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“Sweet as Honey is a warm, wonderful book filled with delightful characters, humor and tenderness. Jennifer Beckstrand writes lovely stories, sure to touch your heart.”--RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling authorSmart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, un“Sweet as Honey is a warm, wonderful book filled with delightful characters, humor and tenderness. Jennifer Beckstrand writes lovely stories, sure to touch your heart.”--RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling authorSmart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they've grown into skilled beekeepers--and lovely, sought-after young women. . .Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn't really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that's why she's all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood--unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time. Now he's back in town after two years away--and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive--and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily's forgiveness--and her heart. But can he convince her--not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi--that despite the past, her future lies 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"Readers will treasure this series and put the first outing on their keeper shelf." --RT Book Reviews"A delightful voice in Amish romance. Sweet and funny." --Emma Miller...

Title : Sweet as Honey
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ISBN : 9781420140200
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Sweet as Honey Reviews

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-01-03 15:55

    I enjoyed this Amish romance tremendously. We meet three sisters living with their aunt, who chatters about Van Halen concerts and brandishes a shotgun at unwanted visitors. We learn about beekeeping and honey gathering, the worth of organic honey and the effort of keeping bees disease and mite free. Some recipes are provided at the back for foods enjoyed during the story, like a bee-sting cake and honey and lavender goodies. The romance involves a lad who was cheeky during school and has come back to live near the sisters, but the girl he's set his heart on, Lily, is being formally courted by another man, more severe and controlling. Can people grow up to be more mature and genuine, or is the lad really just after the family farm as rumour says? And is Lily right to stick with the respectable man who dislikes her wearing a yellow dress? A running story of a nuisance becoming a harassment is threaded through the sequence of books about the Honeybee sisters. Enjoy and learn life lessons. This tale is suitable for women of any age from twelve upwards.

  • Julia Wilson
    2018-12-25 11:56

    Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful Amish novel and the first book in the Honeybee Sisters series. I loved it. The minute I began reading, I just knew that Sweet As Honey was speaking straight to my heart.The characters were all wonderful - from the three Honeybee sisters to the handsome Dan to the feisty Aunt B and even the cat Farrah Fawcett. There is an energy in the novel and it's humour is infectious. As the reader I really felt that I was witnessing the story unfold rather than just reading a tale.There is an overwhelming sense of love and family in the novel. The characters live out 1 Corinthians: 13 - their love is inclusive. Everything they do is motivated by love.Gotte was at the very heart of the novel. The sisters were all practising Amish. Their Aunt B had lived among the Englisch for twenty years. The two world's do collide at times as Aunt B with her strangely coloured hair and her tattoos does not fit in to the Amish view of appearances. "They (the Amish) were suspicious of her colourful hair and her tattoos and her fondness for having conversations with Gotte in public places." This reminds the reader that God does not look at our outward appearance, He is far more concerned with the state of our heart.The novel deals with the theme of verbal bullying. Years of abuse can make a person feel worthless as they believe the words spoken over them. "She was starved for confidence." Our worth is never found in another person but in God. "You will never find out what God wants for your life by asking another person." It is always important to believe what God tells us and to listen to Him.Within the novel there is a strong work ethic. The family pulls together to harvest the honey. They work as a well oiled unit with everyone knowing exactly what is required of them.The story has the theme of growing confidence and breaking free from the restraints of the past. With love and kindness, characters can begin to bloom.I absolutely loved As Sweet As Honey. I particularly liked the humorous Aunt B with her shotgun and meat cleaver. Her attempts at catching a mouse were particularly funny. I loved the way her dialogue bounced off the other characters.Jennifer Beckstrand has a delightful way of writing so I can 'see' the characters and settings. I am walking through the novel rather than just reading. I cannot praise Sweet As Honey highly enough. It's such a wonderful novel in which I became totally engrossed. I would normally feel sad when having finished such a fabulous novel but as I know I have books two and three to follow - bring it on! I know what I'm reading next!A wonderful, wonderful story.I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

  • Cheryl Baranski
    2019-01-01 08:32

    Sweet as Honey is the first book in The Honeybee Sisters series by Jennifer Beckstrand. This book is absolutely wonderful. I was hooked on it right from the start with these most delightful characters that you are sure to fall in love with. There is so much love, hate patience, faith, trust, devotion in this story. This book is sure to be a hit. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Be sure to grab a glass of sweet tea as you kickback and enjoy this most wonderful book. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 5 stars.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2019-01-05 10:02

    4 1/2 stars - Top Pick

  • Leah
    2018-12-28 15:46

    The story was okay, but I was too annoyed with the MC, Lily, and her boyfriend to enjoy this book. It made the story drag on. I did enjoy the beekeeping in this story; that was the most interesting thing about this story. I did like Aunt Bitsy. She was amusing and the reason that I finished this book. Also, I liked Dan and Poppy, but I didn't like Rose or the sisters' grandparents. Fortunately, there was a happy ending, and I did like that the story was set in Wisconsin.

