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A Merry Little Christmas (edition 2012)

by Anita Higman

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Title:A Merry Little Christmas
Authors:Anita Higman
Info:Summerside (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Read, Your library
Rating:****
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After having her farm for sale for 12 years, Franny Martin is surprised to have a rich city boy Charlie show up and buy it. Franny stays for a couple of weeks to help Charlie adjust to life on the farm and then heads to the city to pursue her dreams of working in radio. But, life happens for Franny and Charlie and they learn that God has other plans for them.

This is a sweet, Christmas novel about small town Oklahoma in the 1960s. Anita Higman touches on subjects of racism and family conflicts. I liked Franny and Charlie. What a pair! And, Noma is terrific. It wrapped up a bit too nicely and I would have liked a little epilogue, but but it's charming little Christmas story about life, love and family forgiveness at Christmas.
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  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
After having her farm for sale for 12 years, Franny Martin is surprised to have a rich city boy Charlie show up and buy it. Franny stays for a couple of weeks to help Charlie adjust to life on the farm and then heads to the city to pursue her dreams of working in radio. But, life happens for Franny and Charlie and they learn that God has other plans for them.

This is a sweet, Christmas novel about small town Oklahoma in the 1960s. Anita Higman touches on subjects of racism and family conflicts. I liked Franny and Charlie. What a pair! And, Noma is terrific. It wrapped up a bit too nicely and I would have liked a little epilogue, but but it's charming little Christmas story about life, love and family forgiveness at Christmas.
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  2kidsandtired | Aug 2, 2016 |
  fromjesstoyou | Mar 21, 2016 |
A Merry Little Christmas is a heartwarming love story about two people from very different worlds: a country farm girl and a rich city boy, who are drawn together by their mutual love of music and similar dreams. Set in the turbulent civil rights time period of 1961 during the Christmas holiday season, they will embark on an unexpected journey that will change their lives forever.

Thirty-three year old Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who has always dreamed of living in the city and working in the music business. But at the age of eighteen, he parents die in a tragic accident and she inherits their farm. After twelve years of trying to work the farm all by herself, the bright lights of the city and a desire to become a radio DJ are calling her, so she decides to put the farm up for sale.

Thirty-five year old Charlie Landau comes from one of the wealthiest families in Oklahoma. He has tried many times to prove himself to his domineering father, Albert Landau, a very successful businessman, that he could take over the family business, but his attempts at various business ventures have failed, and he is a disappointment to his father. Deep down inside Charlie's real dream is to be a musician, but his father would never approve of that career choice for his son.

In one last ditch effort to prove he could succeed in business, Charlie leaves the city for the country. He shows up at Franny's farm and offers to purchase the farm in cash. But there is one problem, Charlie doesn't know anything about being a farmer! Charlie hires Franny to teach him how to farm in three weeks, then she will move to the city to pursue her dream. During their time together, they become close and share a mutual attraction, but after Thanksgiving the time has come for them to part ways.

Once in the city, Franny realizes that her dream to pursue a career as a radio DJ isn't as easy as she thought it would be, and she regrets selling her farm. Likewise, Charlie is having a hard time managing the farm. When their paths cross again, Charlie asks Franny to come back and help him run the farm. But complications arise when Franny befriends Noma Jefferson, an older African-American woman, and has her move to the farm to help them out. Racial tensions erupt within the townsfolk and Charlie's strained relationship with his father cause complications that will test Franny and Charlie's relationship. Can Franny and Charlie overcome the complications and discover what awaits them during the Christmas holiday season?

A Merry Little Christmas is a heartwarming tale of hope, love, faith and redemption. Author Anita Higman weaves a poignant tale of having hope and the belief in finding love when you least expect it. Told in the third person narrative, this is a wonderful love story of two people who share a mutual love of music and similar dreams, while also touching upon dysfunctional family matters and the racial tension of the pre-civil rights movement time period. This is a touching story about finding love, dealing with past pain and loss, and overcoming adversity. Rich in detail and vivid description of the Oklahoma farm country, the reader is transported to 1961 with wonderful nostalgic sights, sounds and societal references of that time period. The author weaves a story mixed with romance, humor and drama; with twists and turns that keeps the reader turning the pages.

I loved the author's character development of Franny and Charlie as the story unfolds. There is nothing better than to read a toughing story about how two people from very different lives come together and along the way discover love. Franny is a feisty girl that you can't help but embrace, while Charlie is an endearing and honest guy who is trying to find is place in life; together they provide the reader with romance and humorous banter as their love story unfolds. The supporting cast of characters lends a dramatic edge to the storyline that keeps the reader riveted.

A Merry Little Christmas is a touching feel good story that will warm your heart especially during the Christmas holiday season!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-merry-little-christmas-by-an... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Dec 10, 2012 |
Franny Martin has lived alone on her family farm for the past twelve years when Charlie Landau arrives on the scene to buy her farm. Because Charlie has no farming experience, Franny stays around to teach him the basics. As the holiday season approaches, they both learn lessons about themselves and about love.

This is not your usual schmaltzy Christmas romance novel. While it is set on an Oklahoma farm, its 1961 setting is modern enough to set it apart from the pioneer and Amish novels prevalent in the bookstores today. By the same token, the references to the Civil Rights Movement gives it a historical context not found in a contemporary romance. For anyone who enjoys a good novel set in that time period, this novel should stand out.

3.5 stars


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  Tammy.Ford.Cuevas | Nov 7, 2012 |
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Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who's preparing to spend the holidays alone again. Then Charlie Landau shows up one day, all wealth and polish, and offers to buy Franny's farm. Franny has no money to speak of, but she is clever and spirited, and she's more than happy to sell the farm and move to the city. As Sinatra croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon her charming farm, Franny teaches Charlie the curious and sometimes comical ways of country life. In the process, they unearth some discoveries of the heart--that sometimes love comes when you're least ready for it. Will the holidays bring their most impossible dreams within reach?… (more)

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