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Travel back in time with three beautiful Christmas romances.
From the back cover:
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?
I enjoy reading a wide variety of Christian fiction, historical included. However, I do not always feel I have been swept back to the exact time and place of the story. Somehow, these three authors managed to do exactly that. The sights, the sounds, the smells — forget the hubbub of my children around me; I was in the middle of World War II!
I also am not always as submerged in novellas. It feels (usually speaking) as if the shorter format leaves the author without enough room to delve as deeply into the story. However, that was not at all the case with Where Treetops Glisten. The characters were well-rounded, and their struggles and victories were real. The three stories blended together amazingly well, with the relationships and details between the characters remaining consistent throughout.
It’s nearly impossible to pick favorites. Perhaps the character I could best relate to (aside from the obvious gender difference) would be Pete. Events in his life had left him numb. His pastor’s advice was to give. But how do you give when there’s nothing in you to be given? Perhaps you’ve been there, too. I know I have. And yet, just as Pete discovered, there is healing in the giving.
Whether you’re looking for a good Christmas read or you just enjoy historical romances, Where Treetops Glisten is one book you’ll want to curl up and read this holiday season.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)