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May 21, 2017


 Return to Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) by [Beckstrand, Jennifer]

The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill
Book 7

Jennifer Beckstrand

  • Number: B01LJKQGDO
  • Release: May 30, 2017
  • Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Rom: Inspirational, Amish
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities—or grandchildren... Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend—or so he thought—is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents’ home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he’ll find comfort. He’s enjoying wallowing in his misery—until John’s sister, Fern, shows up. She won’t stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness—or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern's efforts only reawaken Reuben’s long-buried feelings—for her… With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it’s fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can—even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls—it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that’s right in front of him… (from Night Owl Reviews)


I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a Western—in just under fourteen years.

I have always been fascinated by the Amish way of life and now write Inspirational Amish Romance. I am drawn to the strong faith of the Plain people and admire the importance they put on enduring family ties. I have visited and studied Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where I met with a bishop and a minister as well as several Amish mamms, dats, and children. It has always impressed me at what salt-of-the-earth people they are. My interactions with these kind people have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have a dear Amish friend with whom I correspond in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She helps me keep my facts straight and gives me inspiration for my stories.

My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I’ve done my job. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt are all now available.

I have six Amish Romances in the works with Kensington Books. The first and second books, Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Summer, are now available in stores and online. The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill is set in northern Wisconsin Amish country.

The series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, is about an elderly Amish couple who try to find suitable mates for their grandchildren. What could be more fun than throwing two young people together to see if sparks ignite? No one would ever suspect two octogenarian Amish folks of mischief.

Romantic Times gave Huckleberry Hill 4 1/2 stars and chose Huckleberry Summer as a TOP PICK.

I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and two adorable grandsons. I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with my husband and one son still left at home.

 Grandchildren and more to be were on the list of Anna and Felty Helmuth's matchmaking list.

John King has become engaged to a lovely girl.  But the problem is someone else loves her too. Reuben Helmuth and Reuben is mad.  So upset he goes back to his grandparents in Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin.   He is relishing the attention he is getting at Huckleberry Hill.   But Fern shows up.  Fern is John's  sister and she is trying to get Reuben to forgive and move on.    To look for a new love.    This works, but not quite Fern was hoping.  Reubin has had feelings for Fern.  Fern does everything along with Reuben's grandparents to find Reubin someone to love and make a life with.     Nothing is working.   Reuben is so caught up in his own upsets that he can't see what is in front of him.   Love is there,  he just  needs to reach out and embrace.   The author gives characters, that even though they are Amish, they have the same feelings, thoughts, disappointments, mistakes, everything like other people.     The author shows that you may lose someone you think you love or do love, but there are others out there.   Sometimes they have been right there, having feelings for you but backing away because you love someone else.   Sometimes we have to take off our blinders and think, look around and we may find what was there all along.  The author shows the characters to be real and people you can relate to, feel for and want the best for.   The story moved steadily with great descriptions.  The story was sweet, clean and at time rather humorous.   It made for a good relaxation read to take away the stress of the day.  This is the seventh book in an eight book series about the Huckleberry Hill.   They can be read alone or in order.   You won't want to miss the fun, the humor, the characters and the romance in Huckleberry Hill, Wisconson.   If you like Amish reads or not, you'll find this book a good read. Try it.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4.5 STARS.


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