Where Treetops Glisten
Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin & Tricia Goyer
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 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 God’s plan for a future?
As I'm sure many of you are aware, I'm not a huge fan of novella collections. However, I'm am fan of Sarah Sundin's and I really enjoyed Tricia Goyer's The Swiss Courier, so I decided to give this one a shot.
Cara Putman's story, White Christmas, had several elements that I liked...mostly the fact that the heroine worked in a candy shop! The story was sweet (no pun intended), and given the fact that I had not read anything by Cara Putman before, I now am interested in picking up some of her other novels.
My favorite story in the book was I'll Be Home For Christmas by Sarah Sundin. Though there was more romance (the kissy kind!) than I liked, it contained a cast of really memorable characters. It felt the most "real" to me of all the novellas, and I liked the plot a lot, too.
The last, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, was another sweet offering. (I feel like that's the word that perfectly describes all three of these stories- "sweet") I liked the location and setting of this one, and surprisingly, I wasn't bothered by the fact that there are hardly any scenes with the heroine and her love interest together.
Overall, this is a pleasant, Christmas-y collection. None of the stories seemed to suffer for their short length (although I must admit, while these made cute novellas, I'm not sure if I'd want to read a novel-length version of any of them) and I'm sure many will want to read these heart-warming stories in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.
Overall Rating: 7 1/2
White Christmas by Cara Putman: 7
I'll Be Home For Christmas by Sarah Sundin: 8
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer: 7
I received this book from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review.