When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities—or grandchildren... Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend—or so he thought—is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents’ home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he’ll find comfort. He’s enjoying wallowing in his misery—until John’s sister, Fern, shows up. She won’t stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness—or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern's efforts only reawaken Reuben’s long-buried feelings—forher… With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it’s fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can—even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls—it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that’s right in front of him… Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand and her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series “Beckstrand continues to bring unexpected and heart-melting plotlines to this outstanding series.” –RT Book Reviews “Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” --Publishers Weekly “A delightful voice in Amish romance. Sweet and funny.” --Emma Miller
1. Huckleberry Hill 2014
2. Huckleberry Summer 2014
3. Huckleberry Christmas 2014
4. Huckleberry Spring 2015
5. Huckleberry Harvest 2015
6. Huckleberry Hearts 2015
7. Return to Huckleberry Hill 2017
8. A Courtship at Huckleberry Hill 2017
My thoughts: RETURN TO HUCKLEBERRY HILL is the seventh book in this series, but it easily stands alone. I love Felty and Annie and I think they are the backbone of this series. Annie is a most creative cook, and some of her concoctions are sick-sounding at best. Felty--I really really loved how he taught his grandson a lesson about respecting his grandma in this book! Reuben - yeah, he had issues. And Fern was right with everything she ever thought about him. Conceited, spoiled, rude, and a whole list of other negative adjectives. But despite that, I liked him. Mostly. Except for the way he treated Fern. Standing her up, twice, not noticing or caring that she was forced to sleep in a barn and starving to death (well, he did sort of notice, but not enough, and he didn't do much about it. Just enough to keep the reader from hurling the book across the room in hopes of knocking sense into him.) As a romantic comedy Amish writer, Ms. Beckstrand is top-notch. This book is laugh-out-loud funny in spots, and definitely engaging. I enjoyed getting to know Fern and Reuben, but my heart broke for Johnny. Ms. Beckstrand, if you are reading this review, I'd LOVE to see a book with Johnny as a hero. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and soon-to-be six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
Guest post from Jennifer Beckstrand
Anna Helmuth is starting a knitting club, but that’s not all she’s got up her sleeve.
In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Anna Helmuth and Fern King decide to start a knitting club in order to introduce Anna’s grandson Reuben to some girls from Bonduel, Wisconsin. Anna is a very good knitter, with years of practice making baby blankets, scarves, mittens, and potholders. One of Anna’s scarves actually saved someone’s life, and her potholders have helped her make many a match.
When I was a young teenager, I learned how to knit and crochet. My mom taught me how to sew and quilt, and I made several of my own dresses in high school. I never learned to love sewing, but it was an invaluable skill that I am so grateful to have. Now that I’m a little older, I love putting together simple quilts for baby gifts and making quilts for the local children’s hospital. There is nothing like a homemade gift to say, “I care about you.”
I have a friend who is a wonderful cook. Making a delicious, beautiful meal is how she tells her family she loves them. I don’t consider myself a great cook, but I still take pride in putting something nutritious and satisfying on the table for my family.
It seems to me that some of the “home arts” that our mothers and grandmothers practiced are dying out. Who knows how to tat anymore? Or embroider? Some of these arts have died because of expediency. Who doesn’t think today’s stocking choices are more comfortable and practical than knitted wool ones? Others have died out because so few people want to learn.
What about you? Do you still practice any of the home arts that your grandmother did? What do you want to pass on to the next generation?
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