Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten Review

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. 

I think that out of the three stories White Christmas was my favorite! Not that I didn't like the other story's I just enjoyed this one a little bit more. I loved Abigail, the realness of her pain from past lost and her skittishness to become attached again made my heart go out to her. I also fell in love with Jackson and his need to care for his family. I enjoyed that the story was just simply sweet, there was no need to toss in an extra stumbling block for the characters to overcome like I see a lot of novella authors try to do. You only have a short time to tell a story and I think Cara used hers perfectly.

5 out of 5. 

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?

I'll Be Home for Christmas was also really really good! I think everyone who has read this story will agree with me when I say that Linnie is the best! Now the adult characters weren't to bad themselves (I loved seeing Pete learn from Linnie and I enjoyed getting to know Grace) but Linnie totally stole the show in I'll Be Home for Christmas and I'm pretty sure she stole my heart too!

5 out of 5.

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. 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas tells Merry's story away from home in Lafayette, Indiana. Though she ended up growing on me Merry wasn't my favorite character at first. I think it had to do with her focus on how her heart was broken in the past but I don't know really there was just something. But by the end I came to enjoy her character. 

4 out of 5.

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?

A very Christmas worthy Afternoon Snack. 

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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