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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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"Return to Huckleberry Hill"
     By Jennifer Beckstrand

About the Book: 
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2017
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—for her…
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…

My Thoughts:

Jennifer Beckstrand has written another sweet story in "The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hills". This is the seventh in the series and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one! 

As I opened this new novel, I was excited to be back with my old friends Felty and Anna. They are just the most comical, quirky,  loving old couple, who want everyone to have as wonderful a marriage as they do. Anna is a true matchmake and will do anything in her power to find a true love for those she loves! Even in very strange ways!! Yes, that is Anna! She had me in stitches as she continued her matchmaking skills with her grandson, Reuben. All of the characters in the story seem to have special little quirks and are described in such a realistic way that you have to smile at their constant antics.f

The plot is rather slow moving, however, I found that it allowed me to relax and enjoy the humor in some rather serious situations. It is certainly not a cliff hanger but I did enjoy every moment of my read. 

If you love Amish fiction , don't miss this book. It uses a style of writing unique to Jennifer and is delightful.  If you have never read Amish fiction, try this one.You will find yourself falling in love with Felty and Anna. 

This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.
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About the Author: 
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?

Blog Stops

May 23: cherylbbookblog
May 24: A Greater Yes
May 25: Just Commonly
May 30: Quiet Quilter
May 31: Bigreadersite
June 2: Pause for Tales

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card to three lucky winners!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b3b2


  1. Thanks for sharing about the book! I enjoy reading Amish fiction :)

  2. I enjoyed this interview and I still knit at 66. My mother taught me to knit when I was about 8. She also taught me to embroider . I must admit I haven't embroidered in many years.carola245@hotmail.com

  3. I knit a little and crochet a little. I am an uber beginner at both arts. :)


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