Christmas of 1945 looked to be promising for the United States. World War II was over and Americans could spend the holiday with those who returned from overseas. But Dan Fisher still felt lonely and sad since his wife Darcy passed away in 1943. He had no plans of celebrating Christmas. Bev Miller did plan to have Christmas festivities but mostly because of her young daughter Amy. Her husband Fred died in 1941 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and she still wasn't over her heartbreaking loss. Romantic love was the last thing on both of their minds. That is, until they met each other when Dan hired Bev to work in his deceased wife's beloved used toy shop.
This book is a novella. If I say anymore I'll have told you the whole story. Like most novellas the ending is predictable. But fans of them know that going into the story. I enjoyed how the love of Christ showed through both Dan and Bev's actions. They were Christians and lived it out in what they said and did. Dan's neighbor Leona Howard was the protagonist in this story. She made life interesting for Dan with all of her interactions with him. I liked that I could tell the era where the book was taking place. One way Wanda Brunstetter did this was with her descriptions of the characters' clothes and hair styles. At the end of the book there are Wartime recipes and even a cute frugal craft.
I really liked this heartwarming book. I read it in a few short hours. Each page has a cute Christmas border that reflects the season in which the story takes place. Twice Loved is a good title with its double meaning, which you'll discover when you read the story. I enjoy Wanda Brunstetter's books because her writing is simple but not boring. Twice Loved is a short and enjoyable read that will get you into the Christmas mood.
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.
On itself the story is sweet. But any time anything needs to happen, it just happens like that. The story is unbelievably predictable and totally unbelievable because of it. Because in real life it just doesn't happen that easily. So I feel the author doesn't respect the reader's intellect. Nor her faith. It is supposed to be a book for adults (women), but leaves the mind and heart unsatified as soon as one reaches the age of twelve or so...
I could have written about the same theme a lot more interestingly. Why she is a bestselling author is beyond me. Do people like such pre-chewed chuncks of reading food in the States?
The title is well chosen though.
I would not recommend this book to anyone and wouldn't know anyone to whom I would be able to lend it either.