Sunday, October 18, 2015

The best matchmaking story yet! -- Huckleberry Hearts

Update:  Check out the giveaway at the end of this post.

Jennifer Beckstrand's Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series has been an absolute delight to read.  As each book in the series has come out, they have gotten better and better -- and she has really outdone herself with Huckleberry Hearts!

As usual, Annie and Felty are scheming to find a match for one of their grandchildren.  This time it's Cassie, who made the decision a few years earlier to leave her Amish life and get a college education.  She's back for a visit and is torn between her Amish values and her English plans.  Her conflict grows with the appearance of Dr. Zach Reynolds, someone Cassie has encountered before under not so pleasant circumstances.

Jennifer has put together an awesome story that made me laugh and made me cry.  Her writing style brings the characters to life in a way that invites you in and encourages you to stay for a nice, long visit. There are tender moments, hilarious moments, and crises of faith that bring up very real, very difficult questions.

Jennifer says that she's leaving Huckleberry Hill and heading down the road for a new series that begins next year.  I guess we can only hope that sometime she'll find a way to let us check back in on the Helmuths and their ever growing family.

Thanks to Jennifer and her publisher for providing a copy of Huckleberry Hearts in exchange for my honest review.

Buy the book here.

About the Book:

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without—she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love.

About the Author: 
Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series set in beautiful northern Wisconsin: Huckleberry Hill, Huckleberry Summer, Huckleberry Christmas, Huckleberry Spring, and Huckleberry Harvest. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the two scheming Amish grandparents who try to help their grandchildren find suitable mates in Huckleberry Hill. Who would ever suspect two elderly Amish folks of mischief?
Jennifer has a degree in mathematics, which comes in handy when one of her six children needs help with algebra. After twenty-five years of being a chauffeur, cook, maid, and nurse, she embarked on a writing career. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and is represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and three adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.
Find out more about Jennifer and her books:

Twitter: @JenniferBeckst1

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  1. Pam, this makes me so happy! Thanks for your kind words. I do hope readers will laugh and cry. It's kind of cathartic. :) And don't worry, Anna and Felty will be back Christmas 2016 in the "Amish Christmas Kitchen" novella collection. They're going to use a Christmas goat to help make a perfect match for Titus.

    1. I laughed out loud when Cassie was sweeping the dog.