Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Review: Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II by Tricia Goyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story of three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three short novellas filled with the wonder of Christmas. Turn back the clock to a different time as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
The first book is White Christmas by Cara Putman. Abigail Turner is a college student and part-time employee at a candy shop. The loss of a beau to the war has Abigail vowing to not fall in love until after the war. Can a hard-working young man with a serious problem who needs her help change her mind?
The second book is I'll Be Home for Christmas by Sarah Sundin. Pete Turner (Abigail's brother) is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theatre. His time at war has left him drained and empty of all grief, all anger, and all joy. All Pete wants is something to make him feel again. His pastor has told him that when you feel empty inside the best thing you can do is give. When he encounters a precocious little girl in need of his friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he's no longer the bully she once knew?
The third book is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Tricia Goyer. Meredith Turner ("Merry" to those who know her best and the youngest of the Turner siblings) is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to come face to face with the German man who betrayed and abandoned her three years ago, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I couldn't get into the first book and ended up skipping through it to get to the second book. I really enjoyed the second book. The story of a single widowed mother with a little girl missing her daddy really tugs at your heartstrings. The story was well written and I liked how Pete was able to redeem himself of his bully past with Grace. Very heartwarming story. The last book was pretty good also but I think I've decided that reading about nursing and WWII is not one of my favorite genres. I did like the fact that Merry and David got a second chance at love. And I liked that this book had an Epilogue that brought the stories of the three siblings together. All in all a good book with the continuity of the stories of three siblings.
*Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah and the Blogging for Books program for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review*
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