  • Kristina
    2018-12-25 11:52

    Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand is the first book in The Honeybee Sisters series. The Honeybee Sisters (Lily, Rose, and Poppy) live in Bienenstock, Wisconsin with their Aunt Bitsy (Elizabeth Kiem). Their parents died in an auto accident. Aunt Bitsy returned to the Amish faith (after living Englisch for 20 years) to raise the children. Aunt Bitsy is a wee bit eccentric (which I loved), but she is also loving and God fearing (she talks to God out loud). The four of them raise bees and make money from their honey (and other bee related products). They sell the honey to Paul Glick’s father who runs the local general store. Paul made friends with Lily when they were in school and have been together ever since. Lily and Paul are expected to marry. Then Dan Kanagy returns to town after living in Pennsylvania for the last two years (where he tried to forget about Lily). Dan has had a crush on Lily since they went to school, but he has an awkward way of showing his affection. He believes the special names he calls Lily are endearing, but Lily finds them offensive (but she never told Dan this little tidbit). Dan slowly works his charms on the family and Lily. Dan sees how Paul treats Lily (she already has self-confidence issues) and wants to help her. Paul continually puts down Lily (mental abuse instead of physical), but Paul states he is trying to teach her how to be a proper Amish woman (that is how he explains his insults). Then Dan discovers that Paul is cheating the Christner’s on their honey. He wants to help, but Lily really needs to be the one to stand up to Paul. Lily is responsible for the selling of the honey and the books for the business. Will Lily be able to step up to the task? The Christner family is also dealing with sabotage on the farm. Someone is sneaking onto the farm at night (painting warning messages on the barn door, taking down clothesline so clothes are in the mud). Why is someone doing this to them? Can they find out who is responsible?Sweet as Honey is different from other Amish fiction novels, and I have to admit that I had a hard time reading it. The mental abuse Paul inflicted on Lily really hit home with me (I suffered from it for many years). Sweet as Honey is nicely written and has a good pace (which makes for a quick and easy read). I thought Lily was too naïve (can anyone really be that oblivious in this modern age). I give Sweet as Honey 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Paul’s character is an exaggerated version of a villain (he was overdone like a caricature). I think the author did it to show the difference between Paul and Dan (because was written as a happy-go-lucky, caring individual). Sweet as Honey addresses an important issue and Jennifer Beckstrand did a good job at showing how someone should handle an abuser. Will I read the next book in the series? Yes. I will read the next book in The Honeybee Sisters series. I received a complimentary copy of Sweet as Honey from NetGalley (and Kensington Books) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

  • Lori Parrish
    2018-12-30 08:41

    I loved this story as I do all of Jennifer's books. I made new friends and this book shows us another side of the Amish that we're not used to seeing in most Amish books. I am used to seeing most Amish for forgiving others and not being abusive or controlling other people. I loved Lily from the start. I think because she reminds me of myself when I was little. Always being called names. But, I eventually grew out of all that. Yes, names still hurt even after we're adults but being adults I think that we can handle them a little bit better with God's help. My favorite phrase is I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Poppy meant well. Poppy is a wonderful person too. We know we can turn to her especially when one of us is getting picked on!! I wish I had her courage sometimes. Poppy knows how to stand up for herself something that Lily needed to do on her own. Rose reminds me of Haley Mills. I guess because of her hair. The curls around her face and all. Rose is the shy and quiet type who likes to keep to herself and is definiailey terrified of boys lol!! She's a great cook and like me loves to bake. It doesn't matter what it is!! Aunt B is my most favorite although I wouldn't want to come up on her unexpectedly!!! Aunt B's favorite phrase is" once you feed a boy he's like a stray cat always wanting to come around all the time" lol!! She's something else!! It takes a lot of determination raising 3 girls by yourself. But, I think she's done a wonderful job!! I don't think it's fair looking down on someone just because she's a little bit different. It's for this reason that I like Aunt Bitsy. Especially since she has two ornery parents that are very opinionated. Dan is ok. I just don't like his name calling and wanting to show off every time you turn around. He's always got this big smile on his face. Especially when he goes over to the Honeybee Sisters. How can anyone stay this happy I will never know. At least he was very handy.Paul was something else entirely. He is a big baby. Whenever something doesn't go his way he throws a temper tantrum. Overall, I think the story was wonderfully written and I can't wait until the next book comes out.I gave this book 5 stars and Jennifer must've know that yellow is my favorite color!! I think yellow fits the story because of Dan's smilesI recommend this book for all Amish lovers!! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Becky
    2018-12-29 09:54

