Friday, September 2, 2016

5-Star Review of "Like a Bee to Honey" and Giveaway

Review of Like a Bee to Honey and Giveaway!


(The Honeybee Sisters #3)

by Jennifer Beckstrand


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Affectionately dubbed The Honeybee Sisters in their Wisconsin Amish community, the three Christner girls are devoted beekeepers who are coming-of-age—and discovering the sweet surprise of love… 
  
Shy, skittish Rose Christner is more comfortable tending to the beehives on the family farm and keeping her aunt’s unruly cats in line than attending social gatherings with the rest of the die youngie. A childhood trauma and secret shame keep her heart under lock and key, and Rose just can’t accept the sweet attention she’s receiving from a handsome neighbor. But the more she shies away from Josiah Yoder, the more their families sneakily plot to bring them together. And when a vandal who’s been plaguing the Honeybee Farm starts targeting Rose, Josiah’s steadfast protection—and patience—just may lead her into his waiting arms…

MY REVIEW:  I love this family and community.  Yes, they're supposedly fictional characters, but author Jennifer Beckstrand brings them to life so that they feel like true friends.   Rose is afraid to love and feels that she ruins everything she touches.  She blames herself for her parents' deaths.   But Josiah loves her unconditionally and unequivocally.   He thinks that she is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen.  He wants nothing more than to win her heart and marry her.   
         This story is such a precious one.   Readers are sure to fall in love with this family all over again.  This book could probably be read as a stand-alone but I personally recommend reading the other two books in the series before this one as it will help explain a great deal of the events and traits and behaviors of characters.   The author has obviously researched bee-keeping for this series.  
        I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
       I received a copy of this book from netgalley and celebrate lit bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:   

Jennifer Beckstrand

From Goodreads' bio:

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.

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Giveaway:

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away five copies of The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a20d

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3 comments:

  1. Rhonda, you are so kind! This review is just what I needed today. I love Josiah and how he treats Rose. Every woman should be treated this way! Thanks for featuring me!

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  2. They certainly are a fun family to get to know. Aunt B was quite the character :)

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  3. I enjoyed this post.Thanks for sharing!I love all your books Jennifer and I am looking forward to reading this book.

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