Fifty-six-year-old Samuel Phillips is all alone on his small farm in the Ozarks, with nothing but a menagerie of chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and other birds as company—which is just the way he likes it. In fact, if Samuel had his way, he’d tear down his neighbor’s house so his solitude could be absolute. One day Faloola, his favorite turkey, escapes, forcing Samuel to make the trek next door. When Raymond Webber—sixty-seven—answers the door as naked as the day he was born, Samuel doesn’t know whether he’s more annoyed… or attracted. The two men are opposites in every way—Samuel is serious, while Raymond believes in free love and herbal relaxation. The weeks leading up to Christmas are rocky to say the least, but some holiday spirit might help them get past their differences….
There was a lot about this that I really liked. The MCs were quirky and unique and older – a lot older than your typical romance hero – and they lived out in the country and were solitary souls.
However, I was really put off by the opening “meeting” – poor turkey! – and there were several times when I got pretty frustrated at Samuel. I wasn’t convinced of their long term compatibility and that detracted a bit from my enjoyment as well. I think the whole turkey thing colored my feelings a bit and may have influenced my overall enjoyment.
It was very entertaining, but not my favorite story.
3 of 5 stars
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