Title: Where Treetops Glisten
Authors: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
Source: Blogging for Books
Type: Christian fiction, WWII, Christmas
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Three 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 White Christmas by Cara Putman, 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 Theatre 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 God’s plan for a future?
I was so excited to get to read and review this book, because, well, it sounded so good! And I know I love Sarah Sundin’s works, so I was pretty sold on the idea of it all. I’ve read one thing of Cara Putman’s before, and have been curious to read something of Tricia Goyer’s, so this was the perfect time to start! I was not disappointed with any of the three stories. They were brilliantly put together, and so…fun. Despite the war going on, there was still joy and healing through each of the books, and I really liked that.
I can’t really pick a favourite, because they were each good in their own special way. The first one, “White Christmas” by Cara Putman got me totally hooked, and I really loved the characters. Abigail and Jackson were just lovely. In “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Sarah Sundin, I LOVED the writing. And the center message of God’s healing – it was so complete, and so well done. Mrs. Sundin ties things together so nicely. In “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Tricia Goyer, I really liked being over in the war – it really added to the collection of having two stories on the homefront, and one on the battlefront as a nurse. And being the first time reading Mrs. Goyer’s books, I did enjoy her writing, and now know to read more from her. Oh and I must say, I loved her character’s name, Merry. =)
As I said, they were each soo good, and I love how they tied into the Christmas songs they were titled after. Very neat. I also liked how you got something different out of each one, making the end result perfect. “White Christmas” gave the perfect, innocent, sweet romance that I like, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” gave the perfect godly message that I so appreciated, and “Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas” gave the realistically of the war on the front lines, for the nurses.
The only “bad” thing is, they were too short! :D Each should’ve been a full novel on their own. ;) Of course, they were all done so well in the short amount of pages.
An excellent read, all the way around!
I received a free copy of “Where Treetops Glisten” from the publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts given are my own.