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Sugarplum Way

(Harmony Harbor #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  100 reviews
"Heartfelt and delightful!" -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising--and surprisingly passionate--kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor's holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very
Mass Market Paperback, 329 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Forever
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Suzanne Leopold
Julie Landon runs a small bookstore in the Boston suburb of Harmony Harbor. She is in her early thirties and loves to collect town gossip. Her customers embrace her sage advice and also seek her assistance as a matchmaker . In her free time, Julie also writes novels using material based on true stories from the locals. She is forced to write under a pseudonym to protect the “real” identities of her characters. She has also woven into her novels some private matters about herself that would be em ...more
DJ Sakata
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“I just wish they’d remember I’m thirty-two and not fifteen.” Colin looked down at her feet, and his lips twitched. She followed his gaze. She had on a cozy red plaid onesie with fake fur lining the hood and reindeer slippers on her feet. She shrugged, smiling up at him. “What can I say? I love Christmas.”

Maybe because he didn’t smile often, it felt like a precious gift when he did, like you meant something to him, like you were special.

She ignored her inner hussy, w
Katy (Katyslibrary)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars!

Thank you so much Forever Romance books and TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am always so excited at the end of the year. In my humble opinion it is the best time of the year and it's never too soon to start reading some holiday books.  I picked up Sugarplum Way beyond ready to start getting into the Christmas spirt and it totally delivered! Sugarplum Way is the perfect book to kick off the holiday season,
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

Yay! Harmony Harbor book four. Sugarplum Way centers around the adorable bookstore owner, Julia Landon and the gruff, newly divorced, single dad Aidan. I had to keep reminding myself Landon, not London wouldn't want to confuse the fictional romance author with the real life one. This was another fun and exciting story, though I do recommend reading the previous books, even though important things or kind of explained it can get a bit confusing especailly with the side story of Colleen
Sofia Lazaridou
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I haven't felt so lost when I began a book in a long time. I had the feeling that I should have read the books that came before Sugarplum Way because for me the description of everything that went on was like a very short summarization of what happened in the previous book, just enough to help the readers remember what happened. I had a rough time reading the book and it;s one of the cases where I finished the book only because I had to. I wouldn't have read the book otherwise. It had a funny mo ...more
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

This is the 4th book in the Harmony Harbor series, and you really should read the previous books, or you will be pretty lost with the who's and the what's of this town.

Aidan Gallagher's story is the one I have been waiting for in this series. He's been all kinds of gruff and grumpy in the previous books, and I wanted him to get his HEA.

Julia Landon is the town's Christmas spirit. She is the good fairy that wants to make everyone's life perfect.

Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

Here I go again talking about a Christmas story with Halloween decorating my blog. This is truly part of the life of a blogger. You sometimes read books out of season.

I could have waited till close to Christmas to read Sugarplum Way, but I have a problem, I love Debbie Mason's stories and hate waiting on them. I know, I'm like a little kid on Christmas morning when it comes to not wanting to wait to open up my pres
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, for-review, kindle
Sugarplum Way is the fourth book in the Harmony Harbor series. This one is Aidan's story. I have enjoyed this series from the beginning. While this wasn't my favorite, it was still a sweet story. I will caution, this doesn't hold up too well as a stand alone book. I would urge readers to start form the beginning to understand the dynamic of the Gallagher family as well as the town.

For the most part, I enjoyed Aidan and Julia's story. The book did start off really slow for me and I wasn't feeling
Oct 25, 2017 added it
I have decided I will read anything Debbie Mason writes! This series has been so wonderful. Sugarplum Way has all of the things I love about the Harmony Harbor series. The characters are fun and likeable, the town feels cozy and familiar, and the story was full of emotion but also some really funny laugh out loud moments as well. I really enjoyed that Aidan and Julia didn't quite get along at first but seem to have this crazy attraction to one another. It made their story really fun and kept th ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by Netgalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Sometimes all it takes is one kiss to fall in love or never forget the person that gave you that kiss. And because of that one kiss you start to daydream…

I simply loved Julia, who was full of love and compassion. A little bit unorganized and just downright likable. Full of life and magic. Aidan is divorced with a little girl named Ella Rose.

