Huckleberry Spring

Huckleberry Spring

by Jennifer Beckstrand

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Huckleberry Spring 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Spring, the fourth novel in Jennifer Beckstrand’s ‘The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill’ series, is a much more intense, heart-rending tale than I had anticipated, yet was the perfect book for me in many ways. The author is adept at reaching into the heart and soul of the reader to share spiritual lessons while bringing one to tears or laughter or just plain feeling good within the span of a chapter. Anna and Felty Helmuth have celebrated more than 60 years of marriage and are still delightfully in love. Long retired from active farming, they have a lovely home at the top of Huckleberry Hill with enough land for a garden, barn, and various animals. As in earlier novels, Anna wants their grandsons to have good Amish wives and feels the need to meddle – um, match make. Anna’s sights are set on Ben Helmuth and Emma Nelson, whose engagement was broken off several months ago. Emma still wept when she thought nobody would notice. Almost as bad was that Ben’s sister Lizzie, with whom she had been best friends until their split, no longer spoke to her. Ben had not given any reason for breaking their engagement except that he couldn’t marry her, then he packed up and moved to Florida. Emma, a young woman who was very accident prone and found it challenging to get through a task much less a day without some sort of mishap, thought it was because she was just too much of a burden for him to have to protect from injury all the time. The only thing she seemed able to do well was grow vegetables (for the table and for sale), especially pumpkins. Anna hired Emma to grow a great pumpkin for her two-year-old great-grandson and to help her with other vegetables. Poor Felty! He was given the task of having relatively minor surgeries done so they could ask Ben to return from Florida to take over Felty’s chores and tend to his needs while he recovered from surgery. Felty was blessed with surgeries ranging from repairing a deviated septum to a root canal. Ben and Emma find every minute at Mammi and Dawdi’s challenging, as they try to ignore their love for each other and the memories of their last summer together. Ben, however, has a secret, and this secret is the reason for his choices and moving away. A secret that even his family doesn’t know. And he watches in agony as other young men try to date Emma, but they are clearly not man enough to help Emma through the incidents that seem to await her with every outing she attempts. I really enjoy these visits with Anna and Felty! There aren’t enough words to describe watching Anna try yet another recipe that all would struggle to eat. Or Felty, who almost seems at times like a man whose mind is beginning to wander. At least until he shares his wisdom and heart with one in need. He sees more than most people give him credit for, yet waits until the time is right before he begins to speak. Huckleberry Spring is full of heart, of the love of God and others, with real men and women facing real challenges. Like us, each can face their challenges with faith in the Lord, or in themselves. There is laughter and fun when reading this novel. It is not a fluffy read, though. There is substance; while challenges may differ, the spiritual needs of these men and women are the same as we readers. This reader has seen food for thought in these pages, even ideas that I had not considered previously. The challenge is not whether Ben and Emma will get back together; rather, the challenge is whether we can use what we use in here to apply to our own difficulties or those of our loved ones. Huckleberry Spring is the kind of book that one can easily share with a teenage daughter or granddaughter. I highly recommend this novel to those who appreciate quality Christian fiction, romance, and the grace we need for each day. Teens as well as grandmas can appreciate and enjoy it. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through a contest at Amish Wisdom. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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Chickadee30 More than 1 year ago
I laughed, cried, and felt joy with the characters!
