Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Huckleberry Hearts (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #6) 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…


About The Author

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 Roamish buggymances 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.


My Review

I knew when I received this book what it was about, at least the topic, I put it aside to savor and read when I really wanted to enjoy a book. I knew!
This story did not disappoint and I could not wait for Annie and Felty’s banter, and Annie and her match making. This one is a surprise as this granddaughter, Cassie, is no longer Amish, but she is still a much-loved member of the Helmuth family. Now who wouldn’t want these two for their Grandparents, I sure would, and as they involved themselves in their family’s lives you see a lot of love.
Annie has picked out the young intern that has diagnosed her foot cancer, and she decides that Zach Reynolds would be the perfect match for Cassie. She didn’t realize that Cassie had already met him, but that is another or part of this amazing story.
Watch this young doctor learn to understand the Amish and end up milking a cow, and learn how to tap trees to make maple syrup.
Now Cassie is up against her family, namely her mother and brother, who believers she will go to hell if she doesn’t give up her worldly life and join the Amish church. Wait until you see what happens with the “pink” dress, definitely not what they planned!
I hate that we are going to have to wait awhile for another visit with this cherished family! There is a new series coming and I am looking forward to it!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Maureen, thank you so much for this review. I am thrilled you liked it. And don't worry. Anna and Felty will be back. Today is release day! Party, party, party! :)