Thursday, February 28, 2013

Anita Higman's A Merry Little Christmas ~ Reviewed

Anita Higman
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Summerside Press 

ISBN: 1609366883


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?

                A Merry Little Christmas begins with a young woman named Franny Martin.  She has spent several years taking care of the family farm after her parents were killed in a tornado when she was eighteen.  While she loves the farm, there is a restlessness in her.  She loves music and wants to go to the city to try to work for a radio station.  As “luck” would have it, Charlie Landau shows up.  He is a city slicker with a lot of money who wants to buy the farm to prove to his father that he can make something of it on his own.  Franny agrees right away, and also agrees to help him learn the ropes.  There is an instant connection between the two, and when Franny leaves for the big city, they both realize how much they care for each other.  When she makes it there, she is unable to find a job and has no idea what to do.  After accepting a job as a waitress, Charlie shows up and asks her to come back and help him, which she does.  They finally address their feelings for each other, but the next hurdle is getting past Charlie’s father, who never approves of anything he does.

                I LOVED this book.  It was so sweet and full of an innocence that I can’t describe.  I loved the setting on the farm, and watching Charlie’s character turn from a city slicker to a farmer.  I also loved how much he enjoyed the hard work that he wasn’t used to.  This was a great book and I HIGHLY recommend it.  I had trouble putting it down!

Reviewed by:  Sarah Meyers


Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This was one of my favorite reads this last Christmas season.

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