Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "The Amish Christmas Kitchen" by Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand, & Lisa Jones Baker

Kelly Long
Newly married, Clara Mast and Daniel Kauffman have little to give but love during their first Christmas season together. But generous hearts are always willing to be creative in this “Gift of the Magi” inspired story.  

The "blurb" on Amazon (above) about this book is incorrect. This story is about widowed Clara Loftuz and her late husband's best friend, Daniel Kauffman. Seth's dying wish was that Daniel marry Clara and take care of her. Daniel botches a wedding proposal and now, two years later, longs for nothing else than to make Clara his bride. Using his skills as a baker, Daniel goads Clara into a bake off to get her off the mountain. I enjoyed reading Daniel and Clara's story and watching their love unfold.

Jennifer Beckstrand
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 . . .

I love Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill books. Anna and Felty are adorable and you never know what to expect with them, but like Felty said, Anna always makes her match. I really liked Titus and his willingness to think of others first and do whatever he could to help them. I felt sorry for Katie being put in the spot that she was and angry at Adam and his arogance. I liked this quote from Felty: "Everyone thinks all I do is read the newspaper. You learn a lot when no one knows you're paying attention."

Lisa Jones Baker
A charity auction, an unexpected friendship, and a stubborn spirit combine in an unusual courtship. But for Emma and Jonathan, overcoming obstacles is just one of the lessons to be learned about special blessings this holiday season.

I haven't read anything by Lisa Jones Baker before so I didn't know what to expect. The book kept rehashing the same thing about Jonathon and why he opposed the auction. I also felt the "throwing frustrated hands in the air" and calling their parents "role model" all the time was over done. I wish that this story had been first so that the other two would be the last ones to read. I did like how the characters prayed and sought God's direction.

About the Book


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 . . .

About the Author

jennifer Beckstrand 1Jennifer 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.
 Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand
What do you get when you combine Anna and Felty’s earnest grandson, Titus, with a pretty girl who’s practically engaged to someone else, a sleigh full of Christmas bakery orders, and two mischievous Christmas goats?
 A wild, wacky, and wunderbarr Christmas, that’s what.
 Anna and Felty Helmuth are determined to make this the most romantic Christmas ever on Huckleberry Hill, but have they bitten off more than they can chew trying to match their slightly scatterbrained grandson Titus with timid Katie Rose Gingerich? Titus tends to be a little thick in the head when it comes to love, and Katie Rose is too shy to open her mouth. It might take every potholder Anna can knit plus a determined goat and a little Christmas magic to bring Titus and Katie Rose together.
 Titus would do anything for his Mammi Anna, even eat her very bad cooking and learn how to knit, but why does he have to be the one to care for Mammi’s new goat? Goats give him the willies. But when Titus meets the pretty girl staying with his grandparents for Christmas, he doesn’t mind the goat so much. The more he sees of Katie Rose’s gentle ways and loving spirit, the more he wishes he were the kind of boy she would bake a pie for. Can he convince her to love him without offending her boyfriend? And will Mammi notice if he gets rid of her goat?
 After I wrote Huckleberry Hearts, I just knew there had to be someone special out there for Titus Helmuth, Anna and Felty’s lovable grandson. Christmas is the perfect setting for “A Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill” because Titus is one character who seems to have the spirit of Christmas in his heart all year long. When Katie Rose is homesick, Titus does his best to make her feel welcome and comfortable on Huckleberry Hill. He delivers her Christmas goodies, writes poetry for her, and sings Christmas songs. When he finally realizes he loves her, he’s going to have to use both Christmas goats and every trick in the book to convince her to marry him. It’s a fun, heartwarming, wonderful-gute Christmas romance.
 “A Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill” is in The Amish Christmas Kitchennovella collection, and it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Blog Stops

December 15: Daysong Reflections
December 15: cherylbbookblog
December 16: Karen Sue Hadley
December 16: Jeanette’s Thoughts
December 17: Quiet Quilter
December 17: Moments Dipped in Ink
December 18: The Power of Words
December 18:  A Greater Yes
December 19: Christian Bookaholic
December 19: Lighthouse Academy
December 20: Neverending Stories
December 21: Autism Mom
December 22: Bigreadersite
December 22: Splashes of Joy
December 23: Blossoms and Blessings
December 25: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog
December 27: Bibliophile Reviews
December 27: Donna’s BookShelf



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!

"The Amish Christmas Kitchen" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496705912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496705914
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 27, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A4ANX5O

I got a free digital copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! Titus is one of my favorite characters I've written. He's so childlike yet so wise. Have a Merry Christmas!