Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review (+ Tour Giveaway): The Amish Christmas Kitchen

The Christmas Bakery at Huckleberry Hill
(From The Amish Christmas Kitchen)
By Jennifer Beckstrand
Kensington, 2016


The Christmas Bakery at Huckleberry Hill

When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

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My thoughts

This review is for the second of three delightful novellas in The Amish Christmas Kitchen, “The Christmas Bakery at Huckleberry Hill” . . .

      “Our Christmas goat. It’s a family tradition.”
      “Family tradition?” Titus said, scratching his head. “I don’t remember that tradition.”
      “We’re starting a new one. There’s nothing like a goat to perk up the Christmas season.”
      “But, Mammi, you don’t have a goat.”
      “We will buy one. That’s why it’s called a Christmas goat, because we get it at Christmastime to fill our hearts with cheer.”
      Titus looked excessively concerned and even more confused. “I’ve never heard of a goat filling hearts with cheer.”
      “That’s why it’s important that we start this new tradition. You’ve been missing out on half the fun of Christmas for far too long.”
      “I had no idea,” Titus said.

A book by Jennifer Beckstrand keeps me reading with a smile on my face, and when that story involves Anna and Felty … well, that’s just icing on the cake! I also dare any reader not to fall in love with the two precious “Christmas” goats, Bethlehem and Judea (Beth and Judy for short).

This is a precious story, full of family caring and sweet romance. Katie starts out as shy, never having been appreciated for the talented and giving person that she is … until Titus, with his encouraging and selfless nature, brings out the best in Katie by helping her forget herself and turn her heart outward. I’ve always heard that it’s important to look at how a man treats his parents (or grandparents, in this case) – and if that’s true, then Titus is a keeper.

Jennifer Beckstrand’s story is Amish fiction, but it is also excellent storytelling that should appeal to any reader. Highly recommended.


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 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.

I was provided a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.



To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away three copies of Huckleberry Christmas. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway!


  1. I've not yet read any of Jennifer's books but have heard she's a wonderful author! Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  2. I love Jennifer's Huckleberry series as well as Kelly's Ice Mountain series. I do not recall reading anything by Lisa, but if she writes anything like Jennifer and Kelly, I think I found a new author to follow!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  3. This is a new series to me and I would enjoy reading. I like reading about the Amish way of life and their traditions.

  4. This is a new series to me and I would enjoy reading. I like reading about the Amish way of life and their traditions.

  5. Thank you, Carole. I like these collections that introduce you to new stories and authors. I have not traveled to Huckleberry Hill and would enjoy reading this story. Merry Christ*mas. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  6. Thank you for this great giveaway opportunity. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Carole!
    Thank you so much for featuring me today. A Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill is very dear to my heart because I love Titus! I hope readers will laugh and cry!

  8. Thank you so much for the review and chance. Merry Christmas 🎄

  9. Thanks for hosting on The Blog tour for this book. It sounds great and I'm following it around on it's tour.

  10. I love reading Jennifer Beckstrand's books. They keep me laughing. Those matchmakers were such a cute older couple.

  11. Thank you for your review, now I have to read it! I love Jennifer Beckstrands books! Thank you for doing this giveaway! Merry Christmas and God Bless!