Sunday, October 21, 2012

Book Review - A Merry Little Christmas

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?

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.

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This is a lovely little romance. Franny is a woman living on the farm she grew up on. Her parents both died in a tragic accident and she has been working the farm alone. She loves her animals and you can tell she has a real feel for the land. However, she has a dream that she wants to pursue and has had the farm up for sale for a long time. 
Charlie shows up at the farm to buy it. He has something to prove to his over-bearing father and feels that if he can succeed at farming, his father will be proud of him and see that he can run the family business. 
You can tell right away that Franny and Charlie feel something for each other.  They have grown up polar opposites of each other, but that doesn't stop them from seeing the good qualities in each other. They are both believers in God and this shines through beautifully throughout the book.

I like that we see the good versus evil in this book. Charlies father is someone who manipulates and controls regardless of how much he hurts those around him. Charlie and Franny try and reach out to show him how wrong he is. It's interesting to see how this relationship goes.

I also liked the relationship between Noma, a black woman, and Franny. There is caring for one another with no regard for the fact that they are not the same race. I need to clarify here that this story takes place in the early 60's when things were a lot different than they are today. The Christian love that shines through between them all is beautiful.
I enjoyed the twists and turns of this book. There was some real surprises in this book that made me wonder at the evil men do. I really enjoyed the fact that the Christian characters truly walked their faith and showed love and forgiveness.  It was a sweet story and I highly recommend it.
*This book was provided to me for my honest reveiw by LitFuse Publicity Group
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Blessings - Julie

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