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The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

 

My Thoughts

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off Titus, one of their favorite grandsons. We met Titus in the first book of the series, and he’s taken an active part in each of the other books in the series. I always liked Titus, and wondered when Anna would pick out a wife for him.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 


Today I am reviewing The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill, a novella by Jennifer Beckstrand found in The Amish Christmas Kitchen.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A dash of joy brings everything together . . .

Something’s always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home—and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love. 
 
When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

 

Anna and Felty Helmuth, Huckleberry Hill’s fav matchmakers, are at it again… Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

In The Amish Christmas Kitchen, Jennifer Beckstrand adds another novella to her amazing list of stories in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series…

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill

 

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off as many of her grandchildren as possible . . . please don’t ask how many grandchildren they have — there’s too many! Trust me!

When Katie Rose Gingerich is sent to Bonduel to find a husband, the man her family chooses is Adam Wengerd. If you’ve read other books in the series, you’re probably agreeing with me that Adam is someone who needs a good, swift kick in the pants. (If you don’t agree with me, it’s ok).

In the meantime, Anna is concerned about Titus (remember him . . . he’s the one who always has a toothpick stuck in his mouth). When Anna decides to find a wife for Titus, there’s no stopping her. And when Katie shows up, Anna knows just what to do.

What happens with Adam, who is making himself look pretty good . . . and Titus, who’ll do anything for Anna and Felty . . . is nothing I’m going to reveal here!  Ha! You’ll have to get a copy of the book and find out for yourself.

And if you’ve enjoyed the series up to now, run, don’t walk, but run to the nearest bookstore, library, or make it easy on yourself and order one online . . . you could be reading it RIGHT NOW!!!

 

OK, no more chitchat… let me just say this novella is a perfect addition to the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Hearts | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Hearts, the sixth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by one of my very favorite authors, Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren.

And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction.

Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without — she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith.

Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

 

HUCKLEBERRY HEARTS by Jennifer Beckstrand… can matchmaker Anna Helmuth make an Englisch match? Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, Jennifer Beckstrand has written a superb, entertaining, delightful story!

Anna will do most anything to make sure her grandchildren are properly wed… and Felty, although not as sure about matchmaking as Anna, will go along with the love of his life, his Annie-Banannie.

This time it’s Anna who is having surgery — and she’s delighted that her granddaughter will be caring for her. Cassie thinks she’s safe, because she’s joined the Englisch world. Will Anna really try to marry off her granddaughter to an Englischer?

My advice is to read the book and find out for yourself. I’ve read all six stories (plus a novella) in the series and I have yet to be disappointed; indeed, I’ve been delighted with each story — enough to read them over again several times.

What else can I say… wonderful, lovable characters, along with a matchmaking streak that has worked out perfectly so far. I don’t think Cassie has a chance to escape!

But don’t take my word for it; read it for yourself. PLEASE!

You’ll love it!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Harvest | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Harvest, the fifth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by the very talented Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s zest for matchmaking is unstoppable — and with grown-up grandchild number three on her way to their home in lovely Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, what better reason to put their talents to work once more?…

When Mandy Helmuth hears that her best friend Kristina’s heart has been broken, she decides to visit her grandparents and cheer her up.

Mandy never liked Noah Mischler anyway, with his rough exterior and outspoken ways. Unfortunately, she can’t avoid him — especially after he saves her life…

If he weren’t helping Felty with home repairs, Noah would be more than happy to stay away from uppity Mandy Helmuth.

Of course, then he wouldn’t have been able to rescue her — and she wouldn’t have had the chance to discover the real Noah beneath the tough persona — the one she falls in love with…

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

WOW! Just when I think I can guess what Anna’s going to do next — I get a BIG surprise!

Of course, we know how she enjoys matchmaking… and so far she’s been very successful. This time I think it’s possible she was trying a bit too hard — she certainly was surprised when one of the boys she tried to match her granddaughter with wasn’t Amish!

This time Felty steps in and tries his hand at matchmaking! As usual, Anna does her thing, pulling him along for the ride. But this time something’s different! I’d love to tell you more, but I just can’t! You HAVE to read this for yourself!

Huckleberry Hill was awesome, but the sequels just keep getting better and better! I REALLY hope Kensington knows what a GEM they have found in Jennifer Beckstrand! Every book she writes is fresh and original – and just plain fun to read.

Each story is wonderfully different – I don’t know how she does it – and each character is unique, yet fits into the family perfectly! One grandson was determined to not marry; another was eager to marry; yet another had been arrested several times!

As a series, it’s familiar and comfortable, but nothing – except for Anna’s cooking – is the same from book to book. Even Anna’s matchmaking is a little different with each story. It’s a good thing Amish families are so big – Anna and Felty have plenty of grandchildren left for Jennifer to write about!

Jennifer takes you on a wild ride with Anna and Felty. You usually end up in the same place, but you’re a happier person at the end. Read the Huckleberry Hill series… you won’t want to miss a single one!

