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.
Not my favorite of the series, but still a good read!
The Twin Test is Pippa’s story–a much-needed HEA for the character who was left behind by her almost-(or at least expected-)fiance in Every Serengeti Sunrise. Dax is a great hero for her story, and Pippa is clearly the only woman in Kenya–heck, probably on the planet!–who can help him tame his twins. Ivy and Fern are the cause of many an LOL moment in the book as they admirably perform the job of children everywhere–making adults rethink every difficult moment they gave their parents as children. Poor Pippa! 😉 (And poor Dax! Though at least they eventually have each other to help them get through the soon-to-be-upon them teen years, so that’s something, at least.)
Two minor complaints: the side plot involving Dax’s job (and reason for being in Africa) still felt somewhat unresolved at the end, and that sixty-years-later epilogue was more of a downer (for me, at least) than a sweet resolution. I mean, yes, it was sweet, BUT…
I’m not going to say any more about it–you’ll have to read it yourself. But if you know me at all, you can probably make a guess about what’s going on in sixty years that I didn’t need to know about. (Or, if you’re my brother, you’ve already heard me complain about it live and in person. Sorry, bro-man!)
The Twin Test, though fifth in the series, would work fairly well as a standalone. It will have more of an impact if you’ve read book four and watched Pippa’s earlier drama unfold in that book already, but if you haven’t, no worries since she lets you know what you need to here. And of course if you’ve read The Promise of Rain and/or After the Silence, you saw a good chunk of Pippa’s childhood and will appreciate even more what the twins put her through here.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.