Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Delightful Amish Story -- Huckleberry Hill

Huckleberry Hill  -- what a delightful, fun read!  If you're a fan of Amish fiction and want to enjoy a refreshing, entertaining story, Jennifer Beckstrand's first book in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series is just the thing for you.

Lia and Moses are a couple of young Amish adults whose connection is enjoyable from the very beginning.  Annie and Felty are grandparents who would be an absolute joy to meet.  And Rachel is a spoiled Amish brat.  As I read their story, I found myself smiling, close to laughing out loud, and then wanting to shake some sense into some of the characters.

I don't know how many books Jennifer intends to write in this series -- Annie and Felty have lots of grandchildren who would benefit from their matchmaking -- but I certainly look forward to reading them all!

Thanks to Jennifer Beckstrand for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book

Lia Shetler is resigned to being a spinster. She’s too tall and sturdy to ever be marriageable–so says her overbearing dat. Instead, she’s helping her pretty, spoiled sister Rachel secure the perfect husband–the Helmuth’s grandson, Moses Zimmerman. But the more Lia sees of Moses’s gently teasing ways and quiet understanding, the more she wishes he could be hers alone.

Moses knew his grandparents couldn’t resist trying to find him a wife. But he never expected it would be the graceful, sensible Lia–a woman who is tall enough to look him in the eye and honest enough to make him question a promise holding him to his past. Now both will need the kind of miracles only faith and courage can bring to finally reach for a lifetime of happiness.

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.

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