Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand

January 17, 2018 Amish, contemporary, giveaway, Jennifer Beckstrand, romance 42

about the book

Elsie Stuzman’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .

Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.

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SERIES: The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #8
GENRE: Amish Fiction/Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Zebra
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2017
PAGES: 352

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“When someone wanted to match you up with one of their relatives, it was usually a compliment.”

I know I’ve said this before but I LOVE ANNA & FELTY from Jennifer Beckstrand’s Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. They are two of my very favorite characters ever, across all genres. Beckstrand never fails to make me smile with these two octogenarian Amish grandparents, and sometimes I even laugh out loud (the goats in the house scene from a couple novellas ago still makes me chuckle when I think about it).

In A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill, we get more of Anna’s interesting meal concoctions that Felty eats quite heartily but the rest of us would be hardpressed to keep down, like asparagus potato raisin casserole and chocolate layer cake with beans instead of oil. We also get more of Anna’s well-intentioned matchmaking attempts that are rarely appreciated by either party (but make for some delightful moments for we readers) and of course her various knitted goods to seal the deal.

And honestly that would have been enough for me to give this book a 5-star rating. Because they are just so lovable and adorably hilarious. But then Beckstrand threw in a heroine I want as a friend and a swoony-but-stubborn hero. And then she added a classroom full of sweet children … and a couple of not-so-sweet children who become works-in-progress thanks to the infectiously-cheerful Miss Elsie Stuzman. And then she added a couple of really delicious kisses. Y’all. I want to hug this book.

Bottom Line: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand gets a solid A+! The humor is perfectly timed and well-spaced. The characters (as I’ve already mentioned) are truly delightful (with a couple of exceptions who needed a good purse whomping). The message of not giving up on someone, of thinking before you react, of loving even the difficult to love people in our lives… it’s all presented sincerely with an engaging plot. One of my fave Huckleberry Hill books so far!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Such fun!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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I have a very special place in my heart for teachers. My dad was a high school math teacher. My mother taught second grade for over twenty years. My son-in-law taught choir in high school, and my daughter taught seventh-grade science. Another daughter taught American history labs at the university and still another daughter taught classes for a youth summer program.

Elsie Stutzman is a dedicated teacher who was dismissed from her last teaching job in Ohio and is trying to make a fresh start and a good impression in Bonduel, Wisconsin. Unfortunately one of her students, Wally Sensenig, is making things difficult for her, and Wally’s hot-headed older brother seems determined to get her fired. But Elsie is a dedicated teacher, too stubborn to back down and too steadfast to give up on anybody.

Elsie’s grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth, have other plans for her. They want her to fall in love with one of the local boys, but they’re finding it a little difficult to get the two young people together.

Teachers have an immense impact on our lives. We all remember a favorite elementary school teacher who inspired a love of learning or a high school teacher who encouraged us to reach for greatness. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Zobell, who taught ninth grade English. I distinctly remember her reading “The Outsiders” out loud to our class. She had a way of making great books and great stories come to life, and she sparked a love of reading (and writing) that I will always be grateful for. The teacher who had the most impact on my life is my dad. He helped me through Calculus in high school and inspired me to major in math in college.

I hope we will take the time this month to thank the teachers in our lives for all they do for us and all they do for our kids.

Who was one of your favorite teachers and why?

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!!

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Carrie

42 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand”

  1. Penny Mooney

    I love the cover and the blurb. I can’t wait to read this book. I enjoyed meeting you in this article.

    • Jennifer Beckstrand

      Thank you, Penny! I loved writing this book because it has some of my favorite things in it: Anna and Felty, schoolteachers, and romance. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it. 🙂

  2. Lori Smanski

    this sounds good. a great post. I love books with second chances, humor and creativity

  3. James Robert

    Congrats on the tour and thanks so much for your review and giveaway.

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the information and review on “A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill” by Jennifer Beckstrand. I can’t wait to read this book.

    My favorite teacher was my fifth grade math teacher. He made what is normally a hated subject and made it fun. Since then, I’ve always loved math.

  5. Jean

    Great review thanks my favorite teacher was Marty Fortin 7th grade science he made learning fun with a quiz game!

  6. Winnie Thomas

    Great review and book information! This sounds like a fun book.

    I’d have to say my favorite teacher is my husband. He taught Jr. High math for 30 years and High School math for 8 years.

  7. Jennifer Beckstrand

    Carrie, I always look forward to your reviews. This one made my day. I’ll have to admit that this is one of my favorite Huckleberry Hill stories too. Lots of laughter and lots of love. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for having me on your blog.

    • Carrie

      Thank you, Jennifer! I’m always looking forward to more novels from you! 🙂

  8. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for the interview and review. I think I would enjoy reading it. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  9. Dianna

    Mr. Price was my favorite teacher. He made learning seem like something we should all do, rather than something we were made to do.

    (Also, I became a teacher…and think of him all the time!)

  10. Marilyn R

    This was a great book to read and beautiful message. Wonder how many more grandchildren need a spouse on Huckleberry Hill?
    My favorite teacher was Mrs. Watkins.

  11. emilee

    Looks like a great read! I don’t really remember a favorite teacher. Maybe Mrs. Persons, she taught me history in the 6th grade and I remember be fascinated with Egyptian ancient history.

  12. Evangeline

    I have yet to read anything by Jennifer and look forward to reading this one soon.I come from a family of teachers, so I love books where they are included. Thanks for the giveaway. Blessings on you.

  13. Janet Estridge

    One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Poplin. She taught English in my high school.
    Everyone said that I was her favorite. I like to think that it was because I love to read and always did well in her class.

  14. Marilyn

    The Huckleberry series sounds like a great read. I have a few of the books,but have not read any yet.
    Marilyn

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