Monday, September 09, 2013
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published by Barbour Books, September 1st, 2013
This is a sweet, touching and very memorable Christmas novella by Wanda Brunstetter, set in America in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Bev Winter is a widow - with a young daughter, Amy - and she is working and struggling to make ends meet at a job where she is being inappropriately pursued by her boss.
Her prayers are answered when she finds a satisfying new job at a secondhand toy store named Twice Loved, owned by Dan Fisher, a man who is mourning the loss of his beloved young wife and is himself currently being pursued by an attractive woman who does not share his strongly held Christian beliefs.
In time, Bev learns both to gracefully accept help when it is offered and to ask for help when needed and she and Amy, together with Dan, learn to open their hearts to joy, laughter and love once more.
The design of this book is a feast for the eyes, with decorative borders and curlicues framing each page of text; authentic recipes and a Christmas craft at the end make this a highly attractive volume and a lovely gift idea.