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!
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.
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
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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