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    "Oh my, oh my! Jennifer Beckstrand is now on the top of my favorite Amish authors list. Five stars is not enough. I give it ten stars. I must warn you, you will NOT put it down until the last page." - Themarybookreader.blogspot.com

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Jennifer BeckstrandDear Readers,

Happy Spring! I love it when the crocuses peek from beneath the ground and the trees flower. The only thing I don’t like about spring is that the snow melts and reveals how much yard work I’ve got to do!

I got some good news this month. Huckleberry Summer has been nominated for the coveted RITA® Award in the Inspirational Category by the Romance Writers of America®. It is a wonderful honor to be a finalist. Stay tuned. Winners will be announced on July 25 in New York City.

In other good news, Huckleberry Harvest, book 5 in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, comes out on May 26. If you haven’t read Huckleberry Spring yet, you might want to pick up your copy!

Huckleberry Spring is a story of hope and rebirth–perfect reminders of spring. What if someone you love suddenly decides they don’t want to be in your life anymore? Would you be able to move on without them? Would you try to get them back?

Ben Helmuth has broken off his engagement to Emma Nelson and moved to Florida. Emma thinks that’s the end.

Feisty Anna Helmuth is not about the let her grandson get away that easily. She hatches a plan to lure Ben back to Wisconsin and into Emma’s arms.

But what will Anna’s long-suffering husband Felty think about her schemes, which include Felty making more than one trip to the hospital?

“The much-loved matchmaker Anna Helmuth is back! Beckstrand is an amazing, talented author who gives the over-used matchmaking trope a fresh twist. The characters are sweet and caring, and the storyline runs smoothly.” RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars

Be sure to watch for Huckleberry Harvest in May! It features a Polish hound dog, a plate of fried pickles, a hay bale tossing contest, and Anna Helmuth’s recipe for potato-lentil-and-green-bean cheese soup. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

My little grandsons — Cooper, Deric, and Calvin. I just want to eat ’em up!


From the Blog…

  • Recipe for Amish Layered Jell-O Salad

    on December 4, 2014

    Here is the recipe I promised from my Amish friend Priscilla Stoltzfus from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Her mother in-law makes this salad every Christmas. Fancy Three-Layer Jell-O Salad 1st Layer: 3 ½ cups water 2 3-oz. packages of lime Jell-O 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple crushed, drained 2nd layer: 1 pint whipping cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 2 envelopes Read More→

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