Sunday, April 12, 2020

Home on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand

Welcome!  Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s irrepressible eighty-something matchmakers Anna and Felty Helmuth are at it again. And this time they’re willing to rough it to get the job done.
Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro’s indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won’t have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she’s done, they’ll stop at nothing—including a little camping trip of their own—to help save their granddaughter’s marriage . . .
Jethro’s greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she’s moved out, he’s shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?. . .

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill seriesThe Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-two Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. Jennifer is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
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My Thoughts

Home on Huckleberry Hill is a delightful tale.   I thought this Amish novel was well-written, and it has a nice, steady pace throughout.  This book is different from the others in the series. Anna and Felty are trying to assist a married couple instead of matching up singles.  Jennifer Beckstrand has created a wonderful pair of characters.  Anna and Felty are darling and their antics had me laughing frequently (their chickens, the RV, the hammock, Anna’s cooking).  At one point, Anna offers to knit a scarf or a Minion beanie if it would help (the potholders were not cutting it) and I continue to chuckle every time I think about that line.  I also enjoyed Mary Anne’s creative outlets.  They were very clever and unique (I will never look at cheese doodles the same way again).  I was quite taken with the butterfly quilt Mary Anne constructed.  I like how Mary Anne’s family supported her decision and aided her.  The campground got quite large and Jethro’s tent will never be the same again (you will have to read the book to find out more). There are good life lessons in Home on Huckleberry Hill.  The importance of communication in a marriage, putting your partner’s happiness ahead of your own, and remembering that there are two sides to every story.  Home on Huckleberry Hill is a book about learning from your mistakes, remembering why you love your spouse and moving forward in harmony.  While Home on Huckleberry Hill is part of a series, it can be read alone. However, I thoroughly recommend every book in the engaging The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.  Each book is better than the previous and Jennifer Beckstrand did not disappoint with this one.  Home on Huckleberry Hill is a warm-hearted, humorous story that will leave you wanting more.  Home on Huckleberry Hill is a witty Amish novel with creative crochet, imaginative innovations, a fond family, campground chaos, plethora of potholders, and crazy culinary creations.
Bells & Labs: Painting your own canvas Tents
Home on Huckleberry Hill can be purchased from Amazon* along with the other novels in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill seriesJennifer Beckstrand's next book release is Austin.  It is the third novel in The Petersheim Brothers series and will be out on June 30 (I cannot wait to read it). Thank you for taking the time to read my review today.  I hope you have a safe day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader
Vintage camping in a summer tent with a wicker chair! 1940s style : )
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