Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: WHERE TREETOPS GLISTEN, by Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer

In Where Treetops Glisten, the authors have written three Christmas novellas featuring one family, the Turners. In addition to the continuing family connection, the stories are further intertwined by their setting--Lafayette, Indiana--and the time period--World War II.

Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer are each known for their skill in writing stories set during World War II, and nowhere do these skills shine brighter than in these novellas.

 I loved the fact that the stories followed one family through the war, so when I finished reading the first novella I could pick up the continuing thread in the second and the third.

In Winter Wonderland, Cara Putman tells the story of Abigail Turner, whose beau was killed at Pearl Harbor. Abigail has vowed never to allow herself to suffer loss again. However, a hard-working young man who is struggling to support his widowed mother tempts her to soften her stance.

    I'll be Home for Christmas, Sarah Sundin's delightful novella, features Abigail's brother Pete Turner, Grace Kessler--an over-burdened young mother, and Grace's handful of a daughter, Linnie. This story is a delight on many levels. Pete and Grace each have issues to overcome, while Linnie persists in running away with the story.

    Tricia Goyer takes readers near enemy lines in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Merry Turner is a nurse serving in the Netherlands, close to the German border. Merry became a nurse in order to serve her country. She hopes by her service and the distance from home that she can heal her broken and betrayed heart. Sometimes gritty, but always gripping, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas brought me to tears a time or two.

    This is the most enjoyable Christmas collection I've ever read,,and I recommend Where Treetops Glisten highly. This book would make a wonderful gift for the readers on your list, but be sure to buy a copy for yourself.  You won’t be sorry.


  1. Ann - thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed our stories!

  2. You're so welcome, Sarah. I know I'll reread this book for many holiday seasons to come.