Monday, July 28, 2014

Huckleberry Summer (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #2) by Jennifer Beckstrand

If you enjoy Amish stories, you'll love this grandma matchmaker...

Zebra Books gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  It was published in June, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

When the Helmuth's ask her to work for them as household help, Libby is more than willing.  She's shy, doesn't get out much and her parents think it would bring her personality a bit more.  Libby is a well behaved Amish girl who has never acted out or gone against her father's wishes.  That's all well and fine until she meets Aden.

Aden has come to live with his relatives, the Helmuth's, because he has been in trouble with the law.  His parents hope separating him from his friends might cool the fever he has for saving the planet.  He's a vegetarian, he's been chained to a tree, he's just not safe from Libby's father's point-of-view.  He tells her to stay away from him and thinks the matter is settled.  Matters of the heart don't usually listen to what your head is trying to tell you.

Aden learns some lessons about life and about God while Libby feels she must follow her father's wishes. It all comes to head when she ends up at jail with Aden and his friend.  She's shocked, hurt, and angry so she agrees to marry an Amish boy that she likes, but will never love.  Even though she loves Aden, she's not going to hurt her father any more.  I knew the author wasn't going to leave it at that, but I didn't foresee how she could make it work.  The ending is amusing and charming both. 

I love this series and will be watching for the next book in the series.  Ms. Beckstrand writes a good romance, I enjoy Amish stories, and I also enjoy happy ever after.  If you do, too, why not give this series a read?   

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