Author Review: Huckleberry Summer by Jennifer BeckstrandHuckleberry Summer by Jennifer Beckstrand
Published by Kensington Books on 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
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5 Stars

With one of their grandchildren happily married, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking success. Because there's nothing more rewarding than sparking unexpected love--and putting Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, on the map for romance. . .

Cautious to a fault, Lily Eicher strives to live up to her dat's high standards. She's certainly not the kind of proper Amish girl who would make time for someone as impetuous as the Helmuths' grandson, Aden--even if his lively spirit and caring ways are showing her just how wonderful following her heart can be. . .

Recklessly doing the right thing got Aden into big trouble. A fresh start at his grandparents' is just what he needs. And shy, pretty Lily is turning his world upside down and making him want to prove he can do good within the rules. But now both must find enough faith and understanding to risk pursuing their dreams--together. . .

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

I received this book for free from Hoopla in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Huckleberry Summer is the follow-up to Huckleberry Hill and it was as intriguing as the first book. Ms. Beckstrand has created captivating characters with real life, moral dilemmas that test their faith in God, as well as each other.

What intrigued me the most about Huckleberry Summer is Lily’s father’s actions. He was constantly accusing Aden of manipulating his daughter and being a bad influence, but in reality, the only person manipulating Lily was him. There were many times that Lily an her father were hypocrites regarding Aden and it angered me. But like a true Godly man, Aden never held a grudge. He took his punishment like a man. In fact, one would say he embraced it whole-heartedly.

The secondary characters, Anna, Felty, Jamal, Tyler, Pilot, Lily’s family and friends all play a pivotal role in the story, but never overshadow the main characters. Anna and Felty always make me laugh, yet are wonderful role models in the way an individual has given his life over to God would act. There are always so many lessons to learn in one of Ms. Beckstrands’s books.

Huckleberry Summer is a beautiful story about love, forgiveness, and hope. It’s packed with drama, humor, and a lesson for everyone if you’re really paying attention. I can’t wait to see who Anna will pair together next because her matchmaking skills always seem to be on point. If you haven’t tried Jennifer Beckstrand’s The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, then do so today. It’s worth the read.

Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by Isabel!

About Jennifer Beckstrand

I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a Western—in just under fourteen years.

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