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Preview — O Little Town by Don Reid
O Little Town
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...more
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.
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
Most of the story takes place around the events that occur during the few days prior to Christmas Day 1958 with one back story that links us back to the early 1900s. O LITTLE TOWN opens with Reverend Franklin’s 15-year-old daughter Millie caught shopliftin ...more
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 ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Illness. Marriage. Bad decisions. Friendship. Faith. Forgiveness.
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
I have high standards when it comes to books. I have read such fantastic stories by brilliant writers, and that makes me unable to enjoy anything sub-par. But around Christmas, I crave Christmas things - books, movies, music - and for some reason my tolerance for cheese goes up with the correlation to Christmas.
However, even without the lowered expectations, I think I would have enjoyed this story. It wasn't mind-blowing or life-altering, and I'll probably never read it ag ...more
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
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
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
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
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
"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