Author: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin
Publication Date: September 16th, 2014
Review:The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartimeSiblings 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 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 Theater 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 His plan for a future?
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 to the stories. I didn't have to worry about this here. These three short stories were all connected through the family of the characters. With that connection it allowed who they were to be flushed out a little more then in other types of collections and you weren't left wondering, "What now?".
I'm going to do my best to not spoil any of these stories, so I will probably keep this a wee bit short.
All three of these stories take place in the days leading up to Christmas. Much loss has been suffered and there is a lot to over come with these characters. Each face these tragedies in their own way and they each have decisions to make. We are first introduced to everyone as a whole a year before these stories unfold and really bring out the characters. It is through this introduction, we get a glimpse them all and the raw grief they each have to battle through. And with that jumping point, as we dive into each of their stories, we find out what barriers they have put up and what barriers they need to tear down for their faith to be restored.
I will say, my favorite character through this collection was Grandma Louise Turner, the matriarch of the family. She was the back bone to the family always wanting to help and be there for her family. And her faith was wonderful thing to read about, especially in such a hard time.
This was a wonderful collection. If you love WW2 era stories, you will really like these. And if you love seasonal stories, it is a great Christmas collection!
4 out of 5
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Thank you to Litfuse and Waterbrook, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.