Monday, September 22, 2014

This Book Room: Where Treetops Glisten

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’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 God’s plan for a future?

My thoughts: I had never read any books by Cara Putnam or Sarah Sundin before, but I like Tricia Goyer, I like reading stories about World War II and I love Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed Tricia Goyer's story and Sarah Sundin's story was interesting. But Cara Putnam's story nearly put me to sleep on several different occasions.

Cara's story didn't have enough true feeling to it; the characters' problems, in general, were superficial and silly. I was concerned about where Jackson's money was going, but the problem was solved in a second. There was way too much emotion being talked about, and I was just thinking... well, get on with it.

But honestly, Sarah and Tricia's stories were seriously good. This book did not really put me in the Christmas spirit, but it did put me in a spirit of thankfulness for what I have and for my country.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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