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#69: Where Treetops Glisten - Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman & Sarah Sundin

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?


  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781601426482



AUTHOR BIOS:
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.


Since the time Cara could read Nancy Drew, she has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, is history. There she met Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, she shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara's been writing books.
Shadowed by Grace is her 17th novel and a story of her heart. She has also written one non-fiction title (the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law).
In addition to writing, Cara is an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women's ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and George Mason Law School. Because she had a few spare moments, she is now in Purdue University's MBA program. You can learn more about Cara's books at http://www.caraputman.com.

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. The Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, August 2013, and In Perfect Time, August 2014) follows three World War II flight nurses as they find love, friendship, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean. The Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow) follows three brothers who are B-17 bomber pilots during World War II.
Sundin lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab bent on destroying her writing career. When she isn't driving kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards and was featured on Booklist's Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010. Please visit Sarah's website at http://www.sarahsundin.com

REVIEW:
This is a unique way to tell a story. Tell three!
Three great authors wrote about each of the living siblings of the Turner clan. With all three stories, you get one great family tale. 
This was my first time reading anything from Cara Putman and you had better believe it won't be the last. Her epilogue warmed me to the core of my heart and stung my eyes. It was THAT beautiful. 
Though all the authors write in a different way, each story carries a message of love, family, loyalty, and even responsibility. Although the book made have a Christmas theme, that is not the focus. Family is number one, and to me, so very important. The family is centered around the holiday though. Family stories have a way of getting me into the spirit of Christmas though and have me hopeful for the most wonderful time of the year. This book with it's powerful messages of love definitely get me there.
I can't wait to try the cookie recipes in the back of the book too. A nice addition to an already awesome book! Thanks ladies!


5/5


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Comments

  1. Freda - thank you so much for your wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed the stories!

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  2. Nice holiday stories

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  3. Thanks so much, Freda! It's such an encouragement to hear when something we write touches readers deeply. :-)

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  4. Great line up of authors for this genre. And the format sounds very appealing. I'll have to pick up a copy.

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  5. Good review! Sounds like three wonderful Christmas stories.

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  6. That does sound like an interesting way to storytell

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  7. I'm excited to read this, excellent review Freda! Sounds like a really enjoyable read. :)

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