Book Review Mini Triple Feature: The Honeybee Sisters series by Jennifer Beckstrand

Posted August 7, 2019 by meezcarrie in Amish, Christian, contemporary, Jennifer Beckstrand, romance / 1 Comment


As y’all may remember, I reviewed books professionally for RT Book Reviews (aka Romantic Times) for three years until it shut its doors. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to share these reviews with you here on the blog as long as they still belonged to the magazine. However, now that it has closed its doors and deleted its website (including my reviews) from its corner of cyberspace, I’m free to share my reviews for those books here too! Today I’m featuring my reviews for The Honeybee Sisters series by Jennifer Beckstrand. At some point I will probably go back and re-read these books – because they are so delightful! – and give longer reviews than what I was restricted to for the magazine, but these will do for now 🙂

SWEET AS HONEY
SERIES:
Honeybee Sisters #1

GENRE: Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Zebra
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016
PAGES: 352

Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they’ve grown into skilled beekeepers–and lovely, sought-after young women. . .

Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn’t really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that’s why she’s all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood–unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time. Now he’s back in town after two years away–and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive–and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily’s forgiveness–and her heart. But can he convince her–not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi–that despite the past, her future lies with him?

Lily Christner and her two sisters have blossomed into beautiful young women, much to their Aunt Bitsy’s fond dismay. However, Lily still sees herself as an ugly, awkward adolescent. She can still hear the names that Dan Kanagy called her in school, especially when he uses them now! Why does he do that? And why is he always around lately? The feelings he stirs up are especially confusing, considering that she’s all but engaged to Paul Glick – the only boy who never teased her in school. As the differences between Dan and Paul become more clear, can forgiveness overcome years of pain?

Both heart-clenchingly romantic and wryly hilarious, Beckstrand’s latest novel solidly sets the stage for another charming series. A cast of winsome characters, including the unconventionally delightful Aunt Bitsy, traipses across the pages and into readers’ hearts. Warmly written, well-paced, and brimming with affection, this is sure to become another fan favorite.

(I was paid to write a review for RT Book Reviews. All views expressed are nevertheless only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Top Pick – loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / May forget to breathe on occasion


A BEE IN HER BONNET
SERIES:
Honeybee Sisters #2

GENRE: Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Zebra
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2016
PAGES: 352

Their bees produce the most delectable honey in all of Wisconsin. And the three Christner girls are fondly known as The Honeybee Sisters throughout their peaceful Amish community–where their spirited sweetness is attracting any number of hopeful suitors…

Lively, determined, and independent, Poppy Christner isn’t about to let some vandal keep making mischief on her family’s farm. She’s been outrunning boys and standing up for picked-on children ever since she was a girl–no matter how much her prideful, arrogant schoolmate Luke Bontranger insulted her. So Poppy certainly doesn’t need his interference now, especially since he’s made it plain he prefers demure, ladylike companions. In fact, if Luke doesn’t stop helping her find the culprit–and growing humble and remorseful–she’ll be forced to notice how handsome his change-of-heart is making him. And that could mean falling in love–maybe for a lifetime…

Poppy Christner isn’t going to sit idly by while some unknown vandal continues to cause trouble at the bee farm she runs with her sisters and aunt. All her life, she’s been standing up to bullies and she’s not about to stop now. She certainly doesn’t need annoying childhood rival Luke Bontrager to come to her rescue. So why does he keep showing up when she MIGHT need the teensiest bit of help? He’s so infuriating… except when he’s being nice.

The latest book in The Honeybee Sisters series is another hilarious and breathlessly romantic adventure. Aunt Bitsy continues to be delightfully amusing, her Amish roots blending with her Englisch experiences in ways that are both unconventional and laugh out loud funny. The added bits of more physical humor this go-around, as well as the love-hate nature of the romantic tension, give this book its own distinct feel from its predecessor. Beckstrand has a knack for combining humor and romance along with “real” characters, and this series is the best example yet!

(I was paid to write a review for RT Book Reviews. All views expressed are nevertheless only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Top Pick – Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / May forget to breathe on occasion


LIKE A BEE TO HONEY
SERIES:
Honeybee Sisters #3

GENRE: Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Zebra
RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2016
PAGES: 352

Affectionately dubbed The Honeybee Sisters in their Wisconsin Amish community, the three Christner girls are devoted beekeepers who are coming-of-age—and discovering the sweet surprise of love…
 
Shy, skittish Rose Christner is more comfortable tending to the beehives on the family farm and keeping her aunt’s unruly cats in line than attending social gatherings with the rest of the die youngie. A childhood trauma and secret shame keep her heart under lock and key, and Rose just can’t accept the sweet attention she’s receiving from a handsome neighbor. But the more she shies away from Josiah Yoder, the more their families sneakily plot to bring them together. And when a vandal who’s been plaguing the Honeybee Farm starts targeting Rose, Josiah’s steadfast protection—and patience—just may lead her into his waiting arms…

Rose Christner, the baby of the Honeybee sisters, is known for being skittish and shy. More comfortable with animals than people, she’s been carrying a heavy burden of guilt since childhood. Josiah Yoder knows that wooing Rose will be the most difficult thing he’s ever done but, since he’s been in love with her for years already, he’s willing to invest whatever is required. He doesn’t count on suddenly becoming Aunt Bitsy’s fix-it-man or on the Christner farm’s vandals raising the stakes.

Each book in the Honeybee Sisters series is as different as each sister it spotlights, and this final volume fits Rose’s personality well. Less wryly amusing than the previous two novels, it tugs more on the heartstrings than the funnybone.  However, given that Beckstrand and her trademark humor are at the helm, plenty of opportunities to laugh out loud still remain! Characters brim with winsome authenticity, particularly Aunt Bitsy and Josiah. Plot threads that have been weaving through the entire series find a satisfying and sometimes sentimental conclusion, though certain aspects require some minor suspension of disbelief.

(I was paid to write a review for RT Book Reviews. All views expressed are nevertheless only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion


Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothersseries for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, Jessie and James, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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What about you? Have you read this series? What interests you most about the books? (Or, what did you love most about them if you’ve read them?)

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One response to “Book Review Mini Triple Feature: The Honeybee Sisters series by Jennifer Beckstrand

  1. I recently read Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand which was my first experience with this author and I LOVED it!!! The first book in this series is very high on my “to be purchased” list. 🙂 I am excited to read more about Aunt Bitsy!

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