Friday, November 2, 2012

A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman Blog Tour Stop! PLUS a chance to WIN 1 of 15 copies of this book! - Review

LitFuse Publicity Announces:

Author Anita Higman (author's website) invites readers to kick off the season with a spirited holiday tale.

Anita is spreading the Christmas cheer by giving away FIFTEEN COPIES of the book.  (Entry Form!)

To enter to win A Merry Little Christmas, just head over to THE CONTEST PAGE (Entry Form) at Anita's website and fill out the short form. Be sure to put BLOG CONTEST in the Subject Line. That's it.

Winners will be announced on the Litfuse blog (posted at the bottom, and notified by email) on 11/9.

My Take:
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. They happen to meet while doing so, and there is quite a spark that occurs between these two people, but never spoken out loud. 
Franny Martin, an Oklahoman, owns her family farm from her late parents who have passed away, has decided to sell the farm in order to live out her lifelong dream of going into music business. She has always loved music since she was very young. She decides to put the family farm up for sale.
Along comes Charlie, who is interested in buying the farm for many different reasons, but as soon as he meets Franny, he knows he's feels something for this spirited, life loving woman, and must buy this farm, no matter what the price tag. 
Franny isn't to sure the farm is a good fit for Charlie being he is from the city and has never farmed a day in his life, so they both decide together that Franny is going to live on the farm for three more weeks while teaching Charlie how to farm, then she'll leave to live out her dreams. 
Charlie has always suppressed his feelings about people in the past, especially his mean-spirited father, and even though he would love to profess his love for Franny, holds back his feelings. Franny also feels there is something between the two of them, but holds her feelings back as well.
While Franny is staying and teaching Charlie about the farm, a beautiful love story starts to spin. It is so beautiful as Franny teaches all the ins and outs of farming, Charlie is is awe as she teaches him. As she's teaching him, they both learn a lot about life from each other, and all the beauty it can hold.
Charlie is completely enamored by Franny. Franny feels the same way about Charlie and is in awe of his reaction to the simplest of things in life as he learns them. From climbing into her childhood tree house, to birthing piglets together, to seeing the first winter snow up at the ridge, both learn more and more about the other or about life as well. Their different perspectives come together in an amazing way. 
Many hurdles happen to these two people as they try to go on and live out their dreams,  Will they ever get to pronounce their true feelings of love they have for each other? Will life's hurdles completely ruin any chances this couple has to ever get together? 
To read this story is amazing. You go through so many emotions. This author has quite a knack for making you feel the love they have for each other while they don't say-so out loud. You are dying as you read this story to know if their closeness will end up in either of them pronouncing their love for one another, to the moments when they come so close to a possible kiss, will it happen? When the hurdles of life come along threatening to split them up for good, will each of them tell the other about these hurdles so they can be together? This book sounds suspenseful in a way, and yes, love can be suspenseful, and yes, this story is a suspenseful love story, but oh, so enjoyable! This is a wonderfully beautiful story to take a break from during the rush-rush this holiday season to sit down and read with a glass of hot chocolate while trying to stay warm. I am grateful I had the opportunity to do so. This story will remain in my heart this season every time I think about the one I love. This is a definite must-read for anyone who has or wants to read about experiencing unexpected love, no matter what your age.

I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Summerside Press, through LitFuse Publicity, in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but, of my own honest opinion. “Free” means I was NOT provided with ANY MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading the book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255,
Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman
Print Book: $12.86
Ebook:       $7.69

About the Author:
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 Mistletoe, was on the Nielsen’s best-seller list for five weeks for religious adult fiction and #6 on the CBA best-seller list for fiction (January, 2011). Anita’s novella, Once Upon a Christmas Eve, was given a four-star review in Romantic Times Magazine.

Some of Ms. Higman’s publishers are Guideposts/Summerside Press, Barbour Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Roman & Littlefield, Lillenas Drama, Abingdon Press, Standard Publishing, Bethany House, and Simon & Schuster/Howard Publishing.

A few of Anita’s books are Love Finds You in Humble Texas, Another Stab at Life, The Celestial Helix, The Love Song (co-authored), Pokeweed and Mrs. Gasp, Who Will I be For the Rest of My Life? (co-authored), and Big Book of Holidays and Holy Days. She also has contributions in twelve nonfiction compilations.

One of Ms. Higman’s co-authored books entitled, A Tribute to Early Texas, has a foreword by Elmer Kelton and has won a San Antonio Conservation Society Citation as well as a Westerners International Book Award. She was named a Favorite New Author in the 15th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards, and in the 16th Annual Heartsong Presents Awards her co-authored novel, Castles in the Air, was one of the winners in the Favorite Contemporary Romance category. Also Anita contributed to an animation script that won a Gold Remi Award.

Her novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas, was chosen by Crossings Book Club and is now available in hardback and large print editions. Anita and the novel, Love Finds You in Humble Texas were featured on The Harvest Show, a Christian program with eight million regular viewers.

Ms. Higman has won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for literacy with her book, I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston.

Anita Higman has written for radio, ezine, and advertising. She also cohosts a monthly blogtalkradio show which is a part of Reader’s Entertainment Radio and reaches an audience of 80,000. She has a BA degree combining speech communication, psychology, and art from Southern Nazarene University, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as The Writer’s View.

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