The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter (review by Kristi)

the lopsided Christmas cake

Wanda E. Brunstetter, one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, has joined forces with her daughter-in-law Jean, to write a comical tale of twin sisters who move from Illinois to Indiana to live in their deceased grandparents house and run their store.

This book was fun to read! The characters are delightful and the situations the twins found themselves in made me laugh out loud. Elma, the more serious twin, and Thelma, the outgoing one, were likable and easy to relate to. Elma came across a bit stuffy at times, but she was the perfect balance to Thelma. I enjoyed how the authors showcased the similarities and differences between the two. Joseph and Delbert were also well-crafted characters and fun to spend time with.

I enjoyed the setting of the book as I enjoy the Shipshewana, Indiana area. It was fun to read about places that I have been to. It made it so easy to imagine the area and it really brought the story to life.

I have been reading and enjoying Wanda E. Brunstetter’s books for years and, to be quite honest, wasn’t sure what to expect with her having a co-author. Rest assured Wanda fans, this book doesn’t disappoint! The writing style is the same and the story flowed just as smoothly as you would expect from a book Wanda wrote solo. This book was a joy to read and I can only imagine the fun these ladies had writing about the Hochstetler twins. I can’t wait to read their next collaboration. (So ladies, if you by chance read this, please write another book–and soon!)

A definite must read for Wanda’s fans and fans of Amish fiction!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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