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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten...Review

About the book:
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 front line 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 love Christmas. I love Christmas stories. And there is just something touching and poignant about war time Christmases.

Where Treetops Glisten is fantastic. These are novellas, so of course the stories are wrapped up fairly quickly, but they're also full of depth and heartwarming. I would have loved a full-length novel for each couple!

Honestly, I can't pick a favorite although if I was forced to it would probably be Pete and Grace's story in I'll be Home for Christmas and that is mostly because Linnie was such a delightful child! But, I loved their story of forgiveness.

I loved the Turner family and I spent a happy afternoon curled up in my easy chair following their stories from book to book. This really is the perfect winter read.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 11/14

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5/5 Stars

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