Thursday, November 9, 2017

SUGARPLUM WAY by Debbie Mason


Publisher:     Forever
Published:     October 31, 2017
ISBN:        978-1538744154
Genre:      Contemporary Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Several years ago Julia Landon decided she needed to become the Gallagher family’s fairy godmother.  It wasn’t a decision easily made and not one she would have made for herself.  It was one to honor the wishes of a dying man.  To do so she moved to Harmony Harbor and bit by bit has done what she can to bring happiness to the Gallagher family.  She has one more member to sprinkle with her fairy dust and then she can retire her wings.  This member though, is perhaps the hardest of all both because of his own issues and her own feelings for him.  If she let herself, she could easily fall in love with Aidan Gallagher.

Aidan Gallagher didn’t start out to be a dark and brooding man.  But life made some troublesome turns for him…several years under cover for the DEA took him to the dark side of human nature. He and his wife, Harper, split and Harper has done her best to keep him from his daughter, Ella Rose.  Despite his best efforts, his boss, Benson, at the Harmony Harbor police department doesn’t quite trust him to keep the darkness in his life shut down. The last thing he wants in his life is a fairy godmother…especially one he is sure is stalking his family.

Secrets have a way of coming out—even best kept ones that one person thinks protects another.  As Julia’s secrets begin to unfold, Aidan begins to see another side of her as well as into the depths of his own heart. 

Debbie Mason’s Harmony Harbor series is one of my “go to” series when I want or need to believe in magic.  Julia Landon in Mason’s latest, SUGARPLUM WAY would tell you that we conjure our own magic from deep inside ourselves and what can seem like a trick or gift of fate is actually meeting our own heart’s desires.  Julia just doesn’t believe, at least at first, that she too can have her heart’s desire.  I loved the way Mason peels the veils covering Aidan and Julia’s hearts and has them find their way to each other.  When the secret that both ties and comes between them all at once is revealed readers are in for first some heart wrenching and then heart healing emotional scenes. 

This story was focused more on the town of Harmony Harbor than on the Mansion where the Gallagher’s live along with the ghost of their great grandmother, her cat Simon and faithful butler, Jasper.  I missed seeing more of Colleen, the ghostly grandmother, and Simon because they are a piece of humor in the stories.  There was a nice reveal concerning Jasper and since Mason doesn’t focus on just young (i.e., couples in their 20’s) love, I hope he too will receive his own story.

It is always fun to catch up with her secondary characters – the Widows Club and a few other town members as well as where characters from the earlier books are now. 

Mason has something for everyone in her books—be it a young adult, adult or senior, male or female.  They are solid reads, perfect for curling up for a good long read with a happy ending.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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