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A Merry Little Christmas (Songs of the Season)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
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 mov ...more
Hardcover, 254 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Summerside Press (first published September 28th 2012)
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Nov 05, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
It isn't Christmas yet but it is the time of the year when the Christmas books start popping up in stores and online. A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman was the first holiday story I've read this year from a big name publisher and I have to say it shined like the star on top of the tree. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist a little Christmas cliche. It had everything I love the happily ever after, the sigh-worthy moments, and a little bit of fun -- those things that usually pop up in romances and ...more
Gail Welborn
Dec 07, 2012 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
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Two unlikely people, one raised amidst wealth and prestige, the other a down-home Oklahoma farm girl meet and sparks fly in this nostalgic 1960’s Christmas romance. Although each lead very different lives they are drawn together by similar dreams. The story begins with Franny.

Franny Martin lost her parents in a storm when she was eighteen. She continues to work the family farm with the help of neighbors, even though she had to put her dream of a music career on hold. Still, with an amiable and c
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Oct 25, 2012 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
Franny Martin has her mind on music most of the time while she is doing chores on her farm. The barn yard animals seem to like her singing. As she is singing to the pigs a man walks up behind her and scared the stuffin out of her. Which landed her in the mud. He did save her radio from the mud and she was grateful for that. She asked the nice looking man who he was and why he was there. He boldly told her his name was Charles Landau and he wanted to buy her farm and was willing to pay whatever s ...more
Sharon Chance
Nov 06, 2012 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
What a treat to start off the holiday season with this charming little novel! Anita Higman delivers a sweet romance set in days gone by that will touch the readers hearts and have them humming Christmas melodies all day long.

I enjoyed the interaction between the characters - the blossoming love between Frannie and Charlie is just a delight to watch unfurled as the story progresses. I also admired the sub-story of how Frannie was aware of the civil rights troubles that were brewing at that time,
Dec 25, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
This was a very thoughtful read. Two people coming together with very different backgrounds and many, many roadblocks.

This shows you that love and forgiveness can prevail. In a world of hate and unforgiveness love shines through.

Family relationships are hampered because of a controlling Father. Will Charlie and Willie be strong enough to break free and finally live their own lives? Will God intervene and perform a miracle?

I know readers of Christmas books will find some joy, delight and comfort
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)
Oct 27, 2012 Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf) rated it really liked it
At first glance this book seems to be your usual run-of-the-mill romance all wrapped up in pretty Christmas paper. A Merry Little Christmas has more depth than that, actually. Tackling family dysfunction and racial tensions of the pre-civil rights movement era, this book takes on some tough subjects while still retaining its romance and happy ending.

Franny is a fiercely independent woman, running the family farm by herself after a series of devastating losses. Charlie is the rich boy who wants t
Laurie Carlson
It is the late 1960's, This is a beautiful christian story which starts about a man named Charlie Landau, a very well-off man, and a spunky and fun, life loving, but broke woman, Franny Martin. Both decide to live out their dreams they have for life. Neither one of these two people have ever met before, nor have been married either, both just working on living their completely separate lives from completely separate worlds, while planning on spending another quiet and lonely Christmas. T
Oct 19, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
My review:

Imagine it, your thirty three years old, living on the family farm in the middle of Oklahoma, raising hogs, and wondering if Mr. Right will ever come along. Wondering if you will ever follow your dream and the music and become a Deejay? That was where Franny Martin was, in the middle of Oklahoma, singing along with her radio, when a dreamy young man seemed to drop out of the sky and into her life. Not just any young man, a rich young man, who offers to buy her farm, what she doesn't co
Nov 07, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it liked it
Franny Martin has lived alone on her family farm for the past twelve years when Charlie Landau arrives on the scene to buy her farm. Because Charlie has no farming experience, Franny stays around to teach him the basics. As the holiday season approaches, they both learn lessons about themselves and about love.

