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O Little Town

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  1,061 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Christmas, 1958: Elvis is on the radio, Ike is in the White House, the Lord is in his holy temple . but there is no peace in Mt. Jefferson.

In a small town where everybody seems to know everybody, there are still a few secrets. Three families find they are connected in ways they never suspected: an angry teen, a dying man, a lonely wife, a daughter in trouble . just ordinar...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by David C. Cook (first published 2008)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Early impressions:
Beaver Cleaver's Christmas in Virginia, with a little teen delinquency and coveting thy neighbor's wife thrown in to spice things up. Everybody's just so golly-gee wow decent, including the sinners.

Final impressions:
Peyton Place for prudes. Like eating candy floss on an empty stomach -- sweet but not very satisfying.

The best thing about the book was that it made me wonder why the author's musical group was called The Statler Brothers when none of the members was named Statler...more
Suzanne Williams
Reading this book was like participating in a gossip session. I was the observer being told, "Look what your neighbor has done." The characters truly seemed like average people you might pass by in any town in any neighborhood. Though it is short on plot, it's the first book I've read where the lack of plot didn't matter to me. The story was less about what was going to happen than what had happened to bring the characters to that place. I was completely fascinated by my view of each character's...more
Resa
I felt for each of the characters in this story, even if I didn’t agree with some of their life choices (like Dove’s not quite an affair-affair)I could still feel for them in their struggles. Everyone just seemed so human. No one was perfect, but no one was over the top “bad” or “evil” either. As far as plot goes there doesn’t seem to be much of one at first glance. It’s just a book about people dealing with everyday problems during the Christmas season. Yet, somehow, Reid makes this enjoyable....more
Pamelabyoung
Sweet holiday read. Yes, the author is THAT Don Reid of the Statler Brothers. As an author, Reid has an authentic voice that weaves small town characters together in a tale that feels like truth to me. A story of forgiveness, family ties and generational connections, this is a simple, sweet and touching story for a winter afternoon read. The icing on my Christmas cake was that I got it as a free Kindle download. AND...I see that Mr. Reid has another book with the same setting coming out in Janua...more
Loraine
At first this book made me feel like I was reading all the gossip on everybody in "small town" America. I did like the storyline more as I got into it. I really enjoyed the minister's Christmas Eve sermon at the end and how he reached out to each of the characters with a message that person thought was just for them.
Dara S.
I would recommend this book. A sweet read about a small town in Virginia in the 1950's around Christmas. Written by a member of the Statler Brothers it has wonderful characters.
Dianne
Jan 14, 2012 Dianne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dianne by: Kindle website
Shelves: christmas
This was a sweet story, set in a small town in Virginia. The characters were interesting and the reader could easily relate to their challenges.
Melba
Mar 14, 2014 Melba rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book lovers
I truly enjoyed this book, and to find out it was written by one of my favorite singers was a treat. Don Reid, of Statler Brother fame, is also from Virginia, so he is a home state celebrity.

This story was touching, and it kept me interested & intrigued from the beginning. It didn't take very long to read either, and it was a wonderful respite for my heart & mind.

I felt like a part of the town while reading, and I was drawn in to the lives of the characters. I didn't always agree with t...more
Doreen
Interesting how all of these lives are intertwined. Great ending.
Erik Orrantia
I was ambivalent on this book. The writing was good and I liked the premise--a little town with its real-life complications, convoluted relationships, connections, and attachments. The writing is crisp. However, and partly because I read before I go to sleep and am tired, I oftentimes got confused. There are many characters and quick shifts from one scene to the next. I simply couldn't remember who was who and there weren't enough hints in the text to remind me. I usually figured that it would a...more
jimtown
Somewhere I had found this title and added it to my 'want to read' list of books. I wasn't able to find it at the library, so later it got added to my Amazon Kindle wish list. I keep the list of available kindle versions just in case the price gets really low. In this case, I found this book was free of charge on Christmas eve, so I downloaded it right then.

Between two Kindle titles, this one caught my interest to read it first. This was a pretty sweet seasonal story to read this time of year, b...more
Kelly
Admittedly, my interest in this book was initially sparked because of the author. I've always been a bit of an anachronism, and when I was a child in the late 80s/early 90s, one of my favorite music groups was The Statler Brothers, a group whose hey day was a good ten to 15 years before that. Don Reid, one of the four members of The Statler Brothers turns out to be an author as well. Combine my interest in his musical side with my love of all things Christmas, and I had to give this book a go.

Th...more
Ashley
I've always said that sometimes the stories where you know the ending are the best, because it forces the author or storyteller or screenwriter to make the middle that much better, for why else would you read to the last page?

I've read a few reviews, talking about fluff and nothing much more and the super religious pushing. I have to say that I disagree. Not every book has to be an award winning yarn spun in overzealous prose and tightly holding on to whatever award is plastered on its cover. So...more
SaraJane
Started a little tradition for myself - reading a Christmas story this time of year. This was one of my first and I really enjoyed it.

Page 44:Location 560
"Life comes in stages and when each stage leaves, it takes a hunk of the soul with it."

Page 56:Location 703
"Fair is doing all you can for your family. That's what fair is. Not selling out. Not settling down and giving up. Fair to your daughter is giving her every opportunity in life that you can. You think fair is praying for the bull not to t...more
MissSusie
This was a sweet Christmas book that I really enjoyed. Set in a smallish town where you may know who some people are but you’ve never been close to them. As Christmas comes along these families lives become intertwined and will never be the same again.

