Friday, December 4, 2015

5-Star Review of "Huckleberry Hearts"

Review of Huckleberry Hearts

by Jennifer Beckstrand

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…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…

MY REVIEW:   I love love love Anna and Felty Helmuth and their matchmaking!   I would hate to have to eat her awful cooking but would love to have one of her beautiful handknit sweaters, scarves and beanies!    Cassie and Zach don't stand a chance with Anna setting her mind of matchmaking the two of them!    This is the cutest story and most heartwarming that I have read in a while.    It is full of sweetness and mean attitudes as well.   Zach is Anna (Mammi's) doctor and she will do just about anything when it comes to finding good Christian spouses for her grandchildren.   They don't even have to be Amish as this one proves.  Cassie has left the Amish and attends a Christian church.   So Anna decides that her young handsome doctor would be the perfect husband for Cassie.   
          This book will have you laughing one minute and wiping tears the next.   I ran through the gamut of emotions.   I was drifting away to Huckleberry Hill.   I was in an Amish buggy and prayer kapp.   I could almost taste the maple syrup.    The details that Jennifer provides allow all these various emotions to occur as one reads.  
         I rated this book 5 stars and am delighted to recommend it to readers.
         I received a free ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
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.


  1. Rhonda, thank you so much for your review. I am so glad you love Anna and Felty. They are so much fun to write. I consider them old friends. :)

  2. I look forward to reading Huckleberry Hearts as I've read another great review of this book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Blessings!

  3. Thanks for the review Rhonda. I'm disabled do to health since I was 52. It's been 11 years now after doctors told me I had 6 months or less to live. Then they said I wouldn't ever walk again, I'm walking with a cane. It was many many years of therapy, I might struggle some days but I'm grateful to be alive. Donna Harris


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