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    Wonderfully-written, emotionally-gripping story

    Twice Loved is a wonderfully-written, emotionally-gripping story of a woman torn between the man she is committed to marrying, and the man she loves. Wendy Lindstrom creates a compelling picture of historical Fredonia, NY and the Grayson family, and draws the reader into the lives of her characters. A fantastic first "sweet novel" in the Grayson series, it invites us into the lives of Evelyn, Radford, and Kyle but also teases us with glimpses of Duke and Boyd Grayson and entices the reader to want to read their stories as well. Radford is a troubled soul, haunted by his experiences in the Civil War and suffering from the nightmares and flashbacks resulting from those experiences. The author's realistic depiction of his nightmares and the scenes from the war draws the reader into the pain that Radford experiences. He finally returns home 5 years after the war, with his 4-year-old daughter in tow. The author draws us into the strife between Kyle and Radford created by Radford's return and creates an environment where the reader can actually feel empathy for both of these men who are fighting for what they believe most important to them. Kyle is also engaged to Evelyn, Kyle and Radford's childhood friend and the daughter of Radford's confident and leader during the Civil War. The love triangle that ensues between Kyle, Radford, and Evelyn is heart-wrenching and beautiful at the same time. They each experience their own anguish and hurt as the story unfolds and the reader is drawn into the emotions that each of them feels. The author should issue a pack of tissues with each book purchased! The sign of a book that completely draws you in is one in which you find yourself crying and laughing along with the characters in the book - and Twice Loved did that in spades! The love and the heartache both create an emotionally-charged situation leading to the climax of the love-triangle. As Radford continues to struggle with his inner-demons, Evelyn struggles with her feelings for Radford, her desire to continue running her family livery, and the failing health of her father. It's a shame that Evelyn and Radford's happily ever after had to come at Kyle's expense. While I found myself rooting for Radford and Evelyn's happily ever after, my empathy for Kyle wants him to find his as well. I thought it was masterful how the author created Evelyn's father's love story with her mother to parallel Evelyn's struggles with her feelings for Kyle and Radford. It enables Evelyn to draw on the strength of her parents love as a means of following her own heart. Her father is a delightfully engaging character and a wonderful means to help draw Radford and Rebecca back into life in Fredonia. The author's use of secondary characters to create a picture of Fredonia really makes the reader want to step back into post-war Fredonia with the Grayson's. Twice Loved is the "sweet" version of Shades of Honor. I had read Shades of Honor a couple of years ago. Prior to reading this book, I was curious to see how the author would be able to ensure a smooth story line while removing the sensual aspects of the story. I was pleasantly surprised; the story flowed so seamlessly that I couldn't tell where the sensual scenes had been removed. And I didn't miss them! I enjoyed the story with the sensual scenes in Shades of Honor but this story was equally enjoyable, compelling, and emotionally-charged even without those scenes. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an "intimacy-free" historical romance. For those looking for a more sensual story, Shades of Honor will deliver!
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    Twice Loved

    This book is filled with so much emotion. It appeases to the readers, in such a way where it becomes real. You can feel the hurt, pain, love and regrets that have been crafted in words. This is an excellent read, it may not have been filled with hot sexual scenes but it was worth it. Good job keep it up.
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    Beautiful Story

    I love historical romance novels and Wendy Lindstrom knows how to write beautiful heart-felt novels. She has an amazing way of writing about the 1800’s and the character’s that makes you feel you are right there with them. Not only does she fully develop all of the character’s but she richly describes the setting. She also gives you the choice of a sweet edition, which this one is, or the not so sweet with the sex in it which is “Shades of Honor”. I find it so refreshing to read a book without sex and cursing. This story is about Evelyn and her childhood friend, Kyle Grayson, who are set to be married. Evelyn is caring for her sick father and trying to run the family’s livery business. Meanwhile, Radford Grayson comes home after the war with his 4-year daughter Rebecca and moves in with Evelyn to help her since his brother Kyle doesn’t want him near the family’s saw mill. Radford is suffering from nightmares and effects of the war. But he and Evelyn feel an attraction between the two of them that they cannot deny. The story continues with Evelyn’s decision as to what to do with her pending marriage to a man she doesn’t love, Radford’s struggle to keep the demons of war under control and the jealousy of Kyle afraid Radford’s come back to take the saw mill from him. I had a hard time putting the book down it was so good. As with other books by author Wendy Lindstrom, I highly recommend this. I was given this book for an honest review and so glad I was given the opportunity to read it.
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    Emotional read

    Enjoyed it. Well written without overkill. Emotional pain well put. Had to forgo sleep in order to complete the story.
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    Twice loved

    I have read the original copy of the book Shade of Love and between these books, I loved the original one. It is still one of the best book I've read.
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