Huckleberry Summer

Huckleberry Summer

by Jennifer Beckstrand

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420133585
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 520,071
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She lives in the foothills of the Wasatch Front in Utah. Visit her at jenniferbeckstrand.com.

C. S. E. Cooney launched her voice-acting career narrating short fiction for Podcastle, the world's first audio fantasy magazine. She is a performance poet, singer-songwriter, and fantasy author whose collection Bone Swans has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Locus Magazine.

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Huckleberry Summer


By JENNIFER BECKSTRAND

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Beckstrand
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3359-2


CHAPTER 1

Felty Helmuth took a hearty bite of the mushy concoction in his bowl. "Why, Annie Banannie. This soup is fit for a king. Is this another recipe from that new book of yours?"

Anna smiled and pushed her thick, round glasses over the bridge of her nose. "How kind of you to notice, dear. It's called Indonesian beef stew."

"It's so tender, I can't tell the beef from the potatoes."

"There is no beef. It's a vegetarian dish."

Felty winked at his wife of sixty-two years. "The name ain't quite right, don't you think?"

"Well, the recipe calls for beef, but I didn't add any beef, and I don't think it's my place to change the name of the recipe."

"Right you are, Annie. Was they out of roast at the market yesterday?"

"No, I am learning to cook vegetarian. Aden is a vegetarian, and I don't want him to starve."

"Aden our grandson?"

Anna nodded and looked at Felty as if he were finally in on the secret.

"Banannie, Aden lives in Ohio. He don't eat your cooking more than once a year or so, but I'm sure he'd be pleased to know you are thinking of him."

"Now, Felty," Anna said. "I want Aden to come and live with us, and he's got to eat."

"Us? Why would Aden want to live with us?"

"He's going through a rough patch."

Felty reached over and patted Anna's wrinkled hand. "Don't worry yourself. All boys his age go through a rough patch."

"Jah, but most boys don't get arrested three times."

"He can get arrested just as easy in Wisconsin as Ohio."

Anna pursed her lips and scolded Felty with her eyes. "Boys like Aden need a wife to settle them down. A girl like little Lily Eicher."

Felty sputtered and coughed, and Anna stood up and thumped him on the back until he motioned for her to stop. "Not another one of your matchmaking schemes, Annie. I don't think my weak heart can stand it."

"Felty, your heart is fit as a fiddle. Your knees will give out long before your heart ever does."

"Not these knees. They're titanium alloy. The doctor said so." Felty stood and waltzed around the table to prove his point.

"Now, Felty. Sit and finish your supper." Anna served him another heaping helping of Indonesian beef stew, vegetarian style. "I was right about Moses and Lia, wasn't I? Moses is so happy, he's like to float off the ground. That does your heart good, doesn't it?"

"I suppose so, but what it took to get him and Lia together almost gave me an ulcer."

"Our grandchildren deserve our very best efforts. How will they ever find suitable mates if we don't help them?"

Felty plopped into his chair and kissed his wife on the cheek. "Our grandchildren will get along fine without any help from us."

"Of course they won't. Look at Moses. If we hadn't introduced him to Lia, he would still be pining over that Gingerich girl. And Aden can't seem to stay out of jail long enough to court anyone. He needs to meet Lily." Anna stuck a pat of butter on the top of a cornbread muffin and placed it on Felty's plate. "He's got to come to Huckleberry Hill, Felty."

Felty propped his elbow on the table and rested his chin in his hand. "Little Lily Eicher probably doesn't know how to cook vegetarian."

"I can teach her."

He sighed. "No doubt about that, Banannie. You are the best cook in Bonduel, Wisconsin."

CHAPTER 2

Aden clutched the seat belt strapped across his chest and tried to breathe normally. If there was one thing that made him edgy, it was going anywhere in a car with Jamal. Well, not edgy exactly—more like terrified out of his wits. The feel of the wind whipping through his hair and the sight of telephone poles whizzing past was only fun when you didn't think you were going to die.

The whole breathing thing wasn't working. Why couldn't he maintain his calm in Jamal's car? He was Aden Helmuth, after all—the Amish guy who had no fear of chaining himself to a tree or staging a sit-in outside the mayor's office. Aden was the person brave enough for anything.