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Addition to Fun Amish Series I received a complimenary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Matchmaking grandparents, a confused would be groom and his dumped fiancée are the focus of Jennifer Beckstrand’s Huckleberry Spring, the fourth book in her Matchmaker’s of Huckleberry Hill series.  Colorful characters, emotional angst and a second chance romance kept me turning the pages from start to finish.  Reminding us that “Love is patient”, Ms. Beckstrand’s story is one any romance lover will enjoy. Ever since Ben Helmuth broke their engagement and took off for Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy and worked on “self-improvement”.  Determined to “keep on a happy face” and not others see how heartbroken she is, Emma has attended every social gathering, improved her cooking and concentrated on being less accident prone.  One area where she naturally excels is gardening so when Anna Helmuth, Ben’s Mammi (Grandmother) asks her for help, she reluctantly agrees.  After all, it’s not like she’s going to run into Ben since he’s in Florida.  Only Emma didn’t know about Anna’s matchmaking plans, or about Ben’s return from Florida.  Ms. Beckstrand does a great job developing the characters in this story; I easily connected with Emma; she’s a sweet girl who thinks of others first, is somewhat of a day dreamer and needs help with her homemaking skills.  Ashamed of being dumped by someone like Ben, who she considers the perfect man, after having overlooked so many of her failings in the past, Emma takes all of the blame for their failed engagement. Even though she’s really clueless as to why Ben dumped her.  Ms. Beckstrand also does a good job developing Ben, I was also able to connect with him even though there were plenty of times I was frustrated by his behavior.  Hard working and kind, Ben has the tendency to take responsibility for everything and everyone around him.  He also has a tendency to keep secrets or keep things to himself that he should share and he never thought about how breaking off his engagement the way he did and fleeing to Florida would make others look at Emma. As usual, Anna and Felty Helmuth are fabulous secondary characters and Anna’s plan to get Ben back to Huckleberry Hill really required Felty to make some personal sacrifices.  I have to say she’s been very lucky so far that her “schemes” haven’t really injured anyone yet.  They both make me laugh though and their marriage is a shining example of what being in love should look like, regardless of your age. Will Emma ever discover why Ben really broke off their engagement?  Will Ben share his secret with his grandfather and take his advice about matters of the heart?  Will Emma and Ben’s love really be able to conquer all?  You’ll have to read Huckleberry Spring to find out.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what new adventure Anna cooks up next when she decides to match up another one of her grandkids.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Springs is my first experience with author Jennifer Beckstrand and I was not disappointed.  Even though I had not read the previous books, I was able to follow the storyline with ease. I was drawn in and read the book in one sitting.  I could not put it down!  Beckstrand did a fantastic job in bringing her characters to life.  I love the relationship of Anna and Felty (Mammi and Dawdi). They are such a cute couple who bring humor to the story which I haven’t found in many Amish stories. The tension between Emma and Ben drives the plotline of the story and keeps you reading.  Anna’s brother and Ben’s sister also add tension and humor to the story.  Huckleberry Springs will make you experience a whirlwind of emotions. It was and encouragement to me to remember that it is important to trust God, to not let pride get in the way of the plans God has for us and the consequences of what can happen when we do. I can not wait to read the next installment in this series and I want to go to read the first three. I give this book 5 out of 5 starsA huge thankful to Perspectives By Nancee and Jennifer Beckstrand for the giveaway in which I won a copy of Huckleberry Spring. I have received no monetary compensation for my opinions nor my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow did not tell what happen to Ben until the end. Love Mammi & Dawdi trying to keep Ben in Wisconsin in stead of Flordia.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
His love is gone.... Emma Nelson's happiness was swept away from her when Ben Helmuth broke her heart. With no explanation he broke off their relationship and moved to Florida, leaving Emma heartbroken. She tried unsuccessfully to find happiness, but her love for Ben hadn't lessened. A clumsy girl, she suffered numerous accidents and suffered incessant teasing.  Ben's grandmother summoned him home to help out on the farm while his grandfather recuperated from surgery. Reluctantly Ben agreed, secretly hoping to avoid contact with Emma. Huckleberry Spring is the fourth in a series of Huckleberry Hill Amish books. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the prequels to this book, but the story stands well on its own. Some background information may have been helpful, but not a necessity. Ben's grandmother is quite a character, looking for ways to keep her grandson home in the Wisconsin Amish community. Each of the characters in this book are strong personalities, and their roles are well defined. At times I found myself feeling sorry for poor Emma, but she shed enough tears for the entire cast of characters. Other times I found myself laughing aloud over humorous incidents that were cleverly written.  Throughout the first portion of the book I felt as if I wanted to move the story along, but once the action picked up speed I was absorbed in the story. Jennifer Beckstrand has a gift for bringing her cast of characters to life, making them realistic and familiar. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Huckleberry Hill and the developments that transpired throughout. Life was described in a realistic fashion that I found refreshing. Many times a story is glossed over, but not this one. The author brought realistic issues to life through this Amish community. Pick up a copy and enjoy! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Jennifer! ! !  -   Oh my! This book is a little different than the rest of the series but that doesn't mean it wasn't just as good, if not better. I did not find myself chuckling throughout this story, I was more sad and trying to figure out Ben's secret. And poor Felty, Annie put him through the mill in this one, you have to almost feel sorry for him too, lol. I am so looking forward to Huckleberry Harvest coming out on May 26th that I even read the three preview pages in the back of this book, I NEVER do that! I like to be totally surprised. I had also pre-ordered Huckleberry Spring which I have never done either. I have to say, sorry if I've said it with each review in this series but, I absolutely love this series and Jennifer's writing. Please if you have not read anything by Jennifer Beckstrand start reading this series and you will be sold on her books.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Spring is the fourth installment of the The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. I just love this series. Huckleberry Spring is such a great, sweet and clean story. I do hope there are more books in this series in the future.  5 stars. 
