Monday, September 28, 2015
5-Star Review of "The Lopsided Christmas Cake"
Join the Hochstetler twin sisters on stage as they bumble their way through baking a cake for a charity auction in front of a live audience. The take-charge Elma and the klutzy optimist Thelma manage to entertain their audience—and attract the admiration of two bachelors, an outspoken woodworker and a shy harness maker from a neighboring Amish community. As fall leads into the Christmas season, could romance be blossoming for one or more of the Hochstetler twins? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
MY REVIEW: Laughter is good for the soul and this book is filled with humor! Elma and Thelma have quite an amusing presentation at the Cooking Show to Benefit Amish Medical Bills but that doesn't stop Joseph and Delbert and a mystery man from bidding on the lopsided Christmas cake. The cake gets the highest bid of any item of the day in fact! The bachelors, Joseph and Delbert, want to get to know the cute identical twins. The antics of the couples as they court are at times amusing and sometimes, the relationship issues made me sad. I won't spoil things for readers as to why but I loved this book and had to keep reading until the very end without stopping! This book really captured my attention from the very beginning. I admire the twins and the determination they show as they take over the store and home their grandparents left to them. I am not sure that I would have handled myself with the courage that Elma and Thelma showed.
I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it. The recipe for Grandma's Special Christmas Cake is included as well.
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchage for my honest review.
About the Authors:
A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law's family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach.