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.
Abigail's brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin's I'll Be Home for Christmas, trying 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?
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.
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?
TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and is a speaker and blogger.
CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including Shadowed 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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When I found out that two of my favorite authors were
teaming up with a new-to-me author to write a book of three historical romance
novellas taking place at Christmastime, I was so excited. Add that to the fact
that the stories were to take place in my hometown, and I was literally jumping
up and down!
Sarah Sundin has quickly become one of my favorite
historical fiction authors over the last few years that I have been doing book
reviews. Her attention to the historical details is the best, and she always
writes a story in which the characters experience a tremendous amount of
growth. I also enjoy reading books by Tricia Goyer, and her “Big Sky” series is
one of the best I have ever read. Cara Putman is an author who is new to me,
but I was excited to find out that she lives in Lafayette, Indiana! (OK – so I
am technically from West Lafayette, but it’s just right over the river!!!)
I think one of the best things about this book was how each
story fit together with the others. You could tell that each was written by a different
author, but the book as a whole was seamless. It is just amazing to me that
three authors with varying styles could come together and create three stories that fit together so nicely.
I don't know if I could say which of the three novellas
was my favorite. I liked the detailed setting of Lafayette in Cara Putman’s White Christmas, I appreciated the growth of the characters in
Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas,
and I adored the right-in-the-thick-of-things storytelling in Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. But if I had to choose -- I think I liked Cara Putman's story the best. It set up the rest of the book so well, and her detailed description of Lafayette really sold it for me.
On the whole, this book was really good, and it was perfect
for Christmastime. I will admit that I am a bit biased towards it since I live
in West Lafayette. I know that fact affects my review and rating at least a
little bit. These stories are very much on the romantic side and could even be
considered hokey by some. While there are some realistic components and excellent historical details, the stories are definitely fiction. Of course everything is wrapped up nicely with
a big Christmas bow at the end. But isn't that what we all want with a collection of Christmas novellas anyway?!
Where Treetops Glisten
has all of the things that I love about Christmas stories – a great setting, interesting
characters, and the warmth and love of the holiday season.
I will give Where
Treetops Glisten … 4.5 BookWorms*
*Extra half rating given because of the setting of
Lafayette, Indiana! J
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."