By Kelly Bridgewater
Separated twin sisters are reunited at Christmas in these two connected novellas
One Silent Night
Framed for murder and on the run from her kidnappers, Vanessa Jackson secretly hides her infant son in a safe place and flees for a wooded cabin. There she finds her childhood friend Eric Tomlin—a man she must trust with her life…and her family's future.
The Danger in the Manger
Alyssa Jackson is shocked to find a baby in her Christmas manger. But the message on the infant's T-shirt tells Alyssa the child must be her nephew. Alyssa believes her twin sister, presumed dead for years, is still alive. With the help of handsome police officer Chris Jensen, Alyssa goes on a dangerous search for the truth to reunite her family for Christmas.
I really enjoyed how Rachel McCalla framed this book. It was different than most books. She wrote the two short stories to go hand in hand. To begin, I followed the story of Vanessa where they captured the villain. Then we are transported a little bit back in time to start Alyssa’s story. Both of the stories were handled well and the transition was smooth. I hope Rachel McCalla writes more stories like this.
As for the heroines of Vanessa and Alyssa, I liked both of them. I’m really glad they finally got their happy endings with Eric and Chris (Not get mad. It is a Love Inspired Suspense book, and the writers are required to have a happy ending, so there!) The strength in the twins is evident in every decision they make. The heroes allow the women to reach for the stars and help them along the way. Just the way a partner should be.
The setting was vaguely mentioned but that was okay; I never felt like I was floating around in space. There were enough details to draw you in with allowing your imagination to roam the wilderness.
The spiritual aspect of holding on to hope and trusting in God to see his promise through is amplified with each girls’ story. Something I struggle with on a daily basis. I have been waiting a long time for my writing to be acknowledged, so I understand the struggle of waiting on God.
In short, Rachel McCalla’s Twin Threat Christmas is a unique story written in the form of two shorter novellas. I really enjoyed the suspense and twist with human trafficking. I will be recommending this story to my friends.
Rachel McCalla’s Writing Bio:
Rachelle McCalla plays with words like some kids play with fire. When she's not writing, she can be found digging deep research holes, setting up ideas like lightning rods to catch the next big bolt to shoot from the sky. Please use caution when picking up her books, as some may emit dangerous sparks.
Where to connect with Rachel McCalla:
Author’s Personal Website
Where to purchase Twin Threat Christmas:
The idea of two short novels interlinked by twins was a unique and interesting twist to a full length novel. Does it entice you enough to go read the book? Why or Why not?