Today I am reviewing Sweet As Honey the first book in The Honeybee Sisters trilogy, by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Beckstrand.
Here is the brief synopsis:
“Sweet as Honey is a warm, wonderful book filled with delightful characters, humor and tenderness. Jennifer Beckstrand writes lovely stories, sure to touch your heart.”–RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author
Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they’ve grown into skilled beekeepers–and lovely, sought-after young women. . .
Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn’t really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that’s why she’s all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood–unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time.
Now he’s back in town after two years away–and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive–and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily’s forgiveness–and her heart. But can he convince her–not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi–that despite the past, her future lies with him?…
I have to confess . . . if I had to choose between a new Jennifer Beckstrand story and sleep — I’d choose the book — every time! And believe me, I have, on more than one occasion.
Poor Lily! I felt so badly for her. And I knew right away that Paul Glick would not make her happy. Somehow, he was too smooth (although that’s not usually how I describe young Amish men) and I unsure about him. But . . . if I say anything more about him, I could give away too much, so we’ll leave him — for now.
Then we have Dan Kanagy, who left town, only to return 2 years later. Dan is either fond of Lily — or determined to embarrass and humiliate her! One moment, he’s doing something nice for her, and the next, he’s calling her the same mean nicknames he called her when they were attending school. But Dan doesn’t seem to have grown up at all, as far as name-calling goes.
I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll try to be careful with my words . . but one of Lily’s sisters should have caught on to the name-calling . . . and warned her about it. Eventually, it all makes sense — and Lily finds her way. Will Dan every find a way to Lily’s heart?
And yes, I stayed up half the night to finish this story. It was just too good to put down!
Jennifer Beckstrand excels at writing entertaining, heart-warming Amish fiction. She weaves delightful characters and real-life drama in a small Wisconsin community with the perfect amount of humor. Time and again, her stories continue to bless me!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt