Home on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand – Book Review, Preview

Posted April 14, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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We probably should have checked the weather before setting out on a camping trip at the end of September in the Cascade Mountains.

It was the last weekend for camping of the year and we were excited to go out for the weekend to the new campground we had discovered. The first night, things got a touch chilly but it was nothing to spoil our time. The second night there, my husband found a huge oak log that someone had left at their site and he dragged it over so we could use it to warm ourselves. We enjoyed the fantastic heat it generated.

Before retiring for the night, we had to douse the fire, which was still burning brightly. It almost felt like we were Israelites pouring water over the altar Elijah had built! But at last, the fire was safely out. And we went to sleep.

Sunday morning we awoke with the dawn, shivering despite our warm sleeping bags. It seemed like the temperature had plummeted overnight, mostly because it had! So we started to rise and worked on getting ready for the day, especially by starting a fire. However, to our dismay, our firepit was still soaked from the night before! And, unfortunately, there was no dry wood waiting for us. Equally unfortunate for us, there was also no fire from heaven to burned up all the water, despite our dancing around for warmth!

We learned when we returned home that the temperature had dropped below freezing overnight! Nevertheless, this was probably our most memorable camping trip.

Home on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand – Book Review, Preview

Home on Huckleberry Hill

by Jennifer Beckstrand

Series: The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #9
Series Rating:
Published by Zebra
Publication Date June 26, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Wisconsin Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352


Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s irrepressible eighty-something matchmakers Anna and Felty Helmuth are at it again. And this time they’re willing to rough it to get the job done...
Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro’s indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won’t have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she’s done, they’ll stop at nothing—including a little camping trip of their own — to help save their granddaughter’s marriage...
Jethro’s greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she’s moved out, he’s shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?...

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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When Jethro forgets their sixth anniversary, Mary Anne can’t take it any longer. And thus begins a humorous and heartwarming adventure!

I loved this story from the very start. Mammi and Dawdi are so cute and so funny! Their whispers in the grocery store start rumors as they set out to help Mary Anne and Jethro in their marriage. When Mary Anne moves out of the house and into a tent, they show their solidarity by moving into their own borrowed tent!

I love the way this elderly couple meddles so kindly. Mammi is so funny with all her attempts at cooking that she thinks turn out so well but which end with less than desirable results. Cabbage lasagna??  Eew!

Jethro is quite dense. And at first, I didn’t care for him. He was so self-centered he never saw the pain poor Mary Anne was in or how his method of dealing with grief and attempting to help her was interpreted. And yet, I began to love him more and more as he began to have the courage to stand up against the (terrible!) advice from his family and the community. And as he began to fall back in love with his wife again.

There were so many laugh-out-loud moments in this story!! One of my very favorite parts was when Jethro suggested he and Mary Anne go to town for bacon-maple doughnuts early in the morning and the adventures they had in their attempt to get there in the fastest possible way. I was only surprised that he didn’t cite this as another example to prove that he wasn’t boring!

In addition to the laughter, the story also dealt with real heartbreak sensitively. The balance between the humor and the hurt was perfect, with neither one overdone.

If you enjoy humorous romance with relevant life-lessons, even if you are not a fan of Amish fiction, I encourage you to read Home on Huckleberry Hill!

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About Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. 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, the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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