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Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

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The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Three 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, I
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by WaterBrook
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Sarah
The first two stories were great the third and final story was a bit flat. One of the best Christmas story collections I have read.
Hannah
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
4.5 stars
Amber Stokes
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 more Christmas music, movies, and books!

The collection begins on a gentle note. White Christmas is more of a quiet story about coming together to solve a mystery and find hope during the holidays. The
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Jocelyn Green
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 f ...more
Amber Schamel
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely Christmas book with three heartwarming stories by three great WWII authors. One I will be reading again.
Deanne Patterson
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-copy
I have been enjoying reading WWII books recently and this one definitely did not disappoint !
Loraine
SUMMARY: 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 e
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Kate (The Shelf Life)
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
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Haley S
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 tre
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Ann
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

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This collection of stories was a pleasure to read and will make a great Christmas gift! Each story is very different yet connected by familial ties and common themes of service and giving. The first by Cara Putman was the sweetest with Abigail overcoming her fears and reaching out to someone with burdens greater than her own. The second by Sarah Sundin was the most dynamic since the relationship between Pete and Grace is turbulent and undergoing a change from resentment to love. Th
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Sarah
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great trio of stories that seamlessly flowed from one to the next. The authors did a great job of keeping all the facts straight as they each wrote about one of the siblings. Heartwarming stories with good lessons/thoughts woven in. Been wanting to get to this one for a couple Christmas' now, so glad I finally did.
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great Christmas collection!
Where Treetops Glisten is a novella collection set around Christmases during WWII. I’m not typically a big fan of novellas, simply because they always feel too short to me, but I really enjoyed these. They are closely linked, as the main characters in each are siblings. There are 3 in this collection, which allowed the authors to make them a little longer than the typical novella, without having a huge book as the result.
White Christmas by Cara Putman
I really enjoyed
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A.M. Heath
This family was so endearing. I loved how each story connected and featured a set of siblings. I'll Be Home For Christmas by Sarah Sundin was one of my absolute favorite Christmas novellas!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I love Christmas stories. They are full of hope, as these three historical novellas were. The stories are all set around Christmastime as the sounds, sights, and smells of Christmas are present, such as mistletoe, Christmas treats, gifts, snow, and when family come home to be together. I loved how small gifts, especially those that weren't physical gifts, played a large part of each story. I also loved these characters and how they each found and gave of themselves. It was a time of rationing, w ...more
Laura
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
he 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 a
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Regina Jennings
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This collection is perfect for putting you in the holiday spirit. Nostalgic song titles, scenes set in beautifully decorated Christmas venues, and holiday memories make this a book I'll return to every Christmas along with my favorite Christmas movies.

White Christmas - Cara Putman's story is like all of your favorite things about Christmas wrapped up together in one lovely package. Abigail Turner works in a candy store and Jackson Lucas works at a toymaker's. (After reading this I had to YouTube
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Dana Kamstra
White Christmas by Cara Putman:

Cara Putman's novel is the first one in this collection, and I was instantly caught up in the lives of Abigail and Jackson. While, WWII is pretty much in the background of this novel, it has a subtle impact on their lives. Jackson's story starts out with a bit of mystery and is really the line that moves this story forward. Abigail's story is more along the emotional side as she deals with wanting to protect her heart. While I enjoyed the story quite a bit, I didn'
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Martha
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
When you see a book on the shelf written by this caliber of authors, you have to pick it up. The blend these three authors give to a story forms a seamless line up of three separate stories. Three characters, from the same family go their different ways in this Christmas story. Each one has their own unique story to tell, and because of this you will find yourself drawn in quickly.
The World War Two setting adds to the charm, as there are not as many Christmas stories set in that time period, ev
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Maureen Timerman
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Three tied together stories of the Turner family, Abigail, Pete, and Meredith, all set during World War II, by three different authors, and smoothly brought together.
I love these stories, and found myself right back in the 1940’s with them. Whether it was in Lafayette, IN or in the Netherlands, I felt I was there, and completely absorbed in this read.
There has been heartache in this family, but the love of God has made this early life the joy that they have found. There is mention of lost siblin
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Amanda Geaney
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where Treetops Glisten kindles warm feelings of nostalgia in the hearts of readers. Journey down memory lane to a time when pleasures were simple and courtship was virtuous. Linger in the warm feeling of patriotism, but be prepared to grieve over the ravages of war. The trio of Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin author this World War II romance in perfect harmony.

