I recently discovered three Christmas books that I never posted here, although they have been posted elsewhere. A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carson, The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall , and Twice Loved by Wanda Brunstetter while help us celebrate Christmas in July this year.
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.