A Courtship On Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand is the most delightful Amish romance. It is part of the Matchmakers Of Huckleberry Hill series but can be read as a stand-alone.
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.”
Wonderful And Warm
Amish Brides is a trio of stories that will warm the reader’s heart. All three are similar but different, having themes in common. They are light hearted and highly amusing reads. Matchmaking can happen whether you are eight or eighty! I really enjoyed this trio of feel-good reads.
The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful tale to begin this collection. It is full of humour, laughter and love. Matchmaking by an elderly grandparent certainly warms the heart. “All young men should be married before they make nuisances of themselves.” Reminiscent of the opening of Pride And Prejudice. It is also a study in grief. Grief that threatens to overwhelm. Grief that causes more guilt than happy memories. “I feel guilty even enjoying this cheese because Mary can’t.” We need to be happy because the person lived and not sad because they died. The Reluctant Groom was a wonderful, warm read that made the reader feel good.
License Plates And Baby Blankets
Return To Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful Amish romance which I loved. The tale grabbed my interest from the start as I warmed to both the setting and characters.
With comprehensive descriptions, Jennifer Beckstrand ‘walked’ me through the novel. I ‘saw’ the countryside and could almost ‘smell’ the cooking. The atmosphere was warm and jovial.
The characters were realistically drawn and there were some wonderfully humorous moments. I ‘felt’ like I was hearing the tale of friends rather than reading a novel.
Warm, Feel Good Tales
The Amish Christmas Kitchen is a delightful collection of three tales and just perfect for Christmas or any time of year. All are feel good reads and I can highly recommend them.
Baking Love On Ice Mountain by Kelly Long is a delightful Amish romance with the theme of second chances. With God all things can be made new. We need to trust Him and submit to His plan for our lives. “Sometimes everything looks like a mess but He’s still around.”
There is also the theme of loss and guilt. When a loved one dies, we may feel guilty if we start to feel happy. We feel that we are not honouring their memory but our loved ones would not want us to wear a sack cloth and ashes forever.