Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill: The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill

Welcome!  Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie Alexander will be published on January 2.  It is the seventh book in A Bakeshop Mystery series.  The actor playing Antony in Antony and Cleopatra is murdered and Lance is the prime suspect.  Jules needs to prove his innocence and find the killer.  Jules is also wondering about the key that Carlos gave her.  What did it mean? What does the key open?

A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand is the eighth installment in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.  Anna and Felty Helmuth lives in Bonduel, Wisconsin on Huckleberry Hill.  Anna has had great success in finding the perfect mates for her grandchildren.  She has found the perfect match for her granddaughter, Elsie Stutzman.  Now she just needs to find a way to get them together.  Elsie has signed on as the local schoolteacher.  Elsie is known for being outspoken (which has gotten her into trouble in the recent past) along with being determined and stubborn (feisty).  She loves teaching, but Elsie has been having trouble with fourteen-year-old Wally Sensenig.  Wally only has one full leg and is missing fingers on one hand (threshing accident), but Elsie will not let Wally use that as an excuse for not working up to his full potential.  Wally has been using his disability to manipulate people and to get what he wants.  But he has finally met his match in Elsie Stutzman.  Elsie is also trying to convince her grandmother to wait on matching her up with an eligible bachelor.  Elsie’s last relationship did not end well, and she is not ready to try again.

Sam Sensenig, Wally’s older brother, takes care of the family farm, his ill mother and his siblings.  He feels guilty for Wally’s accident and gives into to Wally’s “requests” (had electricity installed in Wally’s bedroom, purchased him an Xbox along with games, and does not require him to do chores).  Wally tells Sam that the teacher is picking on him.  A riled Sam goes to the school to confront Elsie about picking on his disabled brother.  Elsie tries to explain to Sam what she wishes to accomplish with Wally, but she meets with resistance.  It will take time for Sam to realize that Elsie only wants what is best for Wally.  Sam is also dealing with Anna Felty and her numerous attempts to get him to meet her granddaughter, Elizabeth.  She keeps sending him letters with potholders enclosed.  If the young lady needs her grandmother to match her up, Sam is not sure he wants to meet her, nor does he have the time.  Can Elsie get Sam to see the error of his ways?  Will Elsie be able to change Wally and his outlook?  Can Anna succeed in bringing these two stubborn individuals together?

I found A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill to be well-written, engaging and it had a good pace (which makes for a book that is enjoyable to read).  Anna and Felty Helmuth are such delightful characters.  They are in their 80s, and Anna has no qualms meddling in her grandchildren’s lives.  Anna is a quirky woman who wears sweaters that are not approved by the Ordung, is a knitting machine, and cooks the worst food (Felty finds it delicious, but his taste buds are not to be trusted).  Elsie is a strong, determined, persistent yet compassionate and kind woman.  These qualities make her an excellent teacher.  She wants what is best for her students.  I ended up liking Sam in the end, but he was irksome (I did not think he would ever see reason).  I could not believe how oblivious he was to Rose Mast (neighbor who was in love with him).  His cluelessness to the situation went on a little too long for my liking.  It was cute and humorous how Anna kept trying to match up Sam and Elsie without success.  The scenes did have me chuckling.  A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill can be read as a standalone.  I do, though, recommend the other novels in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series (each one is unique and a pleasure to read).  Anna is determined to find matches for all her grandchildren whether they want it or not.  In A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill, you will find yourself cheering for Elsie as she sets out to change Wally and Sam.  I am eager to read Home on Huckleberry Hill (June 26, 2018) which is the next novel in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.

I appreciate you visiting today and reading my review.  I will return tomorrow with my thoughts on Stowed Away by Barbara Ross.  I hope that you have a beautiful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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