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Holiday romance blossoms during World War II! In White Christmas, Abigail helps Jackson care for his mother. In I'll Be Home for Christmas, fighter pilot Pete gives a special gift to a widow and her daughter. And in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, combat nurse Meredith wonders if the man who betrayed her has returned. 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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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?

Author Bio

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. Tricia Goyer is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger.

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  1. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WWII Christmas? Yes, please!
    April 26, 2015
    Andrea Cox
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    by Andrea Renee Cox

    The last book I read in 2014 turned out to be one of my favorites for the year. Where Treetops Glisten is a collaboration novel that features the Turner family. The prologue introduces you to the family from the grandmothers point of view, which I found to be sweet and a wonderful way to begin the book.

    The storyline moves slightly forward at the beginning of the first official story, White Christmas by Cara Putman. In it, Christmas of 1942 certainly will be different for Abigail Turner. Her two siblings, Pete and Merry, are off helping with the war effort, which leaves Abigail to wonder how she may help others this holiday season. Jackson Lucas faces dark times for the holiday. On the brink of losing his familys farm, hes desperate to find answers and a way to assist his mother and sisters back home, while working hard in Lafayette, Indiana. When Abigail and Jackson meet, the question will be: Will they be able to open up to each other enough to help solve each others problems?

    After that, we step into Ill Be Home for Christmas by Sarah Sundin. This story sees Pete Turner return home on furlough, and he struggles to find feeling again after the difficult things hes seen and done in the war. Can healing come to him in the form of a little girl, who searches for her daddy? Or will little Linnies mother, Grace Kessler, discourage any further contact with Pete when she realizes hes her childhood bully? When their separate lives have no other option but to collide, both Grace and Pete must compromise and learn to adjust their perspectives if theyre ever to find the doses of healing they yearn for.

    The third full tale in this compilation, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer, travels with Meredith Merry Turner to the front lines of the war. She works as a nurse on the front lines, but the toughest battle shell face is the betrayal that broke her heart. It becomes impossible to shove aside thoughts of her lost love when she thinks she sees him in the midst of the Netherlands where shes posted. Will her heart ever find solace so far from home?

    Lastly, there is an epilogue, which is, again, in the point of view of the grandmother. These bookends (prologue and epilogue in the grandmothers POV) were such a darling touch to frame the features in that I was blown away by the beauty of the entire setup.

    Earlier in 2014, I discovered Cara Putman when I read Shadowed by Grace. As you may remember, I absolutely loved that book. Well, when I found out shed teamed up with Tricia Goyer, I knew I couldnt resist such a treat. Cara immediately brought to life the time period that served as a backdrop for World War II in Where Treetops Glisten. Her research must have been quite thorough, for I felt completely immersed into the lives of Abigail and Jackson, and sometimes tripped my way back to reality when real life called for my attention. If Shadowed by Grace made me an instant fan of hers, her novella, White Christmas, ensured Ill be a lifetime cardholder (a nod to former times when members of clubs held cards stating their membership).

    Ill Be Home for Christmas was my first sampling of Sarah Sundin, and Ive got to tell you, it took my breath away. The character journeys all wove together perfectly, making me laugh and bringing tears streaming down my face. Theres an innocent quality to her work that is difficult to bring across in novels and even harder to describe. This woman had a challenge ahead of her with Petes journey, but she pulled it off with grace, talent, and a big dose of faith, which I love seeing in books. Shes definitely on my list of authors to keep my eyes out for.

    Tricia Goyer has yet to disappoint me with her historical fiction novels, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is no exception. The thing I find most satisfying about her books is how she seamlessly knits God and faith into her characters lives. Even when they struggle to find the footing of their faith, her characters seem to emanate whatever scrap of it theyre clinging to. The journey to strengthen their faith often helps me to bolster my own faith, as well, which is something I definitely appreciate in Christian fiction novels. When fiction meets reality thats where I feel most at home.

    If you havent yet read Where Treetops Glisten, now would be the time to spend that gift card money you got for Christmas. This book deserves five stars for certain, and thats what its getting from me. This book easily hit my top five favorites list for last year, and Im hoping it will hit your top ten for this year too.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    family christmases
    December 20, 2014
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "Where Treetops Glisten" is three stories of Christmases from 1941 to 1945 involving the Turner family written by Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer. These three ladies are experts at historical fiction and this novel is an interwoven showcase of the authors at their best. The three authors do a brilliant job at maintaining a similar writing style and keeping the family dynamic flowing throughout the stories.