Well, almost anything. Racing down the road with Jamal, hell-bent for destruction, seemed more like foolishness than courage.

Aden didn't take his eyes from the road, just in case his steady gaze would keep the car from crashing. "Jamal, slow down."

Jamal liked to look people in the eye when he talked to them, which was a bad thing when he drove. "Chill, man. I've driven this road hundreds of times. If we get there in time, we might get some pictures of them dumping stuff into the lake."

Aden felt his stomach lurch as Jamal took a curve about a hundred miles an hour too fast. "I'd like to get there alive."

Jamal smiled and again took his eyes off the road to look at Aden—a movement that set Aden's heart racing. "You're such a baby."

"Go ahead," Aden said, gripping the door handle until he couldn't feel his fingers, "pretend I'm the one with the problem here."

"Pilot likes the way I drive."

Aden glanced into the backseat where Pilot, his golden doodle, was thoroughly enjoying the terrifying ordeal. He poked his head out the window so far that it seemed like he'd taken half his body with him. His ears flapped in the wind and his tongue hung out of his mouth as if he were trying to catch passing insects. Pilot didn't seem to care in the least that his master would have to pry himself off the seat when they got to the lake.

Traitor.

Aden should have known better than to go anywhere with Jamal. Most of the time Jamal didn't even use his hands to drive. He liked to steer with his knee. At this point, Aden didn't care if they were on the verge of catching the idiots who'd been dumping chemicals into the lake. He'd rather be home mucking out the barn than in this car, taking his life into his own hands, or rather, putting his life in Jamal's hands.

Big mistake.

The rain announced itself like a dump truck dropping a load of gravel on top of the car. Water pelted the windshield, and Jamal flipped on the wipers to their fastest speed. It didn't matter. Neither of them could see a thing out of the windshield in the muted light of late afternoon. Even Jamal wouldn't drive blind. He slowed down and placed both hands on the steering wheel.

Aden said a prayer of thanks for rain.

Pilot pulled his head inside the car, and with what Aden could swear was a grin, shook himself hard, catapulting water droplets in every direction.

With a groan, Jamal wiped the back of his neck. "I just treated these leather seats, you stupid dog."

"At least he doesn't complain about your driving."

Jamal pushed the button and rolled up Pilot's window. Pilot responded by balancing on the edge of the backseat and sticking his head between Jamal and Aden.

Jamal grimaced. "Ya gotta love the smell of wet dog."

"Jamal, they're not going to be up there when it's pouring like this. Let's turn around."

"They probably think this is the best time to dump stuff in the lake. No one up there to catch them."

Aden tried one more time, even though he knew it was beating a dead horse. "The roads are bad."

"Pilot's not complaining."

Aden closed his mouth and held on to the door handle. Better shut up and not divert Jamal's attention. The guy needed to concentrate on driving.

He negotiated a sharp curve, and they both gasped as an elk with an enormous rack of antlers appeared in the middle of the road. He stood as if he were carved from stone and certainly wasn't going to be the one to move.

Jamal swerved hard to the right. The car lost traction on the wet road and slid out of control. Aden felt as if he were living the next few seconds in slow motion. His insides lurched as the car careened down a shallow embankment and splashed into the lake.

Aden's seat belt snapped tight, and it felt like someone had smacked him in the chest with a two-by-four. "Pilot!" he yelled.

In the immediate calm after the crash, Aden took a labored breath and turned to find his dog. Pilot lay on the floor in the back and lifted his head as if Aden had awakened him from a long nap. Aden reached over with a trembling hand and patted Pilot's head. "You okay, buddy?"

To Aden's horror, the car made a sickening creak, tilted forward, and began to sink.

Jamal looked even more dazed than Aden felt. His hands still gripped the steering wheel as his eyes grew wide with every movement of the car. "We're sinking."

The lake in late April was icy cold. Aden felt the water seep into his boots. Biting pain crawled up his legs. "We've got to get out of here."

Jamal jiggled the latch of his seat belt. "It's stuck." He panted and groaned and strained at the latch. Aden, always calm in an emergency, quickly released both of their latches as the water rose to the level of his seat.

