Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review - Where Treetops Glisten


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 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.

This is a wonderful book, especially to read for the Christmas season! Three short stories that will have you laughing out loud or wiping away a tear. 

This book is set during the 1940's, during World War II, and follows the Turner siblings. It starts out with Abigail who has lost her boyfriend in the war and decides not to get involved with anyone romantically again. She is busy with college, her job at the candy store, and taking care of little ones a couple days a week. Her friends try to set her up with different boys, but she just isn't interested. Then she meets a man that seems to have the weight of the world on his shoulders and she is drawn into his life. It's a sweet story that has a twist of suspense to it as Abigail and her lawyer father try and help this man.

The next story features Abigail's brother, Pete. He's a fighter pilot in the war and is exhausted from fighting the war when he returns home for a visit. He's walking downtown when he comes upon a little girl all by herself. This begins a new relationship with the little girl's mother who lost her husband in the war. There is a lot of healing for both of them ahead.

The third story is about Abigail's sister, Meredith, or Merry as her family calls her. She is a nurse on the front lines of the war, far from home and nursing a broken heart. The man she loved left her when the war started because he was German and returned to his homeland. As she cares for the wounded and dying men, she gets a surprise.

I loved this book. I really liked how the faith of all the characters sustained them during such a difficult time in their lives. Living through the war, whether on our own soil or in a foreign country, was difficult but I like how the authors show how they were sustained by their faith. I really liked the Grandmother in this story, too. She was wise and gave the book a little humor with her wit. This is a definite must-read for this Christmas season (or anytime) as it will touch your heart in many ways. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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