Thursday, September 11, 2014

Huckleberry Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand

I just love reading Jennifer Beckstrand's books!  I think you probably all know that by now!

I just finished reading Huckleberry Christmas.  I can only say 5 stars.  It was so good.  It was fun, entertaining and just plain enjoyable!

This book has the lovable Anna and Felty Helmuth back to their match-making antics.  This time it's for their recently widowed granddaughter, Beth.  Beth has a young son, Toby and lots of hard to deal with memories of a very difficult marriage.  So hard that thoughts of another marriage are the last things on her mind.

Anna has plans for Beth and Tyler Yoder.  But those plans are not Beth's as she tries to arrange dates for Tyler, thinking she may have gotten a good match with Erla Glick.  But is this what she really wants?

Her deceased husband's brother, Isaac, is also after her heart, feeling that she has responsibilities to their family, especially since her mother-in-law is very ill.  Beth does go to their home to help and Isaac tries to claim Beth as his fiance.  There are lots of fun twists and turns in this book.

Now this is entirely an aside from what I have written.  I am a German and we eat "Bratwurst", commonly called "Brats". I have a brother-in-law who lives in Wisconsin, in fact, close to Bonduel.  He is always talking about Brat buns.  Well, I tell him Germans do not eat Brats on a bun.  It just isn't done...he says in Wisconsin they have special buns for them.  This is an ongoing laugh we have together.  Well, it must be a "Wisconsin" thing, because Jennifer mentions Brat buns in her book which is set in Bonduel, Wisconsin.  I had to laugh at this part.  She really did her research!  And then the line which Tyler states, "It's a crime to eat a Brat without one." So of course, this was a little private joke just for me!

I am so excited as I looked at Jennifer's blog to see that there is another title coming out in the Spring! I can't wait to read that one, either.  The others have all been so good.  Here's a picture of her next cover.

What a beautiful cover!  I will certainly be reading this one, as well!

You can find out more about Jennifer and her books at her website. Here's the link.


  1. Wow, Sonja, thanks for the review. I really loved the idea of second chances at love, both for Beth and Tyler. I hope reader love it! I can't remember where I first came across the notion of Brat buns, but I remember the same thing--nobody should eat a Brat without a Brat bun. :)

  2. We usually just eat our brats on hot dog buns, but I have seen brat buns here in Cincinnati. Now back to Huckleberry Christmas . . . I loved it too! I love the humor as well as the romance in Jennifer Beckstrand's books. Jennifer is a very gifted author and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  3. Thanks, Gloria! I've always thought humor and romance are a perfect pair. The next book, Huckleberry Spring, features Anna knitting a shade covering for her giant pumpkin and cooking all sorts of new pumpkin recipes and trying to convince Felty to get LASIK. Should be fun.