Monday, December 7, 2015

"The Lopsided Christmas Cake" by Wanda E. Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

{{It’s December and that means Christmas book reviews here on BFCG! Unlike how we did last year with every review day being a Christmas book, this year just Monday & Friday will be reviews of Christmas books. Wednesdays will be reserved for new releases. :) A couple giveaways are also scheduled this month, so keep an eye out!}}

About this book:

  “Twin sisters Elma and Thelma Hochstetler have done everything together for their thirty-two years of life—including remaining unmarried. They inherited their grandparents’ house and general store, which will support them well. Now they will take on baking a cake for a Shipshewana charity event together.
  They are decent cooks, but they didn’t anticipate having to demonstrate the baking process on stage before their cake will be auctioned off. They panic, and Elma struggles to keep order while Thelma bumbles through the process with a smile. The pair end up being so entertaining that the bachelor friends in attendance, Joseph Beechy and Delbert Gingerich, think it was all planned. Joseph, a shy harness maker, would like to meet Thelma and asks Delbert to bid on the sisters’ cake. 
  Could a lopsided Christmas cake be the key to opening the door for one or more of the Hochstetler twins?”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Prayers & Blessing over food; Talks about God & His time; ‘H’s when referring to God are capital; Bible reading; Scriptures are remembered, quoted & mentioned; Mentions of God; Mentions of church & sermons.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’ and two forms of ‘dumb’; Killing ants with borax (semi-detailed); Cats attack mice & rats (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a horse that was killed (no details); A mention of vomiting (barely-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- three semi-detailed kisses; A married couple kiss on the cheek; Remembering a kiss (semi-detailed); Hand holding; Noticing; Mentions of love at first sight; Love falling in love & the emotions.

-Elma Hochstetler, age 32
-Joy Jorgenson, age 32

                                P.O.V. switches between them, Joseph, Delbert & Kathryn (once)
                                                        203 pages

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Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

Hmm. I was hoping I would enjoy this one better than Wanda E. Brunstetter’s other books. Sadly, I didn’t. :(  There was so much useless and filler chatter. So much. It was annoying, really. Elma & Thelma (I wish the names were more different, because I kept getting them confused) seemed very young for being 32. The actual plot didn’t actually start till page 110 of 203. Those twenty pages after were cute, but from then on it felt like it went downhill. I didn’t like either of the guys or the love at first sight Joseph had. Delbert & Elma got on my nerves so bad and it was incredibly frustrating to see everyone push them together. Elma was okay the first 100 pages, but when Delbert comes to the picture, he definitely brought out the worse in her and her in him. Overall, I was very disappointed in this book. :(

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.

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