Huckleberry Hearts, by Jennifer Beckstrand, is am Amish fiction. It is the 6th book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Books, but can be read alone.
Overview: Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.
Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…
“Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” –Publishers Weekly
My Ideation: This was a fun story to read. I enjoyed how Beckstrand added the Amish and English life together. The two young characters, Cassie and Zach, had run into one another while in college. Zach did not remember Cassie, but she remembered him well. Cassie’s grandmother has set her eyes on Zach and wants him and Cassie to one day be married.
Although Cassie has been in the English world for several years, Zach is new to the Amish world. Sadly, Cassie must deal with the harsh way her family treats her. Although they love her and want what’s best for her, they constantly threaten her in saying that she will go to hell because she has given up her Amish faith. Zach finds it difficult to watch her being mistreated. His attraction for Cassie aids him in trying to help gain her love and protect her from any harm.
I was not paid any compensation for this review. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author: Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.
Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
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