Friday, October 24, 2014

When Treetops Glisten Book Review

I got an email about Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin but I wasn't really sure when I read the description whether it was something I would like. But I love holiday books so I thought that I would take a chance.  I am super glad that I did because I really enjoyed the book and had to use a few tissues to make it through the book (which is a good thing at least for me).

The book is broken up into three different short stories but they were all about the same family so they tied together as a full story.  The stories are all about America's involvement in the Second World War and how that changes 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 her high school love to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements which changes when she meets Jackson, 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. He is having trouble feeling anything and is dealing with being numb to all emotion when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete's friendship.  He has to convince her widowed mother that he's no longer the bully she once knew in order to start a friendship with the little girl.

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 front line in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but she finds a lost friend in the most unusual place so far away from her home. 

I usually like to have one really long story when I am reading so I wasn't sure if I was going to like the three books in one idea.  Each story was longer then I was thinking it was going to be and they were all about the same family so it made it a cohesive story from different points of view.  I enjoyed all of them so much and I couldn't put the book down.  The characters and all of the writing were great.  Because you were invested in the characters, there was a lot of emotions in the book.  The stories are around the holiday and during wartime so there was lots of happiness and sadness with some who have died and others that fall in love so it was a roller coaster of emotion.  I hope that you check out this book and see for yourself.  I think that you will enjoy it and get into the Christmas spirit!!  I know that it worked for me!

Bonus there are some recipes in the back of the book for Grandma Turner's White Velvet Cutouts, Pete's Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies, Grace's Molasses Cookies and Linnie's Candy Cane Cookies.  They all look yummy so I hope to be able to make one of them!!  Let me know if you try one of the recipes and let me know which one gets a thumbs up.

About the authors: 

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

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.

** I was provided a copy of this book from my review and honest opinion from the Litfuse Publicity.

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