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4.5 stars This is a lovely Christmas book with three heartwarming stories by three great WWII authors One I will be reading again. Where Treetops Glisten is a really sweet and well integrated collection of stories about one family s experiences throughout WWII The way the collection is structured is really clever, and the novellas definitely put me in the Christmas spirit Now that November is here, I m feeling ready for some Christmas music, movies, and books The collection begins on a gentle note White Christmas is of a quiet story about coming together to solve a mystery and find hope during the holidays The romance didn t completely sweep me off my feet, but I appreciated the tenderness of it, and I especially enjoyed the details about Abigail s workplace Glatz Candies and the fact that Jackson works at a puzzle factory How fun is that The second story, I ll Be Home for Christmas, was my favorite of the three I love Sarah Sundin s writing the way she so poignantly depicts themes and sketches details about the era and the characters personalities She even does a magnificent job of portraying the secondary characters But the romance between Pete and Grace especially shines with sweet moments and second chances Not to mention Pete s interactions with Linnie Grace s daughter Cuteness all around And the message of the story really resonates, especially in a season where we tend to lean on others the most.As for Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, I liked the change of pace The hints of suspense kept the story moving along, despite a good dose of introspection It s a story about making a difference and having the courage to do what s righteven when that means accepting something good you d never thought you d be able to have.All in all, the war time setting of these novellas really brings out the hope of Christmas The family connections are wonderful, and even though the stories don t bring a lot of unexpected plot twists or engaging action, they re still sweet and enjoyable reads for the holidays And the additions of the prologue and epilogue tie the collection together in a satisfying way With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the Litfuse Publicity blog tour. This book is a perfect companion for the Christmas season Rich in historical detail, the three charming novellas are connected beautifully, with characters you can fall in love with right away, and story lines that will tug at your heart I love reading collections like this during the busiest season of the year It s low commitment meaning, if you think you ll only have time to finish one novella, you ll still get a satisfying read But if you re like me, after reading the first one, you ll find time you didn t think you had in order to read the rest Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta SUMMARY The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartimeSiblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories,filled with the wonder of ChristmasTurn 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 REVIEW I really liked this collection of three connected stories The World War II setting and the connection between the siblings in each story added to the depth and interest of the stories The collaboration between the authors to make the connections so strong is obvious The storyline grabs your attention through each family member and keeps your interest until the end My particular favorite was Tricia Goyer s story of Merry Its lesson that appearances can be deceiving was so appropriate But each story displayed the hope of Christmas and the promise of this hope which was especially needed during the devastating times of World War II FAVORITE QUOTES WHITE CHRISTMAS But you have to choose whether to let fear and loss keep your world small or whether to let it expand to include others The Psalms say He collects our tears That s an image I have clung to a different times No tears are wasted, unless you allow their cause to freeze you in place I LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS If Pete gave in faith out of his nothingess, God would replenish Maybe that was the point of giving after all He thought he d given to fill others He thought giving would allow others to fill him But he d had it wrong Giving laid the holes bare and revealed his insufficiency to fill or be filled To truly give, he had to lean wholly on God The Lord alone could use him to help others, and the Lord alone could replenish his empty stores HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Father says that for many years he has prayed for freedom, and it came in an unexpected way But that s how God works He uses the weak things of the world to defeat the strong.God also brings us unexpected gifts in unexpected ways God knows the answer, sweetie, and He ll help you out But it ll take stepping out of your safety zone It ll take risking hurt But it s then that we discover that God is who He ays He is He didn t bring you this far to abandon you, to hurt you You just have to trust that. I have been enjoying reading WWII books recently and this one definitely did not disappoint I ve really been enjoying WW2 era books this year There is so much history there that can be used as a background and the authors who I have had the privilege to read, have used these settings to their advantage I have to say that Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin combined their creativity and these backgrounds well and made a wonderful novella collection.I have to be honest and say that novellas can be hit and miss for me My main pet peeve can be when there is no connecting factor to the stories I didn t have to worry about this here These three short stories were all connected through the family of the characters With that connection it allowed who they were to be flushed out a little then in other types of collections and you weren t left wondering, What now.I m going to do my best to not spoil any of these stories, so I will probably keep this a wee bit short.All three of these stories take place in the days leading up to Christmas Much loss has been suffered and there is a lot to over come with these characters Each face these tragedies in their own way and they each have decisions to make We are first introduced to everyone as a whole a year before these stories unfold and really bring out the characters It is through this introduction, we get a glimpse them all and the raw grief they each have to battle through And with that jumping point, as we dive into each of their stories, we find out what barriers they have put up and what barriers they need to tear down for their faith to be restored.I will say, my favorite character through this collection was Grandma Louise Turner, the matriarch of the family She was the back bone to the family always wanting to help and be there for her family And her faith was wonderful thing to read about, especially in such a hard time.This was a wonderful collection If you love WW2 era stories, you will really like these And if you love seasonal stories, it is a great Christmas collection Thank you to Litfuse and Waterbrook, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.This review was originally posted Yeah, I know exactly what you are thinking I just read a Christmas based book in the middle of May I am crazy and I know it But, yeah, I just got into a Sarah Sundin kick and decided to read this It is actually quite good And, I am going to write a review, BUT I will not post it until the Christmas holidays this year Yeah, I am being kind of mean, but it isn t even close to Christmas yet But, I will say that I really enjoyed this book Since my siblings and I just put up our Christmas tree and decorations, I decided to do a Christmas book review Before I go any further into my review, I have to confess something I read this book in the middle of the summer Yeah, I am kind of weird like that, reading Christmas novels in the middle of summer So, there you have it, I have confessed And, I also love watching Hallmark s Countdown to Christmas movies in the summer.The reason I waited to post my review is so everyone wouldn t be thinking, Is she crazy Posting a Christmas book review in summer I really liked this book It is nice when three or four novellas are put into one book Novellas are really fun to read because they are short They don t take a lot of time just ten to twenty chapters.I am trying to decide which novella I liked the best out of the three Each one was good so it is hard to decide But, after a few moments of thinking, I have determined on my favorite I ll Be Home for Christmas is the one I enjoyed most I do have to admit that I do like Sarah Sundin as an author in general But, I read with an open mind Each book was very good I am not saying the other books were not good They all were I just thought that if I was reading a book with three novellas in it, I should say my favorite.The cover was good too It was creative 4 stars to you as well So I would like to give this book a rating of 4 stars Title Where Treetops GlistenAuthors Sarah Sundin, Tricia Goyer, and Cara PutmanAuthors Website and review is written in my own opinions and words. (READ EPUB) æ Where Treetops Glisten Ä The Crunch Of Newly Fallen Snow, The Weight Of WartimeThree 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 White Christmas By Cara Putman , 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 Theatre In Sarah Sundin SI 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 HeartThe Turner Family Believes In God S Providence During Such A Tumultuous Time Can They Absorb The Miracle Of Christ S Birth And God S Plan For A Future 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.