Read my full review to include the recipes at the end of the book: http://christianshelfesteem.wordpress...

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Rebekah Morris
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
I found it neat that each "story" was written by different authors. It gave an added feel of each sibling being unique and different. My favorite was the first story, but I liked the other two a whole lot too. The added touch of a short chapter at the beginning and end of the book with Grandma as the main character tied everything together in a lovely way. Even though there is a bit more "sensation" of kissing and touching than I like, it wasn't enough to turn me off.
I know I'll be rereading thi
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Natalie Walters
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I really enjoyed this collection of WWII novellas so much. Rich in nostalgia, each story reminded me of the old Christmas movies where love and hope mingle timelessly. Truly, if you love Miracle on 34th Street (the original with Natalie Woods), White Christmas, and It's a Wonderful Life, you will LOVE this collection. Historical content adds the authenticity necessary to bring readers into an era where tinsel and mistletoe made the season bright in spite of the war threatening to diminish th ...more
Emily S.
I really loved this, especially Sarah Sundin’s story. The whole book was the perfect way to start out the holidays.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/nbrxldr

Very often a novella collection just seems to hit the spot, and there's something special about a Christmas collection. Where Treetops Glisten is a seamless collaboration by three talented writers who just happen to know quite a bit about World War II - Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin. With its family emphasis, spiritual insights, World War II theme, romance, and the clever use of beloved Christmas carols that debuted during t
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Abi Riley
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where Treetops Glisten is three novellas in one. All of them are about different family members in the Turner family. The settings vary from Lafayette, Indiana on a Christmas Eve in 1941, from to the Netherlands during the war. All of the stories are titled after Christmas songs of the WWII era.

I loved the premise of each story, but liked some more than others. The prologue, Winter Wonderland, was abrupt and rushed and I didn't connect with it at all.
rating one star

That being said, I still like
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Dawn
Three siblings find hope and love at Christmas during a war torn world.

White Christmas by Cara Putman - It's been a year since Pearl Harbor and Abigail Turner tries to heal her grieving heart at the loss of her high school sweetheart in Pearl by staying busy as a college student and working at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. She doesn't feel ready for any sort of romantic relationships, at least not until she meets Jackson Lucas, a young man with a big problem. As Abigail and Jackson find their path
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Sara
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, book-club
When I found out that two of my favorite authors were teaming up with a new-to-me author to write a book of three historical romance novellas taking place at Christmastime, I was so excited. Add that to the fact that the stories were to take place in my hometown, and I was literally jumping up and down!

Sarah Sundin has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction authors over the last few years that I have been doing book reviews. Her attention to the historical details is the best, and
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Rachel
This is the story of three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three short novellas filled with the wonder of Christmas. Turn back the clock to a different time as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

The first book is White Christmas by Cara Putman. Abigail Turner is a college student and part-time employee at a candy shop. The loss of a beau to the war has Abigail vowing to not fall in love until a
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Vera Godley
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Early 1940s war rages and yet life goes on. Abigail's father is an attorney and she is a college student, but still she works two jobs and attends school. She meets Jackson in the candy store and learns that he is working to save the family farm (but not working the farm, more on that later) that is about to be foreclosed on. Sensing Jackson needs help to unravel the problem, Abigail takes him to her father who begins working on the issue. Jackson is not off fighting nor is he farming the land b ...more
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, 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 tim ...more
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