Saturday, November 15, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten - by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin

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.
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?

My review:

This was a wonderful collection that really put me in the Christmas spirit!  I loved that each story focused on a sibling at Christmas and the different problems they struggled with.  I liked the focus on helping people, whether it was a stranger, a person you used to bully, soldiers on the front lines or Jews in danger.  The faith elements were wonderful as Abigail struggles to trust God with her future instead of living in fear of losing another person she loves, Pete tries to forgive himself for past mistakes and learn to be who God wants him to be while keeping God first, and Merry needs to learn to forgive and pray for an enemy.  There were cute romantic moments in the first two while Goyer's was a little different with the characters already having a relationship and taking a while to meet up.  I loved that the Christmas songs of the titles were incorporated into the story.  This is one of my favorite time periods to read about and I loved the details that made the stories so authentic.  I wish there had been a little more interaction with the couple in Goyer's story and while I enjoyed all three, I probably liked Sundin's best for the plot line of a reformed bully trying to make good and for the precocious little girl who made me smile.  These stories aren't the fluff of some romances, with each character dealing with real grief from loss, especially due to the war they're in the midst of.  Even though the stories deal with death and grief, they also manage to have joy and happiness and made me close the book with a satisfied smile.  I definitely recommend this book for those who like historical romance!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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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 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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