Friday, November 14, 2014

"where treetops glisten" by tricia goyer, cara putman, & sarah sundin

Christmas novellas set in my favorite historical time period written by some of my favorite authors? Yes, please!

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?

Where Treetops Glisten begins at Christmas 1941 with a prologue (written by Sundin) that introduces the reader to the Turner family. Each novella also takes place at Christmas, each one a year later than the previous.

White Christmas is a sweet story about spunky heroine Abigail Turner and her quest to confront her greatest fear. Along the way, she meets Jackson, a man who's desperate to save his family's farm. This novella is charming and heartwarming, and it easily kept my attention from beginning to end. 4 stars.

I'll Be Home For Christmas is a gentle, wonderfully romantic story about a fighter pilot, the woman he used to bully, and her precocious daughter. It's exactly the kind of story Sarah Sundin's fans love, and my only complaint is that it's too short, and I have to wait until next August to read her next novel! 5 stars.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas takes the action to war-torn Europe near the close of World War II. While the romance aspect is there, I most enjoyed Merry's work as a nurse in a field hospital. This is a sweet story about a woman rediscovering her purpose and joy. 4-1/2 stars.

The collection wraps up with an epilogue (written by Putman) set one year after Merry's story, and it nicely updates each sibling's story.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable book, and it's perfect for a snowy day! I would highly recommend it to fans of the World War II era and to fans of these authors. 4-1/2 stars.

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TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger.
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CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including
Shadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction.
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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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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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