Thursday, May 9, 2024

Camping for Love? -- Home on Huckleberry Hill

The one thing you can be sure of in a Huckleberry Hill story by Jennifer Beckstrand is this -- you can't be sure what kind of scheme Anna and Felty Helmuth will come up with in their quest of matchmaking for their grandchildren! And Home on Huckleberry Hill just might involve their most unusual schemes of all!

In this story, the Helmuths' granddaughter, Mary Anne, is already married, so the matchmaking task involves keeping that marriage intact. In no other Huckleberry Hill story (or likely any other story) have so many friends, relatives, animals, camping supplies, and vehicles been involved in trying to salvage a relationship. Just when you think things might be working out, along comes another wrinkle in the story. And under most of those wrinkles you will find the creativity of a couple of loving, eighty-something grandparents.

As usual, Jennifer Beckstrand has crafted an entertaining Amish story filled with fun characters. Their stories are a delight to read as you watch them stumble and soar through all kinds of challenges. I don't think you can read a Huckleberry Hill story without a few chuckles along the way.

I highly recommend Home on Huckleberry Hill to any fan of enjoyable, out-of-the-box Amish stories.

About the Book

The irrepressible eighty-something matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna and Felty Helmuth, are at it again. And this time they’re willing to rough it to get the job done . . .

Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro’s indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won’t have to be bothered with her. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she’s done, they’ll stop at nothing—including a little camping trip of their own—to help save their granddaughter’s marriage . . .
Jethro’s greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she’s moved out, he’s shocked. What will people think? What is 
Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated and award-winning author of The Amish Quiltmakers Series, the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, The Honeybee Sisters series, The Petersheim Brothers series, as well as a number of other novels and novellas. Novels in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series have been RITA® Award and RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award finalists. Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for inspirational fiction and Huckleberry Hearts was named a Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Book of the Year. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people.
Jennifer has four daughters, two sons, four sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and eleven adorable grandchildren. She lives in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with her husband and plays pickleball and cuddles her grandchildren when she’s not writing. 

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