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Friday, October 26, 2012

"A Merry Little Christmas" by Anita Higman


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?

Anita Higman writes like Grace Livingston Hill.  She writes of characters with real problems and issues, clearly placed in distinct settings, but there's almost a rosy glow about them.  Though their problems are big, both personal and culturally speaking, you just know that everything will be okay.  There are no tears, because no matter how horrible the situation gets, Higman writes peace into every line of the story.  

While that peace contrasted harshly with Franny and Charlie's desperate situation, the story only improved with the wacky elements written into the characters' personas.  From squirrel attacks to mud sliding, this element of fun added visible hope throughout the book.

A Merry Little Christmas is a rather short story, and the book is smaller in dimensions than most, too, which would make it a great stocking stuffer or family read -aloud.  

I often prefer books that are fast-paced and suspenseful, but A Merry Little Christmas is the perfect book for those times when you want to slow down and relax.  While it's certainly full of drama, the serenity will help you recharge.

A Merry Little Christmas is available for purchase here.

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

I received a free copy of A Merry Little Christmas from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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