Twice Loved by Wanda Brunstetter is a novella set after WWII. It was an okay book. I thought it was poorly written and too predictable, though. I do expect predictability in stories, but this one had too many coincidences and just seemed unrealistic. But I did like the storyline. It was a very cute idea, and the used toy store sounded so fun.
Bev Winters, a war widow with a six year old daughter, just lost her job due to the influx of soldiers returning home from the war. She manages to find a job at an used toy store called Twice Loved. The owner, Dan Fisher, has also lost a spouse, and as they come to know each other is it possible for love to bloom again?
At the end of the book, there are some recipes from the war times that looked pretty good. Overall, it's a short, sweet novella perfect for Christmastime. :-)
I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have read many of Wanda Brunstetter's Amish books and loved them, and this World War II Christmas romance was simply enchanting. I have heard many stories from my granny, mom, and mother-in-law about their experiences in World War II. My Uncle Pax Booth Jr was killed in Normandy, France at the age of 19. So the feelings and fears of this young widow and her young daughter were very real to me. Thinking of cooking when rationing often meant some ingredients were just not there to use is amazing enough and Wanda included several recipes in the book with this in mind.
I love snow! The young store owner running in the snow catching snowflakes on his tongue with Bev and her daughter made me long for winter! I worked in a toy store when I was pregnant with my first daughter, so I really appreciated the joy that the job brought to the characters. Is there only one love for each of us in our lifetime or can there be another chance at happiness, can we be "Twice Loved"? Read this delightful book to find out!
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
My first thought is that this is not a typical Brunstetter book. To me a typical Brunstetter book is a book about the Amish and their lives. This book however has nothing to do with the Amish but instead is about an unfortunate situation that has it's way of turning around and becoming something rather wonderful.
I really enjoyed this book and I know that it is not supposed to be released until September of this year but for some reason I felt that I have read this book before. Everything about this book seemed familiar to me. Even with everything seeming familiar I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book.
Bev and Dan both had suffered a great loss of loved ones and both had to overcome the grief that comes along with that. I can honestly say that I have never lost someone that close to me and I hope that I never have to but I am sure that day is inevitable.
This was a fast read for me and a book that most people could read in one day. Even though it is set around Christmas time, it could definitely be a book for any season.