannah to solve, though no one was hurt or killed for this one, and a sweet (pun unintended) ending. I actually liked it more than I anticipated ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
These stories kinda hit the spot. Short and to the point. Not tons of background, but enough to be believable and realistic. Sometimes the pages and pages and chapters of endless chatter can get overwhelming. Plus there's also something about reading Christmas storylines in the summer that make me happy:-) great short romance novellas! ...more
This was such a great book! This included 4 different works by 4 different authors and I couldn't have enjoyed it more. Each read was great and super interesting. They were all different and had great variety. Joanne Fluke gave me an interesting read, as it was not the typical Hannah Swenson novel. Great Christmas book and I plan to read this again as it introduced me to some new authors. ...more
Jenny G
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected

I should have known that as these were romances there would be more detail than I wanted to read. I read the book because a cozy mystery author I had read had a story in the compilation. It was the only one of the four stories that I enjoyed. I skipped the graphic sections, but will not be rereading this book.
Linda Buzard-Moffitt
And Everything Nice

Great Collection of Four Holiday Stories. There were great characters and some not so great ones too. They were shorter Romance, Happily ever after and some of the stories even had recipes included. I borrowed this book from my Online Library. I would happily read more stories that were written by any of these Authors.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is a great bunch of Christmas Stories, four wonderful authors, with four very different
stories. I love Christmas books,and try to read nothing but them from November thru January.
Other great thing with this book is it has wonderful recipes too !!
So grab a cup of coco and get started.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed two of the stories, the other two I did not read. I am going to have to start reading more by Fern Michaels - she is really good! Joanna Fluke is already one of my favorites and this did not disappoint.
Hannah Swensen story by Joanne Fluke was cute and clean; Fern Michaels' Ok - some language; Barton's story had graphic sex scenes and Jump's had a lot of innuendo and sexual situations; only story worth reading is the Joanne Fluke story ...more
Melissa Manderscheid munhall
I enjoyed two of the novellas in this book very much. Four stars for the Hannah Fluke and Fern Michaels contributions. The other two are not my genre at all. I didn’t finish either as they were steamy romances.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by all of the authors in this book compilation. Wouldn't mind reading the other authors on their own too. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cute story but what was the point?
Andrea Brenner
Pretty predictable
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for the Joanne Fluke story but I read the other three stories and fell in love with all three writers...
laurel jones
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
easy reading on a day with horrible head cold. Of course I cried and felt ever so alone
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great collection of shorts I especially loved the Hanna Swensen novella
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Holiday Books 1 2 Aug 10, 2015 07:49AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9.5)
  • Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #13.5)
  • Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)
  • Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #10)
  • Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen, #11)
  • Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)
  • Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen, #12)
  • Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #14)
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #16)
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #15)
  • Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen, #13)
  • Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)
  • Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #17)
  • Double Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)
  • Candy for Christmas  (Hannah Swensen, #1.5)
  • Wedding Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #19)
See similar books…
Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels® is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I ...more

Other books in the series

Hannah Swensen (1 - 10 of 27 books)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)
  • Strawberry Shortcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #2)
  • Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen, #3)
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)
  • Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)
  • Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)
  • Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)
  • Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)
  • Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #10)

Related Articles

Do you know who you'll be falling in love with this month? We've got suggestions… Every month, our team takes a look at the new romance books...
15 likes · 4 comments