Christmas Ball? Check. Quaint small town with an uncertain future? Check. Handsome, exasperating, human roadblock to every new idea? CHECK! Midnight Shelby has her work cut out for her, if she's going to create a new life in Legend, Tennessee. Single dad Martin McClain wants to keep Legend as idyllic as when he was a kid. Legend's future - and theirs - may depend on a compromise.
Nothing in her successful career in New York City could have prepared Midnight for a small town holiday in Legend, Tennessee. Downtown is as pretty as a postcard, and annual events like the Christmas Ball and community Christmas Eve service warm her heart. She risked everything by investing in the big building on Main Street that she found on a realtor's website. Most folks are nice enough, but the shop she's dreamed of, selling locally-made arts and crafts, hasn't a chance until the community accepts and trusts her plans. One man in particular stands in her way.
Martin McClain was born and raised in the Legend area. His family has lived there for generations, and he feels a duty to preserve the past. The website his son Daniel created has been good for business, but although Martin is a real estate agent by trade, he’s wary of newcomers’ motivations. Especially Midnight Shelby, who seems bent on changing everything...even him.
Legend has struggled for years. Local employment is at an all-time low, and most graduates of Legend High have no chance of making a living in the town where they were raised. Now a new company is in talks with the mayor and town council.
The people of Legend have always worked together in times of crisis. How will they survive this one?
The McClains of Legend, Tennessee is a contemporary romance series, providing wholesome, heartwarming stories for anyone who loves a happily-ever-after. Readers enjoy becoming immersed in the lives and loves of the large, sometimes exasperating, and always entertaining McClain family, to whom Legend has been home for generations.
Readers have said they'd like to move to the fictional town of Legend, Tennessee. Perhaps their strong positive reaction to the town is because it's so believable, while still providing that always-required happy ending.
The stories can be read as stand alones, or sequentially:
Midnight in Legend, TN
Where Her Heart Is
Building a Dream
Christmas Charm: a short story
Home for Christmas
-Under the Mistletoe (set in 1975), and
-The Holly and the Ivy (set in 1978)
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and romantic women's fiction. A lifelong resident of Small Town America, she invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots barely visible on the map. Romance, mystery, and the journey to be one's best self are all part of a day in her neighborhood. Readers have commented that they'd like to move to the imaginary towns Magdalena writes about, which she takes as high praise indeed. Magdalena is a practicing minimalist, having downsized from a 3,000 square foot house to a studio apartment, where her Giant Closet continues to resist taming. When not writing at home, she loves to travel--carry on baggage only--and is always pleasantly surprised at the kindness of strangers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Magdalena Scott writes with a subtle humor that left me smiling. This is a sweet story and part of a series. The others in the series have a little more spice to them, but I felt this one was perfect for the characters and the storyline -- in other words, I didn't need the spice or heat to make me move this story. It stands alone on its own merit. Good storytelling, nice romance plot, in a great little homespun setting. I have the rest of the series to read too, and I look forward to reading them.
Review by Emmarae:This was a terrific outline for a book, but I don't think it was complete as short as it was. Short romances are great, but this wasn't a short romance. It just seemed to be a plot device for the series, or an exposition. There was no developing romance in it that I could see. You saw Midnight's growth as a character and felt her love of the town. Midnight was beautifully written. The book seemed to focus on her campaign to Market Legend, but not the romance. I'd read a great scene, and then wonder what happened to lead to it or what followed it, leaving the scene sadly incomplete. It didn't bring in the other characters, and all but Betsy and Midnight seemed paper thin. I didn't see Martin's character development at all and his behavior just didn't make sense. The few scenes with them getting to know each other were great, but there was just too much exposition without development or action. I also didn't understand why Christmas and the New Year passed by without a mention. Time flew, but nothing happened. Sorry to say, this is not one I'd recommend from Magdalena Scott. Read it if you're a fan of the series, but otherwise I just don't see the point.