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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. ShNow 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. Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill"A delightful cast of characters in a story that overflows with Amish love and laughter." --Charlotte Hubbard"A delightful voice in Amish romance. Sweet and funny." --Emma Miller...

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Huckleberry Christmas Reviews

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-18 04:01

    Caroling in the snow and a hayride with hot cocoa....what could be better? It sounds like the perfect Christmas celebration to me! Beth and Tyler are Mammi Anna's latest matchmaking pair as Mammi is sure that they belong together but there's a problem. Beth endured an emotionally abusive husband and she does not feel that she can trust another man not to treat her the same way or worse. Tyler is in love with her and proposes but she turns him down. Beth has found a way to provide for her and her little red-headed cutie with her sewing and feels that she does not need a man to come in and ruin it all. I loved this Christmas book! I felt like I was right there with the characters as Tyler made bacon-pancakes for Beth and Toby. Little Toby adores Tyler and calls him "Mommy". Beth has a strong sense of family and loyalty and this is something that is very important to me as well. Beth is a very spirited, opinionated character and she is hard not to love. I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers. I think I need to go and find some huckleberry jam and biscuits and coffee and pretend I'm back there! Care to join me? I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-05-13 01:41

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://tinyurl.com/np5468vI am so glad to have discovered the writing of Jennifer Beckstrand because reading one of her books is pure pleasure. In fact, I can hardly read without a smile on my face. This is the third novel of Jennifer's that I've read, and I find her writing very refreshing and enjoyable. Filled with charming characters, sweet romance, and gentle humor, Huckleberry Christmas captured my interest from the first page as I was transported to the Huckleberry Hill community of Bonduel, Wisconsin , and the ending left me looking forward to Anna Helmuth's next matchmaking effort. Although part of a series, it can easily stand alone.The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill is a delightful series about an elderly Amish couple who decide to meddle in the lives of their relatives in order to help them find suitable mates. Felty and Anna are at the heart of these stories, but much more than mere matchmaking, they have the unique ability to gently impart spiritual wisdom into the hearts of their loved ones, wisdom that comes from a lifetime of walking with God. Felty and Anna are two very memorable and beloved characters.Huckleberry Christmas shows a refreshingly different side of the traditional Amish setting - one infused with humor, where scarves are knit in bright colors contrary to the usual style, and where not every Amish woman is an excellent cook - Anna's green gelatin mixed with pickles and her runny rice pudding, for example. Jennifer's straightforward writing style and rich characterization are so easy to connect with. The serious theme of emotional abuse is also brought in and handled well. In one particular scene, Anna points out to Beth: "You shouldn't let Amos ruin the rest of your life. . . . Do you really want to give his memory that much power?"With his giving and caring nature, Tyler is one of my favorite heroes. Beth carried a lot of emotional baggage from her previous marriage, where she had lived with a constant criticism that eventually destroyed her trust in men and her faith in God. I love the advice Beth's mom gave to Tyler: "Beth won't jump into the pool until she's checked to make sure it's filled with water. Then she'll have to be certain the water's warm. And then she'll want to know there's a gute swimmer to catch her. You'll have to be patient."Spiritual themes flow throughout the narrative in a natural and beautiful way. One message that always speaks to me is the importance of trusting in God alone - because people, no matter how good or well intentioned they are, will invariably let us down. Also touching was when the words from O Little Town of Bethlehem - "How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given" - caused Beth to reflect that "God's gifts were given so quietly that many people didn't even recognize blessings when they came." I hate to imagine how many times that has been true in my life.So often an author will rush a book's ending, but not so here! Jennifer took the time to give Huckleberry Christmas a delightfully satisfying ending which readers will enjoy and appreciate. I'm eager to see what Anna and Felty are up to in Huckleberry Spring, which releases in February 2015. Highly recommended to fans of Amish fiction. 5 stars based on the enjoyment factor.Thank you to Jane Nutter at Kensington Publishing for providing an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Dianne
    2019-05-07 22:44

