Review: Where Treetops Glisten

During the Christmas season, I love all things peppermint. Peppermint cookies, peppermint-flavored drinks, and peppermint-scented candles. If it’s peppermint, I’m your girl.

So, when you pick up this set of Christmas novellas following the Turner family, may I suggest a peppermint hot chocolate with it?

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
WaterBrook Multnomah, 2014

On that note, Abigail Turner, the main character in Cara Putnam’s White Christmas, works at a candy shop in which, you guessed it, her favorite candy to make is candy canes. My kinda girl! Hers is a cute love story with delicious candy and a little mystery that complicates her new beau’s life.

Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas was my favorite. Pete Turner comes back to town and falls for the girl he bullied when they were children. But trust doesn’t come easy to Grace Kessler—not only did her late husband keep secrets from her, but Pete is also known as the black sheep of his family. Her adorable and rambunctious daughter brings them together, and Grace starts to see Pete has changed. Past hurts and scars complicate the relationship between Pete and Grace, and I loved the layers of this story.

Merry Turner takes the stage in Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. She’s working as a nurse at the frontlines of combat. Her love story is more subtle, and she doesn’t meet her beau until nearly the end, which was a little disappointing for me because of their lack of interaction. The relationship was more dependent on back story, but it is still a heartwarming novella.

What I found so engaging about these novellas was the sense of heartbreak each of the siblings has endured, both individually and together as a family. Yet, the loss they have each experienced in love is not the end for them. It’s about breaking through the fear of more loss and being open to a new love.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
Ladies of Distinction, Book 1
Bethany House, 2012

My Thoughts:

I started reading A Change of Fortune on a whim one day, and little did I know what an engaging read I had picked up! Lady Eliza Sumner is prepared to do whatever it takes to have her fortune returned to her and her father’s good name restored. Under disguise as a governess, Eliza is determined to accomplish her goal.

The witty dialogue and characters are delightful in A Change of Fortune. Not only do we have a spunky heroine in Eliza, but we also meet a charming hero, his two adorable children, and a few other fantastic characters. This novel is full of humor, mystery, suspense, and romance all mixed into one historical novel.

However, as it is a historical novel, I did find it a bit unbelievable how open the characters were about sharing details and secrets with one another. Unnecessary things were mentioned in conversation and it felt unnatural. The characters and the plot as a whole are a little farfetched given the time period, but I still absolutely loved this book. It caught my interest early on, and held it until the end.

The plot moves forward at a fast pace, never letting the reader feel bored as the story races forward to the next turn of events. Things change quickly and often, which made this book entertaining and fun. Drama and antics ensue.

Readers looking for a historical novel with an overflowing dose of humor and characters who are silly and lovable, this is the book for you. I’m certainly glad I read it.