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.

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