    This is one of the better Amish Romance series out there, especially if you are not interested in books that preach to you. This series contains just the perfect blending of humor, romance, religion and deep feelings for your fellow man. I am a non-believer and I just love this series. I am never made to feel preached to but I do get a greater understanding of the bible the way the Amish understand it.This book follows the general recipe that the previous books have set up. We have the Helmuth's - wonderful, loving, elderly (not so you'd really notice though!) grandparents who are looking to marry off their grandchildren. They have some success. In the last book we meet Tyler Yoder who had been jilted by his intended and that is who Anna and Felty target this time. The Helmuth's cleverly (or just Anna I should say!) plan to get Tyler and their grand-daughter Beth, who is a widow with a very young son, together. Little did Anna know that her grand-daughter swore off marriage and this is where the fun begins.I think what I really like is that this isn't such an Old Order family, so some of their actions and even the way they talk is very understandable to even us 'Englisher's'. The character's are well fleshed out and you feel as if you are part of their family, enjoying and rejoicing with them and hurting with them and for them when they hurt.I am so glad that there are still so many book yet for me to read in this series.

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-05-07 02:06

    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!

  • Barbara
    2019-04-24 02:43

    I wish there were more Anna's in the world!! Maybe there would be a lower divorce rate in the world. I totally understand Beth's reluctance to open her heart but I also know fear of repeating your "mistakes".

  • Wendy
    2019-04-21 05:56

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB(from NetGalley.com)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 clelbrate 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.MY REVIEWOH MY! I don't know how Jennifer does it but each book just gets better. This is a beautiful story along with the humor she includes, you even get to envision eating a couple of Anna's wonderful recipes like grated carrots and bite-sized slices of dill pickles floating in a murky sea of green gelatin or rice pudding that tastes like warm milk and sugar, with occasional lumps of rice and cranberries for texture, lol.I very highly recommend this book, this series! I am so looking forward to book four already, Huckleberry Spring, and number five, Huckleberry Harvest. The problem is I have to wait until February 2, 2015 and May 26, 2015, that just isn't fair, lol!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalleybook review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Sunnie
    2019-05-19 23:01

    I just finished reading Huckleberry Christmas. I can only say 5 stars. It was so good. It was fun, entertaining and just plain enjoyable!This book has the lovable Anna and Felty Helmuth back to their match-making antics. This time it's for their recently widowed granddaughter, Beth. Beth has a young son, Toby and lots of hard to deal with memories of a very difficult marriage. So hard that thoughts of another marriage are the last things on her mind. Anna has plans for Beth and Tyler Yoder. But those plans are not Beth's as she tries to arrange dates for Tyler, thinking she may have gotten a good match with Erla Glick. But is this what she really wants? Her deceased husband's brother, Isaac, is also after her heart, feeling that she has responsibilities to their family, especially since her mother-in-law is very ill. Beth does go to their home to help and Isaac tries to claim Beth as his fiance. There are lots of fun twists and turns in this book. Now this is entirely an aside from what I have written. I am a German and we eat "Bratwurst", commonly called "Brats". I have a brother-in-law who lives in Wisconsin, in fact, close to Bonduel. He is always talking about Brat buns. Well, I tell him Germans do not eat Brats on a bun. It just isn't done...he says in Wisconsin they have special buns for them. This is an ongoing laugh we have together. Well, it must be a "Wisconsin" thing, because Jennifer mentions Brat buns in her book which is set in Bonduel, Wisconsin. I had to laugh at this part. She really did her research! And then the line which Tyler states, "It's a crime to eat a Brat without one." So of course, this was a little private joke just for me!I am so excited as I looked at Jennifer's blog to see that there is another title coming out in the Spring! I can't wait to read that one, either. The others have all been so good.

  • Laura
    2019-04-21 01:02

    I have read two of Ms. Beckstrand's books and loved them, so I was eagerly awaiting the day when Huckleberry Christmas made it to the top of my to-be-read pile. I read Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Spring, and these were probably out of order. I was amused by them, Ms. Beckstrand is a humorous writer, and made me laugh. But this story fell flat. Beth was too angry, always lashing out, though I understand, she doesn't want to be married, blah blah, and everyone wants to marry her, so she's angry. Tyler was too apologetic. Always saying "I'm sorry." Over and over and over for the same thing until I wanted to smack him. That made me angry. Not only that but Beth willing took her son back to an emotionally/verbally abusive home.This story was not near the quality of the other two books I read and I was greatly disappointed by it. There are a lot of five star reviews so obviously most people disagree with me, but for me this was a huge miss. But don't take my word for it! You might be one of the many that loved it! There is some humor, but in my opinion, this was not Ms. Beckstrand's best.I received this book from www.paperbackswap.com and was not required to write a review. I have sent my copy on to the next person on this wish list and hope they enjoy it more than I did. If you like Amish fiction or Jennifer Beckstrand's stories, you might love HUCKLEBERRY CHRISTMAS. Most others did. There was only one 2 star review (she said it was boring. I disagree. It wasn't boring) and two 3 star. (One said it was good, the other said it made her mad. I agree. It made me mad) The rest were overwhelmingly 5 stars. My rating? 2.5