"Come on, buddy." Aden got a firm hold of the collar around Pilot's neck while lifting the door handle and pushing hard with his elbow. When the door wouldn't budge, he put his whole back into it. He couldn't open it. The frigid water bubbling at his waist matched the raw terror crawling up his spine. They would be underwater in a matter of seconds.

Jamal pounded on his door and screamed in panic. "It won't open."

"The water is pushing against it," Aden yelled over the deafening roar of rushing water and shrinking air.

Jamal shoved his fists against the windshield. "We're going to die, Aden. We're going to die!"

Pilot struggled onto the backseat, keeping his head above the rising water, and barked as if that would keep the lake at bay.

As the water poured in, Aden propped his feet on the seat and crouched with his head against the ceiling. Jamal did the same. "Help us, Lord," Aden cried. He took in great gulps of air with each breath in case they would be his last. His heart hammered against his chest as he repeated his desperate prayer over and over in his mind.

Aden, thou art careful and troubled about many things, but one thing is needful.

He was surely dying. Random scripture didn't usually leap to his mind.

Probably a foot of air remained in the car.

Jamal became incoherent with fear. "We're going to die. We're going to die."

Pilot whined and bumped his nose against the ceiling. Aden's heart nearly broke. Pilot was an innocent victim of Jamal's recklessness. "Please, Lord, could you save my dog?"

Open the door.

Open the door? It wouldn't budge.

Lean not to thine own understanding. Open the door.

Even with his mind racing in terror, Aden was smart enough to recognize the source of that inaudible voice.

"Jamal, don't let go," he said. He grabbed Jamal's hand, took a deep breath, and plunged beneath the water. Jamal struggled briefly as he probably wondered why Aden was pulling him to his death. Then his grip tightened, and he let Aden pull him down.

It was almost too dark to see, but Aden felt his way to the latch. He pulled it up while pushing on the door with both his feet. The door swung open so easily that he barely had to exert effort at all.

Using the open door as leverage, he pulled himself out of the car with his free hand and tugged Jamal out with him. His lungs burned with the need for air, but how far under the water were they?

Reaching his hand to the sky, he cried out silently for God.

But it was too much. He felt completely spent. He hadn't the strength to get them to the surface, no matter how close it might be.

Just as Aden thought his lungs might explode, someone from above grabbed his hand and forcefully pulled him upward. He and Jamal were on the surface in a matter of seconds. He let go of Jamal's hand so they could both tread water. The air tasted better than anything Aden had ever experienced. He filled his lungs with the sweet flavor and thought he would never want for another thing in his whole life.

Aden whipped his head around and looked for his rescuer. Not a soul to be seen either in the water or on the shore. They were alone. The rain beat a lonely cadence against the surface of the lake.

Someone had pulled them up. Aden had felt the touch of a warm hand as plainly as he had felt Jamal's fingers in his grasp. He gasped for breath as pure astonishment overtook him. Who had saved him, and why was he worth such a miracle?

Jamal flailed about until Aden pulled Jamal's arm around his neck and paddled to shore. Jamal, panting with exhaustion, crawled out of the water and lay down on the jagged rocks. Anything was more comfortable than a watery grave.

Aden turned and swam away from shore.

"Where are you going?" Jamal called.

"I've gotta get my dog."

Jamal sat up and pointed a shaky finger. "Look."

Pilot's nose bobbed to the surface, and Aden watched in relief as his dog paddled to shore with those giant paws of his. Aden followed him out of the water and threw his arms around his best friend. Warm tears coursed down his icy cheeks as he buried his face in Pilot's waterlogged fur. "Good boy, smart boy. Good, good boy." A sob tore from his lips. "Thank you, Lord."

Pilot wagged his tail, but otherwise stood at attention while Aden blubbered out his feelings.

It was still rainy and cold, but the temperature did nothing to calm Aden's racing heart. It might as well have been a hundred degrees outside.

He brushed his hand along Pilot's fur as he willed his breathing to slow down. What had just happened? He'd heard a voice. There was no doubt in his mind where that voice came from. The question now was, what was he going to do about the message he'd received?

Bowing his head, Aden breathed out a silent prayer of immense gratitude and longing. His life had been on one path, and he sensed God trying to make some adjustments. The accident was his wake-up call. But what did the Lord want him to awaken to?

One thing is needful. Open the door.

