A chance to visit Huckleberry Hill is met with whoops and hollers in our house! Both my 13-year old and I adore Jennifer Beckstrand’s Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series so when we were invited to read a complimentary copy of the newest book in the series, A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill, you can be sure we said yes without a second thought!
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This is such a fun series! It always makes me sad when I recommend them to people and they refuse to read them because they don’t like “Amish fiction.” I just want to go on record here as saying that these aren’t like any Amish fiction you’ve ever read before! These books aren’t about romanticizing the Amish way of life like so many others I’ve read. These are just really good stories that happen to include a lot of Amish characters. Unlike other Amish books, these stories could work in just about any culture or time period with their meddling older family members who can’t keep their noses out of the younger generations’ love lives.
This book in particular was one of Beckstrand’s best, in my opinion. While most of the stories in this series have been light-hearted, laugh-out-loud romances, this one was just as likely to make me cry as it was to make me laugh out loud, and I did plenty of both! Some of the scenes with the schoolchildren were so tender, I could hardly stand it! And my daughter and I are still giggling about the ending over a week after finishing the book!
While many of the books in this series have built on things that happened in previous books, this one is more of a stand alone so if you haven’t had the pleasure yet of reading one of these books and meeting Anna and Felty, the most endearing matchmakers ever, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book and prepare for a lovely read!
About the Book
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: December 26, 2017
Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .
Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.
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About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. 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-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand
I have a very special place in my heart for teachers. My dad was a high school math teacher. My mother taught second grade for over twenty years. My son-in-law taught choir in high school, and my daughter taught seventh-grade science. Another daughter taught American history labs at the university and still another daughter taught classes for a youth summer program.
Elsie Stutzman is a dedicated teacher who was dismissed from her last teaching job in Ohio and is trying to make a fresh start and a good impression in Bonduel, Wisconsin. Unfortunately one of her students, Wally Sensenig, is making things difficult for her, and Wally’s hot-headed older brother seems determined to get her fired. But Elsie is a dedicated teacher, too stubborn to back down and too steadfast to give up on anybody.
Elsie’s grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth, have other plans for her. They want her to fall in love with one of the local boys, but they’re finding it a little difficult to get the two young people together.
Teachers have an immense impact on our lives. We all remember a favorite elementary school teacher who inspired a love of learning or a high school teacher who encouraged us to reach for greatness. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Zobell, who taught ninth grade English. I distinctly remember her reading “The Outsiders” out loud to our class. She had a way of making great books and great stories come to life, and she sparked a love of reading (and writing) that I will always be grateful for. The teacher who had the most impact on my life is my dad. He helped me through Calculus in high school and inspired me to major in math in college.
I hope we will take the time this month to thank the teachers in our lives for all they do for us and all they do for our kids.
Who was one of your favorite teachers and why?
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