Monday, November 5, 2012

Blog Tour: A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman

Author: Anita Higman
Publisher: Summerside Press
Date of publication: October 2012

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?

A Merry Little Christmas is a very sweet book.  It was a quick read and I was able to reading it in one afternoon.  While the story takes place during the Christmas season, I wouldn't really call it a "Christmas" book.  The story takes place in the 60s when racial equality is not even close to a reality.  Times were more innocent and things were a lot slower paced.

I liked the overall story.  It is one of faith, forgiveness, friendship and love.  Franny has lived on her farm for her whole life, but she longs to see more of the world.  When Charlie shows up at the farm and offers to buy it, she jumps at the chance.  Her adventure takes her to the city where she makes a new dear friend.  It also brings her back home to the place she realizes she belongs.

Charlie and Franny were very sweet with each other  This is a very clean romance and it just made their fall into love that much sweeter.  As Franny and Charlie come to care fore each other, their love for each other is tested, but that just makes it stronger. I do wish that the story had been a bit longer.  I thought that the time frame for everything was a bit fast.  The resolution with Charlie's father was a little too quick and wrapped up neatly in a bow for me. 

This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Higman.  I definitely would recommend it to anyone!

Meet Anita:

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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