ABRAHAM by Jennifer Beckstrand
SERIES: The Petersheim Brothers #2
GENRE: Contemporary Romance / Amish Fiction
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2019
Things at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded for eight-year-old twins Alfie and Benji. As if things weren’t bad enough with three older brothers hogging all the bacon at breakfast and using more than their fair share of toilet paper, Mammi and Dawdi Petersheim have to move in because of Dawdi’s stroke. If Alfie and Benji have any hope of getting their own bedrooms, they have to get rid of their annoying brothers, and the only way to convince their brothers to move out is to make each of them fall in love. What could be so hard about that?
Abraham Petersheim is known as a man of few words. He’s painfully shy and doesn’t see the need to prattle on like other boys in the community do. That’s why he can’t understand his unexpected attraction to Emma Wengerd. For sure and certain she’s pretty, but she also has five or six boys buzzing around her all the time, and she seems to be constantly annoyed with Abraham and his little brothers. Emma would never be interested in someone as boring as Abraham, and he could never set his sights on someone as wunderbarr as Emma.
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I confess that I get absolutely GIDDY when I get to read a new Jennifer Beckstrand book. I know that I’ll be treated to a delightful reading experience from beginning to end – I’ll laugh out loud more than once, I’ll have a goofy smile on my face throughout, my heart will be warmed, I’ll swoon at least once, and I’ll fall more in love with her characters than I already was.
So, needless to say, I’ve been DYING to find time to read Abraham – and I’m happy to report that it was everything wunderbaar that I expected it to be.
This second book in the Petersheim brothers series may be about Abraham & Emma’s bumpy journey to happily-ever-after … but once again Alfie and Benji (Abraham’s nine-year-old twin brothers) are the highly entertaining, scene stealing stars of the show. Them – and TinTin. Alfie and Benji are endearingly precocious, and the antics the author thinks up for them – and their reasoning that she lets us be privy too – are hilarious. Not to mention their amusing malapropisms, too. (‘Unanimous benedictor’) No one is safe around these too, but in all honesty no one really minds either. These two boys have a way of fully capturing your heart, and you just want to hug them. And anyone who’s heard me gush about this author’s Honeybee Sisters series, too, knows how much I love Bitsy. The partnership between Bitsy, Alfie, and Benji is quite simply just the best ever.
Abraham and Emma’s character growth throughout this story is another example of the writer’s talent. They are such opposite people as far as personality, and at first Abraham is the much more likable one. Emma is a bit self-centered and shallow, and she loves the attention she gets when all the boys swarm her. Abraham’s only real fault is being too introverted & awkward around women. He has such a tender heart and servant’s nature. As the book progresses, however, we are treated to new glimpses of the various layers that Emma and Abraham have kept to themselves – and through that, you’ll come to love both of them more and more.
Bottom Line: If you haven’t yet read a Jennifer Beckstrand book, you really must go right this minute and grab the first two books in this series… and might as well grab the Honeybee Sisters while you’re at it… and then the Huckleberry Hill series. Just go ahead and buy her whole backlist. You’ll thank me later. If you’re not a fan of Amish stories, I still encourage you to give her books a try, especially if you love to laugh. Beckstrand excels at writing humor, yes, but she also does a stellar job of weaving in gentle messages without sounding preachy. This combination elevates her books above the norm, and Abraham is no exception.
(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 / fabulous!
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 Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series 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, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
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