Where Treetops Glisten
Part 1: White Christmas by Cara Putman
About the book:
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?
About the authors:
TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, includingChasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger.
CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including Shadowed 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.
White Christmas is the first story in Where Treetops Glisten. It served as my introduction to Cara Putman’s work. I’m not a usual fan of historical fiction, but White Christmas had all the aspects of contemporary fiction that I loved while allowing me to escape to a different time period without being overloaded with historical facts. I’m not a history buff, so don’t ask me if everything was entirely accurate in a historical sense. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me if every fact doesn’t line up exactly. An author needs room to let their creativity flow! Putman’s story felt contemporary in the sense that I didn’t feel like I was looking back at Abigail’s story or even looking in as an outsider. It felt as though I were living it alongside her. The author’s storytelling masterfully set the scene–I could see every part of Abigail’s world in my mind! A favorite part of the story for me was the description of Abigail’s work in the candy store. The detailed explanation of making candy canes was extremely interesting but not so drawn out that I got bored. I highly recommend the first novella in Where Treetops Glisten to any fan of Christian Historical or Contemporary Fiction. Be sure to have White Christmas & Holiday Inn (the movies) on standby because you’ll definitely want to watch them after reading this story!
Look for reviews on Parts 2 & 3 of Where Treetops Glisten very soon!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.