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-04-29 05:44

    Back for another wonderful visit with Annie and Felty Helmuth, and Amish country in Wisconsin. Annie is back at her matchmaking for her grandchildren, and next on the list is Beth, and Annie-bannanie has chosen a fellow we met in the last book Tyler Yoder.Now Beth has come to stay with her Grandparents, she is a young woman with a darling little boy. What we are about to find out was that she had been in an abusive marriage, and doesn’t plan to even put herself in that position ever again. She has been terrible hurt and needs a lot of healing and learning to trust God, not herself.Then we have Tyler, was he hurt when his girl ended up with the Helmets grandson? Will he be interested in Beth? You will be surprised at how his feeling develop. Had to love this fellow and how he kept himself, and how deeply he followed his faith.There are a few of Beth’s decisions that will make you cringe, and sometimes I felt like shaking her. I had to wonder if Beth would survive some of her former relatives. Come back again for a wonderful and joyful visit with the Helmut Grand/Great Grandparents, sure would love to have them for mine.Throughout the story I felt God’s hand there and leading them to end up at the right spot at the right time. What a great story of Faith, and how it is shared in this community. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, and there is a little tease offered!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • D.J.
    2019-05-20 06:50

    Jennifer is an amazing author!Is it possible that this one is even better than the previous two!I keep reading comments from my readers who are telling me that Huckleberry Christmas is their favorite book in this series… so I have to consider this.I don’t know… Huckleberry Hill was my favorite… until Huckleberry Summer came out and I read it… then it was my favorite — I loved it when Lily called Aden’s dog Piecrust!Now I have a new favorite… Huckleberry Christmas!Oh my… it is perfect!I don’t have a clue how Jennifer’s books just keep getting better and better, but that’s my honest opinion! They just keep getting better!Wow! I’m in awe!Not only does Jennifer continue to amaze us with her wonderful stories with Anna and Felty, but each book adds new characters to the ones we previously met, and the surprises, along with twists and turns, keep us glued to each book (or our tablets)!Okay, on to the characters from Huckleberry Christmas!Take a woman who has been submissive for too many years, with too many others taking advantage of her, of treating her more unkindly than they probably would their horses or other animals.Yes! It was past time for her to finally begin to stand up for herself; only did she have to just when the perfect man appeared and wanted to help!… and Aden helps this time…OK, no more hints or clues… but let me assure you that you’ll love this sequel; it’s absolutely wonderful!

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-16 03:43

    What a joyful book, as Mammi Anna sets in for her latest matchmaking schemes. Beth a widow, who was married to an emotionally abusive man, is now determined to make a life for herself and her little redheaded cutie son Toby on her own. She doesn't want to take a chance on love again. Tyler is in love with her, he makes bacon pancakes for her and purposes, but she turns him down but offers to help him find a good wife. I laughed my way through this book as Beth learns to trust God and to love again. Mammi Anna and Dawdi Felty are grandparents that everyone would love to have. I could almost hear Felty singing as I turned the pages of this book and had the feeling that I was also there on Huckleberry Hill. I received a free copy of this book from Kensington Books and Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.Look for this on October 7 2014

  • Christy
    2019-05-06 23:55

    This was a nice Christmas read; especially for anybody who likes Amish fiction. Anna and Felty steal the show again in this installment of Huckleberry treasures. I wouldn't mind reading more about them; they actually give you no-nonsense conversations and humor that this story for me needed more of. Tyler spent most of his time trying to convince Beth that she was worthy and by the end I admit I was tired of her. What saved this book for me was Tyler's character. He was completely sure of himself from page one; and how refreshing to read about somebody who new what they wanted. I enjoy Jennifer Beckstrands writing; but I however liked the style she portrayed in her series Forever After in Apple Lake quite a bit more!!!!

