For the past few years, each Fall the Ladies of Legend romance authors have put out wonderful Christmas historical novellas that always get me in the Christmas spirit! This year is no different. Three of the authors have just-this-week released novellas to offer their readership--Jan Scarbrough, Magdalena Scott, and Janet Eaves.
Not Quite Christmas by Jan Scarbrough, is set at Christmastime in 1969. Accountant Frank Smith doesn’t want to go home for Christmas, not after he was dumped by his long-time girlfriend on Christmas Day a year ago. Avoiding Legend, Tennessee, is high on his priority list until he meets his mother’s houseguest—hippie chick Emmy Johnson, a girl with a past...and maybe Frank’s future.
Not Quite Christmas is a sequel to A Groovy Christmas, set one year earlier in 1968, a year where women are burning bras and men are burning draft cards. Can Kathleen Fields and Grant Winchester, from feuding families like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s, reconcile their differences and find love in Legend, Tennessee?
The Holly and the Ivy by Magdalena Scott is set nearly a decade later in 1978. Jeannie Adams has a pain in her neck, and its name is Eli McClain. The school board is honoring him at a big community dinner, and Eli has done nothing to deserve all the fanfare. Nothing, that is, except leave their hometown of Legend, Tennessee right after high school and become an internationally known singer. Why make a big deal over somebody who walked out on everything that’s important?
For Eli, Christmas in Legend is a way to placate the family he left years ago, and impress the very impressionable people of Legend. As far as they’ll know, Eli has everything. But at twenty-five years old, he’s feeling burned out with fame and fortune and doesn’t understand why life is so hollow.
All through school, Eli and Jeannie were the bane of each other’s existence. Yet the fleeting kiss he left her with right after graduation has never quite faded for either of them. Jeannie has deep roots in Legend, and Eli jerked his roots up years ago, so even the magic of a beautiful hometown Christmas can’t bring these two opposites together. Or can it?
Through Her Eyes by Janet Eaves is set in the post war year of 1945. Allie Winchester is at a loss. Her war-time job has been given to a man. It's almost Christmas, and she's about to be homeless. And she never found the man of her dreams even though she danced her way through World War II with every soldier who passed through Legend, Tennessee.
Just when she thinks all is lost, Allie is offered a job to care for an injured soldier. The position includes an incredible income, a home to live in, a car to drive, and the freedom to decorate as she sees fit. Thinking she has hit on the job of her dreams, Allie dives into preparations for her blinded patient, only to find him mad at the world and irritatingly rude to her.
Once she has gotten over the fear of losing her position, Allie decides to give as good as she gets, only to find their verbal sparring flames more than her anger. Being the good girl she is, Allie is mortified by her reactions to a man she can barely tolerate. Being a young inexperienced woman, Allie finds herself fascinated by those reactions. And once she peels back the layers of George Sterling's anger, Allie finds herself wanting to help him find the light in a world gone dark, without losing her heart in the process.
All three novellas are filled with the promise of Christmas and the magic of love. What else do we need?
You can find all three novellas at the publisher web site, Resplendence Publishing. Coming soon to Amazon and other eBook retailers.
You can learn more about the Ladies of Legend series of books by visiting the Legend, Tennessee web site.
Other Christmas books by the authors you might enjoy.
A Groovy Christmas
The Christmas Heart
The Christmas Gift
Home for the Holidays
Under the Mistletoe
A Legendary Christmas (print)
Three Decades of Love (print)