Book Review: The Twin Test by Rula Sinara

Posted June 30, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, romance, Rula Sinara / 0 Comments

about the book

SERIES: From Kenya With Love #5
GENRE: Clean, Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PAGES: 368

His twins might be wild…

But she knows just how to tame them—and their father

Earthquake expert Dax Calder brings his eleven-year-old twins to the Serengeti to fulfill a promise to his late wife—never leave the girls. Meeting free-spirited teacher Pippa Harper feels like serendipity. She’s the perfect nanny for his mischievous twosome, even if her definition of rules is slightly different than his.

But there’s one rule Dax never expected to break…falling in love again.

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Other Books In This Series

I first fell in love with the people (and animals) of the Busara Elephant Research and Rescue Camp in Every Serengeti Sunrise – which tells the story of three childhood friends whom readers first met as children in the previous books of the series. I was immediately enchanted by this idea of a multi-generational series and getting to hang out with beloved characters as their kids grow up and fall in love in their own stories.

We spent a lot of time with Pippa in Every Serengeti Sunrise and I adore her free spirit and compassionate heart! After the events from that book, I felt very protective of her heart going in to The Twin Test. Dax had some steep hurdles to pass before I would give him my blessing (like i have anything to do with it lol), and there were times when I wasn’t sure he was going to clear those hurdles. But he does have some mighty fine kisses in him – and that epilogue? ALL THE FEELS. I’m still not sure I’ve recovered from that sweet final chapter of the book.

And his girls – oh, my heart. They sure knew how to push everyone’s buttons at first – think the kids from Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap and The Sound of Music. Fern and Ivy would fit right in with their pranks on Dax and their nannies, not to mention their tendency to wander off from where they were supposed to be … right into the very places they shouldn’t be. Not something you want to encourage in children in the suburbs or cities – much less the Serengeti. From lions to elephants to Maasai warriors to evil poachers and careless frackers, the dangers are real and deadly. But the beauty is just as real and it’s full of hope and life. I love how Pippa connected with the girls and helped them connect with the world around them and the people there too.

Bottom Line: The Kenya series from Rula Sinara transports this completely-non-adventurous person to a land of breathtaking natural beauty and adventure – right from the safety of my favorite reading spot. The characters – in each generation – take up residence in your heart and feel like long lost friends, and the environmental lessons tucked gently into their stories will linger with you for quite some time. Pippa has her moment to shine in The Twin Test, and she shines brightly. This was a perfect ending, I thought, for this touching series and I resigned myself to it being the end. But wait! What’s this I see? A sixth book coming out in January? Cue the excited fanfare! Here’s to the future generations of this series and many more stories.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some mild cursing and profanity scattered throughout the book.

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about the author

National and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens and drinking more coffee than she’ll ever admit to. Rula’s writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors.


What about you? Have you ever been (or would you like to go) to Kenya?

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