Friday, January 17, 2014

Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand

Are you ready for this?  The Amish grandparents living on Huckleberry Hill have decided to become matchmakers.  At least Anna has...

Kensington Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Lia is a very tall woman with a disfigured hand and she knows she will end up a spinster.  Her beautiful petite sister is the one who is looking for a husband.  And her father expects her to help her sister find one.

Anna and Felty think that Moses has waited long enough for his lost love to return and he should get on in life.  Anna likes Lia's personality and thinks she would make a good wife for him.  This is where the fun begins.

Anna requests Lia to help her around the house.  Lia is a very good pie maker and Moses is lusting after a slice or two.  He spends the entire story trying to get a bite of her pie and it's always gone before he gets there.  Even when she gives him one personally, it gets destroyed before he can eat.  Poor Moses...

Lia has gradually fallen in love with Moses.  She knows it's not meant for her, she's supposed to help him fall in love with her sister, but it hurts her heart.  Anna knows if she tries to keep Lia and sends her sister home, Lia's father will make her come home, too.  So she gives Rachel work assignments she won't like.  Rachel gets Lia to do them.  She also claims Lia's cooking and she's trying hard to claim Lia's man.

I felt like I was living there in Amish country and I was rooting for Lia the whole book.  The author makes it genuine by having Moses analyze if he should give up on the woman who walked away from their wedding or give her more time.  He also has to decide if he loves Lia.  Lia does what her father wants. What other choice does she have?  I was having trouble seeing how this could all be resolved amicably, but the author manages to pull it together.

This was a very good read and I'm glad to see there is another coming in this series.  I wonder who Anna will make her next matchmaking victim?

Happy reading.

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