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Twice Blessed: Two Amish Christmas Stories

by Barbara Cameron

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One of my absolutely favorite times of the year is in October when the new Christmas Romance novels are released. Yep, it's that time of year so grab your favorite beverage, some cookies and settle down for some great reading!

Twice Blessed by Barbara Cameron contains two Amish holiday romances that allow for a relaxing and enjoyable read. It's the perfect way to enjoy an early start for the upcoming holiday season!

If you love Christmas and Amish romance ... this book is for you!

Thank you to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for a free book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  mrsrenee | Oct 14, 2015 |
Twice Blessed by Barbara Cameron is two Christian Christmas stories in one book. The first story is Her Sister’s Shadow. Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus are identical twins who live on their family farm. They have started their own business called Two Peas in a Pod. They take the items from their large kitchen garden (also items they buy) to make jams, jellies, and preserves. Katie is the more outgoing sister while Rosie is quieter and prefers working in the garden. Katie has always made the big decisions for the pair. Rosie, though, has decided it is time to live her own life. She would like different things. It will be a test to their relationship, but there will be more strain on their relationship as Rosie finds a beau.

His Brother’s Keeper is the second story in the book. Mark and Ben Fisher are twenty-two years old and they do carpentry work (make beautiful pieces). Mark is engaged to Ruth Stoltzfus (no relation to Katie and Rosie). Ben met Ruth first and fell in love with her. The couple had a little disagreement and Mark was there to comfort Ruth. A few days before Christmas Mark and Ben are doing the last of their deliveries when a snow storm hits. A truck veers over into their lane and they are tossed into a ditch. Neither of them had their wallets in their pockets, so the hospital staff were unable to identify them. Ruth identifies Ben as Mark because he was wearing the gloves she knitted. When Ben wakes up, he does not clear up the dispute. He wants to be able to spend time with Ruth (he loves her). Mark is in a coma. What will happen when Mark wakes up or when Ruth figures it out?

I enjoyed both of these short stories, but they were really too short. The characters were not fully developed and both stories ended abruptly. In the first story we do not get many details on the girls (including their last names). I think an epilogue would have been great to finish off the stories and see what happened after Christmas with the two set of twins. I thought the first book had very little to do with Christmas. It happened before Christmas and some people were doing Christmas shopping, but that was about it. His Brother’s Keepers had more Christmas (took place before and during the holiday season) in it which made it more enjoyable. The book was nicely written and was easy to read (just flowed beautifully). I give Twice Blessed 3.75 out of 5 stars. I just felt that both stories needed a little bit more work (a little more character development and eliminate the abrupt ending).

I received a complimentary copy of Twice Blessed from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Sep 13, 2015 |
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About Her Sister’s Shadow
Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus work part-time in an Amish store and part-time in Two Peas in a Pod, their own business raising vegetables and fruits and canning them for sale. Although they are identical twins, their personalities are very different: while Katie has always been more outgoing and attractive to boys, Rosie has always felt in her sister’s shadow. It will take an unexpected business opportunity and one very special man to help Rosie see that she’s a unique woman of her own.

About His Brother’s Keeper
Ever since they were boys, Ben Fisher has trailed after his brother, Mark. Ben has always envied Mark because he’s always been more adventurous, but he's even more jealous now that Mark is engaged to Rachel, a woman they both love. When a terrible accident on Christmas Eve results in their mistaken identity, Ben suddenly has an opportunity to create the life he’s always wanted. While everyone believes he is his brother, who’s still in a coma, Ben finally has a chance with Rachel. But how can he realize an opportunity for real happiness if it means deceiving his kin?
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"Katie and Rosie--the twins who are secondary characters introduced in the Amish Roads books--work part-time in an Amish store and part-time in Two Peas in a Pod, their own business raising vegetables and fruits and canning them for sale. Although they are identical twins, their personalities are very different: Katie has always been more outgoing and boys have been more attracted to her. Rosie has always felt in her sister's shadow. Having to conform to a culture that requires community identity, not self-identity, it's even harder for her to be an individual. It will take an unexpected business opportunity and one very special man to help Rosie see that she she's a unique woman of her own. Synopsis of His Brother's Keeper: Ever since they were boys Ben has trailed after his brother, Mark (the two are secondary characters in the last book of the Amish Roads series). Ben envies Mark because he's always been more adventurous than him. He envies him even more because he's engaged to Ruth, a woman Ben loves, too. Then the twins are involved in a terrible accident on Christmas Eve. When Ben wakes, he finds that Mark is seriously injured and everyone thinks he's Mark. Mistaken identity...envy...it's a dangerous combination. Ben has a chance at Ruth...and he takes it. It's a terrible deception but the only chance he'll have to see what love would be like with the woman both men love" --… (more)

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