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Spring is an awesome book. I love this series of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill. It's so interesting you do not want to stop reading until you're finished. There are places in the book I'm laughing out loud and then I will be saying "Oh No!" with a tear in my eye. The characters in this book are amazing. Author Jennifer Beckstrand wrote a spectacular book. I can't wait until the next book comes out. Not only do I recommend this book, I recommend reading The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. Huckleberry Spring is Book Four in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I have a big problem with Jennifer Beckstrand.  She caused me to experience a terrible case of insomnia last night because I started reading her book and simply could not put my kindle away and sleep!  I had to finish the book to find out what happened to Emma and Ben!  This book captured me from the very beginning and held my attention til the very last word.  I then read the excerpt of the next book in the series and am already eager for it to be released.          I most definitely rate this book 5 stars and I would give more stars if I were allowed to do so.   This book reminded me of some struggles several dear family members have endured and it really touched my heart.   I have never read another work of Amish fiction that dealt with this particular issue and I will not reveal what it is as it would be a huge spoiler for other readers.  This book is about true love and grace and compassion.      I received a free kindle  version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Spring by Jennifer Beckstrand is the fourth book in the Huckleberry Hill series. Huckleberry Spring is a cute Amish romance. This book made me smile and laugh frequently while reading it. Anna and Felty Helmuth (Mammi and Dawdi) are playing matchmaker with their grandchildren. This time they are determined to get their grandson, Ben Helmuth married off to Emma Nelson. Emma and Ben were engaged previously when Ben suddenly broke it off and moved to Florida. Anna has convinced Felty to have surgery (she gave him a choice of which surgery) in order to get Ben to come home and take care of the farm while Felty recovers. Meanwhile, Anna has convinced Emma to come to Huckleberry Hill (their farm) and help her grow a giant pumpkin as well as other vegetables. Anna hopes that by throwing Ben and Emma together that they will get back together and get married. Emma thinks the reason Ben broke off the engagement is because she is so clumsy. She burned down a chicken coop, almost set a field on fire, burns the bread (actually all food) regularly, and cannot walk without injuring herself. Ben has not told anyone why he broke off the engagement and moved to Florida. While Ben and Emma work things out, Mammi (Anna) will keep Felty (Dawdi) off his feet with surgeries. Mammi is such a great character. She knits all types of items quickly and with the wackiest colors. She is even knitting a cover for her giant pumpkin to keep it protected. She is also the worlds worst cook (but no one will tell her because they do not want to hurt her feelings). Felty loves to sing but prefers to make up his own lyrics. He can also eat all of Mammi's cooking because his taste buds were burned off as a child (it is a good thing or he would starve to death). Please read Huckleberry Spring to find out why Ben broke off the engagement, if Emma and Ben get back together, and how many surgeries poor Felty will have to endure. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (which is rare for me). Happy Reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Anna and Felty are at it again; at least Anna is with her meddling in her grandchildren’s love life; think she wants to find mates for every one of them. Anna and Felty make a delightful pair, Anna’s cooking leaves a lot to be desired, she cannot cook, and Felty he loves her cooking, he cannot taste anything. They are meant for each other. This time poor Felty is in for a lot of medical procedures, and bless his heart he does as Anna asks. This time they have their Grandson Ben return from Florida, poor Felty has to have surgery, and they need his help! Ben was engaged to Emma, and broke off with her rather quickly and went to live in FL. Now Anna has recruited Emma to help her grow a prize pumpkin for one of her two-year-old grandsons. You can guess how Emma and Ben are going to be thrown together again, but how will it turn out. There are a few bombshells here, and some other Grandchildren who might find a spouse in all of this. There is also Ben’s sister Lizzie and Emma’s twin brother Mahlon, or Mailman as Lizzie calls him. Funny. There are a few very serious sides to this story, and you will love the banter here. This one will keep you page turning, and the enjoyment is on every page. I received this book through the Author and Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Spring, By: Jennifer Beckstrand This is by far this best book yet in the Matchmakers of  Huckleberry Hill series. Jennifer Beckstrand has such a wonderful way of making her characters come to life in her stories. This book had me in stitches I was laughing so hard. The unexpected that happens and leaves you reeling with the thought what will happen next. Be sure to have your tissues and drink and anything else that you want before you start to read this book. You won’t want to put this book down. I couldn’t get enough of this book. It was so good, I felt like I was part of it. These characters have touched me so. You gotta love the antics of Anna.  Kind good hearted Anna always wanting to see those that she loves happy and in love. After all who knows better that Anna who is in love and who should be together.  An excellent book. Be sure to get your copy today. 5 stars!! I highly recommend this book