Light-Hearted And Amusing
Abraham by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightfully light-hearted Amish romance. It is the second book in The Petersheim Brothers series but can be read as a stand-alone. I, however, enjoyed catching up with familiar faces.
Once again Jennifer Beckstrand has created a deliciously amusing novel. One cannot help but smile at the antics of nine year old twin boys as they turn into match-makers. Their attempts are unique but often fall short with hilarious results. Jennifer Beckstrand has captured their boyish mannerisms and I love their malapropisms. “Unanimous benedictor” should be anonymous benefactor.
Bitsey Weaver with her ever changing hair colour puts in an appearance. I love her logic – “You can’t stick your foot in your mouth if it’s shut.” She is an amusing character with a gruff exterior and a heart of gold.
Scruffy mutt, Tintin, captured my heart. You are always on to a winner with the inclusion of pets. They have the ability to turn a house into a home.
There is an eclectic mix of characters, all unique and charming, who will lodge in the reader’s heart. We see a big-hearted character who is painfully shy, preferring to stay single rather than talk to the opposite sex. In contrast there is another character who loves being the centre of attention. True love comes knocking but it is not always recognised.
I adore all Jennifer Beckstrand’s novels. They are light-hearted and amusing but with underlying serious messages. I can recommend picking one up today.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2019
Things at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded for eight-year-old twins Alfie and Benji. As if things weren’t bad enough with three older brothers hogging all the bacon at breakfast and using more than their fair share of toilet paper, Mammi and Dawdi Petersheim have to move in because of Dawdi’s stroke. If Alfie and Benji have any hope of getting their own bedrooms, they have to get rid of their annoying brothers, and the only way to convince their brothers to move out is to make each of them fall in love. What could be so hard about that?
Abraham Petersheim is known as a man of few words. He’s painfully shy and doesn’t see the need to prattle on like other boys in the community do. That’s why he can’t understand his unexpected attraction to Emma Wengerd. For sure and certain she’s pretty, but she also has five or six boys buzzing around her all the time, and she seems to be constantly annoyed with Abraham and his little brothers. Emma would never be interested in someone as boring as Abraham, and he could never set his sights on someone as wunderbarr as Emma.
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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 Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series 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, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
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Alfie and Benji Petersheim will do just about anything to get their brother Abraham to fall in love with Emma Wengerd, even adopt a stray dog. But to catch that dog, they’re going to need Aunt Bitsy’ help. Alfie and Benji are about to get in a lot of trouble.
I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Abraham.
Benji pushed his coffee cake around his plate with his finger. “Maybe we could keep that stray dog.”
Maybe they could keep the dog. Alfie’s heart started pounding. A dog could find them if they ever got lost in the woods. A dog could fetch sticks and bring Dat his slippers. A dog would eat crumbs off the floor. Mamm would never have to mop again.
Bitsy shrugged. “That’s up to your mamm.”
Alfie’s heart sank to his toes. “Mamm would never let us have a dog. She won’t even let me have a goldfish.”
“I have a pet spider,” Benji said.
Alfie popped a small bite of coffee cake into his mouth. “He’s not your pet. He just lives in the corner of the cellar and kills other spiders.”
“You tried to spray him,” Benji said, “and I saved his life. He’s my pet now.”
Bitsy nodded. “Spiders are gute pets. They feed themselves and don’t poop on the carpet.”
Benji sat very still before wrinkling his forehead like he did when he was upset. “We need to help that dog.”
Alfie wanted a dog as much as anybody, but they had to be sensible. They’d been asking Mamm for a dog ever since they could talk. “Mamm won’t let us.”
Benji started crying. “But he’s going to get gassed.”
Bitsy reached over and patted Benji’s arm. “He might not get gassed. The pound might find a nice family that wants to adopt him. People like chocolate labs. I’m told they’re cute.”
Benji caught his breath and suddenly stopped crying, as if someone had turned off a faucet. “Do girls like chocolate lamps?”
“Chocolate labs?” Bitsy folded her arms. “Well, I’m a girl and I don’t think he’s cute, but most girls love dogs. Do you remember Vernon Schmucker? Poor fellow had a face like a potato, and the girls ignored him. One night he brought a puppy to the gathering, and he was surrounded by girls all night. That’s how he met his wife.”
Benji jumped from his chair and threw his arms around Alfie, making Alfie spill milk down his new shirt. “Hey. Watch it.”
“Alfie, girls like dogs!”
Benji was a good partner, but sometimes he made no sense. “So?”
“If Emma Wengerd saw us walking our chocolate lamp down the street, she’d run out of her house to pet him.”
Alfie’s heart started pounding. Benji was the best bruder in the world. “We could bring Abraham with us.”
Benji got more and more excited with each word. “And they could talk about dogs and chickens and maybe start kissing.”
Alfie set his milk on the table. “We’ve got to catch that dog.”
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I love humor in a book and Amish fiction, so this sounds like the kind of story I would enjoy! I haven’t yet read anything by Jennifer so it sounds like I need to add her books to my want-to-read list 🙂
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Your book sounds great and I’m glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!