Thursday, January 29, 2015

Huckleberry Spring (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, #4) by Jennifer Beckstrand

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. 

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.

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My Review: 

Anna and Felty are at it again; at least Anna is with her meddling in her grandchildren’s love life; think she wants to find mates for every one of them.
Anna and Felty make a delightful pair, Anna’s cooking leaves a lot to be desired, she cannot cook, and Felty he loves her cooking, he cannot taste anything. They are meant for each other.
This time poor Felty is in for a lot of medical procedures, and bless his heart he does as Anna asks. This time they have their Grandson Ben return from Florida, poor Felty has to have surgery, and they need his help! Ben was engaged to Emma, and broke off with her rather quickly and went to live in FL. Now Anna has recruited Emma to help her grow a prize pumpkin for one of her two-year-old grandsons.
You can guess how Emma and Ben are going to be thrown together again, but how will it turn out. There are a few bombshells here, and some other Grandchildren who might find a spouse in all of this. There is also Ben’s sister Lizzie and Emma’s twin brother Mahlon, or Mailman as Lizzie calls him. Funny.
There are a few very serious sides to this story, and you will love the banter here. This one will keep you page turning, and the enjoyment is on every page.

I received this book through the Author and Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review. 


  1. Maureen,
    You are so cute! Thank you for taking the time to review Huckleberry Spring. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Felty is so incredibly patient with Anna, and it's good he is. How would anyone fall in love without Anna's help?

  2. Thank you so much for hosting Jennifer on her tour - I'm glad you enjoyed her book!

  3. Thanks, Maureen. I posted another comment but don't see it anywhere. I love your review.


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