Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim’s family business has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers. But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all three may soon bear another title: husband . . .
Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He’ll be a welcome catch for the local girl who finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn’t that girl. Two years after “jumping the fence” for the Englischer world, she’s returned, unmarried and pregnant. Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she’s working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips—and winning over Andrew’s eight-year-old twin brothers . . .
For all Andrew’s certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary’s courage, grace, and resilience. She’s changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay—with him?
Praise for Jennifer Beckstrand and her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series
“Full of kind, sincere characters struggling with the best ways to stay true to themselves and their beliefs.” —Publishers Weekly
“A heart-warming story of faith, hope, and second chances. The story will captivate readers who love the Amish culture and enjoy an endearing romance.”
—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Place at Our Table
Beckstrand (Home on Huckleberry Hill) launches her Petersheim Brothers series with this pleasing tale set in an Amish community in rural Michigan. Alfie and Benji Petersheim are eight-year-old twins who, after their grandparents move in to their home, are forced to sleep in the basement. Determined to get a room back, they decide they need to get their three older brothers married off. As far as they are concerned, Mary Coblenz would be the perfect match for their oldest brother, 23 year-old Andrew. Mary is around Andrew's age and pretty, but there are a couple problems. She recently returned to the Amish community pregnant after two years away, and she's been banished from her parents' home. As the twins plot to bring Mary and Andrew together at festivals and gatherings around the city, Andrew spends time with Mary and is shocked that she doesn't seem remorseful for her sin. Mary wants her baby to grow up in a place of love and security, but the majority of the Amish are determined to ostracize her. As Mary and Andrew spend more time together, Mary challenges Andrew's understanding of sin and punishment and causes him to question his upbringing, and Andrew begins to respect Mary's plans for her baby. Fans of Dee Henderson will relish Beckstrand's clever plot and moving ruminations on the nature of forgiveness.