Thursday, September 10, 2015

“Huckleberry Harvest” by Jennifer Beckstrand

About the Book 

Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married--except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .

Ever since the Helmuths' grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben's Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .

Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can't, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma's courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . .


This book was released in May 2015
This is a well loved library book that was used for review

My Review 

“Huckleberry Harvest” by Jennifer Beckstrand is the latest book in her wonderful 'The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill' series.  It may have taken a while for me to get my greedy little grubby hands on this book but it was so worth the wait.  Reason I had to wait is because none of the local bookstores carried it so I had to wait for my local library to process it and get it out to the patrons.  Remember that when you can't find the book in your local bookstores then check with your local library.  Then again I usually just wait for my library anyway.

Though this is the fifth book in the series, it is a perfect stand alone book.  The only really connection between this book and the rest of the books are the grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth.  This couple is so loved that it is their antics that have endeared this reader to the whole series.  I had to laugh for it seems as if one of them has lost their touch with something they enjoy.  This is what really made the story so funny for it was actually embarrassing at times with the antics that were going on.

Mandy is a young woman who is fiercely loyal to friends and family, bossy, loving for she goes out of her way to not hurt her loved ones, and tends to stick her nose where it doesn't always belong.  Above all she is understanding and willing to admit as well as suffer the consequences when she does something she shouldn't have.

Noah is a young man who knows hard work and is not afraid of it in the slightest.  There is something that Noah is trying to hide from his community and everyone while carrying the load of this secret by himself.  Noah might seem gruff, cold and unfriendly but all that hides is the warm, gentle and creative spirit that he truly has.  

This is a book that made me laugh out loud, shed a few tears, I got mad at one or more characters, actually had to close my eyes out of embarrassment and totally devoured this book in a single night, because I just couldn't put it down.  I just had to see what was going to happen next and what Anna's next scheme was going to bring.  One thing I did miss was more of Anna's creative dishes, oh sure we see a few but not many.  I always get a kick out of her dishes for it is such an interesting way to show her love along with those knitting needles.

The trouble maker of the story is, well how do I say it nicely, they are off their rocker.  This trouble maker is not the main conflict of the story and though they are off their rocker, they are not violent.  They cause problems without a doubt, but by the end of the story this trouble maker has a change of heart.  I actually had to laugh at the end with how things really worked out.

This is a book so worth picking up and reading.  I so enjoyed this book and I hope all who pick it up will enjoy it as well.

Other 'The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill' Books 

Huckleberry Hill
                                                          found in An Amish Christmas Quilt