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Book: The Secret of the Mystifying Twins
Author: Joan Price Reeve
Publisher: Ridgeview Publishing, republished 2007
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: General youth fiction
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Reeve, Joan Price. The Secret of the Mystifying Twins (Published in 1964 by Moody Press, a division of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; republished in 2007 by Ridgeview Publishing, a division of Brookside Bookstore, 110 Bluebird Lane, Parksburg, PA 19365). Lois and Lettice Belmont are identical twins who attend Rivercote Girls’ Private School in England with their best friend Jane Smith. After the three return for their final year, a sudden accident cripples Lettice. She had wanted to become a nurse but cannot now, so Lois, who loves her sister very much, promises to become a nurse in her place. However, due to the cost of Lettice’s care, there is not enough money for Lois’s training. Jealousy, hate, and fear fill Lettice’s heart, while Lois is downhearted and discouraged at the whole turn of events.
How can Lois get the education she needs? Will Lettice ever be able to walk again? And what part does young Dr. David Leonard play in trying to solve both problems? In the first book of this series, The Mystifying Twins, Lois and Lettice’s daring pranks at Rivercote continually got them in trouble, not only with their friends, but also with the headmistress, until they both accepted Jesus. Now they must turn to the Lord even more so in their suffering and tribulation to learn that “all things work together for good,” and that faith, hope, and prayer may bring victory. The twins grow up quite a bit in this book, and it is somewhat more serious than the first one, but it is still a fun story.