This is not your usual schmaltzy Christmas romance novel. While it is set on an Oklahoma farm, its 1961 setting is modern enough to set it apart from the pioneer and Amish novels prevalent
Victor Gentile
Oct 26, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Anita Higman in her new book “A Merry Little Christmas” Book One in the Songs Of The Season series published by Summerside Press takes us into the lives of Franny Martin and Charlie Landau.

From the back cover: A cozy holiday read 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 cle
Oct 23, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Author: Anita Higman
Publisher: Summerside Press
October 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60936-688-9
Genre: Christmas/historical

Franny Martin is thirty-three years old. She lives on an Oklahoma farm, alone, since her parents died and has had the farm up for sale for twelve years with no nibbles. Then Charlie Landau shows up prepared to pay cash, and even more than she’s asking, to take the farm off her hands. Not only that, but he hires her to teach him how to farm since he doesn’t
Maureen Timerman
Oct 01, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Experience a time in the early 1960's in Oklahoma. Once you being you won't be able to leave this sweet story. Fanny Martin is quite a spunky girl, who has had a wonderful Childhood, until her parents were both killed in a storm. Enter Charlie Martin, who comes from a wealthy family, quite without a lot of love.
We travel through this story, which reads like a movie, with the words creating pictures in our minds. Charlie buys Fanny's farm, and Frannie stays and helps for three weeks. Can't you ju
Dec 12, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
Franny lives alone on the family farm near Hesterville, Oklahoma. The year is 1961 and Franny is 33. She's continued to run the farm faithfully for over a decade after her parents died. Franny though is yearning to fulfill a dream she's had most of her life. Franny loves music, she often sings to the farm animals. Charlie Landau a handsome man in his mid-thirties is interested in buying Franny's farm. His goal is to live a life contrary to the life his dad would have him to live. Charli
Ruth Hill
Nov 01, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Okay, I wanted to give this a rating of a three or four--I promise, I did. After all, it is your typical romance, and there is little doubt how it will end. It has the typical poor, independent woman and the rich, robust man, and they fall head over heels in love at first sight. It even takes place on a farm. And the author sprinkles some wonderful Christian principles in there as well. This is typical, so what would possess me to rate it so high?

Anna Higman is smart author. She has written a ro
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
The synopsis of A Merry Little Christmas suggests that this is a simple falling-in-love story. And it certainly is a sweet romance! But what the synopsis doesn't convey are the twists and turns this story takes and the emphasis it places on the era in which it is set (the early 1960s). While the story started out as I suppose I expected it to, it quickly brought in some elements that surprised and intrigued me, including difficult family dynamics, the death and birth of dreams, the horror of rac ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Patty rated it it was ok
This is a tale of a woman in her early 30s who is finally leaving the farm that has been her home all of her life. Franny has finally found a buyer and is leaving to pursue her dreams in the big city but only after spending three weeks helping Charlie, the son of a very rich man with no farming experience learn how the place works. During that three week period the two of them felt very drawn to each other but Charlie was not going to ruin her dreams as his father has constantly dumped on Charli ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The Martin farm, Oklahoma, 1961

Franny's mother always said that if humans ever landed on the moon, the first thing they'd need was music. It was the one essential that made a place inhabitable - you know, to get through all those dark and lonely - not to mention unmarried and dateless - nights.

Franny sighed and turned up the dial on her transistor radio. Frank Sinatra's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" wooed its way over the airwaves like a slow kiss under the mistletoe. She
Amy Bradsher
Oct 30, 2012 Amy Bradsher rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it
A Merry Little Christmas is a heartwarming love story about two people from very different worlds: a country farm girl and a rich city boy, who are drawn together by their mutual love of music and similar dreams. Set in the turbulent civil rights time period of 1961 during the Christmas holiday season, they will embark on an unexpected journey that will change their lives forever.

Thirty-three year old Franny Martin is an Oklahoma farm girl who has always dreamed of living in the city and working
Joi Copeland
Oct 08, 2012 Joi Copeland rated it really liked it
If you love reading fiction stories around the holidays, then A Merry Little Christmas is for you! Anita Higman did a fantastic job at bringing two people from two very different worlds together.
Back blurb: 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, b
Dec 10, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it
"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 big city. A dream...

