I have read most, if not all, of Jennifer Beckstrand's Huckleberry Hill Amish fiction books. This latest offering in the series has been a disappointment and that made it hard for me to discipline myself to finish the book.
Reuben Helmuth feels he has been humiliated in his hometown in Ohio, because his girlfriend has decided to throw him over for his best friend. So he flees to his grandparents place on Huckleberry Hill in Wisconsin. When he finally feels he is getting his feet underneath him again, he sees his best friend's tagalong sister, Fern, at the church service in Bonduel.
Where Jennifer has had characters with some depth to them, these characters are more of caricatures of who they could be. Reuben has a mindset that mimics the popularity mentality of some high school students who want to run with the "In" crowd. He wants to be liked, but he has the arrogance of someone who is not only part of the "rich," but also "popular." The rest of the book centers around his comeuppance and his true humiliation.
I wish I could have liked this book better, because the grandparents, Felty and Anna Helmuth are so likable.
My thanks to Kensington Press for allowing me to read and review this book.