Huckleberry Hearts

Huckleberry Hearts

by Jennifer Beckstrand

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Overview

Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420136531
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series , #6
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 179,361
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA nominated and award-winning author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill and The Honeybee Sisters series, as well as a number of novellas. Novels in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series have been RITA® Award and RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award finalists. Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for inspirational fiction and Huckleberry Hearts was named a Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Book of the Year. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. Please visit her online at www.JenniferBeckstrand.com

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Huckleberry Hearts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loves this book. Its amazing to watxh Anna & Felty xo their magic. I'm sorry to see rhis series end. However I am looking forward too the new trilogy about the Honeybee Sisters.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
This whole series is a MUST read!!!!! Oh my, I keep thinking Jennifer can't top this book and when I read the next one in this series she proves me wrong!!!! What a fantastic job she has done here and oh did she bring on the tears. She just continues to pull me into this family further and further, needing more stories about them. And yes, I still love Anna and Felty, they are the BEST!
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LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
Anna Helmuth is determined to marry off her many grandchildren. Now it’s Cassie’s turn. Cassie has left the Amish church, and her grandparents Felty and Anna are okay with that. Unlike her mother Esther, and her overbearing brother Norman. Anna selects Dr. Zach Reynolds for Cassie. He’s smitten the first time he sees her, but she remembers him unfavorably from the university. This story will make you laugh out loud, like when Cassie’s so deep in thought she doesn’t realize she’s sweeping the dog. There’s a serious side. Zach’s father died several years earlier, and Zach has given up on God. Why would a good God take away his godly father? With Cassie, he starts believing again, but he’s still not ready to accept a “No” from God. Felty uses Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to help him understand even though God may say no, he can still believe. You’ll long to punch Norman’s lights out along with Zach as Norman acts like a typical Amish father, only worse. He might think he’s being a loving brother as he repeatedly tells Cassie she’s going to go to hell for leaving the Amish church. Like the others in Jennifer Beckstrand’s Huckleberry series, this is a fun story that will keep you reading. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand is the sixth book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. Anna and Felty Helmuth are up to their normal hijinks. Anna wants to set up her granddaughter, Cassie Coblenz. Anna has decided that Dr. Zach Reynolds is the perfect match. So Anna is having a black spot on her foot operated on (it turned out to be melanoma). Anna even knitted the doctor a scarf, beanie, and mittens as incentive (she does not make everyone mittens because they take longer to knit). Cassie is going to stay at Huckleberry Hill and help out while Anna recovers from her surgery (she has to stay off her feet). This will give Anna extra time to knit (and keep her out of the kitchen). Cassie decided not to be baptized in the Amish faith. She has just graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Art History. Cassie is going to use the time at her grandparents to study for the GRE test (she wants to go to graduate school). Cassie’s mother is not happy with Cassie’s choice and neither is Cassie’s brother, Norman. They use every opportunity to tell her of their displeasure (they are bullies). Dr. Reynolds also attended the University of Chicago. He does not remember Cassie, but Cassie remembers him. This does not bode well for Anna’s matchmaking scheme especially since Cassie has severe trust issues. Zach has faith issues since the death of his father. But being around Cassie, Anna, and Felty will change Zach (hopefully). Will Zach be able to woo Cassie? Can they overcome their issues and have a future together? Anna and Felty have such a good track record. You will have to read Huckleberry Hearts to see if Anna and Felty make another successful match. Huckleberry Hearts was my least favorite of the six books in the series. I found Cassie’s mother and brother very offense (and Cassie refuses to fight back or stand up for herself). Cassie just let herself be a doormat (very unattractive quality). This book is also the most religious out of all the books (a lot of scripture and theology). The writing is good (as always). Huckleberry Hearts is a light, airy, and easy to read novel for the most part. The ending is so sweet. Anna and Felty are such a loving, warm couple. They are why I read the books. I give Huckleberry Hearts 4 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait for the next book in this series (though, according to the author, we will have a wait) to see what Anna and Felty are up to next (Anna is going to learn to crochet). I received a complimentary copy of Huckleberry Hearts from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Huckleberry Hearts is the sixth in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the previous books but now I want to! The grandparents Anna and Felty are quirky and charming. They are the only ones in Cassie's family who support her decision to find her own path, even though it's not with the Amish. Anna sees something in Zach that makes her select him for her matchmaking scheme, however unlikely the pairing is. I liked how the story line is different from other Amish fiction in that the main characters are not Amish although they have strong ties to the community. There are several strong themes that play out, including self-control, forgiveness and second chances, grief and trusting God, and staying true to one's self. There are many unexpected moments between Zach and Cassie that are pretty wonderful, but also some predictable ones where you can see the conflict coming. An admirable trait in Zach was that he tried his best to defend Cassie from her verbally abusive mother and brother while keeping his temper in check for her sake. I felt the story was well-written and held my attention throughout. I'm looking forward to reading more by the author! (Thank you to CelebrateLit Publicity and Kensington Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Another awesome book from Huckleberry Hill by Author Jennifer Beckstrand. I love and enjoyed reading Huckleberry Hearts. The matchmaking grandparents are my favorite characters and the story reads so realistic, I feel their emotions. Author Jennifer Beckstrand has written fabulous books in this series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill. I highly recommend reading Huckleberry Hearts and the other books in this series. It's my understanding there will not be another book in this series for awhile, but I will be looking forward with excitement when this series returns. Fabulous Series and Marvelous Writing, Author Jennifer Beckstrand! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my own opinion.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
