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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
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Rating:****
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Can Love Conquer All?

This was a very thoughtful read. Two people coming together with very different backgrounds and many, many roadblocks.

This shows you that love and forgiveness can prevail. In a world of hate and unforgiveness love shines through.

Family relationships are hampered because of a controlling Father. Will Charlie and Willie be strong enough to break free and finally live their own lives? Will God intervene and perform a miracle?

I know readers of Christmas books will find some joy, delight and comfort in this wonderful read by author Anita Higman. She hit the nail on the head with this one. Don't miss out! ( )
  passionforbooks | Dec 25, 2012 |
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 |
Franny has always dreamed of leaving her parents farm and moving to the big city. Franny has been taking care of the farm on her own since her parents passed away. When a rich stranger shows up offering to buy the farm, Franny has a chance to live out her dreams. There's only one problem. While helping out the new owner Charlie, she's also developed feelings for him. As they both move forward with their new lives, Charlie and Franny discover that being around each other may be the best new life they could have. Unfortunately it may take a Christmas miracle for this to happen.

I love music and I love Christmas, and I really love Christmas music. This book was like some of the best things about the holidays all wrapped up with a neat bow. It was so sweet, and it even had a chance to remind me of all the people I could help, not just during the holiday season. There were several topics covered in this book, but it never managed to get too heavy. I'll admit I was a bit curious early on what the conflict was going to be, but this book managed to surprise me with a few things. I liked the approach of having these two people from completely different worlds trying to set off on their own doing the things they wanted. They shared a common dream of living theirs lives as they saw fit, and this helped to bring them together.

Franny was a fun character. She had such a sure sense of principles and justice. I loved that she was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. I was also very happy that she was able to find someone who could stand for those same things in Charlie. With their differing backgrounds, this was another thing that helped draw them together. Overall this was just a really sweet book that is perfect for those cold days leading up to the holidays. It just makes you want to cozy up and read it through to the end. It's a very quick read, and it will help to remind of you the good you can find in people.

Book provided for review. ( )
  l_manning | Nov 7, 2012 |
This is a tale of a woman in her early 30s who is finally leaving the farm that has been her home all of her life. Franny has finally found a buyer and is leaving to pursue her dreams in the big city but only after spending three weeks helping Charlie, the son of a very rich man with no farming experience learn how the place works. During that three week period the two of them felt very drawn to each other but Charlie was not going to ruin her dreams as his father has constantly dumped on Charlie's.

Franny gets into the city but for some strange reason, despite her love of music but lack of education no radio station will hire her to be a DJ as she has always dreamed. She ends up as a waitress. After ONE DAY all of her dreams are destroyed. The very next day Charlie finds her to give her some bad news and invite her back to the farm to work for him.

You can imagine what happens. This was a VERY sweet tale. To me, almost written for the YA crowd rather than an adult readership. It's a classic Romeo and Juliet story playing out on a farm in Oklahoma but fortunately no one has to die. There are racial overtones as this is the early sixties and as always it is very hard to remember how terribly people of color were treated at that time.

It was not a page turner by any stretch of the imagination but it was a nice diversion from heavier books. I love Christmas stories and on that topic it didn't disappoint. When they were on the farm it was when I enjoyed it the most. Charlie's father was a typical overbearing rich character but Scrooges always have a purpose in a story. The book is a tale of love and redemption but most of all of hope. Most appropriate for the holiday season, yes? ( )
  BrokenTeepee | Oct 26, 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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