A Book for the Holidays


Christmas music plays and my Holiday Mornings candle burns as I sit down to write this. Litfuse Publicity sent me Where Treetops Glisten back in September, but I wanted to wait closer to Christmas to share this novel of courage and Christmas romance set during World War II.

I have blogged about author Sarah Sundin ever since I came across her Wings of Nightingale series. Sundin teamed up with authors Tricia Goyer and Cara Putman for a special Christmas story centered around three siblings that spans the war.

There’s Abigail, a college student who lost her love in the attack on Pearl Harbor. There’s Pete, a fighter pilot, back home in Indiana after a European Theatre tour. And there’s Merry, a combat nurse on the front lines who is betrayed by the person who matters most.

The Turner family has dealt with its share of heartaches, but at the center is grandmother Louise. Strong in faith and wisdom, Louise encourages, mends and guides her three grandchildren as best she can while spreading the joy and hope of Christmas.

This novella is the perfect book to curl up in front of the fire place on these cold days. And, bonus, cookie recipes are included!

Happy reading and Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from my puppies, La Di and Bailey!



What I’m Reading Wednesday


I’m boycotting the Hallmark Channel and avoiding Christmas shopping to sit down and finally catch up on my weekly posts. It’s been about a month since I last shared with you what I’m reading, and it’s about time we reconnected!

Since Nov. 1 (or was it Halloween?) Christmas movies have occupied most of my free time and the blog has suffered. Last week I received an SOS text from my literary soul mate, who was at the library and in need of something to read. So guys, I’m back and I’m ready to talk books!

My sister-in-law introduced me to Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs‘ mystery series, which is right up my alley with time (1910-30) and setting (England). Many weeks ago I read Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal, which very much reminds me of Maisie: independent, witty, intelligent and also a lady.

It’s May 1940 in London and Nazi invasion is imminent. Maggie Hope is a young American in London, who becomes secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Sidenote: I always read ‘secretary’ with a British accent. I can’t help it.

Hope finds herself entrenched in a world of spies, secret agents and betrayal of those close to her. But Hope’s intelligence proves she’s more valuable for England’s security than her secretary job title gives her credit for.

If you watched The Bletchley Circle mini drama series on PBS, this is the same story in book form. Readers’s follow Hope as she works to solve plots by breaking codes, while also watching out for her own life.

This Maggie Hope novel has introduced me to a whole new series I’ve added to my ever-growing to-read list.