He released Pilot, and the dog immediately began running up and down the shoreline exploring interesting smells as if nothing traumatic had happened.

Aden looked at Jamal, who sat on a boulder with his arms wrapped around his knees.

"You okay?" Aden asked.

Jamal stared at the spot underneath the surface where his car was buried. "I'm sure glad I spent three hours oiling the leather seats."

"They're vinyl."

"I know, but still, it was nice vinyl."

After their terrible ordeal, the relief was palpable, almost euphoric. They burst into laughter.

"At least you didn't hit the elk. You never would have forgiven yourself," Aden said.

"But technically, I have polluted the lake."

Aden chuckled. "On the bright side, you don't have a car anymore, so I never have to ride with you again. Walking is a much safer form of transportation."

"Cars are plenty safe."

"Said the guy who almost killed me."

Jamal grinned and nudged Aden with his elbow. "You're such a baby."

"Said the guy who almost killed me."

"Said the guy who saved my life."

Aden shrugged off the mention of it. He knew who really saved Jamal's life today, and it wasn't Aden Helmuth. "I'm never riding in a car again."

"That could be a real problem for you, seeing as it's a long way back and we'll freeze to death if we have to walk all the way. It would be better to flag down a ride."

"After tonight, I'm never riding in a car again."

"Said the Amish guy," Jamal added.

"How appropriate."

CHAPTER 3

Lily Eicher held tightly to the reins and carefully guided the horse up the steep drive of Huckleberry Hill. Her family's buggy wasn't as new as it used to be, and she didn't want to risk a mishap. She didn't come up to Huckleberry Hill often, only on the few Sundays a year when the Helmuths hosted gmay, or church, at their house, but Lily thought that Huckleberry Hill was the most beautiful spot in Bonduel, especially this time of year. It was mid June, and thick stands of maples and a variety of other trees stood at attention on the hill sporting brilliant leaves of every imaginable shade of green. In autumn, the plentiful huckleberry bushes glowed flaming red, almost hurting Lily's eyes to look at.

She crested the hill and brought her buggy to a stop in front of Anna and Felty Helmuth's house. The white railing that enclosed their porch had been painted recently, and a tidy row of purple petunias bordered the foundation. The dirt looked freshly turned. They must have planted this week.

Lily set the brake and picked up the plate of sugar cookies for the Helmuths. She'd used a heart-shaped cutter and decorated them with pink frosting and red sprinkles. They looked quite charming on her white plate.


