This book is comprised of three novellas by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber and Amy Lillard.
As in her Honey Bee series, Jennifer had me laughing throughout A Reluctant Groom. Anna Helmuth’s daughter Esther didn’t think her mother should be playing matchmaker for the youth in their district. She thought her too old and she thought it was unrespectable. Anna is a hoot!
Joshua’s Bride is a story of two people wanting to marry and Joshua’s family upsetting the cart. Joshua Stutzman loved Madeline Lehman with all his heart. His brother Nathaniel had loved her sister Catherine but she left the faith to become English. The Stutzman family, with the exception of Joshua, held that against the entire Lehman family. As if that wasn’t enough, Catherine comes home with a baby, gives the baby girl to Madeline and leaves again.
A Summer Wedding in Paradise had me laughing too. Reba Schmucker is filling in as school teacher because teacher Bernice Yoder was marrying her widowed brother Jess. While walking to school one day, already running late, a buggy with an out of control horse came barreling down the road. A car was coming from the opposite direction. To keep from getting hit, she dove into the muddy ditch.
She was expecting a repairman to come do some work on the school but, she didn’t expect him to be the driver of the buggy! Her three nieces were so successful in matching up their father and Bernice they decided it was time for Aunt Reba to be happy too. They set about to match her with Abel the repairman.
I enjoyed reading all three of these stories. I enjoyed the antics of Anna & the little Schmucker girls. Reading Joshua and Madeline’s story was a bit sadder but you didn’t want to put it down because you wanted to see how things turned out for them.
How did things turn out in all the stories? Was Anna successful in the matchmaking or did she cave to Esther and give it up? Did Joshua’s family ever accept Madeline and the baby? What of Reba Schmucker? Did her nieces interfere in her life?
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.