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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2010
Series: Mt. Jefferson
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 ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Illness. Marriage. Bad decisions. Friendship. Faith. Forgiveness.
Spanning three generations, O Little Town is a tender tale of love and redemption . and a lonely gravesite where roses mysteriously appear every Christmas. It will touch your heart.
Don Reid, a member of the Statler Brothers, country music's premier singing group for nearly forty years, has established himself as a singer and professional writer in multiple fields.
As a songwriter of 240 published and recorded songs, many of them number one and top ten hits, Reid is the recipient of 18 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) awards, 3 Grammy awards, 9 Country Music Association awards, 48 Music City News/TNN awards, 13 gold albums, and 8 platinum albums.
Reid also cowrote (with his brother Harold) the television series The Statler Brothers Show and numerous TV specials. He has published three nonfiction books (Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, and You Know It's Christmas When.). O Little Town is his first novel.
Don lives with his wife, Deborah, in Staunton, Virginia.
Ramona Wulff5 Stars Out Of 5Great simple readFebruary 15, 2018Ramona WulffQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I disagree with some of the reviewers. Don Reid is a great writer of songs (with his brother, Harold), and he is now a great novelist. At first I thought this book would be a bit simple, but as I got into it, it became more interesting. I am a fast reader, so it didn't take long to read this book. I'm looking forward to reading more of Don's novels.
Sandy3 Stars Out Of 5a soap operaDecember 19, 2015SandyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0If you like soap operas then this book is for you- or at least that's what it seemed like to me- but that's not a compliment. To me it was hard to follow and somewhat disjointed - jumping around from one scene to another with seemingly no connection between. Maybe the problem is with the reader and not the book so don't just take my word for it.
Reading RoverMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5O LITTLE TOWNJuly 30, 2014Reading RoverMidwestQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5O LITTLE TOWN
By Don Reid of the Statler Brothers
I think this book reads, like Don sings. If you like the energy and the tone of his Music, you must read this word composition by this Musician and tell me if you agree.
Each chapter whisks you to another scenario of intertwined lives, although we may not realize it at first-the setting small town Pre-Christmas 1958.
It has so much drama, it would win all the Soap Awards for the Year, and if you like fast moving dramatic Soaps, this book is for you.
It couldnt be a better Christmas Book, for almost everybody even if Don Reid and his support group had tried.
Its a book about good people in the fire and how they are finding the Angels walking in the Fiery Furnance with them, and each other, even when they arent feeling or acting, so good.
Don as my Music Teacher Mrs. Miller said, Keep singing!, and keep singing those song-stories we call books! Nice job.
Harvest House Publishers-30-
Edna TollisonAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Book setting back in 1958January 3, 2011Edna TollisonAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A great book by Don Reid, this was his first book and it comes back around every year around Christmas. It is set in 1958 right at Christmas time and tells a story about different characters. I was a young teen about that time and knew all about a lot of the things that is talked about in this book just not the people. The story takes place in Mt. Jefferson, Va and it switches back and forth between the characters and lets each one talk about their life. There was Walter, he was a sick man and he kept remembering back when he was a young lad and worked in the Crown theater, and about some live actors before the movies came. He was 16 at the time and he really fell for the actress Adrienne. He was the most remarkable character to me. Then there was the police chief, alone with his wife and their pregnant 16 year old daughter and how they handled the teen pregnancy back in the 1950's.
The pastor had a wife that was more interested in another man than her own family, so the teen daughter decided she would steal from the mercantile. Two of the wives were sisters and the daughters of Walter, one was married to the doctor and the other was married to Mercantile manager.
As I would think like any small town there were tongues wagging telling this and that, and no always the truth. I don't know this for a fact if that is the way of small towns as I have never lived in town always in the country.
This book is really a good book and Don did a fine job. Almost as good as his singing you heard I said ALMOST, I loved to hear the Statler Brothers and loved way back when they first got their start. My children grew up listening to the old 33 1/3 lps and me singing alone as I worked in the house.
This book was sent to me by Jeane at wynnwynn media free for me to post my honest review.
avid reader4 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2009avid readerThe author took a story with wonderful possibilities and totally came short of a satisfying ending. I never really did see how the "flashbacks" tied in with the story. Certainly didn't fit it with a story of forgiveness.