Book Review: Where Treetops Glisten

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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?

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I've had the delight in reviewing books by at least two of these authors in the past so when I saw that they had come together to write, I couldn't resist putting my name down to review and I am so glad that I gave in to temptation. Each story, in this book, has its own feel and yet, without a doubt, these three authors did an amazing job of tying their stories in with each other. By the time that you reach the end, this family feels as if they're your neighbors. Set during WWII, it shows just how tough times back home were while still showing you the love and hope that shined forth. If you're looking for a holiday read that is broken into the perfect pre-bedtime cuddle with a book, this one will keep you reading while still leaving you with enough energy to read the next novella the following night. Or, you could be like me and grab a blanket and a mug of something yummy and curl up on the couch for a bit of a holiday reading binge. Either way, you won't regret it.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own.

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