Once again Jennifer Beckstrand has produced the most wonderful heart warming, amusing and feel-good novel. Grandmother Anna is practicing her matchmaking skills again! “She had a reputation as a very good matchmaker and a very bad cook.” There is witty dialogue between the grandparents that makes the reader smile. Interfering in lives to join couples together is what Anna does best, much to the amusement of the reader.
The novel revolves around the new school teacher and her classroom. Teaching is more than just maths and English. It is about learning life lessons and caring. The teacher practices tough love to develop character. “Children learned best in an atmosphere of love.”
Children are a gift from God – all children are a gift. The novel shows how children readily accept others who are different from them. It is the adults who create the problems. The story surrounds a teen who lost his leg and some fingers (before the story opened) and a young child with Downs. There are some truly beautiful moments.
We all fight battles in our minds. “They were both fighting hard battles in their heads.” These battles will make or break us. We have to take control of our minds.
The novel is about courage. “It takes courage to stick to what you know is right.” We have to stand up and fight for what is right, no matter who the opposition is. Sometimes all we can do is stand still and let God fight for us. “The only strength left to her was prayer.”
The characters were realistic, warm and welcoming. The leading lady was small, feisty, good and kind. I really liked her.
A romance bubbled away behind the main story. It was a delight to witness.
A Courtship On Huckleberry Hill was a wonderful novel. I absolutely adore Jennifer Beckstrand’s novels. She is very amusing whilst writing great stories that are grounded in God.
A pure delight.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.