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Jayne Gilbert longs to attend her high-school reunion with a handsome man on her arm. Still single ten years after graduation, Jayne wants nothing more than to prove her former bullies wrong. The only romances in her life are those she reads about so, at the encouragement of her coworker, a determined Jayne decides to do her research. As Jayne prepares to teach herself how Jayne Gilbert longs to attend her high-school reunion with a handsome man on her arm. Still single ten years after graduation, Jayne wants nothing more than to prove her former bullies wrong. The only romances in her life are those she reads about so, at the encouragement of her coworker, a determined Jayne decides to do her research. As Jayne prepares to teach herself how to land a man, an encounter with her neighbor Riley Chambers quickly changes everything. Just when she believed she’d be alone forever, Jayne finds herself falling for Riley in ways she never expected. But Riley is just as bold and mysterious as Jayne is prim and proper. Opposites may attract, but are Riley and Jayne built to last?


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Jayne Gilbert longs to attend her high-school reunion with a handsome man on her arm. Still single ten years after graduation, Jayne wants nothing more than to prove her former bullies wrong. The only romances in her life are those she reads about so, at the encouragement of her coworker, a determined Jayne decides to do her research. As Jayne prepares to teach herself how Jayne Gilbert longs to attend her high-school reunion with a handsome man on her arm. Still single ten years after graduation, Jayne wants nothing more than to prove her former bullies wrong. The only romances in her life are those she reads about so, at the encouragement of her coworker, a determined Jayne decides to do her research. As Jayne prepares to teach herself how to land a man, an encounter with her neighbor Riley Chambers quickly changes everything. Just when she believed she’d be alone forever, Jayne finds herself falling for Riley in ways she never expected. But Riley is just as bold and mysterious as Jayne is prim and proper. Opposites may attract, but are Riley and Jayne built to last?

30 review for Sugar and Spice (Debbie Macomber Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Not one of my favorites from Debbie (& I've read a lot). In theory, the premise was good, but highly unlikely. The characters seem a little fake and the story is somewhat dated. However, if you're already a big Debbie Macomber fan, go ahead & read it. If not, start with the Cedar Cove or Blossom Street series first!!! Not one of my favorites from Debbie (& I've read a lot). In theory, the premise was good, but highly unlikely. The characters seem a little fake and the story is somewhat dated. However, if you're already a big Debbie Macomber fan, go ahead & read it. If not, start with the Cedar Cove or Blossom Street series first!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Glenda L

    A typical Debbie Macomber romance ... easy to read and makes you feel good. I've had this one on my shelf forever. A typical Debbie Macomber romance ... easy to read and makes you feel good. I've had this one on my shelf forever.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lbaker

    I'm home sick and this was exactly the right book to read. There were no surprises, I didn't have to concentrate, it was just fluff to keep me awake (mostly). It's a romance - it's what you expect - girl meets boy - conflict - girl gets boy. I'm home sick and this was exactly the right book to read. There were no surprises, I didn't have to concentrate, it was just fluff to keep me awake (mostly). It's a romance - it's what you expect - girl meets boy - conflict - girl gets boy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    An easy, mindless, but fun, beach read. Predictable, but fun getting there.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Librarian Jayne Gilbert is invited to her high school reunion. She'd love to go, if only to show the other girls at the private school that she's happy in her single life, but what would make it even better is if she was escorted by a man. Her best friend encourages her, so she starts researching how to find one by doing what she's always done: reading one or more books. Unfortunately, the man she's most attracted to happens to be her neighbor, who helps her pick up the volumes she drops just ou Librarian Jayne Gilbert is invited to her high school reunion. She'd love to go, if only to show the other girls at the private school that she's happy in her single life, but what would make it even better is if she was escorted by a man. Her best friend encourages her, so she starts researching how to find one by doing what she's always done: reading one or more books. Unfortunately, the man she's most attracted to happens to be her neighbor, who helps her pick up the volumes she drops just outside the elevator as she gets out to go to her apartment. Turns out that particular guy is keeping secrets from her about who he really is and why he can't tell her. When she inadvertently uncovers at least one of his secrets, she goes to the cops--only to discover that he's part of an FBI undercover sting. Now what is going to happen? Will he still take her to the reunion? Will she let him?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda A.

