Where Treetops Glisten    -     By: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin
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Where Treetops Glisten

WaterBrook Press / 2014 / Paperback

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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601426488
ISBN-13: 9781601426482
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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. 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."

    ____________________

    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.
  2. 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.)*
  3. 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
  4. Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Christmas Novella
    December 12, 2014
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christmas stories are so much fun to read and this one was truly a special read to me. Not only is this a novella written by three authors but one of the authors, Cara Putman, lives in my home town. Lafayette Indiana is the setting for these stories that take place during World War II. It is not very often when I can read a book that depicts places I know and live by. That is why it was so much fun for me to read along with learning about what Christmas was like during the Second World War.

    The three authors have done a masterful job weaving three family stories highlighting a different family member with each tale. Cara Putman's White Christmas tells of Abigail Turner who is a college student and works in a candy store. This candy store makes amazing candy canes which was interesting to me since I have made some in the upstairs candy parlor a few years ago. Abigail is not looking for romance but there is a romance blooming with Jackson. She has already lost a beau to the war, so will she be able to find romance again?

    The second story by Sarah Sundin is I'll be home for Christmas chronicles Abigail's brother Pete. Pete is a fighter pilot home on furlough. He meets up with an old childhood friend Grace, whom he bullied as a child, along with her precious child Linnie. With a past between them, can Pete make up for the hurt he caused Grace and can Grace trust him to be part of her life.

    The third story by Tricia Goyer is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. That story tells of Meridith Turner or Merry to her friends. She is on the front lines in the Netherlands as a nurse. She has been betrayed by a man she loved earlier and is struggling being able to trust any man again. Her heart is broken but will God show her how to love again.

    These are just snippets of the storyline which I hope make you want to read this novella. It contains danger, excitement, love, forgiveness, faith, healing and the tragedy of war. Loved how the authors used Christmas songs from that period, 1941-1944 to connect the stories. Pick this book up , find a comfy chair , a hot drink and enjoy being transported to a simpler time and be thankful this Christmas season for great books to read and treasure.

    Thanks to Waterbrook for sending me this book free just for my honest opinion.

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  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    December 9, 2014
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you have an historical romance lover on your Christmas list, get them this book! It is three novellas that weave together the story of the Turner siblings during World War II. Sarah Sundin sets the stage for the whole book in her prologue entitled Winter Wonderland. You are introduced to Abigail, Pete and Meredith and given a bit of background on the whole family. I fell in love with them right from the start!

    As you progress through each of the stories you not only experience what was going on during the war effort overseas, but what was going on in America in everyday lives. The story line takes place over a couple of different years and Christmas seasons so by the time you reach Tricia Goyer's portion you have a nice little wrap-up of what the rest of Abigail's story is.

    These three authors did a marvelous job of carrying the characters' particular traits and nuances throughout the book. Each author of course has a distinct voice in their particular section but it blended well together, making the book feel whole and complete rather than jumbled. By the time you reach Cara Putman's Epilogue entitled Let It Snow, Let It Snow you will feel as if the Turner family is just a branch of yours.

    To cap off the delightful story, the authors have included delicious sounding recipes for a yummy cookie exchange from some of the characters featured in the story. There is also a reader's guide in the back which would make this an awesome selection for your book club.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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