Friday, November 14, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin....a book review

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops GlistenThree Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II
by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin

The wonder of Christmas comes alive in this collection of stories written by three of the most gifted Christian romance fiction authors of the contemporary writing sphere! Each author writes a story in this chunky paperback. Instead of simply three independent tales, however, the stories are a part of each other since each is about a different member of the Turner family, who you meet in the beginning of the book.
  In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, one of the Turners, Abigail is a busy college student and employee at a local candy shop on the home front. Her heart has been somewhat hardened by the loss of a beau in action. Will anyone be able to get beyond the protective wall she has built around her heart?
Sarah Sundin's contribution is I’ll Be Home for Christmas, about Pete Turner, a fighter pilot back home after experiencing action in Europe. A whole story unfolds after he makes friends with an adorable little girl in a toy shop! 
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Meredith Turner is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. See how God uses unusual means to heal her broken heart.

  Each story is a healthy Christian romance which reveals God's sovereignty over everything in life.

As for my personal opinion, I am not a fan of books primarily about romance. I love good romance in a story. I do love historical fiction. I have enjoyed a book by Sarah Sundin before, as well as one by Tricia Goyer. I always appreciate how Christian romances reveal God's sovereign hand in our lives. I have found that these books also depict human weakness very well, and the character development is excellent as the main characters are brought to an understanding of Jesus' love and power!
   Thus said, I found these stories far too romantic. Since each story is shorter than the author's usual novel, they didn't have as much room to develop character. I felt that they focused on the romance; especially so with I'll Be Home for Christmas. At the same time, the latter had a sweet story because of the little girl which I won't reveal here.

 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review!

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 includingShadowed 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.

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