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A Merry Little Christmas: Songs of the Season
     

A Merry Little Christmas: Songs of the Season

4.3 16
by Anita Higman
 
Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds. 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

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Fall in love with this cozy story about two people from different worlds. 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609366889
Publisher:
Ideals Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Anita Higman is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, including fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and plays. Her previous Christmas book, Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe, hit both the Nielsen and CBA bestseller lists. Anita lives with her husband in the Houston area, and they have two grown children.

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A Merry Little Christmas: Songs of the Season 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
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!
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I loved this story right from the first page. The characters are wonderful. Franny's logical and simple way of looking at life makes her an appealing character. Her sincerity is endearing. Charlie's honest evaluation of himself and his circumstances made me smile. His pampered life had in no way prepared him to accomplish his goal of becoming a farmer. I smiled through many parts of this book, but there was a little sadness, too. Keep the tissue box close at hand! A Merry Little Christmas is a delightful and heart-warming
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
A Merry Little Christmas is a “cozy holiday read about two people from different worlds.” I’m so happy that Anita allowed me to review this book. I found myself smiling on every page as I got acquainted with Frannie Martin and Charlie Landau. Frannie Martin prepares to spend her holidays alone – again – on her Oklahoma farm. Then Charlie Landau sweeps in with an offer to buy it from her although all he has is wealth and polish – absolutely no farming experience – and a need to prove himself as worthwhile to his father. With Christmas songs crooning from the radio, Frannie teaches Charlie about country life with all its fun and foibles. Will the holidays that are quickly advancing on them break them apart or give them their dearest Christmas desires? You’ll want several copies of A Merry Little Christmas – one to keep and several to give as Christmas gifts. You’ll be so pleased you did and so will be the recipients!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I wanted to give this a rating of a three or four--I promise, I did. After all, it is your typical romance, and there is little doubt how it will end. It has the typical poor, independent woman and the rich, robust man, and they fall head over heels in love at first sight. It even takes place on a farm. And the author sprinkles some wonderful Christian principles in there as well. This is typical, so what would possess me to rate it so high? Anna Higman is smart author. She has written a romance that is sweet and clean but tackles some difficult issues. Have you ever had a dream that others ridiculed and did not support? What about racism in the 1950's? And, of course, any time a book adds the elements of music and Christmas, it just doesn't get much better than that. And when you add in romantic, humorous dialogue, well, I just have to give a five-star rating! "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the yuletide gay, from now on our troubles will be miles away." Yes, God does transform people, and there are some miraculous things that occur in this book. You know they have to happen, but it is still neat to see God change people. And by the end of the book, this song does ring true. No spoilers--read it yourself! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman **** This is a great Christmas romance. Charlie Landau a wealthy city boy meets Franny Martin a poor country girl, when he shows up to purchase her farm. They discover a mutual love of music and so much more. Charlie fights to meet the demands of an overbearing father while, Franny fights for injustices. Franny is hired to teach Charlie how to become a farmer before leaving to chase her own dreams. They face obstacles and challenges with honor, dignity and love. When Charlie bought the farm he got more than he bargained for, just goes to show you opposites can be attracted to each other. The author Anita Higman did a great job bringing romance and humor together. She exposed the hurts that come with prejudice. I recommend this Christmas story to all who love romance and Christian fiction, a great love story for any time of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anita Higman delivers yet again in this Christmas romance. She brings likable characters to life, from the very beginning, engaging her readers and drawing them into the action. Great read - She never disappoints.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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!
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THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
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.”
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
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PattiJoM More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this delightful story set in the early 1960s. Two people from totally different backgrounds form an unlikely couple, but following their story kept me turning pages. Anita Higman does a very good job in transporting the reader to that era in time. The story's ending was especially enjoyable---a very satisfying end to a sweet Christmas story. Highly recommended!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Anita Higman in her new book “A Merry Little Christmas” Book One in the Songs Of The Season series published by Summerside Press takes us into the lives of Franny Martin and Charlie Landau. From the back cover: A cozy holiday read about two people from different worlds. 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 send them on their separate ways or bring their most impossible dreams within reach? The Bible tells us that “iron sharpens iron”. In this case the irons are Franny and Charlie. All Franny knows is farm life, all Charlie knows is city life and once these two get together they start to sharpen each other in new and unexpected ways. ”A Merry Little Christmas” is a story of love redemption and hope all set around Christmas time. Anita Higman knows how to write convincing characters that we fall in love with and want to succeed. “A Merry Little Christmas” is a really nice, warm love story similar to what we used to read way back when. This book is a keeper. I recommend that you put it somewhere you can find it easily again next year when you’ll want to read it again. I liked this book. Well done. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Experience a time in the early 1960's in Oklahoma. Once you being you won't be able to leave this sweet story. Fanny Martin is quite a spunky girl, who has had a wonderful Childhood, until her parents were both killed in a storm. Enter Charlie Martin, who comes from a wealthy family, quite without a lot of love. We travel through this story, which reads like a movie, with the words creating pictures in our minds. Charlie buys Fanny's farm, and Frannie stays and helps for three weeks. Can't you just picture this city slicker birthing pigs?? I loved how Frannie stood up for the persecuted people of color. We meet a wonderful Godly woman named Noma who stops and helps her out of a mud puddle! We find sparks flying between Charlie and Frannie, but such different backgrounds! A lot of this story is wrapped up in a few pages at the end...more like TV. I did like this book, and read it in an afternoon. I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago