Huckleberry Hill has become one of my favorite places on Earth, and it’s not even a real place!
Anna and Felty Helmuth are well into their eighties, with over a hundred grandchildren and dozens of great grandchildren, but they’re not about to slow down or take life easy. Anna and Felty’s favorite pastime is finding suitable matches for their lonely grandchildren—even if the grandchildren don’t think they’re lonely. Anna and Felty are persistent, and no grandchild can resist Anna’s potholders or Felty’s singing.
Home on Huckleberry Hill is different from anything I’ve written before because the couple who need help falling in love are already married to each other. Mary Anne Neuenschwander has fallen out of love with her husband, Jethro, but because the Amish don’t believe in divorce, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods behind their house. When Anna and Felty get wind of Mary Anne’s living situation, they decide that if they want to get Mary Anne and Jethro back together, they’ll have to plan a little camping trip of their own.
Home on Huckleberry Hill features campfires, roasted marshmallows, a porta-potty, a hammock, and a chicken named Sharon. Spoiler alert: The chickens do not fare well in the woods.
This book was both incredibly challenging and incredibly fun to write. A wife leaving her husband is a very sad subject, but I loved writing about how Mary Anne and Jethro learn to communicate and learn to truly appreciate and love one another. I also loved taking Anna and Felty camping. They get into some pretty tight scrapes. Anyone who reads Home on Huckleberry Hill will get a pretty good idea of how I feel about camping. (Hint: I avoid it at all costs.)
I hope you will take many beautiful lessons from this book. It is never too late to fix a mistake, and forgiveness frees and empowers us. Love will always find a way if we’ll open our hearts to it.
And if you’re sleeping in a motor home, be sure to set the parking brake, or you might just end somewhere you didn’t want to be.
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Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters 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. Visit JenniferBeckstrand.com for recipes, upcoming events, and news about books and giveaways.