I hope you’re having a wonderful summertime full of friends, family, and relaxation! If only it didn’t go so fast!
It just got back from a research trip to Bonduel, Wisconsin where my Huckleberry Hill books are set. I had a wonderful time reconnecting with some old Amish friends and making new ones. Bonduel is the perfect setting for a romantic Amish novel. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the coveted RITA® Award in the Inspirational Category by the Romance Writers of America®. The awards ceremony was held in New York City in July. While I didn’t win, I was honored to be among so many wonderful writers.
In other good news, Huckleberry Harvest, book 5 in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, came out at the end of May, and readers love it! RT Book Reviews gave Huckleberry Harvest 4 1/2 stars saying: “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.”
Huckleberry Harvest 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?
The sixth book in the series is Huckleberry Hearts which comes out in November. A doctor has lost his faith, and Anna and Felty are going to help him find it again. And if they can match him with one of their granddaughters, all the better. But will Anna be able to teach the good doctor how to knit?
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→