About Her Sister’s Shadow
Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus work part-time in an Amish store and part-time in Two Peas in a Pod, their own business raising vegetables and fruits and canning them for sale. Although they are identical twins, their personalities are very different: while Katie has always been more outgoing and attractive to boys, Rosie has always felt in her sister’s shadow. It will take an unexpected business opportunity and one very special man to help Rosie see that she’s a unique woman of her own.
About His Brother’s Keeper
Ever since they were boys, Ben Fisher has trailed after his brother, Mark. Ben has always envied Mark because he’s always been more adventurous, but he's even more jealous now that Mark is engaged to Ruth, a woman they both love. When a terrible accident on Christmas Eve results in their mistaken identity, Ben suddenly has an opportunity to create the life he’s always wanted. While everyone believes he is his brother, who’s still in a coma, Ben finally has a chance with Ruth. But how can he realize an opportunity for real happiness if it means deceiving his kin?
Cameron's newest features two sets of twins, each caught in love's angst as the holidays approach. "Her Sister's Shadow" follows Katie and Rosie Stoltzfus. Rosie, often in Katie's shadow, fears she'll become an old maid until handsome Jacob comes calling. Will she be able to become her own woman apart from her twin? "His Brother's Keeper" introduces Mark and Ben Fisher, two very different men who both love kind-hearted Ruth. A terrible accident puts one brother in a coma and leaves the other recovering with Ruth's help, but will the truth of their identities ruin everything? The premise of each story is sound, but the writing often feels perfunctory, and some aspects of the two stories are nearly indistinguishable. Still, those looking for a nice Christmas read should enjoy these tales.
One Good One Bad
These were a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved Her Sister's Shadow, but wasn't a thrilled with His Brother's Keeper.
Her Sister's Shadow is all about the shy twin finding her way to happiness and love. There was a lot of really great story in this one. Katie and Rosie were both fun personalities, but completely different. Katie is outgoing and flirty - loves to be in the middle of everything. But Rosie prefers to be at home, working in the garden or kitchen. But they both find a way to find love and happiness in Her Sister's Shadow. They also both get a look at tragedy and people aren't always what they seem - but it works out great in the end. This was my favorite of the two stories.
His Brother's Keeper just didn't have the best trope for me. A twin pretending to be the other one is all fun - when you're kids. But when your twin is in the hospital in a coma, pretending to be him so you can spend time with his fiance is just creepy. Now it starts as a genuine case of mistaken identity, but he doesn't bother to correct anyone. The ending....well it just confused me. Some people knew and they talked about telling other people, and I'm not entirely sure the whole thing came out?
I highly recommend the first story, Her Sister's Shadow, but you can skip His Brother's Keeper.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*