(Continues...)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
HUCKLEBERRY SUMMER is the third book in this series but it easily stands alone. I've read these books (series) out of order, but fell in love with Anna and Felty so I went back and looked for this authors previous books. I loved Aden, and Tyler both, and knew that even if one good man won, another would lose. That bothered me. But I rooted for both of them even though I knew Aden was the hero and Tyler would be the hero in the next book (which I already read.) Lily was wimpy. She loved her dad and I won't fault that, but she bothered me and is what kept this book from being five stars. I understand why she did what she did but I didn't like it. Not the way she strung both men along, not the way she lied to her dad, and the way she acted like a coward when confronted with anything uncomfortable. Otherwise, I loved this book, including the dog. And Jamal. Great read. Love Ms. Beckstrand's humor.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so long and stretched out, I gave up after 116 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wondlrful. good it was very. bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Amish fiction. Jennifer Beckstrand is a new author to me and I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to other books by this author. If you enjoy Amish fiction with a twist of humor you will love this book.
Janine_S More than 1 year ago
“Huckleberry Summer” by Jennifer Beckstrand is the second book in her 'The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill' and whoa I can't recall the last time I finished a book with red, swollen eyes, splotchy cheeks, along with a nose running for the hills (ok so I am not a pretty crier), but this book I did just that. I must have cried the last 100 or so pages, not so much because there was some earth shattering event that happened but more of the different emotions that was happening. This book was so worth the read without a doubt. Lily is a woman who is maybe a little to much of a rule follower but then again there is a reason that she is like that. I was actually frustrated with Lily for a while with her unwilling to do anything that would make her father cross with her for she seemed way to timid to do anything, but when her story comes out that explains what shaped her into that person, I actually felt for the young lady. It made sense but I still didn't like how it happened. Lily is so tender hearted that she doesn't hold back when she gives her friendship and loyalty. She almost tries to turn herself inside out to not hurt those around her, most especially her family. Aden is a man who might have good intentions but well doesn't always think about how he is going about things. Here is a man who seems a little odd for an Amish man but his heart is there for the whole world to see at the same time. He is trying to turns things around and has learned some pretty important lessons, though they were most certainly not easy lessons that is for sure. Aden is a man who is trying so hard to do right when there are those who are working against him, and it is how he handles everything that shows his deepest character for he is a man of his honor. Things are so confusing, not for the reader for they follow along pretty well in my opinion, but everyone in the story is going through some pretty confusing times. Oh Annie and Felty Helmuth, ok more Annie than Felty, is up to her schemes again and she is not one for giving up in the slightest. Introductions are done, competition is on and then something happens to make it all up in the air and then the ending in a way that I sure didn't expect in the slightest bit. At times it seems as if there is no way to go down a certain path to that happy ending only for something out of the blue to happen to change the course, though the changes are not done in a way that makes no sense but more like a wonderful surprise to make one smile. I truly loved the ending for I really didn't see how that could happen but it did with such grace and wonder. I really enjoyed the last few scenes as well for they just put a smile on my face after all that time crying my eyes out. I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pattiannjoy More than 1 year ago
This book was very gentle and funny. I love Anna and Felty. I did not like it as much as Huckleberry Hill, but it is still good enough to be claimed for my personal library. The scene where felty is riding with Adam and has a serious talk with him is one I go back to in my own spiritual search a lot. Very good and gentle book.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
I am LOVING this series!   --    I gotta say, I love Anna, she is a delight! Jennifer did another fantastic job of pulling me in and giving me some more giggles. I didn't want to put this book down and I'm so anxious for "Huckleberry Christmas" and "Huckleberry Spring" to come out. These are some of the best Amish books I've read and would really encourage others to read this series. Thank you Jennifer for giving me some smiles and giggles
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Oh my word, I’m not going to be able to do proper justice with this review. It is most certainly going to pale in comparison with Jennifer Beckstrand’s amazing talent. WOW! If you loved Huckleberry Hill, do not miss Huckleberry Summer! Because the second book in this delightful new series is JUST AS ENJOYABLE as the first! I REALLY hope Kensington realizes what a GEM they have found in Jennifer Beckstrand! Every book she writes is fresh and original. Each story is wonderfully different and each character is original and individual – which is exactly how it should be! Even in a community where everyone believes, behaves and dresses similar, they are all individuals and Jennifer obviously gets that! It’s familiar, as it should be with a series, but nothing is the “same old thing” or a repeat of something you’ve read before. And our beloved matchmakers – well, Jennifer just keeps revealing new depths to them with each book that will keep readers guessing for a long time. It’s a good thing Amish families are so big – Anna and Felty have plenty of grandchildren left for Jennifer to write about! Or that’s my hope anyway. I know I personally would love to read about each and every grandchild’s perfect match! Jennifer Beckstrand has lovingly crafted another beautiful story of life, love and laughter. What a gem! With each book, we get to meet new wonderful characters, while characters we already know and love make appearances and remind us of why we fell in love with them to begin with. And along with that comes a terrific story that is beautifully in tune with the theme of the series, without feeling like a rerun. And yet somehow Jennifer still finds fun ways to make us laugh and enjoy the crazy adventure our two feisty grandparents have in store for the two young people they’ve set their sights on. And I think that’s my favorite thing about her writing – just how REAL the stories and the characters are. A lot of people seem to think that a story has to be filled with tragedy and sadness to ring true but Jennifer clearly doesn’t believe that and I am forever grateful for it. