Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway ~ A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman



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Title:  "A Merry Little Christmas"
Series:  Songs of the Season
Author:  Anita Higman
Publisher:  Summerside Press
Publication Date:  10/1/2012
Pages:  256
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description:

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?

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

This is the first Christmas book I've read this year and I have to say that it has made me want to start all things Christmas.  Lists, shopping, baking, songs, etc.  I'll hold off for a few more weeks though or my husband will fuss :)

The whole time I read this book some of my favorite Christmas songs EVER were running  through my head.  Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis...  You can't get any better than that.

The story itself is heartbreakingly sweet.  This is a great book to get you in the Christmas spirit!


Main Characters:

Franny Martin:  Franny has been running her family farm all by herself for ten years after both her parents where killed in a storm.  She doesn't realize just how lonely she has been until Charlie comes to the farm.

Charlie Landau:  Charlie comes from a rich family but not a happy family.  his whole life has been spent trying to please his unpleasable father who rules the family with an iron fist.  Franny helps Charlie find the courage to stand up for his dreams.

One of My  Favorite Scenes:

The night Franny and Charlie meet, they dance in the barn to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas.  I love that song!

A Brief Excerpt:

"I guess it's all right to love this farm and love music too.  God made our hearts big enough to love all sorts of things.  In fact..." Franny pointed to the other side of the canyon.  "If you'll look over there by that cluster of sumac, you'll see the perfect Christmas tree.  I spotted it some years ago, and not it's ready to cut."
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The Cover:

Aww...This cover make me want to decorate and take a sleigh ride singing Christmas songs. 

Other Notes:

Wow!  Charlie's dad was a nasty piece of work through most of the book.  He has a sudden change of heart that seemed a bit...well.... sudden.  I'm not sure how realistic that is.  It did make for a nice moment though.

I used this book for a "Dream Cast" post.  You can see who I would cast as Franny and Charlie HERE.


Rating

4/5

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Now, for the giveaway!

To enter for a chance to win my review copy of this book:

*Mandatory-  Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas song is.

*Extra-  Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do :)

The giveaway will run until November 5, 2012 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be announced on November 6th.

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On to the next book,

11 comments:

  1. This definitely sounds like an enjoyable book! I've been a follower of your blog for a very long time.

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  2. My favorite Christmas song is Sleigh Bells :-)

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  3. Chestnuts Roasting (The Christmas Song)

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  4. This sounds a little like A Christmas Romance (a made for TV movie starring Olivia Newton John).

    I love Christmas music (and sometimes play it during the non season)

    One of my favorites would be Sleigh Bells...or maybe Silent Night. Too many good ones to narrow down to just one. :)

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  5. I love to read Christmas stories all year long, the snow in the picture does invite you for a sleigh ride, doesnt it. That is something I would love to do-never have yet. I love all the Christmas songs but Silent Night is kind of special for me..
    thanks for sharing your comments on this book and your giveaway.
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  6. I like Little Drummer Boy.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  7. follower of your blog
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  8. O Holy Night is beautiful.
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  9. I'm a follower.
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  10. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas...it makes me so very home sick, but I can't get enough of it.


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  11. The book arrived! Thanks so much! I plan to read this one as soon as I finish up my current book.

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