I was afraid at first when it started out with a pastor I thought uhoh it’s going to be preachy but it wasn’t at all. This was a story of failures and forgiveness and what family and love mean to you as a person. This book was full of flawed charac...more
Lynda
I enjoy the Statler Brothers music and this was a pleasant little book but Don Reid is a better songwriter than novelist. The book, set in 1958 shortly before Christmas, revolves around three families with problems. The minister Paul Franklin's teenage daughter Millie has been caught shoplifting. Town policeman Buddy Brigg's teenage daughter is pregnant and wants to get married to Louis Wayne Sterret, son of a local daughter. Walter, an old man, is in the hospital with only a short time to live....more
Julie Graves
Mt. Jefferson in the 1950's was your typical small town where everyone seems to know each other and their lives are intertwined.

It is Christmas 1958 and the story opens with a local pastor's daughter being caught shoplifting in the local department store. Not wanting to raise too big of a scene the manager of the store attempts to keep the news from getting out. Unfortunately he has to call Buddy the Chief of Police in.

Buddy is having problems of his own. He has just found out that his 16 year o...more
Elaine
I am breezing through this book. Last night while reading it, I thought "I'll just finish here for the night." but that didn't happen. It was some time after 11 p.m. when I made myself put the book down. I'm on page 200 something right now and at this point, I give the book a 5 star. That's not to say it won't change later on. It really depends how the author wraps it up. I find one thing somewhat annoying - one person goes back in memory throughout the book. I don't know at this point how it ti...more
Carlene Cearley
I read this, because Don Reid is from my hometown of Staunton, VA. I grew up listening to The Statler Brothers and seeing them around town. The book was loosely based on a hometown story. I personally enjoyed the book, as I pictured the places as places around town. My ties to the author and setting really enhanced my enjoyment of the story. I don't know how someone would feel about the story without those ties. Therefore, the 3-star rating.
Lola4
Isn't it wonderful to be in a mood for a good Christmas tale and instead find a great one? This was just one thoroughly great slice-of-life story about the intersecting lives of the families of a policeman, doctor, pastor, and store manager in 1958 Western Virginia. This story will probably have the most appeal to those of us who grew up in and remember the 50's. At the heart of the story is Walter, the father of two of the wives, who is facing his "last Christmas" and is haunted by the memories...more
Laura Lineberger
This was a quick and easy read that I chose for the Christmas holiday. It was a nice book with interesting and realistic characters. There is a good bit of jumping back and forth between two time periods, and the characters (and the relationships between them) can be a little hard to keep straight...but by halfway, I was following it a lot easier. I especially liked the ending...it was "feel good" yet realistic. Definitely recommend :)
Diane Lybbert
Homey, heart-warming story of life in a small town the week leading to Christmas. The story takes place in the 1950s, with flashbacks to 1904 for one character's history. Small town intrigue and 'scandal', but a basis of faith, forgiveness, and family works it all out.
Melissa
An enjoyable read during the holiday season. Filled with intertwining story-lines, images of grace, compassion, forgiveness and love, definitely helps to amp up the Christmas spirti and love for our fellow man.

"She was always trying too hard; trying too hard to win his love instead of enjoying it. She desired approval over affection. Attention over contentment." Page 119/Location 1466

"Funny the things you remember when you begin fearing that memories may be all you have left." Page 212/Location...more
Dierdra Byrd
I am probably being generous with the 3 star review, I went back and forth from 2-3 stars but it is Christmas time after all. I got this book for free last year and it has been sitting on my Kindle, while looking for a Christmas book to read I decided to finally read this one. I wanted to like it more then I did and the book was not horrible but it was not good either. There was no real plot, nothing that made me want to keep turning the pages and I really didn't connect with the characters. The...more
Logan
When I was a little girl I told my parents that I loved to read because "I got to go there." I got to go to all kinds of new places and meet new people and experience things I would never do before. They thought I was a little strange since I made this statement in elementary school. I have to say though, this is definitely one of those books where you will "go there." You will love Mt. Jefferson and the characters. I feel like I spent my weekend in this small lovable town. This is one of 2 book...more
CarrieLyn
This is a very simple book, but very compelling and full of characters who are like people you might know or hear about in your own family or community. It is not great literature, but just a good story. That makes it easy to think about how you would react to each of the family crises that are presented in this story about several families in a little town: teenage pregnancy; grandparent confronting death; rebellious teenager; depressed/dependent wife; various degrees of marital weakness, etc....more
Elaine
I love the way Don writes. He draws you right into the town & the people. Great story.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
This book totally blew me away at the end. It had a good speed from the beginning. However towards 75% into it, I was thinking that the drama with the families had subsided and that it was going to end slowly. I was very wrong I thought the relationship between Walter and his grandson was beautiful. All of the families in this community had their own story that somehow went together neatly. O Little Town took place in the 50's when life was much simpler. I truly enjoyed the epilogue of the book...more
Debra
Former Statler Brother Don Reid recreates small town, 1958 style, basing his story on a legendary incident from his own hometown.

With forgiveness as this short novel's linchpin, he recreates a world where people do bad things but learn to live with the results and grow from the experience. Not as sappy as I make it sound, I recognized the archetypes and grew to like most of them.

Definitely a feel good story, an inspirational story without being a preachy one, I enjoyed this enough to want to lo...more
Sue Sparks
I really enjoyed the way he told this story, even though it was fictional.
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Don Reid, a member of the legendary Statler Brothers, has three Grammy awards, thirteen gold albums, and eight platinum albums. An award-winning songwriter, Reid is also the author of several books, including One Lane Bridge and O Little Town. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Staunton, Virginia.
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