Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review of "Huckleberry Spring"

Review of Huckleberry Spring

by Jennifer Beckstrand

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Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married--except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .
Ever since the Helmuths' grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben's Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .
Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can't, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma's courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . .
MY REVIEW:  I have a big problem with Jennifer Beckstrand.  She caused me to experience a terrible case of insomnia last night because I started reading her book and simply could not put my kindle away and sleep!  I had to finish the book to find out what happened to Emma and Ben!  This book captured me from the very beginning and held my attention til the very last word.  I then read the excerpt of the next book in the series and am already eager for it to be released.   
      I most definitely rate this book 5 stars and I would give more stars if I were allowed to do so.   This book reminded me of some struggles several dear family members have endured and it really touched my heart.   I have never read another work of Amish fiction that dealt with this particular issue and I will not reveal what it is as it would be a huge spoiler for other readers.  This book is about true love and grace and compassion.
     I received a free kindle  version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Jennifer Beckstrand
From goodreads.com's bio of Jennifer Beckstrand:
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.

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt are all now available.

I have six Amish Romances in the works with Kensington Books. The first and second books, Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Summer, are now available in stores and online. The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill is set in northern Wisconsin Amish country.

The series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, is about an elderly Amish couple who try to find suitable mates for their grandchildren. What could be more fun than throwing two young people together to see if sparks ignite? No one would ever suspect two octogenarian Amish folks of mischief.

Romantic Times gave Huckleberry Hill 4 1/2 stars and chose Huckleberry Summer as a TOP PICK.

I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and two adorable grandsons. I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with my husband and one son still left at home.

2 comments:

  1. Rhonda, you are a DOLL. I am so glad you liked it, so sorry you lost out on your sleep! But what is better and more indulgent than curling up with a good book until late into the night? I'll be smiling all day.

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  2. I have always been a night owl, Jennifer, and I have been guilty of reading into the night with exceptional books since I was a teenager. Can't wait for the next book!!!

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