  • Rachel
    2019-04-20 23:51

    I am enjoying the silly antics of the matchmaking grandparents (and great-grandparents) in this light-hearted series. In this book, as in the previous two, the two main characters must humble themselves in a deeper relationship with their Savior before they can enter into the romance their octogenarian matchmakers have planned for them. In this story, Beckstrand adds forgiveness to the equation, causing her heroine to come even to the point of seeing the beauty in the ashes of her first marriage. I am always reminded of a scriptural truth, while laughing out loud at Mammi's and Dawdi's thinly-veiled plots.

  • Barbara Thompson
    2019-05-05 06:53

    What a marvelous Christmas book! Jennifer Beckstrand has written a clean, joyous, easy-to-read Christmas novel. The storyline is well-written, detailed, plus has great humor. I loved all the characters with their unique personalities. Descriptions in Huckleberry Christmas are so vivid, I could envision them in my mind. I truly enjoyed reading this book and Huckleberry Christmas is a book you will want to put on your reading list.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.

  • Katrina Knittle
    2019-04-20 23:49

    Goodreads win. Will read and review once recieved.

  • Donna
    2019-05-07 22:44

    This is the second free book from Goodreads, it is to be released in October so I won't give the plot away, but I guarantee you will love it like the rest of the Huckleberry series.

  • Becky
    2019-05-18 00:56

    It was a nice, clean romance and I enjoyed it. I have never read an Amish romance before and probably wouldn't have read this one but it came free with the new romance program on Audible. I liked it, but am not really sold on the Amish genre. Beyond the motif, I liked the main characters and felt the psychology and story worked pretty well. Not sure I'd read another Amish story if other options were available, but it wasn't bad.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-07 04:09

    This is the third in the series and I thought it was the second - oops. But it doesn’t seem to be a big deal to read them out of order. They are fine - so far - as stand alone books. It was another cute Amish romance. This involved the young widow Beth and her toddler Toby, and her hesitant relationship with Tyler, a really really sweet guy.

  • Gail
    2019-05-18 23:57

    WonderfulLove the way this story went. The lesson that Beth learned is great - she had to learn to trust the Lord and realize that He is with her and all things work out if you trust the Lord. I love the way Tyler never gave up on her. It sure was a feel good story.

  • Emma Miller
    2019-05-21 22:52

    I've only read a couple books in this series but so far find them very enjoyable!

  • Tammy Bernadt
    2019-05-06 05:56

    I got so much joy reading this book: I got a laugh out of the two characters lol.What a wonderful cute book o read.

  • Deann Doolittle
    2019-05-21 03:53

    Loved this book!

  • Kathy Aufleger
    2019-04-21 01:46

    Delightful

  • Maria
    2019-04-22 01:55

    I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of the Publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 Stars.Fans of sweet holiday romance need look no further than Jennifer Beckstrand’s Huckleberry Christmas. A tale full of lively dialogue, colorful characters and the message of forgiveness, Ms. Beckstrand’s story is a good addition to her Huckleberry Hill series. While a part of a series, this book can be enjoyed completely on its own.Having successfully married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth decide to give their matchmaking skills another run by pairing up their widowed granddaughter and a local dairy farmer. While Anny and Felty are both in their eighties, they are very spry and generous with their emotions. Wanting others to be as happy as they are, and seeing a need their granddaughter is trying to ignore, Anna and Felty take Beth and her young son Toby, into their home and proceed to help God mend Beth’s broken soul and suspicious heart.Ms. Beckstrand does a wonderful job developing the romantic leads in this story; when we first meet Beth Hostetler, she and her young son Toby, are just returning to town. Beth is happy to be a widow and determined that she will never marry again. Her marriage had not been happy; her husband had been mean and critical and his family was just as bad if not worse. Returning to Huckleberry Hill, Beth plans to live with her grandparents long enough to establish herself as a seamstress, rent her own little house and raise her son on her own. While at first Beth is as bristly as a porcupine, I easily connected with her and could understand her distrust of romance and men after her experiences.When we first meet Tyler Yoder, the local dairy farmer Anna has picked as Beth’s intended, he is not looking for a wife. In fact he’s only visiting the Helmuth home to work on a project with Aden, Anna and Felty’s grandson, who mysteriously never shows up. A quiet and somewhat serious young man, Tyler is the perfect gentleman and is a member in good standing in the local church and community. While he too hasn’t had an easy time with romance, Aden stole his fiancée and married her, he finds himself attracted to Beth and to Toby, her young son. Tyler soon realizes that Beth is the woman he wants as a wife.The romance between Beth and Tyler begins as friendship, Beth refuses to consider anything else and is determined to help Tyler meet the perfect match. While Tyler reluctantly agrees to let Beth try to “match” him up, he really hopes that she will see they are the perfect match. Especially since they make each other smile. Ms. Beckstrand does a good job developing the secondary characters and I really enjoyed getting to meet some of the young Amish people in the community and getting to know Anna and Felty Helmuth better. They really make me laugh. We also got to meet Beth’s in-laws and it was easy to see why she ran away from them the minute she got a chance. Will Beth learn to forgive herself and her deceased husband for their less than happy marriage so she can move on? Will Tyler give Beth a second chance and be the knight in shining armor she’s looking for? You’ll have to read Huckleberry Christmas to find out. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-30 06:56

