Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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“It’s amazing, don’t you think, that the holiday spirit can be so strong even in the midst of war?”
World War II, that is.
Where Treetops Glisten is just dripping with Christmas and laced with romance in its wartime holiday accounts that take place from 1941-1945. The three novellas are sandwiched in by Christmastime sentiments from Grandma: Louise Turner, the wise, loving, smart cookie who turns out to be my overall favorite character.
I like how Cara Putman’s White Christmas goes so far as to include candy cane making in a story that raises a worthwhile question: after one has spent so much time settling to live according to fear, what does one do when fear no longer satisfies? Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas takes the reader closest to the front lines and wastes no time in giving a compassionate reminder that international conflict doesn’t hurt only one nation or nationality of people: “While it wasn’t popular to say, German mothers loved their sons as much as American mothers… German hearts loved too.”
I especially enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, with its quite human hero and heroine and a clever and spunky little girl who got a laugh out of me. Sundin has a poignant way with words in the right places as well as a flair for romance that’s not only sweet but has a good sprinkling of complementary spice.
With wartime trials of the heart and all the warmth of giving and Christmas, this novella collection is worth picking up.
“It’s a reminder that God has not forsaken us. That even in the war there is hope of a future.”