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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Santa and Elvel are identical twins. Their birth parents couldn’t afford to raise them, so they gave them up for adoption at a nearby church. However, upon leaving them on the church’s doorstep, something almost magical happened and the two babies were separated before they even knew the other existed. All they had to identify themselves with was a locket (or perhaps more accurately a half-locket) with their name and half of their last name. A wealthy family adopted Elvel, the father making his money building and selling toys; the elves adopted Santa. Elvel grew up on the South Pole; Santa grew up on the North Pole. Somehow, two young men, clever toymakers, were destined to meet in spite of the paths that took them so far away from one another.
Triandos L Luke and Samaria L Luke’s children’s early chapter book, The Magical Christmas Reunion, is a charming, sweet, heartwarming Christmas story. Following the paths of twin brothers separated at birth, the reader will warm to the characters, hoping that the one bent on greed and selfish desires will see the light. Accompanied by bright, boldly colorful illustrations, the simple language of the text will lure the reader comfortably into this engaging story. The descriptive narratives and the compelling dialogue help set the stage and move the story forward. What a wonderful ‘what-if’ scenario the authors present. The plot develops well, leaving readers with a sense of wonder as they anticipate if, when, and where these brothers might re-connect. With well structured descriptive narrative, the settings are well presented and the dialogue is both believable and engaging. I loved the story and the plausibility of a ‘twin’ connection (no pun intended) to the Santa story.