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Litfuse Publicity: Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin

on November 20, 2014

About the Book:

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?

You can learn more about the authors and purchase a copy of the book at Waterbrook Press.

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.

My Opinion:

I love reading books that are set during Christmas time and since Where Treetops Glisten was set in both a historical setting (WW2) AND had a Christmas setting, it was right up my alley.  What I really liked about this book was unlike other 3-in-1 books this book stuck with the same family over the period of the war, so I didn’t begin reading about 1 set of characters, only to be thrown into another set when the next novella kicked in – it was all centered around the Turner family and follows each of their three living children, now grown.  All three of the books or novellas, are fantastic – I can’t say that I enjoyed one over another because they all were written in a way that kept the story flowing, one into the other, and held my attention long after I should have been in bed, sleeping.  Be sure to also grab a box of tissues because I can almost guarantee that there will be places that your eyes will start to water – and if like me, play it off as if there is something in your eye.

This is a great book fro cuddling up with in front of the Christmas tree, yes, mine is already up – and a fireplace, if it’s available.  Of course, I preferred to cuddle up in bed and read while staying warm and toasty – the stories are ones of hope and family and love even in the midst of war.  Each author also takes her time in carefully crafting how God is working in each character’s life – even fictional characters can sometimes show us how God is always carefully working even if we don’t realize it or recognize the work, He’s there.  I cannot recommend this book enough, if you enjoy a cozy romance once set in a historical time period and Christmas then it will have something for you – just about anyone wanting a short break from the daily grind that is life.

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