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Spring | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Spring, the fourth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by the amazing, wonderful, multi-talented author, Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

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…

 

HUCKLEBERRY SPRING by Jennifer Beckstrand… will Anna’s matchmaking work this time… or not? Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Exciting… wonderful… awesome…

Huckleberry Spring was such a great read — I count it as one of my best gifts!

I’m going to do my best to not give away anything — well, not much. Because I want all my readers to enjoy this book every bit as much as I did.

I gotta confess, when my daughter asked me why I wasn’t laughing halfway through the book, I might have (un)intentionally led her to believe some things were or were not happening in the story… I can’t say what… but she really shouldn’t have asked about it.

Whenever she asks me how a book (or movie) turns out, I usually tell her the main character either broke up, ran away or died — and whichever I pick, she won’t know until she finishes the book (or movie). More often than not it isn’t true; once in a blue moon I tell the truth, so she never knows when to believe me! I can’t believe she still asks, but she does… so I might have misled her — just a teensy bit.

I don’t like to give anything away… okay?

And there’s a lot to not give away in this book — because…

I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

 
Jennifer is amazing! She creates the most wonderful characters!

Poor Emma… after falling in love with Ben (Anna and Felty’s grandson) and planning for a wedding after he proposes, she finds it impossible to get over the pain and move on — after he breaks their engagement — and her heart!

Anna has no idea why Ben broke his engagement to Emma, nor why he ran off to Florida to live afterwards. But she’s determined to get them back together, no matter what it takes — just ask Felty!

OK, no more hints… you’ll love this story; it’s wonderful — absolutely wonderful!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

A Perfect Amish Christmas | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

Today I am reviewing A Perfect Amish Christmas Quilt, a novella by Jennifer Beckstrand found in An Amish Christmas Quilt.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico.

But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing–falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party.

There’s just one complication–Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas–and true love–will change her mind, and her future . . .

“A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter.” –Charlotte Hubbard

 

Huckleberry Hill Matchmakers Anna and Felty Helmuth are at it again… Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

In An Amish Christmas Quilt, Jennifer Beckstrand adds a novella to her amazing list of stories in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series…

Dottie Schrock… oh man, if you know anyone who excels at everything, and insists on taking on every job — just so it’s done right — then you know someone like Dottie Schrock.

I’ve been told that I’m a perfectionist; actually I pretty much agree with this assessment, except that I know I’m not perfect but I do try to do my very best in everything I do (although I fall far from this goal much of the time).

But being a perfectionist makes it easy for me to identify with Dottie. It also makes it easy for me to say that Dottie needs to back off — and let others help more, even if she doesn’t think they can do things as well as she can!

Especially when she hurts the feelings of others, like her younger sister Eva, who only wants to be helpful — and most likely really needs to learn how to do things for herself, if Dottie will only give her a chance.

However, it’s just as easy to talk about how wonderful Dottie acted when she and Gid visit a friend, who needs help. She decides helping him is important and she does all she can to make him a delicious meal and do some much-needed cleaning for him.

Now, of course I know I’m talking about a fictional character… but Jennifer’s characters seem so real, it’s easy to get caught up in their lives, at least for me.

Jennifer is such an amazing author! I wish I had just a small portion of her talent!

And Gideon… of course he cancels his trip to Mexico to go help his Dawdi… he’s an awesome guy! (too bad he’s just a fictional character).

OK, no more chitchat… let me just say this novella is every bit as good as the full length novels in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Christmas | Jennifer Beckstrand

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Christmas, the third book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by the amazing, wonderful, multi-talented author, Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Now that they’ve happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge.

What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons–and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love…

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths’ widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She’s content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son.

But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder’s proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife.

Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be…

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith — along with the happiest of holidays — can bring.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Jennifer is an amazing author!

Huckleberry Christmas just might be even better than the previous two!

I keep reading comments from my readers who are telling me that Huckleberry Christmas is their favorite book in this series… so I have to consider this.

I don’t know… Huckleberry Hill was my favorite… until Huckleberry Summer came out and I read it… then it was my favorite — I loved it when Lily called Aden’s dog Piecrust!

Now I have a new favorite… Huckleberry Christmas!

Oh my… it is perfect!

I don’t have a clue how Jennifer’s books just keep getting better and better, but that’s my honest opinion! They just keep getting better!

Wow! I’m in awe!

Not only does Jennifer continue to amaze us with her wonderful stories with Anna and Felty, but each book adds new characters to the ones we previously met, and the surprises, along with twists and turns, keep us glued to each book (or our tablets)!

Okay, on to the characters from Huckleberry Christmas!

Take a woman who has been submissive for too many years, with too many others taking advantage of her, of treating her more unkindly than they probably would their horses or other animals.

Yes! It was past time for her to finally begin to stand up for herself; only did she have to just when the perfect man appeared and wanted to help!

… and Aden helps this time…

OK, no more hints or clues… but let me assure you that you’ll love this sequel; it’s absolutely wonderful!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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