    Undying Love This is a sweet story of two people who meet, face complications, but ultimately end up together. It is not a long story, so I am forgiving of the rather fast pace this couple experiences falling in love. I find it a bit unbelievable that a "plain Jane" spends 10 years making few efforts, if any, to build her self confidence and her personal image, but goes into full throttle after simply meeting a man who also lives at her apartment complex. But this is a fun, quick, happily ever af Undying Love This is a sweet story of two people who meet, face complications, but ultimately end up together. It is not a long story, so I am forgiving of the rather fast pace this couple experiences falling in love. I find it a bit unbelievable that a "plain Jane" spends 10 years making few efforts, if any, to build her self confidence and her personal image, but goes into full throttle after simply meeting a man who also lives at her apartment complex. But this is a fun, quick, happily ever after story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyce A. Reid

    From Depression to Laughter and Love Again Let's face it! When I saw a Macomber book for just $2.99, I jumped on it! You are without a doubt, my all time favorite author. I'm smiling to myself just thinking about it. You create characters that capture my imagination with dialogue and humor that I truly enjoy. You have widespread readership so please keep 'em comin'. From Depression to Laughter and Love Again Let's face it! When I saw a Macomber book for just $2.99, I jumped on it! You are without a doubt, my all time favorite author. I'm smiling to myself just thinking about it. You create characters that capture my imagination with dialogue and humor that I truly enjoy. You have widespread readership so please keep 'em comin'.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lexivore Hudon

    Meh, but cute and quick. I consider these books an intermezzo of sorts. A little cleanser between more serious books. Or not. But like the intermezzo course it cleans the palate with it's refreshing lightness and that's it's job. Meh, but cute and quick. I consider these books an intermezzo of sorts. A little cleanser between more serious books. Or not. But like the intermezzo course it cleans the palate with it's refreshing lightness and that's it's job.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angel

    As a librarian myself, I was excited to find this book with the main character being a librarian. I enjoyed the characters. The relationship development between the two was entertaining and engaging. I highly recommend it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Maloney

    Ahhh. Great story! I’d love to see more in this couple’s future. They are so perfect for each other and just getting know each other. I’d love to revisit them a year or two into their marriage and see how they’re doing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Cute idea and a sweet story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danni

    weird book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melody Lemons

    This story line was pretty good. Enjoyed reading the book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    A nice quick read. A librarian meets a man that doesn't seem to have all the best qualities. Somehow they work it out. A nice quick read. A librarian meets a man that doesn't seem to have all the best qualities. Somehow they work it out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Iluvreading

    This was an enjoyable read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Debbie Macomber has such a way with writing feel good tales with just enough of a twist to keep my interest. This one was no different.

  17. 5 out of 5

    vanessa

    Cute book I enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books. It as cute and enjoyable book to read during covid. Looking forward to another book of hers. Cute book I enjoyed Debbie Macomber's books. It as cute and enjoyable book to read during covid. Looking forward to another book of hers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda Kendell

    More saccharine than sugar and can anyone really be as dumb as the main character appeared?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chiara Bruzzano

    I really do feel bad when I have to write negative reviews, but the message is important in this case: *stop glamourising toxic masculinity*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jann

    Another quick read. Very predictable and unrealistic but still kept my interest.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A fun read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mika Holsenback

    Light read, very unrealistic but cute!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie Glasgow

    Fun read - very interesting too

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Licalsi

    My girlfriend recommended that I read this and other romance novels from Debbie Macomber since this is not a genre that I usually read. Overall I enjoyed the book because it was a quick comforting read and I understand the appeal of it and books like it. I think I will add romance books to my regular circulation of reading because of this. I did find that the plot was a bit too convenient and unrealistic. Basically at the beginning every other scene she was running into the guy and that kind of My girlfriend recommended that I read this and other romance novels from Debbie Macomber since this is not a genre that I usually read. Overall I enjoyed the book because it was a quick comforting read and I understand the appeal of it and books like it. I think I will add romance books to my regular circulation of reading because of this. I did find that the plot was a bit too convenient and unrealistic. Basically at the beginning every other scene she was running into the guy and that kind of got old but it was the main purpose of the book so I get it. I don't know if this is standard for books in this genre or just an outdated writing style since the book is a bit older. Some other reviews have recommended other books by Macomber and I look forward to reading those as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Riley Chambers has finally met the woman he wants to be with forever. The problem is she is a mousy librarian with a habit of messing with his undercover work. Jayne Gilbert has decided that now is the time to get herself a man. The problem is she has no idea how to meet one and neighbor Riley seems to be constantly in her way when it comes to trying, A great weekend romance about an FBI agent who has moved in across the hall from Librarian Jayne. His mission is to take down a corrupt politician Riley Chambers has finally met the woman he wants to be with forever. The problem is she is a mousy librarian with a habit of messing with his undercover work. Jayne Gilbert has decided that now is the time to get herself a man. The problem is she has no idea how to meet one and neighbor Riley seems to be constantly in her way when it comes to trying, A great weekend romance about an FBI agent who has moved in across the hall from Librarian Jayne. His mission is to take down a corrupt politician and his henchmen. The last thing he needs is the sweet distraction of Jayne who is growing on him and worming her way into his heart. To keep her safe he must keep lying to her - at least until the job is done. But Jayne eventually discovers his secret and leaps to the wrong conclusion ... causing some hilarious moments (especially when she unknowingly calls the local police on the FBI!) A bit slow in places, and Jayne does tend to cry at the drop of a hat, but a sweet no brain read all the same :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Paul

    Well, as romance goes, there is quite a lot to borrow from this book, so is a lot NOT to. Librarian Jayne Gilbert needs a man - a man she can bring to her high school reunion. She wants to prove to her former classmates that she isn't the lonely bookworm they predicted she'd become. So, naturally, Jayne turns to a book. It's called How to Pick Up a Man. And it works, even if she attracts the attention of good-looking Riley Chambers only because she's carrying that book, not because she followed Well, as romance goes, there is quite a lot to borrow from this book, so is a lot NOT to. Librarian Jayne Gilbert needs a man - a man she can bring to her high school reunion. She wants to prove to her former classmates that she isn't the lonely bookworm they predicted she'd become. So, naturally, Jayne turns to a book. It's called How to Pick Up a Man. And it works, even if she attracts the attention of good-looking Riley Chambers only because she's carrying that book, not because she followed its advice!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Richards

    Jayne is your typical librarian. She loves what she does as a children's librarian, but would ideally love to have someone to share her life with, but it hasn't happened so no big deal really. That is until her high school reunion invitation is issued and good old plain Jayne wants to show up to her reunion and not be exactly what everyone thought she would be. This is a lighthearted romance, which is exactly why I chose this book. it was well written and easily consumed. A great escape from real Jayne is your typical librarian. She loves what she does as a children's librarian, but would ideally love to have someone to share her life with, but it hasn't happened so no big deal really. That is until her high school reunion invitation is issued and good old plain Jayne wants to show up to her reunion and not be exactly what everyone thought she would be. This is a lighthearted romance, which is exactly why I chose this book. it was well written and easily consumed. A great escape from real life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Another fun Macomber book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    I love Debbie's books. This one was beyond good. By the middle I was captivated and couldnt stop reading. I hope whoever reads it enjoys it as well. I love Debbie's books. This one was beyond good. By the middle I was captivated and couldnt stop reading. I hope whoever reads it enjoys it as well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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