Friday, October 26, 2012

A Merry Little Christmas

Book Review

A Merry Little Christmas set in 1961 by Anita Higman is a very cozy story. While it is a story set during the Christmas season, it is not a typical seasonal story with Santa, red and green themed rooms, and busy shopping. Christmas is subtle in this book.

A Merry Little Christmas is a love story. Francine Martin is a young woman who owns and operates a farm in Oklahoma. Charlie Landau is a wealthy young man who buys Franny’s farm. There is a spark between them immediately. They find that they share a similar sense of humor and a love of music. The author also deals with a sub-plot that explores the issue of racism in 1961. An older, African-American woman named Noma comes into the lives of Franny and Charlie and plays an important part in the story.

There is a complex web of problems for Franny and Charlie and as the story unfolds the reader sees how things begin to work out for the couple. It could be said that in real life things just do not work that smoothly; but I believe the story should be read with an attitude of watching how God works in individual’s lives – taking a hodge-podge of people and problems and pulling them into a beautiful mosaic design.

This is a perfect book to read curled up in a cozy chair by the fireplace, drinking a cup of Christmas tea. The reader can enjoy watching how our detail-minded God puts together the puzzle pieces of problems for a very likeable young couple and marvel at the beauty He creates, just in time for Christmas Eve.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions are my own.

About The Book

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?

Meet The Author

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find out more about Anita at

Author Anita Higman invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale. Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book

To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to THE CONTEST PAGE at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it. 

Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (and notified by email) on 11/9.

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