Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin – A Book Review

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops Glisten
By: Tricia Goyer Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
WaterBrook Press
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
978-1601426482, $ 14.99, 2014, 368 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, richard330@yahoo.com

Familiar Christmas Themes of Courage, Faith, and Romance – Mid America during World War II

“Where Treetops Glisten” is a collaboration of a trio of favorite Christmas romance authors Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin. The book features three much loved Christmas themes that will bring back nostalgic memories of the past for many readers and a new sense of appreciation and understanding of the past by, a new generation, and future generations of readers.

Louise Turner permeated faith, wisdom, and joy. She longed to instill these same virtues in her family at a time of turbulence in a world torn apart by war. These deeply moving stories revolve around the lives of three of the Turner family and illustrate how personal loss, wrong choices, and betrayal can become tools in God’s hand for building character, faith and hope.

In Cara Putnam’s story “White Christmas” Abigale Turner discovers an unexpected sense of deep peace when she reaches outside her personal inner fears and confusion to help someone else in their time of struggle. Pete Turner’s homecoming is a big disappointment for Pete; he is unwelcome in his own hometown. Sarah Sundin tells Pete’s story in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Pete Turner has to prove to the community that his life has changed since the bad choices he made in his youth. Meredith Turner experiences a sense of serious betrayal in Tricia Goyer’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” To escape heartbreak she turns her life to serving wounded serviceman as a nurse in an Army outpost emergency ward on the German border. An intentional act of forgiveness and trust provide her with an unexpected sense of freedom and fulfillment

The Turner family story takes the reader full circle from Christmas 194l through Christmas 1945 when the whole family is reunited in their hometown, Lafayette, Indiana. Warm nostalgic Christmas reading, with a balance of realism and romantic fantasy. Entertaining, faith building, and a reminder of God’s providence.

A review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.


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