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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 . . .


My Perspective

Baking Love on Ice Mountain:

After I read the first few pages of this story I was already in tears. I just couldn’t imagine the emotions Daniel was having after his conversation with Seth. And to be honest, I did not like Clara’s character at first. I’ve read stories about windows before, and I’ve not come across one who became a total hermit and relied on family to do things as simple as her grocery shopping. But the more I read, the more I began to understand and really enjoy her character. My favorite aspect of this book however, was the fact that Daniel was a baker and his family took his goodies to get-togethers and claimed they were made by her! I thought this was a cute and comical addition to the story.

I loved reading the interactions between Clara and Daniel. It was obvious they were both trying to deny their true feelings. this was a lovely story of what it takes to move on with life and not let fear get in your way.

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill:

What a wonderful story about following your heart! I’m not going to lie, I did not like Adam’s character at all. I have never read about such a conceited man before! this was one of those times where you just want to slap some sense into the characters. I did not understand why Katie did not speak up more. Probably to make me keep reading 🙂

My favorite character was Titus. He was so kind and sweet, and even continued to help Katie when he knew she was courting Adam. And I loved how the author created him to write poems – I thought that was very creative. It was a charming trait that added depth to the story. Hopefully there will be more in the future about Katie and Titus and the Bakery Shop!

The Special Christmas Cookie:

I think this story was my favorite one! Little Amos captured my heart from the very first chapter. I love how kids can make a very tough and serious situation seem like nothing at all. Amos had such zeal for life and a passion for reading which warmed my heart. I got teary reading about his situation and wish I could have jumped in and helped out with the auction!

I appreciate reading a good love story, but I like it even better when the focus of the story is on something else, like Amos in this case. then the love story just sort of slowly evolves in the background. I enjoyed seeing Emma interact with Amos and Jonathan and was hoping she could take some sense into Jonathan and his thoughts about the auction. I felt the characters were well balanced and perfectly scripted.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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 Kitchen novella collection, and it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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