Julia needed somewhere to be out from under the watchful eye of her
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book does kind of get you into the Christmas spirit. Yet, I felt like I was missing something and wanted more. Julia and Aidan were fine. I liked them both as individuals but the romance between them was mild and slow. Almost too slow. It would have helped if the version of Aidan from Julia's book was portrayed as more bold. It was indicated as such but never really shown. For example: Julia mentions that the dance scene with Aidan in the book was hotter than the one in real life. I would h ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Even though I’ve been reading Christmas books since like September, I feel like today officially begins the Christmas season and this is THE perfect book to put you into the spirit of the holidays. It’s cute, funny and the ideal book to curl up with while listening to Christmas music and sipping some hot chocolate.

Julia was an adorable, likable heroine, exactly what you expect from Mason. She’s quirky enough to make her interesting and she’s one of the sweetest characters I’ve come across in awh
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason has all the trimmings of a cute Christmas read. It will definitely get you in the mood for the holidays.

Having read books 1-3, I was totally excited to finally read about Julia and Aidan. Theirs seemed like an interesting relationship, given Aidan’s suspicions of Julia. Really, no one could be that nice in his eyes so of course he had to be a brooding jerk about it.
Romantic Reads and Such
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like usual, I just a series late ... and unfortunately I think that this is one of the times that it kinda bit me a little.  Not as much as with some books but just enough to leave me just a tiny bit dissatisfied.  There is a lot of history with Julia and the people of Harmony Harbor, and more importantly here with Aidan.  I will give Mason props for doing a really good job of keeping me engaged and informed of the important bits that I might have missed but there were little things that I didn' ...more
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review
4.5 Stars

You guys, it finally happened!! Debbie Mason wrote a book where I didn’t loath the hero for 60% of the story!! If you pay attention to my reviews for Ms. Mason’s books you probably heard me rant about how angry her heroes make me but how she manages to always make me love them in the end, so this is a huge deal that I didn’t feel this way about Aiden.

Aiden has always been the moody brother. Going through a pretty rough divorce through most of this series he’s been the mysterious brothe
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This book had a great mix of holiday cheerfulness, warm family gathering, mystery and sweet romance. Julia Landon is the sweetheart of Harmony Harbor. She has accepted the role of the Gallaghers’ fairy godmother and has helped Aidan Gallagher’s three brothers, Finn, Griffin and Liam, find their soulmate. With Aidan, things are more complicated because she is emotionally involved. Under his grumpy, bossy façade, Aidan is a real softy. They shared a kiss under the mistletoe and she was be
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Sugarplum Way is a Christmas story, As much as I felt this story had potential, for me, it was just too slow to get where it was going; it just didn’t grab me. It just didn’t have that fairy dust Christmas vibe.

The story is about an author and her crush, who she writes about. Aidan Gallagher wants nothing to do with Julia Landon; he thinks she is up to something with the way she helps everyone. Aidan is a single dad to Ella Rose so he thinks he doesn't have time for romance. All Julia wants to c
Tanja Kezmic
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omgreads
I don't know what I was expecting when I decided I want to read this but I can say this was not it.

As I started reading it, it felt as If I was watching a Hallmark Xmas movie. The way Julia was with her role as towns "fairy" I felt it was just too cheesy.