    The Turners have three living children and "Treetops" focuses on each child for three Christmases. The stories are of love, of course, but also of the war both at the front lines and at home. The Pete character will make any woman swoon and Merry is such a great character, the reader won't want the book to end. I give it 5 stars. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Waterbrook Press.
  3. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational and heartwarming Christmas collection
    December 18, 2014
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Very often a novella collection just seems to hit the spot, and there's something special about a Christmas collection. Where Treetops Glisten is a seamless collaboration by three talented writers who just happen to know quite a bit about World War II - Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin. With its family emphasis, spiritual insights, World War II theme, romance, and the clever use of beloved Christmas carols that debuted during the era, this collection stands out among other Christmas stories. While the authors' writing flows together effortlessly, I liked that I could recognize each one's unique voice. These entertaining and uplifting stories couldn't be more perfect for the Christmas season!

    Spanning three Decembers from 1942 to 1944, Where Treetops Glisten centers on the Turner siblings and their experiences during the war. Characters are richly drawn, the romances are heartwarming, and the realities of war are not downplayed. Whether set at home in Lafayette, Indiana or on the front in the Netherlands, the characterization and historical detail makes each story feel real. The contrast in mood also worked extremely well, making the overall collection very appealing. I enjoyed each story and wouldn't want to pick a favorite, for they felt like three parts of a whole.

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    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.

    It was in Cara's story that I first connected with and fell in love with the Turners, a family who had known deep grief, but still believed in God's providence during tumultuous times. The wise grandmother, Louise, gives the stories cohesion, but Mr. Turner is a strong character in White Christmas and the mutual love and respect between he and Abigail was moving.

    Abigail's sensitivity made her so easy to connect with - a college student who "felt overlooked in between a fighter pilot and soon-to-be nursing sensation." Cara's story brings out how God places people in our path when needed, and I thought Grandma's words to Abigail especially meaningful: "No tears are wasted, unless you allow their cause to freeze you in place."

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    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?

    Sarah's story focuses on a war hero returning home with memories he can't forget, a man who had retreated into "numbness, hard work, and solitude." There's good character depth as we see the contrast between Pete's old life and the person he had become in Christ. And Grace's daughter, Linnie, will steal readers' hearts!

    Sarah's story contains another voice of wisdom that I appreciated, and that's Pastor Hughes. I think his advice - not to try to be as good as someone else, but to be the best we can be - speaks to all of us from time to time. And his words to Pete offer godly wisdom when we just can't seem to move forward: "When you're empty inside, the best thing you can do is give. Find a need, step outside of yourself, and give."

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    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.

    Tricia's moving story takes us to the frontline, in a field hospital in the Dutch village of Nieuwenhagen, and enables the reader to feel the horror of war. Merry, who wanted to leave the small town of Lafayette behind, comes to realize that she is here by God's design - and there's a romantic twist that readers will love.

    Daaf, who worked at great risk "to save the lives of the defenseless and helpless," is a character I greatly admired. The words of his uncle are speak to us all: "Remember that there are times when your life must take a backseat to the needs of many. . . . Remember that there are some things worth fighting for."

    Where Treetops Glisten is one of my favorite Christmas reads and I highly recommend it to all readers.

    Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Brings A Great Message of Hope This Christmas!
    December 17, 2014
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I absolutely loved White Christmas by Cara Putman! Abigail was a great character that I so related too concerning her issues that rooted from fear. I understood why she felt the way she did as I had been in a very similar place. Her job at the candy shop was awesome and I really enjoyed getting behind the scenes of candy-making. Jackson was a great character as well and I love how there was some mystery woven into his.

    Ill Be Home for Christmas was another one I really loved. My favorite part was about the sample spoon! It was so priceless and gave me a good laugh. I also loved the message of being the best we can be for God and making Him our home. The symbolic meaning of Grace's gifts that she gives in the end was so perfect and had me sniffling!

    I did like the third one, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but Ill admit it wasn't my favorite. It's always hard to read stories during Christmas time when the character is off at war (even if Merry is only a nurse near the frontlines). This was the case for me because I got really emotionally in the first half of it. However about halfway through I really enjoyed it and liked the romance. There was a wonderful message of hope in how God still brings Christmas miracles.

    Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas read! It was so much fun to read with the nuggets of wisdom. I give this novella collection 4.5 out of 5 stars!

    *(I received this novel from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
  5. Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Charming
    December 15, 2014
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a perfect companion for the Christmas season. Rich in historical detail, the three charming novellas are connected beautifully, with characters you can fall in love with right away, and story lines that will tug at your heart. I love reading collections like this during the busiest season of the year. It's low-commitment--meaning, if you think you'll only have time to finish one novella, you'll still get a satisfying read. But if you're like me, after reading the first one, you'll find time you didn't think you had in order to read the rest.

    ~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
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