Tricia Goyer and Sarah Sundin have both been on my "favorite authors" list for some time now. Both know their World War II facts and do a fantastic job of putting that information into great stories. So when I saw their names on Where Treetops Glisten, an anthology of WWII Christmas stories, I knew I wanted to read the book. I had never read anything by Cara Putman but had seen her name and was interested in trying something by her. I was very glad to have the opportunity to read these stories.
Each of the stories focuses on one of the young adult siblings in the Turner family and their personal experiences over a range of years during World War II. Abigail, Pete, and Merry each face their own challenges of life and love during the difficult time of war. One of the main connecting threads of their stories is their Grandma Louise. As Sarah Sundin writes about her in the book's prologue -- "They needed her faith. They needed her wisdom. And they needed her joy." Those elements help the Turner family navigate successfully through this turbulent time in their lives.
Three great authors have crafted a wonderful collection of stories that fit together beautifully. Fans of WWII fiction, Christmas stories, or just awesome writing in general should find this a great read.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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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?
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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.