But then the more I got into the story the more I like it. I don't know if I got a sniff of that magic dust that Julia believes in but this just might be one of the cutes books I've read in a long time. The fact that we don't get to read anythi
Isha Coleman
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor) by Debbie Mason  
Sugarplum Way is all about the three H's: heart, humor and hope.  Ms. Mason gets in touch with her lighter side this holiday season.  With a little more laughter and not as many tears, she makes the heart rejoice and delights the inner romantic with an irresistible comedy that continues to give long after the last page is devoured. Endearing characters, a hint of drama and tempting secrets serve as the backdrop for a deliciously sentimental carol o
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read one of the books in this series, but should have read them all in order. I actually listened to this via audio book. It is definitely Christmas themed, and unlike some Christmas books it was a big enough part of the story to get you in the mood.
The characters were likable, the story flowed nicely and the ending was satisfying. I really like Debbie Mason's books!
Bette Hansen
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of the series but a fun read nonetheless. This is Julia and Aidan's story. It's full of laughs, love, and Harmony Harbor craziness. Recommended read
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet christmas romance that will keep you turning those pages.
Pj Ausdenmore
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bookstore owner and self-appointed Christmas fairy, Julia Landon is beloved by almost everyone in Harmony Harbor. Full of goodness and light, she's funny, kind, and generous, bringing magical stories to life for the children of the town, watching over the neglected, and acting as the Gallagher family's own personal guardian angel. But Julia is keeping secrets and one of them weighs heavily on her. If it comes to light, it could not only tear apart the happiness she's found among the citizens of ...more
Lisa Richards
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy a trip to Harmony Harbour. I love the small town feel and the reunion with past characters of Mason's books. I always enjoy when the main characters are at odds with one another and throw in a kid and a ghost and you've hooked me. To fully appreciate the storyline and unravel the secrets, these books do need to be read in order.
Cynthia Miller
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for this book and it was definitely worth the wait. I love how Debbie Mason creates a charming community...adds a little mystery...and how the characters pull together. Looking forward to the next book!
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sugarplum Way
Harmony Harbor, Book #4
By Debbie Mason
ISBN: 9781538744154
Author’s Website: authordebbiemason(.)com/index(.)html
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra


Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever- after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising– and surprisingly passionate– kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’m always a sucker for a good Christmas story, and SUGERPLUM WAY by Debbie Mason did not disappoint. Full of loveable main characters, a sweet romance, a fascinating small town with colorful townsfolk, children caught up in the Christmas season, and, of course, Christmas itself, there is much to like.
It’s a cute story about a romance writer trying to find a HEA for herself. Everyone in town loves Julia Landon and readers will too. She cares about people
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

I'm always happy to read a new novel by Debbie Mason and Sugarplum Way is her fourth novel in the Harmony Harbor series.

Aiden Gallagher is back in Harmony Harbour and working for HHPD as he tries to rebuild his life and relationship with his daughter after separating from her mother. Since arriving back in the town he grew up, Julia Landon has been on his radar for all the wrong reasons. He wants to find out what she's up to because nobody can be that helpful, caring and considerate for
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: october-2017

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Sugarplum Way started off the way I want every book to start. It includes a generic over-the-top sweet heroine named some ridiculous name like Julia Landon and a too hot for his own good cop, Aidan. The story was easy to read, and super easy to fall in love with. Because come on! Although it's only October, I'm already in the Christmas spirit and reading about two love birds like Julia and Aidan getting cozy near the fi
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“. . . And when the big shark came, Millie the Mermaid found her courage and saved the school of fishes.” Ella Rose made a ta-da motion with her hands.
“That’s a very good story, darling.”
Ella Rose nodded. “Julia’s going to give me a copy of my very own when it gets published. She’s really smart, you know. She writes books. George said she wrote one about you, Daddy. But we can’t read it be—”
Aidan didn’t think this would be a good time for his ex to hear about Julia’s sexy books. “Okay, so who wants to grab a bite to eat before I have to leave?”
Harper frowned at Aidan and then said to their daughter, “I hope Julia told Derek to apologize to you.”
“Yes, she did. And she said that just because someone doesn’t believe what you do doesn’t make you right and them wrong. We have to respect each others differences.”
Harper gave Aidan an apologetic, I-guess-I-overreacted look. “I appreciate that Julia doesn’t talk down to you because you’re children. That’s why Mommy told you that Santa isn’t real and neither are the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. I respect you too much to lie to you, darling. And now, you see, I’m not the only one. Julia doesn’t believe in—”
“Oh, yes, she does, Mommy,” Ella Rose said, her eyes shining “Julia believes in Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny, and fairies too. She believes in everything magical, and I do too!”
Aidan covered his laugh with a cough.
“Don’t you dare. This is your fault for getting involved with a woman who is delusional. Who in their right mind believes in fairytales and—”
“It’s okay, Mommy. Julia says not everyone can see the magic.”
“All right, Ella Rose, I think I’ve heard just about enough about Julia for—”
“She says why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary?” Ella Rose jumped off the bed and did a pirouette. “I’m going to be extraordinary just like Julia when I grow up.”
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