Thursday, September 17, 2015

Twice Blessed - Barbara Cameron

Twice Blessed
Barbara Cameron
Abingdon Press, Sep 15 2015, $14.99
ISBN: 9781630881115

“Her Sister’s Shadow.”  Twins Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus have always done everything together.  Currently, they work at an Amish store and own Two Peas in A Pod selling canned vegetables and fruits grown in their garden.  They love and adore each other, but the more introverted Rosie wants some time away from “Her Sister’s Shadow.”  When she meets Jacob, Rosie feels he is the one; but doubts he notice her when Katie lights up the world.

“His Brother’s Keeper.” Twins Mark and Ben Fisher have two different personalities but both love their childhood friend Ruth.  Ben is heartbroken because he knows he is wrong to covet his bruder’s fiancée, but cannot stop himself from loving her.  When the brothers drive a buggy, a speeding truck heads towards them on their side of the road before crashing into them.  At the hospital Ruth identifies semiconscious Ben as her Mark; while the real Mark lies comatose.  Though he knows he should not, Ben fails to correct the mistake because selfishly he wants Ruth at his bedside.

These affable Amish holiday romances star two different sets of identical twins.  Even with straightforward and somewhat similar plots, readers will sing “Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful …” (Let It Snow by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne); as Barbara Cameron warms her readers with Twice Blessed comfy Christmas contemporaries.

Harriet Klausner

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