Monday, December 14, 2015

Twice Blessed: Two Amish Christmas Stories

Twice Blessed: Two Amish Christmas Stories

Paperback, hardcover, ebook 

September 15, 2015

by Barbara Cameron

  • 288 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630881115

Her Sister’s Shadow: Identical twins Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus couldn’t be more different: Katie is outgoing and gregarious—so much so that Rosie feels unattractive in comparison and retreats to the background. The girls split their time between working in an Amish store and their own business, Two Peas in a Pod, where they raise and can their own vegetables and fruits. Then an unexpected business opportunity…and one very special man, allows Rosie to see the unique and striking woman God meant for her to be. 

My thoughts: Her Sister's Shadow was a sweet romance involving two sisters. Ms. Cameron did a very excellent job writing two very different character personalities, one sister was shy and quiet, the other louder and more outgoing. I liked that the "one very special man" saw Rosie, noticed the differences, and courted her alone. I also  liked Daniel who was understanding of Katie and knew when to step back. I enjoyed reading this story. 4 stars. 

His Brother’s Keeper: Ben Fisher can’t remember a time when he hasn’t envied Mark, his more adventurous brother. Now that Mark is engaged to Ruth, Ben is more jealous than ever. A terrible accident on Christmas Eve results in mistaken identity with everyone believing Ben is in a coma, when in actuality, it’s Mark. Ben can use this twist of fate to finally have the life he’s always wanted—and with Ruth by his side. But can Ben find real happiness if it means deceiving his brother…and trying to ignore God?

My thoughts: This is a sweet romance  involving twin brothers.  They both love the same woman and want what the other has. When an accident results with Mark being in a coma, Ben sees the opportunity to date Ruth. I don't like the way the characters lied, especially regarding identity, but it did make for an engaging story that I couldn't put down.  4 stars. 

Overall, this is a good collection of two novellas involving twins by talented Amish author Barbara Cameron. Fans will not want to miss these never published before novellas under one delightful cover. This would be a great book to give to the Amish fiction reader on your list.  

1 comment:

Barbara Cameron said...

Thank you for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! I grew up listening to stories about being a twin...both my parents had a twin sibling.