Thursday, October 2, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten

Book info and review
About the book: 

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America's involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman's White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements---until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

My thoughts:  This was a very sweet romance, with a hero that I couldn't help but fall in love with and a bubbly, sweet and intelligent girl who thinks her dad hung the moon. Even though Abigail doesn't want to have a relationship after her fiance died, she didn't reject friendship when a hurting, needy man crosses her path. I loved this story. I have only read one of Ms. Putman's books so she isn't an author really familiar to me. I might have to look up more of her books. 

Abigail's brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin's I'll Be Home for Christmastrying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete's friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he's no longer the bully she once knew?

My thoughts:  This was a totally great story!  I absolutely adored Pete! He had a difficult uphill climb to "give" the way his pastor suggested to this family. The black moment almost made me cry and made me absolutely furious at Grace. I know I'll sound like a broken record here, but I loved this story!  I have read all of Ms. Sundin's books so far, and enjoyed them all, but I absolutely loved this Christmas novella!

In Tricia Goyer's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, "Merry" to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that's precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

My thoughts: i've read all of Ms. Goyer's books, too. I love how she gets to the heart of the action, showing us behind the scenes secrets of WWII that probably not many of us living today know about. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS is set in a tiny village in the Netherlands. And God worked a Christmas miracle in hearts. Beautiful story. Though there were sad parts in this one that might cause a tear or two. 

The Turner family believes in God's providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ's birth and His plan for a future?

Final thoughts:  I know I said this before with other novella collections, but I am so glad other big publishers have started to do novella collections. These are such great reads at any time of the year. I highly recommend WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN for a fantastic WWII holiday read! Historical readers will want to start their holidays off by reading WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN. 

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About the authors: 

TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger. 

CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books includingShadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. 

SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.

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Judy said...

This is a book that is on my wish list for sure!

Thanks for your great review Laura!

Judy B

Sarah Sundin said...

Laura - thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed the stories!