Franny is a wonderful honest young woman who stayed on
Vera Godley
Nov 01, 2012 Vera Godley rated it liked it
This lovely Christmas novella begins with a bang when boy meets girl down on the farm and things start to really get mucked up a bit. She wants to sell the farm. He wants to buy the farm. She is a farm girl that wants a stab at city life and music. He is a city boy (wealthy) that wants to buy the farm to prove he can succeed at something.

It is October. Thanksgiving is coming. And Christmas is not far behind. They both love music and it has a lyrical impact on their lives and the book's storyline
Dec 26, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing

The book tells us the story of Franny Martin. She is thirty-three years old. She has lost her parents when she was only eighteen because of a bad storm. After she lost her family she had to take care alone of her family farm.She continues to live in there, but she wants to sell the farm and move to the city. The farm is not sold immediatly, it is sold after twelve years.

The one who bought the farm is named Charlie, Charlie Landau who is thirty-five years old. He wanted to buy the farm to
Jan 08, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman is such a sweet story that takes place in Oklahoma leading up to Christmas. Franny, a sweet farm girl used to running the farm alone, is quite taken aback when a handsome, well-dressed man shows up wanting to buy the farm. It had been for sale for over a decade and Franny had kept the selling price high. I believe she knew the farm was worth every penny she was asking but I also believe she thought a high asking price would keep it from selling so she cou ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Veronica rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This was a charming love story about a couple from two different worlds. It's the early 1960's and Franny Martin still lives on the farm she grew up on in Oklahoma, but dreams of being a radio deejay in the city so she can be near the music she loves. She's always been happy with her life on the farm and the warm memories of her parents, but she jumps at the chance to move when wealthy Charlie Landau offers her the asking price. The only problem is he has no idea how to farm!

Franny agrees to tea
Nov 07, 2012 L_manning rated it really liked it
Franny has always dreamed of leaving her parents farm and moving to the big city. Franny has been taking care of the farm on her own since her parents passed away. When a rich stranger shows up offering to buy the farm, Franny has a chance to live out her dreams. There's only one problem. While helping out the new owner Charlie, she's also developed feelings for him. As they both move forward with their new lives, Charlie and Franny discover that being around each other may be the best new life ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Ibjoy1953 rated it really liked it

Fanny Martin finally sells her farm after so many years, so now its time for her dream, to move into town and work at a radio station. Charlie Landau knows nothing about running a farm, but it can’t be that difficult could it? He is ready for a change, after growing up in a wealthy family, but his everyday life was run by his dad. And all he wants is to do something with his love of music.

Start the season off right with this good, clean, light and heartwarming story, “A Merry Little Christmas.”
Lisa Johnson
Oct 19, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: A Merry Little Christmas
Author: Anita Higman
Pages: 256
Year: 2012
Publisher: Summerside
At first glance, this story seemed like I was walking into a movie that had already begun. It took a couple of pages before getting hooked. How many Christmas stories have you read or listened to? What is your favorite Christmas movie? I can tell you that I have read many books, but very few Christmas themed novels. My favorite movie is with Jimmy Stewart, It’s a Wonderful Life. The angel’s name in that
Nov 04, 2012 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Oct 30, 2012 Babs rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
Franny was a lone and the farm was trying to survive. She wanted to move to the big city and was shocked when there was a buyer for the farm. He paid more than she was asking. Charlie shows up while Franny is taking care of the pigs. One thing leads to another and he has her stay for a bit to help out around the farm and have her show him the ropes.

After a time in the city Charlie comes to get Franny and as she made a nice friend with a woman who is of different color. Charlie was open-minded an
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CBA best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has twenty-nine books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and she has seven books coming out in the next two years. She won a 2011 RWA Readers Choice Award (first place) and has been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston. Her latest coauthored book, Love Finds You Under the Mistlet ...more
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