Thursday, October 1, 2020

Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter


Book Summary

Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter contains The Lopsided Christmas Cake and The Farmers’ Market Mishap. 


The Lopsided Christmas Cake has Elma and Thelma Hochstetler inheriting their grandparent’s home and store in Topeka, Indiana.  The twins arrive to find the home in a deteriorated condition.  The house is going to need a lot of work to bring it up to snuff plus they have a mice problem.  While shopping in Shipshewana, Thelma notices a flyer for a cooking show.  Each item will be demonstrated, and the final product auctioned off to benefit the community medical fund.  Thelma, without Elma’s knowledge, enters them to make their grandmother’s Christmas cake.  They will have to use the wood stove which neither of the ladies are used to using. 

Thelma meets Joseph Beechy who owns a harness shop is LaGrange while Thelma runs into Delbert Gingerich a woodworker. Elma, Delbert, Thelma, and Joseph see each other again at the cooking demonstration and auction.  Joseph has Delbert bid on the twins’ cake which turned out a little lopsided.  The four of them start spending a lot of time together getting to know each other.  It would be perfect if each girl found the right man at the same time.  Will it be happily ever after for the four of them? 

The Farmers’ Market Mishap is the sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake.  Elma Hochstetler is thirty-four years old and has been living alone since her twin sister, Thelma married Joseph Beechy.  Elma has a busy life with taking care of their general store, home, garden, and chores in the barn.  But it does get lonely and Elma wonders if she will end up an old maid.  Thelma is worried about her sister and keeps pushing her towards Delbert Gingerich.  Delbert and Elma used to court, but they were not suited.  Thelma hopes that her sister will change her mind.  Thelma and Joseph are excited about their first child.  It means, though, that Thelma cannot work as many hours in the store, and Elma must take on more responsibility.  Ben Wagler lives in Grabill with his widowed mother, Dorothy.  Dorothy has taken a booth at the Shipshewana farmer’s market to sell some of her excess produce and her lovely flowers.  Ben decides to look around before the market opens and encounters Elma at her stand where he proceeds to knock over some of her produce.  Elma and Ben are attracted to each other, but they live about fifty miles apart.  Elma tried a long-distance relationship in the past and it did not work out.  Plus, she has responsibilities and would never consider moving away from her sister especially now that she is becoming an aunt.  Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Ben and Elma? 

My Thoughts

Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection contains two light-hearted Amish romances that I enjoyed reading.  Both tales are well-written and have engaging characters.  The Lopsided Christmas Cake is such a cute story.   I liked Thelma who is outgoing, friendly, and full of life.  Elma was a little harder to like, but she does grow on you.  The writing style made this charming tale a breeze to read. The Farmers’ Market Mishap has a good pace, it is just the right length, and it has a satisfying ending.  I especially liked the addition of Hunter/Freckles.  He is a smart and loving dog that accomplishes what the humans could not.  Each story can be read as a standalone, both I heartily recommend both of these charming Amish stories.  This collection of books is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection will leave you smiling.

Twice as Nice Amish Romance Collection is available from Amazon* as well as other major booksellers.  The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter releases November 1. Thank you for stopping by today and reading my review.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour featuring Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder by Tina Kashian.  It is the 4th A Kebab Kitchen Mystery. I hope you will join me.  I hope that you have a cheery day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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