    4.5 stars.Huckleberry Christmas is the third heartwarming installment in Jennifer Beckstrand's charming Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. In this outing, matchmaking grandparents Anna and Felty Helmuth are pairing up their widowed great granddaughter Beth Hostetler with Tyler Yoder.Beth and her young son Toby are living with Anna and Felty after her return to town following her husband's death. Her marriage was far from idyllic and she has absolutely no plans to remarry. Beth is prickly and she fiercely guards her newly found independence. She is a little hot tempered, but once she cools off, she is quick to admit when she has made a mistake. Beth uses humor to deflect attention from her past but behind her cheerful facade, she is trying to put the ghosts from her marriage behind her.Tyler is serious, even-tempered and unflappable. Having had his heart broken when his engagement ended, he is not looking for love when he meets Beth. He respects her need for independence but he finds ways to work around her objections to accepting some of his assistance. He takes her temper in stride and he is quick to forgive.Tyler and Beth's romance begins as friendship and their relationship evolves slowly over several months. Their interactions are light-hearted and laced with humor. As their friendship deepens into love, Beth is quick to push Tyler away but it is not until her past collides with the present, that she truly begins to heal. As she begins to let go of her anger toward God, Beth is finally able to recognize the blessings in her life.Huckleberry Christmas is a wonderful novel of love, family and friendship. Once again, Jennifer Beckstrand's gentle lesson of faith is thought-provoking and easy to relate to. The storyline is refreshingly unique with richly developed and likeable characters. Old and new fans are sure to enjoy this heartfelt and engaging addition to The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.

  • J.C. Morrows
    2019-04-21 23:39

    WARNING!This book is hazardous to any other plans you may have! Once picked up, it is nearly impossible to put down.I had plans to edit 10 pages today but as yet, I’ve not edited even one. I simply could not put down Huckleberry Christmas once I picked it up!And I am very glad of it! I woke from a horrific nightmare this morning (very rare for me these days) and the matchmaking schemes of Anna and Felty were precisely what I needed to distract myself from the yuck!It never takes more than a paragraph to find myself firmly planted in the story and never more than a page or two before I’m laughing and giggling at the antics of grandparents I truly wish were my very own!And if those stubborn grandchildren of theirs would stop resisting Anna and Felty… well, the stories would not be nearly so interesting!Jennifer Beckstrand certainly has found the perfect home in Bonduel, Wisconsin and I – for one – never want to leave!Every single story is a fast-paced, fun romp through misadventure, misunderstandings and mishaps!No one writes about Love the way Jennifer does. No one makes me laugh out loud the way she does and no one makes me wish more deeply that I were actually Amish.Where else but in an Amish community, could you possibly find grandparents as wonderful, young women as feisty and young men as chivalrous!Anna and Felty are the absolute best of the entire family! They are the ones who pull me into the stories and they are the ones that keep me reading! The youngsters they’re matching up are great fun and their community is so very wonderful but it’s the deep, heart-felt love that Anna and Felty have for each other that really holds me tight there in Wisconsin and makes me want to walk right into the pages!I can hardly wait to start the next one!

