Monday, October 20, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten by Goyer, Putnam & Sundin 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?

MY REVIEW-I am definitely getting in the mood for Christmas. And this book here helped me feel the cheer of snow and cold:) It also made me fall in love with these authors all over again. With a novel like this, three authors writing about the same people, things can feel forced or like they don't it together. Not with this book though!! I totally loved all three stories, even if I do have a favorite:D

The first story, and my personal favorite, is about Abigail. Her siblings are all doing things to help fight the war but she is working at a candy shop and taking classes at the local college. She feels left out and like she isn't doing anything. But one day she stumbles upon a man, actually a man who rescues her from getting hit by the bus, and they strike up a slight friendship. She sees he is carrying a heavy burden and does her best to lighten the load a little. She has a hard time trusting people but in the end helps Jackson save his family farm, along with falling in love. I loved her giving spirit and how much she wants to assist others in their journey.

The second story is about Abigail's brother, Pete. He is the black sheep of the family who turned his life around after seeing his brother die because of him. When he stumbles upon a little girl one night without her parents, he also stumbles upon one of the only things able to make him feel alive again. Linnie is a real sweetheart and I loved the way she talks to people. A handful for sure! Pete brings the little girl home to her mother, who happens to be a woman he tormented when he was younger. They slowly fall in love but when it comes down to it, Pete finds out that the only way to fill that hole he feels, is to allow the Lord to have control. This one came in as a close second for favorite. I just loved Linnie to death.

And the last story in here was about Meredith, or Merry. The sister of Abigail and Pete, she is a nurse out on the front lines doing what she can to help the soldiers. I enjoyed this one a lot and how Merry was so strong. I only wish I was more like her. And getting some of a back story just made her more brave to be going out amidst the battle. The ending was perfect, as all of Sarah Sundin's novels are. I think she did a great job of writing a smaller story compared to the length of her normal books:)

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

1 comment:

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoyed your review of "Where Treetops Glisten". I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

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