Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: Huckleberry Christmas

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Title: Huckleberry Christmas
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publish Date: Oct 7, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
Now that they've happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge. What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons--and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love. . .

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths' widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She's content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son. But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder's proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife. Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be. . .

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith--along with the happiest of holidays--can bring.

Review:  This is one of the sweetest Amish romances that you'll ever read. Anna Helmuth is quite the matchmaker and this time she's planning on getting her granddaughter, Beth hooked up with Tyler Yoder, who was jilted by his last choice of bride.

Our hero and heroine are both a bit shy of marriage/love. Beth is out of an abusive  relationship, not only with her departed husband, but also her inlaws. As you discover more and more about her husband Amos and his mom and brothers, you can't help but feel terribly sorry for her.  Her son Toby, is the most precious thing. I loved how he calls people he loves "Mommy."

Tyler is the best hero ever, as far as Amish romance is concerned. He is all kindness and goodness. Even though he doesn't expect to find love after his last relationship went awry, his feelings for Beth are there almost from the start. (Even when she's hitting him with sunflowers).

When Beth refuses Tyler's proposal, she offers to find him a bride. Her matchmaking is hilarious, and almost as funny as the old Amish bachelors that come courting her. Vernon is an absolute hoot, and he doesn't seem to realize that there is someone else in her heart.

This is an absolutely wonderful read for the holiday season and a great book for lovers of Amish romance.

I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5 flowers


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