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-15 00:43

    Huckleberry Christmas is another amazing story by Jennifer Beckstrand. Anna and Felty Helmuth were successful with matchmaking two other grandchildren so now it's time for their widowed great granddaughter, Beth, to be matched up with Tyler Yoder. Tyler lived in their community and Beth was coming for a visit with her young two year old son, Toby. Toby is immediately drawn to Tyler after Tyler had to stop suddenly when running over him in the lane. Beth viewed the incident with other thoughts and did not respond will to Tyler's actions. Beth had been beaten down by her late husband, Amos, and his family after his death had taken advantage of Beth by making her feel guilty so she sacrificed and cared for her mother-in-law--who did not appreciate anything she did for her. Thus, Beth had determined never to marry again. Tyler had been jilted by the girl he had been dating but was drawn to Beth and especially to Toby who called him "mommy". Tyler encouraged and uplifted Beth every opportunity he had. Will Beth open her heart to Tyler? After all Tyler had proposed but Beth turned him away. When her late husband's twin comes to Bouduel, WI to carry Beth to Indiana what will happen as Tyler suffered some blows by Isaac's fists when he had came unexpectedly the first time. Read this most delightful story to discover the antics of Anna and Felty with making sure this matchmaking scheme for Beth and Tyler will come to fruition. Readers will fall in love with Anna and Felty and most of the characters if Huckleberry Christmas. Of course, there are a large aware of emotions since there is love from Beth's family but some hatred, envy and deceitfulness from Amos' family. I rated this book 5 stars so be sure and purchase a copy for an adventurous read that you won't want to stop reading till you are finished.

  • Angela
    2019-05-21 01:00

    Aaah. The coolness of autumn, the crunch of the leaves, the brisk wind at night... It's all preparation for winter. And winter means Christmas novels. I'll be reading and reviewing more over the next couple of months, but here's the first taste of Christmas, Amish-style. Beth endured verbal abuse from her first husband. When he died, she vowed to grow stronger and more independent for the sake of herself and her son. But Beth didn't count on falling in love with mellow Tyler. He had Beth's best interests at heart, but needed to be persistent if he wanted to gain a place in her heart. I've enjoyed all of Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill books, and I certainly loved this one. Beckstrand balances the stereotypical sober Amish lifestyle with lighthearted fun that comes from being unencumbered by modern distractions. I laughed a lot at Tyler's facial expressions (great descriptions, because I could virtually see his face). I sympathized with Beth as she tried to decide whether to follow her head or her heart. And I rejoiced every time little Toby reached into the hearts of his mom, grandparents, and Tyler. I recommend this book as an Amish novel, a taste of Christmas, and an overall feel-good read. You'll be uplifted, and who couldn't use a little of that these days?! NetGalley provided an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ann Valdez
    2019-04-22 22:49

    Anna and Felty Helmuth are matchmaking their widowed granddaughter with a wonderful Christian man, Tyler. This granddaughter, Beth, however, is relieved to be out of an emotionally abusive marriage and is determined to not be trapped in marriage again. Tyler thinks a marriage without love is the answer because his former fiance married someone else. He realizes that she was not right for him, but then while befriending Beth falls deeply in love with her. Friendship is fine in Beth's thoughts, but she will agree to nothing more than that until she restores her faith in God. She will need to realize that He is with her in every situation and that she can trust Him and Tyler before she can ever love and marry again. Her toddler son is fond of Tyler, but can she let go and love a man again? Will she be able to escape the cruel advances of her deceased husband's brother and escape from that life of horror he and his mother are trying to drag her back into? I absolutely loved this book. I received it in a giveaway, and it is definitely a book I wanted to keep reading every page of the way.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-22 23:56

    I must admit, at first this was a tad bit slow and obvious in many areas, but it was such a sweet and endearing story. I'm not one for a lot of romance, but this was done very well done and I enjoyed how Tyler approached the romance. I also enjoyed the fact that the woman is a very strong woman and how Tyler let Beth be strong and accepted everything instead of being turned off by it.I liked how Jennifer showed how anger can be calm still and that it still can be tempered with love without resentment; Jennifer also does really well in showing how resentment hurts not only Beth but those around Beth until she freed herself.There was some action (Not like an action movie) and humor as well which made this even more enjoyable. I could see this on Hallmark Channel or ISNP, not in a bad way, but because this would make for a really adorable TV movie that I would watch hands down and in a heartbeat as long as they stuck to the book.Definitely want to read the other books in the matchmaking series. I received this through a Goodread's first read giveaway for an honest review.