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 ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Marriage. ...

Details O Little Town

TitleO Little Town
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian

Reviews O Little Town

  • Jeanette
    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 B...
  • Sally906
    O LITTLE TOWN is a wonderful feel good Christmas story, and I am not sure why it has taken me a few Christmas seasons to get around to reading it. But so glad I have now. There is a little bit of everything in the story, murder, drama and love.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 Frankl...
  • 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 duri...
  • 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 co...
  • 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 anot...
  • 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 te...
  • 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/dependen...
  • 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.
  • Linda
    A Charming Christmas StoryI enjoyed this novel very much. The characters rang true and the parallel stories came to a satisfying conclusion. I appreciated how faith was central to the stories and that good people dealt with challenges in ways that felt both real and uplifting.
  • 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
    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.
  • Doreena
    Interesting how all of these lives are intertwined. Great ending.
  • Cindi
    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...
  • Hope
    The opening paragraph about Elvis being on the radio, Ike in the White House and the Lord in his holy temple might give the impression that this is a light, fun read. It is, in fact, about a whole slew of people who are suffering. I kept dreading the fact that as the characters approached Christmas day, their problems would all automatically solve themselves. Not that I didn't want them to be solved, I just didn't want this to be another cheesy C...
  • Kim Goff
    I really wanted to give this one a 4 because I loved the multiple conflict and plot lines that wove all of the characters together. It kept me intrigued and I actually read the whole book in two sittings. I would have liked to get to know the characters a little more closely; another 100 pages or so to really get personal with them would do wonders. I felt like I was jut getting to k ow them when it was over. There were also a few typos that were...
  • Lisa
    I rate Christmas books on a more lenient scale than other genres. I judge them by their feel not their literary value. That said, O Little Town hit the mark. The book is well organized with a current and past story intertwined seamlessly. During the holidays it is easy to get wrapped up in the trappings of the season and forget to be joyful. O Little Town reminds us that we all are broken; But, God forgives and we should, too.
  • Stephanie
    What a perfect little book! It was sweet and pretty and believable and engaging and all the things you want in a story. I loved it! I was completely engrossed in the story and the town and the people...I am not certain how this ended up on my Kindle and I am pretty certain I did not pay for it, but it was a lovely surprise.
  • Holly Mowery
    It's a good start to the day when you can begin and finish a book in a morning. Fun, little holiday read that I've had on my Kindle for many years. Writing and the multiple different POV even though they are all entwined made it such a cannot put down read.
  • Jody Gardei
    InterconnectedThe characters in this story are well developed and I enjoyed the storyline. It was a quick read that lifted my soul and reminded me that everyone makes mistakes but it is our choices that define us.
  • Terri
    I had a bit of a hard time remembering each charterer relation, but over all it was not a bad read... I was surprised at the end a duh moment to find out that the author was a member of the statler brothers that was cool
  • Singeratheart88
    Sweet readThis was a very sweet and easy read with complex characters and flash back memories. I enjoyed reading this book very much! It teaches you that everyone can forgive! The ending was worth it (epilogue) also!!!
  • Yvonne Crawford
    loved this book
  • Peggy Graham
    A sweet story of hope, love and forgiveness.
  • Aimee M.
    I really liked this book. It was a good old fashioned family Christmas story!!
  • Jan
    Ordinary people with secrets. I mean, everyone has at least one secret and each chapter tells us little by little who is hiding a secret.
  • Melody
    An enjoyable read.
  • Brenda Roberson
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 thi...