Now that Anna and Felty Helmund’s thirteen children are all grown and married they have time for other activities, like matchmaking! Anna decides to start with their grandson Moses and invites Lia Shelter to live with them for the summer. But Moses has given his heart to Barbara who has left their Amish community for the world, promising to return someday.
Lia does not think anyone will ever want to marry her, she is very tall, has an ugly scared hand, and her sister Rachel is very beautiful. Does God have other plans in store for them? Find out in Huckleberry Hill book one of “The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill” series by Jennifer Beckstrand.
I really enjoyed this book but it took a while for me to get into the story. The beginning was a little slow, and for a while I thought it would have been more effective if it had been told in a shorter amount of time. By the time I reached the end though I realized the buildup was important to the ending, making it even more powerful.
The story reminded me a bit of the Biblical story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel. (Though not because of the names) Many of the characteristics of each of these biblical characters can be found in these characters, although Rachel is a bit more like Leah and Lia Rachel. They are not completely comparable, but there are some similarities.
The characters are truly what make this book interesting for me. Anna and Felty are sweet and funny and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Lia is wonderful, I enjoyed seeing her grow as a person, though she annoyed me a few times as she was growing. Moses is one of the kindest characters I have ever read though I did get frustrated with him at times as he sorted out his feelings.
Not looking at someone’s outward appearance is a major theme in this book. Lia has written off marriage because of her outward appearance, but Moses does not understand why she feels this way because of how she is on the inside.
On the whole this is an enjoyable book especially once you get further into it. I give it four and a half out of five stars.
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