What fun to visit with Anna and Felty again! ‘Huckleberry Hearts’ is the sixth novel in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. One could read this as a standalone before reading the others, but be sure to go back and read the rest! Anna Helmuth is determined to marry off all of hers and Felty’s grandchildren. They’ve had more than 64 wonderful years together, and she decided to ‘help’ their single grandchildren. Anna needed surgery to remove a melanoma; her granddaughter Cassie’s help would be welcome for several weeks while she recuperated, 100% off of the healing foot. Cassie, daughter of Anna and Felty’s widowed daughter Esther, had decided to not be baptized in the Amish faith or join the church when she was of age. Instead, she felt a calling to do something different, worked hard to get into college, and was a faithful church member. She studied art history and would study for an exam while she was helping Anna that would take her a step closer to her goal of being a museum curator. She did not, however, like her grandmother’s doctor. At all. She had met the doctor in college a few years before, and the memory still rankled. Yet Anna saw sparks where others saw…trouble. Cassie was challenged by her mother and her married brother to return to her family, be baptized, and marry the man they thought would be the best match for her. While she desired to respect her family, Cassie also wanted to walk as the Lord would have her. Dr. Zach Reynolds, attracted to her, spent as much time as he could to try to win her heart, while her mother and brother stubbornly tried to put Cassie together with Elmer Lee, the man she didn’t want to marry. Cassie also had no need of Zach, a man who had no desire for the Lord…no matter what He could work in Zach’s heart. Anna and Felty are awesome! They are so well-defined that I wish I could head up Huckleberry Hill to see them! One could also appreciate Cassie and Dr. Reynolds, and even understand Cassie’s mother and brother because of the author’s excellent portrayals. The characters are not merely defined, but demonstrated word and heart pictures as reflections of their emotions, words, and behaviors. Cassie’s mother, brothers and sisters-in-law, and Elmer Lee were shown as people of faith who were dedicated to their faith and church. One of the big differences that I noted in this Huckleberry Hill novel is a serious topic amidst the fun. While all of series’ novels have substance, there is a depth of feelings as family members work through huge, yet sensitive challenges of faith. Many of us have encountered this one no matter which denomination we are part of. The author addresses it with excellence and love, a blessing since many of us are products of families who have held such beliefs for generations. This reader was taken absolutely by stunned surprise at the crises that confronted Zach and Cassie. In spite of all the plot twists and heartbreaking turns, Jennifer Beckstrand brought together all the pieces together to form a satisfying ending in every respect. I highly recommend ‘Huckleberry Hearts’ (and the rest of the series!) to those who appreciate well-written Amish / Christian drama with a bit of romance and much love and laughter. It definitely should not be missed. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Kensington-Zebra, via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation has been
19269684 More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing of the Huckleberry series when I got this book for a review. When I saw the cover, I thought, "Oh... another romance." Boy was I wrong! Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand is number six in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and a very crazy story, but one easy to fall in love with. The story is about Cassie, a girl who left her Amish home to go to college. Normally when one leaves the Amish community, they're shunned, but nosy Annie and Felty, Cassie's grandparents aren't your average Mammi and Dawdi. These octogenarians steal the story! They're hilarious and so full of love and nosiness- you can't help but laugh throughout the book! It's also a romance, where a handsome Zach is looking for someone who isn't putting in his hands. Cassie carries her own and independent. She's deep and interesting, but he's got to prove himself to her in order to win her. And that's where I always begin to feel like, Ugh... I am so not in to romance, unless it just grabs me! I loved everything about this book, except when it came to Cassie and Zach's relationship- even though it was good. Jennifer Beckstrand is a great author and her stories will be loved by many. I read way too many Silhouette & Harlequin books as a teen to stay with romance, but if you like it- especially Amish romance, you will absolutely LOVE this book. Cheers- I'm on to another book! Oh- there's an awesome giveaway! Check down below for your chance to win the _ENTIRE MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL COLLECTION! Click HERE! *Book provided by Celebrate Lit. Team for an honest review. http://tinyurl.com/nt7jpzx
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I knew when I received this book what it was about, at least the topic, I put it aside to savor and read when I really wanted to enjoy a book. I knew! This story did not disappoint and I could not wait for Annie and Felty’s banter, and Annie and her match making. This one is a surprise as this granddaughter, Cassie, is no longer Amish, but she is still a much-loved member of the Helmuth family. Now who wouldn’t want these two for their Grandparents, I sure would, and as they involved themselves in their family’s lives you see a lot of love. Annie has picked out the young intern that has diagnosed her foot cancer, and she decides that Zach Reynolds would be the perfect match for Cassie. She didn’t realize that Cassie had already met him, but that is another or part of this amazing story. Watch this young doctor learn to understand the Amish and end up milking a cow, and learn how to tap trees to make maple syrup. Now Cassie is up against her family, namely her mother and brother, who believer she will go to hell if she doesn’t give up her worldly life and join the Amish church. Wait until you see what happens with the “pink” dress, definitely not what they planned! I hate that we are going to have to wait awhile for another visit with this cherished family! There is a new series coming and I am looking forward to it! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.