My review of “Huckleberry Hill” | Book 1 in A FANTASTIC NEW series from Jennifer Beckstrand!

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Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer BeckstrandThe quote on the cover says it all. Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful voice in the storm of tragedy that typically occupies the pages of Amish fiction novels.

“Huckleberry Hill” is full of unexpected twists and laugh-out-loud mishaps. The characters are delightful and most definitely one-of-a-kind. The plot is well thought out and intriguing.

I won’t spoil it for you but watch for a
running joke about pie… PRICELESS!

I would never have expected such a delightfully fun story about a pair of matchmaking grandparents.

WHO COULD!

But it is a delightfully fun adventure where the main characters get into all sorts of trouble. I want to say Lia, Moses and Rachel are my favorites but the truth is, Anna and Felty clearly steal the show.

They make me miss my grandfather so much – they’re that real.

Jennifer Beckstrand is an amazingly talented writer who brings you right into the story with her descriptions of…

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A Simple Vow | Charlotte Hubbard

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Today I am reviewing A Simple Vow, the first book in the Simple Gifts series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge — and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own.

She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father.

And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth — even as he’s kindled an…

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The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker | Valerie Comer

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Today I am reviewing The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker, the second story in the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Friends don’t let friends turn thirty… single.

It’s been almost fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren Yanovich steps up her matchmaking game to let James off the hook. Not that he likely remembers.

James Carmichael has been waiting forever, praying Lauren will be waiting for him. But, just when the end is in sight, she begins dating someone else, and his hopes crumble.

What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?

About the Montana Ranches Christian Romance series

Welcome to Saddle Springs, the fictional western town that’s home to the…

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What I’m reading: Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton

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A wonderful story about faith, family and love.

GLORY ROAD by Lauren K. Denton is one of those stories I pick up because it intrigues me, but I’m never sure what to expect.

Thankfully, this one does not disappoint. Denton does a wonderful job of pulling the reader in to her story about life, family, and the love that binds them together. Every family is different, and they each travel their own path in this world, searching for love along the way.

That is this story. And it’s positively delightful.

Written in Lauren Denton’s signature Southern style, Glory Road tells the story of three generations of women navigating the uncertain pathways of their hearts during a summer that promises to bring change—whether they’re ready for it or not.

“Glory Road brims with faith and family, second chances, and new horizons.” —LISA WINGATE, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were…

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The Healer’s Apprentice | Melanie Dickerson Lookback

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Today I’m reviewing The Healer’s Apprentice, the first book in the Fairy Tale Romance Collection series by the wonderfully talented Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable.

Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same.

But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in…

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The Warrior Maiden | Melanie Dickerson

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Today I am reviewing The Warrior Maiden, the ninth book in the Hagenheim Fairy Tale Romance series by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Mulan tale.

Mulan isn’t afraid to pretend to be a son and assume her father’s soldier duties in war. But what happens when the handsome son of a duke discovers her secret?

Mulan is trying to resign herself to marrying the village butcher for the good of her family, but her adventurous spirit just can’t stand the thought. At the last minute, she pretends to be the son her father never had, assumes his duties as a soldier, and rides off to join the fight to protect the castle of her liege lord’s ally from the besieging Teutonic Knights.

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan leave Hagenheim with several…

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“Once Upon A Prince” by Rachel Hauck | Royal Weddings series #1

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Oh my word, I am in definite danger of turning into a giggling, gushing, fan-girl over this book.

Over a year ago I skimmed through it at the insistence of my mother and I surely wish I’d done more than skim. Of course, it may not have had the same impact on me then that it has now so perhaps it was for the best.

I’ve just finished reading the book and, despite being under the influence of a nasty stomach bug, I feel the most wonderful glow inside and out.

WHAT an amazing story!
WHAT a wonderful idea!
SO MUCH better than a silly story of magic slippers or enchanted spinning wheels. I do think the cover designer might have benefited from reading the book a bit more closely but my personal morals are so different from almost everyone else’s, I’m sure they thought the cover was positively…

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