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying… Jennifer’s books are filled with strong and intense emotions! And as the reader, it’s impossible not to experience them right along with the characters. We see everything from heartbreak to laugh-out-loud silly-ness. And in this book, Lily is described as cautious. What she is, is scared and timid. And Jennifer describes the emotions so well, you can almost feel Lily’s worries freezing you in place right along with her. And along with that emotion comes the added bonus of how well Jennifer weaves ordinary events into the storyline. Most authors only add in things they feel add to the story so we don’t often read about the normal everyday things people do. But Jennifer understands that it’s seeing into a character’s routine that truly gives us insight into who that person is. Jennifer Beckstrand is the kind of writer who ruthlessly drags you into the story, where you follow along with the characters emotions – no matter what they might be. But you won’t mind because the path they travel is so full of enjoyable adventures and misadventures. You won’t want to miss a single one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be disappointed with the 2nd book in this.matchmaking series. Not.only do.we.get to enjoy Anna & Feltie again we also get to.meet their grandson Aden. His love of the environment & love of animals sets this book apart from other amish stories. I can't wait until October to see what Anna has in store for Tyler.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book to read by this author and it's a fantastic book. I loved Huckleberry Summer. When you have these particular group of characters: an Amish young man with a few problems of trouble living with his Amish grandparents and his grandmother is a matchmaker, a beautiful young Amish girl who doesn't want to disappoint her Dad and a huge, loveable dog, what do you have? An Excellent Amish Novel! The storyline is well-written, has some twists and turns, a few surprises, and it's an enjoyable book I definitely recommend to read. I'm excited and looking forward to the next book about Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion. Thank you Kensington Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read Huckleberry Summer by Jennifer Beckstrand.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Anna and Felty are at it again, in their delightful way of playing matchmaker for their Grandchildren. Anna especially seems gifted in doing so with one success story already under her crisp white apron! I love this Amish community and am thrilled to be back in their homes, and around their farms. This time Arden from Sugarcreek, the Grandson, is now staying with and helping his Grandparents. When you hear that Arden has been arrested at least three times, and probably should have been more, you will wonder what kind of an Amish boy he is? Now gossip can be deceiving, and Arden has the local Amish Grapevine working overtime. What it all comes down to is his love of all living things, including trees, which accounts for one of his arrests. Enter Lily Eichner who has been hired by Anna, she is at it again, to help her, and puts her right in front of Arden every day. There is a big problem to their relationship, that grapevine has reached Lily’s Dad, and he wants no part of Arden, and actually has already picked out a husband for her, the Bishop’s son, Tyler Yoder. Now you want to dislike Tyler, but he is so loveable, I couldn’t, the guy is so nice to everyone. There is another loveable character in this story, Pilot, a humongous dog, and a big kisser with his wet tongue. He also likes to charge head on into people. Love how Lily gets his name mixed up, and how this dog saves the day, even if she has to use more hand sanitizer. Your in for a delightful, and wonderful time reading this story, and have to wonder how it is all going to turn out. Lily never disobeys her father. Will she get the courage to follow her heart? I for one can’t wait for the next book!! I received this book from the Publisher Kensington and Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Huckleberry Hill is sizzling again as the matchmakers choose another grandchild to help find a mate. This time Anna and Felty Helmuth takes in their grandson Aden. Maybe time spent with his grandparents will keep Aden out of trouble. And Anna has just the right young lady in mind for Aden, and it is Lily Eicher. Of course Lily and Aden know nothing about Anna and her mission, making this story much more interesting. Lily is so shy, the last thing she needs is someone like Aden the lead her astray, but don’t tell Anna that, because she already has her mind made up! I love how Anna and Felty bring out the best in people. Aden wasn’t really a bad guy, but he always got in trouble trying to help someone out. He couldn’t help himself because he wanted to do what was right, but what he was doing was not the Amish way. It took the calm, understanding and wisdom from Felty and Anna to help him understand what was right. Sometimes thought Anna was very sneaky, and I just loved it! Throughout both of the books in this series, I have learned so much from the wisdom of these two adorable and precious people! Again in this book, Anna and Felty reminded me so much of my grandparents and their wisdom when talking to me. I cherish those times so much! Again Jennifer Beckstrand gives her readers and outstanding story to read! This is such a delightful, enjoyable and fun read, one that you will think about a long time after you finish reading the book! Anna and Felty have a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to read what they have in store for us in the third book of this series! And oh, about the couple, you will surely enjoy the little details by Anna to place these two young people together, making sure they spent time together. The romance is oh so sweet! I know you will love it as much as I do! I received this book from the author, Jennifer Beckstrand to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book yet, I am waiting for the 3rd book to complete the series. The book was in excellent condition. Thank you