Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand is a most delightful contemporary Amish novel and the first book in The Petersheim Brothers series. I cannot wait for the subsequent books.
Whenever I pick up a Jennifer Beckstrand book I know that I will be in for a real treat and Andrew is no exception. Revisiting familiar faces from The Honeybee Sisters series, I settled down into known territory. Once again Bitsy imparted her wisdom “Boys are like stray cats. If you feed them once, they keep coming back.” There is an air of light-heartedness over the whole book even though there are some serious themes.
The characters are delightfully drawn. I loved the eight year old match making twin brothers who got into amusing scrapes and had hearts of gold. Their perception and love went beyond their years. All the main characters radiated love even though some tried to keep it at bay. One of my favourite lines was “Bitsy isn’t afraid to love people who don’t fit in.” This speaks volumes about her character who gives unconditional love. This reminds the reader of our Father God who loves us unconditionally, no matter what we’ve done, no matter where we’ve been God’s love remains.
The main theme is that of forgiveness. We all need to receive it and dispense it. We are often our own worst critics. “Jesus has forgiven you. You should forgive yourself.” If God has forgiven us (and He has) then we must forgive ourselves or be guilty of hubris. We all mess up at times but must not stay down in our pit.
The novel is about new beginnings and second chances. We must all decide what is really important. We all have choices to make – for good or bad – we must live with the consequences of our choices.
The Amish are a people who are community minded. The reader has a glimpse into their world and ‘feels’ included.
Andrew was such a delightful read, full of true pearls of wisdom. I would like to leave you with my favourite:
“Only God could forgive [her]. [His] job was to behave like a Christian and show forth love.”
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim’s family business has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers. But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all three may soon bear another title: husband . . .
Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He’ll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn’t that girl. Two years after “jumping the fence” for the Englischer world, she’s returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she’s working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips—and winning over Andrew’s eight-year-old twin brothers . . .
For all Andrew’s certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary’s courage, grace, and resilience. She’s changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay—with him?
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About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sistersseries, and The Petersheim Brothersseries 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 written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, Jessie and James, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
More from Jennifer
If you enjoyed The Honeybee Sisters, you’re going to love The Petersheim Brothers, or the Peanut Butter Brothers as they’re known in their small Amish community of Bienenstock, Wisconsin. The Petersheim brothers work their small farm and make peanut butter. The idea for The Petersheim Brothers series came when two of my friends and I were creating The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook. My friend Alicia suggested I write a book about Peanut Butter Brothers, and the idea stuck.
One of my favorite characters in my Amish romances is Aunt Bitsy, the irrepressible, unconventional woman who raised the Honeybee Sisters, tried to chase off all their suitors, and then lit fireworks at their triple wedding. In Andrew, the first book in the Petersheim Brothers series, Aunt Bitsy takes in a girl who has jumped the fence and wants to come back to the Amish community to have her baby. Aunt Bitsy is still protecting her dandelions and her bees, still dyeing her hair all sorts of bright colors, and still praying to Gotte right out loud.
Andrew is about forgiveness, second chances, and learning to love. It will have you laughing and crying, and you might just fall in love with two of the most mischievous little boys in Wisconsin. Enjoy.
In honor of the Peanut Butter Brothers, I want to share one of our favorite family recipes. These bars are perfect for picnics, parties, and potlucks. They’re easy and delicious!
Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 unbeaten eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup peanut butter
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups quick oats
Spread mixture in greased jelly-roll pan or large cookie sheet.
Bake: 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven.
1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Let stand five minutes.
For peanut butter mixture on top, combine:
½ cup sifted powdered sugar
¼ cup peanut butter
2 to 4 Tbs. evaporated milk
The chocolate chips will melt on the bars. Spread melted chocolate evenly. Drizzle peanut butter mixture on top. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
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