Thursday, May 21, 2015

Huckleberry Harvest

Huckleberry Harvest by Jennifer Beckstrand is a charming book.  Anna and Felty Helmuth are matchmaking again (when Anna is not knitting and getting new recipes out of cookbooks).  This time they want to find someone to marry their granddaughter, Mandy Helmuth.  Mandy is visiting from Charm, Ohio for four weeks (five if Anna has her way).  Anna plans to introduce Mandy to every eligible male within 50 miles (at least). 

Noah Mischler is the man who can fix machines.  He does a lot of different odd jobs around the area.  Felty has Noah fixing their roof.  Mandy meets Noah on her first day in Bonduel.  Mandy’s best friend, Kristina and her family moved to Bonduel a year earlier.  Kristina tells Mandy that Noah broke up with her with a text message and her heart is broken.   Mandy goes to Noah’s house and lectures him on manners.  Noah, while noticing Mandy’s cute freckles, tells her there are two sides to each story.

Over the next few weeks, thanks to Felty, Noah and Mandy are thrown together frequently.  Mandy does indeed discover that the truth about Noah and Kristina’s relationship is quite different from Kristina’s version.  Noah, though, gets prickly whenever his family is mentioned.  Mandy likes to fix problems, and sticks her nose in Noah’s business.  One can only hope things will turn out well for Noah and Mandy. In the meantime Anna will keep knitting potholder's for all the suitors (each gentleman that comes to meet Mandy gets a potholder.  Anna thinks it is an incentive.) that she is rounding up.  Let us up that none of the suitor's gets food poisoning from Anna's creative cooking!

I found Huckleberry Harvest an entertaining and engaging book.  It is the fifth book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.  I give Huckleberry Harvest 4.5 out of 5 stars.  I found Kristina’s character just a little too bit silly.  I found myself wanted to shake some sense into the girl (you will see what I mean when you read the book).  Huckleberry Harvest will be out on May 26, 2015.  I eagerly look forward to reading the next book in this series Huckleberry Hearts which will be out on November 24, 2015 (according to Amazon). 

I received a complimentary copy of Huckleberry Harvest from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own!

Are you having  a great week?  I cannot believe another weekend is almost here and it is a holiday weekend (Memorial Day).  My father was in the Navy.  The tales he has told me!!!  If you like my reviews, please consider following my blog.  You can sign up using the link on the right hand side of the page.  Have a lovely evening and Happy Reading!

Kris Anderson
The Avid Reader


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