Twins and a Deadly Christmas Pretense

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Confession: I was reading Christmas stories in August, hah! A Christmas story about TWINS!

I love Christmas! I love Christmas movies, books, and music (and, at the appropriate time, decorations!). So who wouldn’t love the chance to review a fun Christmas book? I always loved Christmas holidays because it meant more time for reading! It’s the best time to have a good, fictional book to read.

Deadly Christmas Pretense by Dana Mentink was an enjoyable read for me and one that would fit that holiday feel for me. It has all the elements of a good mystery, twins, the big switch, and more (did you ever wish you had a twin to make the switch with?). The main character is an amazing cook, who takes the place of her twin sister in order to save her life!

Twins: seriously. I always wanted to have twins – identical, because I’m weird like that. Now that I have kids, I realize that twins would have been a completely unreasonable addition to our family, hah, for my own sanity. But still, the thought of twins always makes me smile.

You know what else the book has? A cowboy! Lol. My daughter has decided she is going to become a cowgirl…because horses! Any book that has horses has my vote! However, I can’t even imagine falling in love with my sister’s ex, hah, but I loved how this story turns out: the bad twin versus the good twin.

I did find it a little hard to follow at times as the author only gives a little information regarding the mystery at a time. It took me a while to grasp the whole picture, not completely a bad thing, just frustrating for this brain who likes to put the pieces together before the ending, hah.

I really did enjoy this book, though, with its seaside, ranch setting. All the elements of a story I could get in to! I recommend it for your Christmas reading list!

Read below for more information on the author, the book, a RECIPE and a GIVEAWAY!

 About the Book

Book: Deadly Christmas Pretense

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:  Christian Suspense, Mystery, Romance

Release Date: November 4, 2019

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A cowboy to her rescue…but she’s not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Book #2 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author


Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

I just love Christmas, don’t you? In our area we have a lovely holiday train. It’s an old steam type train which is decked out in lights for festive holiday tours. I was so thrilled that this cover features just such a train. Of course, in the novel the train is the scene of hair raising danger! Maggie, our heroine in this novel, is a cook. She serves up some mouth watering dishes (when she’s not dodging a killer.) I thought perhaps you might enjoy a Mentink holiday family recipe! God bless you as we enter this holiday season!

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a  a book necklace, Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having three wonderful kids. She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun. While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community. Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and homeschools two of her three children

4 thoughts on “Twins and a Deadly Christmas Pretense

  1. This sounds like a really great book. My sister used to pretend to be me all the time!

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