Jan Scarbrough quickly builds the framework of small town Legend with everybody being in everybody else’s back pocket as well as setting the reader in the timeframe of the cultural revolutions of the late 1960's.
When Grant Winchester shows up late at night, Kathleen (Kate to him) knows instantly that an interloper is there and scandalously on a Harley! When she opens the door to find a real live genuine Hippie with his long hair, scruffy beard, and granny glasses, I could almost hear the gears turn in her head. This man has lived! He’s experienced love, sex and rock-n-roll. And he’s okay because he’s Grant. The boy she was caught kissing in high school. The boy whose family moved him clear across the country to get away from another generation of petty family feuds.
Kathleen can finally see a safe way to experience her own life before being forced by her small town, her loving parents, her near fiancé and his parents into a mold of the time and place. Will she allow herself and Grant the chance to be more than just sexual explorers? Will she help him put his own life in context with his recently received draft notice? Or will they continue down the separate paths they believe are foreordained? I enjoyed the maturity of the love scenes, the intelligent discussions about war and responsibility, and the touching ending that could have been cotton candy sweet but is very genuine.
Reading “A Groovy Christmas” was a lot like eating a pot pie. I expected rural comfort and got it, but the crust was made with fresh herbs giving it a sophisticated flavor. It was both satisfying and surprising.
Christmas 1968: A Groovy Christmas
In a year where women are burning bras and men are burning draft cards, straight-laced Kathleen Fields wants to do something about being a virgin before its too late. When hippie Grant Winchester rides into town on his Harley, Kathleen decides he’s the perfect solution to her problem. Yet, they’re from feuding families like the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. Can Kathleen and Grant reconcile their differences and find love in Legend, Tennessee?
Christmas 1969: Not Quite Christmas
Accountant Frank Smith doesn’t want to go home for Christmas, not since his long-time girlfriend did dump him 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.