November 17, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten

Where Treetops Glisten 
"Where Treetops Glisten"
Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin

"Where Treetops Glisten" tells the story of the Turner family, who live in Lafayette, Indiana.  It is a complication of three stories written by three different authors.  The time is the Second World War.  But each story is set in a different year and focuses on a different Turner child.  it also focuses on a different Christmas Song written in that year.

Cara Putman tells us the story of Abigail in "White Christmas".  She is going to college and working at a one-of-a-kind candy shop.  But due to the loss of her boyfriend, to the war, she is done with romance.  Until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" is by Sarah Sundin and about Abigail's brother, Pete.  Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned fro mteh European Theater.  Even though the war has changed him for the better, he has to convince the hometown folks of that fad.  Especially a widowed mother of a precocious little girl in need of Pete's friendship.  Can he convince her he is no longer a bully?

And last we hear the story of Meredith in Tricia Goyer's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".  She is a combat nurse on the front lines in the Netherlands.  Halfway around the world she has to face her deepest betrayal head on, which is what God had planned to heal her broken heart. 

The Turner family relies on God's strength during a tumultuous time.  Will each of the Turner children find their way home for  Christmas?

I don't know when I have enjoyed a book as much as I have this one.  Even though it is written by three different authors, all of the stories flow together as one.  I enjoyed the book being set in a real town and based on real stories.
I also didn't realize that the three Christmas songs were written during WWII.  An added bonus were the Christmas recipes an all-around enjoyable book.  Would definitely make a great Christmas gift!

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Surprised by Love 
 "Surprised by Love"
Julie Lessman

When Megan McClare left San Francisco to study in Paris, she was an "ugly duckling".  But with the help of a good teacher, she blossomed into a beautiful swan.  She became so beautiful, that when she returns home, people don't recognize her.
She returns to California and accepts an internship at the district attorney's office.  But she regrets her decision when she learns she will be working with Devin Caldwell.  When they were in school, he called her 'fatso" and "four eyes".  Yet she liked him tremendously.  
Not knowing how to deal wit hteh situation, she turns to her best friend, Bram Hughes for advice.  But Bram's vision is clouded by his attraction to the new Meg, who until now, he had always thought of as a little sister.
Bram has his own set of problems and obligations to his family.  Obligations so strong, he consents to marry a girl he doesn't love.

Devin claims he has changed, but has he really?  

I found this book hard to "get into".  Once I did , it was somewhat interesting.  It contained many sub plots and reminded me of a soup opera.  But everything turns out in the end.

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November 15, 2014

Quilted by Christmas 
"Quilted by Christmas"
Jodie Bailey

High school sweethearts Taryn and Justin, at one time were inseparable.  They had this big argument in which Justin claims Taryn was a manipulator, only wanting what pleased her.  Justin leaves to join the army and Taryn vows to never love again.
Taryn decides to become completely independent and pours herself into teaching high school and helping her Grandma Jemma.  Then Justin returns home to help his father and Grandma Jemma's health takes a turn for the worse.  Taryn needs help.  Justin is there to help shoulder the burden.  But Taryn can't forget their last words that they had with each other.  What would Justin do if he knew Taryn's closely guarded secret?  
Can Justin forgive Taryn for what she has done?  More importantly can Taryn accept the fact that God has forgiven her and accept this unconditional love?

The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was being reminded of God's forgiveness.  No matter what we do we can always seek His love and forgiveness, and know He is ready and waiting to give it.

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November 3, 2014

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"A Promise To Protect"
Patricia Bradley

After many years, Leigh Sommerall returns to her hometown of Logan Point to live with her brother.  Tony is the only family she has left, aside from her son, T.J.  She is just settling in and getting somewhat use to being back home, but when her brother is suddenly murdered, she can't get away fast enough.  Only, she can't get away.  Tony made Ben, her former boyfriend, promise to protect Leigh and T.J.  Leigh is not too thrilled with this idea especially since she can't stand Ben anymore.

Ben is now trying to fill in his father's shoes as being sheriff of Logan Point.  His father has suffered a stroke and now can't communicate.  Trying to solve his father's previous cases, Tony's murder and now protecting Leigh and T.J., his plate is full.  Ben also finds out that Leigh still has the same affect on him as she did in high school.  What he can't figure out is why Leigh can't stand him and the secret that she seems to have.

From page one, this book is filled with suspense.  A Promise to Protect has it all, arson, kidnapping, murder, romance and more!  The characters were well-defined and likeable.  (most of them, not the bad guys obviously)  There was a lot going on in this book, but not so much to where it was confusing.  Even though it is book two, it's a stand alone novel as well.  The lessons in this book are about forgiveness, trust, mercy, and accepting God's care.

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Becoming Bea 
"Becoming Bea"
Leslie Gould

Beatrice Look shies away from people and would rather read poetry than anything.  She is also quick to let others know how she feels ans is often very critical of others.  But she begins to learn patience and kindness while helping a family overwhelmed by the arrival of triplets.

However, there is one person she doubts she will ever find peace with, Ben Rupp.  They have known each other for ever.  They both share a love of reading and are also constantly bickering.  But beneath all this bickering, an attraction awaits.  Can they put aside those hostile feelings so their real feelings can shine through?  Or is their relationship damaged beyond repair?

Interesting story line.  Somehow not enough of the true spirit of the Amish was present.  I don't understand how they could carry a grudge from their grade school spelling bee.  

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October 30, 2014

Hey y'all,

Just dropped in to congratulate my SF GIANTS for winning the World Series...again!  We're going for an every other year thing here.

My family was very nice and put up with me and watching all of the games.  The last game though, I tried to rush home from Church (I was still sociable and yes, I did pay attention.  Daddy preached on keeping God as the center of your life.  So yes, I was convicted when my mind would drift to the game and when I should be focused on the sermon and God being the center of my life. ;)) and made it at the bottom of the 2nd.  My brother came home with me and was down stairs when I screamed, because we were winning.  So he yelled (in a nice fashion, of course) from down stairs "What is it?"  "We're winning  2-0!"  I replied. "What inning?"  he said.  "Bottom of 2nd."
We're family.  We always find a way to communicate. And I hope we always will. :) No.  It's not always in the form of raised voices, only when he's downstairs and we're upstairs and we don't use our phones.

So we're all sitting in the Living Room watching this nerve-wrecking game.  My sister and I slinging our orange cloths around.  Well, I had an orange bandanna and my sis an orange washcloth.  Hey, whatever works, right?  I was decked out in black and orange of course, with my SF earrings, that sis got me and my Giants jacket that my Grandpa gave me that was his, back in the day.  

Well, I'm sure you're not interested in a play by play of how we watched the World Series, so I'll cut it short.  WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :)





Have a great day!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!