UPDATE: Jennifer has offered to give a copy of Huckleberry Summer to one of my readers friends. Just comment below and include your email address to be in the drawing.
If you want to read an Amish story that is just Plain fun -- Huckleberry Summer is a great choice! Jennifer Beckstrand has given us another delightful read in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.
Everyone needs a Felty and Annie "Banannie" in their life -- or maybe not, for those who aren't interested in being the "victims" of matchmaking by their grandparents. At any rate, they head a fantastic cast of characters that make this book a sheer joy to read.
Although the premise is the same as the first book in this series -- Mammi Annie is driven to see that one of her grandchildren is properly matched up with the right spouse, no matter what -- the details of the story are fresh. A shy, never-do-wrong Amish girl; an adventurous, not-always-does-right Amish boy; and a big, friendly, messy dog team up for a fun love story that will bring plenty of smiles and several concerned scowls as well.
Thanks to Jennifer for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I can't wait to see what matchmaking Annie has in mind next in Huckleberry Christmas coming later this year.
About the book:
With one of their grandchildren happily married, Anna and Felty Helmuth
are ready for their next matchmaking success. Because there's nothing
more rewarding than sparking unexpected love--and putting Huckleberry
Hill, Wisconsin, on the map for romance. . .
Cautious to a
fault, Lily Eicher strives to live up to her dat's high standards. She's
certainly not the kind of proper Amish girl who would make time for
someone as impetuous as the Helmuths' grandson, Aden--even if his lively
spirit and caring ways are showing her just how wonderful following her
heart can be. . .
Recklessly doing the right thing got
Aden into big trouble. A fresh start at his grandparents' is just what
he needs. And shy, pretty Lily is turning his world upside down and
making him want to prove he can do good within the rules. But now both
must find enough faith and understanding to risk pursuing their
dreams--together. . .
About the Author:
About Jennifer, from Jennifer . . .
I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.
After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree
in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed
help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started
writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons,
laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a
Western—in just under fourteen years.
I have always been fascinated by the Amish way of life and now write
Inspirational Amish Romance. I am drawn to the strong faith of the Plain
people and admire the importance they put on enduring family ties. I
have visited and studied Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
where I met with a bishop and a minister as well as several Amish
mamms, dats, and children. It has always impressed me at what
salt-of-the-earth people they are. My interactions with these kind
people have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I
have a dear Amish friend with whom I correspond in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania. She helps me keep my facts straight and gives me
inspiration for my stories.
My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings
and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a
big hug or jump up and down for joy, I’ve done my job. I am a member of
Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and
am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.
Learn more at her website.