BOOK REVIEW | SPOTLIGHT ON Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand

I know this is book two in the series, but it is (yes, it still is…even after reading all of the others in this wonderful series) my absolute favorite of them all!

 

First, the designer in me has to mention just how much I LOVE this cover. I also LOVE that the publisher was so smart to keep the theme for all three covers, linking them effortlessly in readers’ minds. Genius!

And like my mother, if I have to choose between a new Jennifer Beckstrand story and sleep — I choose the book — every time!

This story starts off with a bang (almost literally) and it just gets better and better! No surprise there!

Of course, you have to feel for sweet Lily! And, this is one of those times I wanted to jump into the book and tell her what she can’t see because it’s right in front of her, but alas… I cannot.

And then there’s the *ahem* “schoolyard bully” who made fun of Lily—who you have to know, did that because he liked her…

Don’t look at me like that. You know I’m right.

Not the least bit surprised to say that this is another WONDERFUL story by Jennifer Beckstrand, with the comedic writing and colorful characters I love so much from her, a book that will have readers rushing to find book two… and then three!

And yes, I stayed up half the night to finish it. OF COURSE!

 

Review © RLMiller 2017

5star

 

More from Kensington about Sweet As Honey:

“Sweet as Honey is a warm, wonderful book filled with delightful characters, humor and tenderness. Jennifer Beckstrand writes lovely stories, sure to touch your heart.”–RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

 

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?…

 

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BOOK REVIEW | SPOTLIGHT ON Huckleberry Summer by Jennifer Beckstrand

I know this is book two in the series, but it is (yes, it still is…even after reading all of the others in this wonderful series) my absolute favorite of them all!

Huckleberry Summer by Jennifer Beckstrand

And, 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!

Review © RLMiller 2017

5star

 

More from Kensington about Huckleberry Summer:

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. . .

 

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BOOK REVIEW | SPOTLIGHT ON The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

I cannot believe the series is over now…

I may cry.

Oh well… I can always hope for more. It could happen.

After all, Suzanne brought us back to Stoney Ridge once already!

The Devoted does not disappoint. It is just as wonderful as books 1 and 2 – a beautiful addition to the series: The Bishop’s Family and to Suzanne’s library of exceptional novels!

READ IT!

I guarantee you won’t be sorry!

And don’t miss all of Suzanne’s other books. Each and every one is a gem, well worth a read… and a second and third read. Each one is a valuable addition to your own library.

Review © RLMiller 2017

5star

 

Here’s a bit more about The Devoted from Revell:

Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises

Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can to prepare to go–passed the GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion.

Patrick Kelly is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time, to Patrick, is of the essence. Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back–“anything”–and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled–complete with Fisher’s signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted

You can find reviews and links to purchase this fabulous series by clicking the links below!

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BOOK REVIEW | SPOTLIGHT ON The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book TWO!

And the saga continues…

In the usually quiet community of Stoney Ridge, the Stoltzfus family has quite a lot to deal with!

From meddling relatives to a Bishop in trouble… there is no end to the drama David must deal with.

The Quieting is an amazing continuation of Suzanne’s series: The Bishop’s Family!

Suzanne has an exceptional skill for dealing with tricky subjects that most authors are hesitant to pen and this book is no different.

A wonderful read. A miraculous story. An unexpected resolution.

Don’t miss this story or the next in this fantastic series.

BRAVO Suzanne!!!

Review © RLMiller 2017

5star

 

Here’s a bit more about The Quieting from Revell:

Bestselling Author Delivers the Intrigue and Romance Fans Crave

The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things–fast. But David doesn’t work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting.

When David’s mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters–and especially for David’s niece Abigail.

When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.

You can find reviews and links to purchase this fabulous series by clicking the links below!

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BOOK REVIEW | SPOTLIGHT ON The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Fair warning – Yes, I’m going to gush and No, it has nothing to do with Suzanne endorsing my upcoming book.

Suzanne is one of my all-time favorite authors and it is absolutely a dream come true that she saw fit to endorse my own work.

So here we go…

It does not get much better than a NEW series by one of my FAVORITE authors… the incomparable Suzanne Woods Fisher!

A new novel!

A new series!

Returning to Stoney Ridge!

One of my FAVORITE authors!

Best.  Day.  Ever!

The Imposter is an amazing beginning to Suzanne’s NEW series: The Bishop’s Family!

I LOVE… love love love when authors bring us back to familiar settings and characters we love!

Suzanne excels at that!

So, what we have here is a NEW series in a familiar setting, a NEW story with familiar characters, all from one of our all-time favorite authors of FABULOUS Amish fiction!

You can start with The Imposter or you can go back and start with the first Stoney Ridge story; The Keeper!  Whichever way you go, DO NOT MISS this AMAZING NEW book!

Not only does it contain a familiar setting and much loved characters, it is a wonderful story of healing, hope and love!

Suzanne has such an amazing ability and talent. She is truly a blessed storyteller!

BRAVO Suzanne!!!

Review © RLMiller 2017

5star

 

Here’s a bit more about The Imposter from Revell:

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?

As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn’t need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow’s farm just when help is most needed–and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check.

When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

“Woods Fisher does her Amish research and it shines bright in her latest offering.” —RT Book Reviews 4 Stars

You can find reviews and links to purchase this fabulous series by clicking the links below!

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