Is It I?
Home On Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand is the most charming contemporary Amish novel that will make you smile and leave you feeling good.
I always know that when I pick up a Jennifer Beckstrand novel, I will be in for a real treat. There are always wonderful, warm characters that move into my heart. I love her Huckleberry Hill residents of Felty and Annie – octogenarians who have a huge heart for others, a playful sense of humour, and a tendency to match-make. They say some outrageous things that are picked up as gossip and taken as truth. “Gossip is like a bag of feathers” and once it is out there, we cannot gather it in. It is important not to gossip and spread rumours. We must guard against it.
The main focus of the novel is a marriage that is floundering. The reader learns about love. “Love isn’t a feeling… Love is something we do.” We need to work at the love in our marriages to keep them alive. Within the novel, we witness love in action. There are many different types of love but only one word that covers all… we have the love in a marriage, in a family, in a community and we have the love of God.
If we love someone, we want the best for them. We must put aside our selfish nature and live a life of selfless love. If a marriage is stale, we need to go back and remember what it was that made us fall in love with that person.
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.
What’s Wrong With My Hat?
Jessie And James by Jennifer Beckstrand is the most
charming Christian historical romance that warms the heart and soothes the soul.
Jennifer Beckstrand always writes such
delightful novels that I sink into from the start. Jessie And James is wonderfully amusing. The lead character is a
strong minded young woman who carries a large gun everywhere and isn’t afraid
to use it! She meets her match in James who is a wonderful partner for verbal
The whole novel has a warm family atmosphere
with characters bonding over the Word, food and song. Huge hearts realise that
men are hungry not just for food but for God.
Characters need Jesus and the best way to show
Jesus to them is by kindness. No one responds well to a verbal lashing. Jesus
needs to be shown in our actions.
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