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O Little Town: A Novel by [Reid, Don]
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About the Author

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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434799301
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NHTSZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #399,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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God read, interesting thought provoking material recommended for background reading on matters of faith. Stimulating and thought provoking for anyone
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A great freebie , read it at Christmas time .. Nice story , well written and kept my interest , would read more from this author .
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Read this book with an open heart and be prepared to see something of yourself laid bare in the pages you read
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I really enjoyed reading this book! I read it in two days which is quite a fast pace for me!
The characters are quite real and the storyline very believable with two nice little surprises at the end.
Very enjoyable and full of wisdom. Highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming 13 Sept. 2016
By Tania A. Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not groundbreaking or surprising, but it's sweet and warm and in the end it leaves you feeling good. I'm ok with that - the writing style flows well and the characters are likeable so it's an enjoyable read. It's a nice change of pace from forced conflict and immorality left unchecked that many current novels employ.

O Little Town is set in 1958. It shares the tale of its prominent citizens and the birth of their familial ties. This is all done over a period of a few short days and a number of flashbacks. Even with the compressed timeline, we come to know the characters like they are old friends, and to care for them too. There's a message here, but it's not too preachy and is very appropriate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope and Faith 12 Dec. 2016
By Queen Mum - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading this book, and it gave me a feeling of hope that I haven't felt a long time.
It's written by Don Reid, who is a member of the Statler Brothers singing group. It's labeled as "religious" but I never felt like it was preaching to me, but rather encouraging me instead.. not to be a Christian, but to be a compassionate human being. I try very hard to do that.
This book shows the inter-connectedness we have with other people; our families, our friends, our neighbors, even with people we've never met. Our lives are interwoven with one another and we are each more than just a name on a page.
It takes place in a time when people lived their faith, no matter what that faith was, and didn't demand that everyone agree with them and that religion was "my way or the highway". Their faith was strong and personal and didn't need to try to make others agree with them.
It's almost 60 years since this story takes place, and I find it sad that people are becoming more selfish, narrow minded and intolerant of differences instead of more enlightened.
This book showed that people can make mistakes and learn from them and thrive. It seems like these days, it's just the opposite. To make a mistake is wrong and to admit to making a mistake is a sign of failure. When in reality, mistakes are the best lesson we can ever have.
I loved how the book included multiple generations and time frames to show much each event affects the next. That the past matters. That memories matter.
I hope you will treat yourself to reading this book during the holidays.
"Christmas, 1958
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."
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 16 Dec. 2011
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy reading Christmas stories during the month of December. I picked this up last year but didn't get to it before I ran out of month, so saved it for this season. Based on the product description, it was a book I thought I would really like so I made sure it got to the top of the TBR stack and I spent the past couple of days reading it.

Set in the fictional town of Mr. Jefferson, Virginia, the story mainly takes place in 1958 with some significant flashbacks to the year 1904. It's the week leading up to Christmas and the pastor's daughter is caught shoplifting from the local department store. This event is what sets in motion the remainder of the novel as we meet her parents and discover the stress their marriage is under. We also are introduced to other families in town who are all inter-connected in some way - friends, family, church members. Each family is dealing with a significant issue in their lives and those are the stories we follow for the week. The flashbacks to 1904 involve a young actress performing at the local theater with her husband. That marriage isn't on solid footing either and dramatic events take place that have long-lasting ramifications for the town.

On the good side - there is a lot of hope in the novel. While bad things happen, the characters manage to rise to the occasion and deal with them effectively. Uplifting without being sugary. On the negative side - 1) there is a cast of characters larger than necessary without a listing of them somewhere. I found myself struggling to keep them straight (particularly since they are so intertwined). 2) some of the characters feel "choppy" to me. One character in particular starts out the novel being a totally unlikeable character and exhibits behavior both unappealing and irrational. By the end of the book she has been transformed into a sympathetic character without the reader understanding why the drastic change has happened. I think a strong editor could have fixed both of these problems.

Overall, I liked the book and found it to be an enjoyable holiday read. Not something I feel a need to re-read in the future, but an entertaining and uplifting book for a one-time read.
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL UPBEAT STORY 2 Mar. 2016
By Brenda R - Published on Amazon.com
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O LITTLE TOWN is set in Mt. Jefferson, Virginia in the 1950's. It was your typical small town where everyone "knows your name" as the song goes and their lives are intertwined.

The story opens at Christmas time in the year 1958. The local pastor's daughter, Millie Franklin, was just caught shoplifting in Macalbee's department store. Milton Sandridge, the manager, doesn't want to raise too much of a scene and tries to keep the news from getting out. But he still has to call Buddy Briggs, the Chief of Police. Sadly, Buddy is having his own problems. When Buddy brings Millie home, Rev. Paul Franklin and his wife Dove are both disappointed in their daughter's behavior. She seems to have no remorse for what she has done. Then Dove decides to march up to the store and defend her daughter, which is exactly what Milton had wanted to avoid. Dove has been wanting to move from Mt. Jefferson for a long time. There is one temptation that she wants to flee.

Seventy year old Walter Selman is in Lenity General hospital with complications from the flu. At least that is what everyone thought. His daughters Doris and Colleen are waiting for him to wake up so they can visit him. Doris Sterrett is married to a Dr. Campbell Sterrett, who works in Lenity General. Colleen Sandridge is married to Milton, the manager of Macalbee's. Something is bothering Colleen that she cannot figure out. Things just don't seem right between her husband Milton and herself.

They all gather on Christmas eve for service at Pastor Franklin's church. He delivers a message on forgiveness. Everyone's lives are interwoven together. Will the message of forgiveness shine through the people of Mt. Jefferson?

Sometimes it is nice to read a story of forgiveness and hope. Even if the story is centered during Christmas time and you read it when it is not Christmas. Forgiveness and hope is welcome at any time of year, right? A nice feel good story worthy of 5+ stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Little Town 30 Dec. 2015
By Rolando - Published on Amazon.com
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I give this novel a 5+ star, because it's a true drama on real life needs. The author put it all together very
nicely as to bring about a moral and Christian ending to a chaotic beginning. Forgiving is the theme of
this story, and that is important in following Jesus on our pilgrimage to our Eternal Home with God!!!
God bless all that learn a crucial aspect in life when they finish reading this wonderful story......

Rolando Rushay
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