    When I was checking my list to see what to read next on my TBR pile (thankfully it's an e-pile, not a physical pile), I was hoping it was going to be an Amish book. Imagine my thrill to see that Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand was next on my list! It was just what the doctor ordered for my reading pleasure. My first and only critique: Jennifer switches back and forth between Amish and English spellings of certain words. Aendi or Aunt was the one I remember most. I understand an English character using Aunt, but even some of the Amish characters used Aunt. Lily, her sisters Rose and Poppy, and her Aendi Bitsy own a honeybee farm and sell the honey to the local Amish market for only a dollar a pint. Since she was in the eighth grade, Lily had been friends with Paul Glick who was pushing her to marry him. It was his father's market that bought her honey. In creating Lily's character, Jennifer has completely and convincingly made a woman who has been beaten down and has had her confidence totally shattered. In Paul's character, Jennifer took the definition for passive-aggressive controller straight out of the dictionary. There are good Amish folk and there are the occasional bad seeds. Paul falls somewhere in between--he's extremely legalistic in his beliefs, following in his father's footsteps, but he brow-beats Lily at any and every opportunity. But then there's Dan, the very picture of clueless about his behavior. He doesn't understand how his words have hurt Lily and why she holds him at arms length. When he finally does understand, he wants Lily's forgiveness, and if she's willing, he wants her heart too. He endears himself to Aendi B by learning all he can about keeping bees and drawing the honey. He also learns how the sisters have been cheated by Paul's machinations. I am going to have a hard time waiting for Poppy's and Rose's stories to come out. This is a five star book, with two thumbs up, and a pint of Amish honey for your sweets.My thanks to Kensington Books for allowing me to read and review this book.

  • Tina Watson
    2019-01-02 07:42

    I loved "Sweet as Honey" by Jennifer Beckstrand; it's the first book in her new series. I love how Jennifer makes the characters come ALIVE right off the pages while reading. I felt like I was a bee flying along the country side of Wisconsin with the Honeybee Sisters. I enjoyed the chuckles that I had at certain times throughout the book."Sweet as Honey" hit home for me, personally. I saw myself in the main character Lily Christner, who has a hard time viewing herself as beautiful. We both view ourselves as loners. Lily and I have something else in common, being in a relationship with a man, Paul Glick, who used words to twist a gain from us, when in reality those words were emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is hard to walk away from, I know this personally. Even harder to see that God has a good man out there for us; especially when that good man, Dan Kanagy, can be right under your nose.So which young man does Lily feel safe with?Will Lily see the truth before it's too late?I look forward to reading the next book in the series by month's end, "A Bee In Her Bonnet". Followed by the last book in the series releasing in August, "Like a Bee to Honey". Each book features a sister and her story. I received a free copy from NetGalley with the only request to write an honest review about the book. No money was exchanged. This is my review written in my own words.

  • Rhonda
    2019-01-16 10:47

    Everyone knows that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar and the Christner sisters have plenty of honey. But who's the fly they catch and who's the fly they really need to catch for Lily? Paul Glick has already been caught in the honey, but is he the right one? He might just be a bad fly...full of insults and hurtful remarks to his girlfriend, Lily. Dan Kanagy returns to the Wisconsin Amish community after two years away, but Lily has never forgotten him. All through their school years, he called her names that hurt her feelings. Unfortunately, he's still using these same names. Paul Glick was the only one who befriended Lily at school when Dan picked on Lily, and he's not very happy with Dan returning to town and hanging around his girlfriend. Lily's sisters and Aendi (Aunt) aren't too sure that they like Dan either, but he sure becomes helpful on the honeybee farm. Will Dan endear himself to the Christner sisters and Aendi Bitsy or will she marry Paul even though her heart isn't quite feeling happy around him?The Christner sisters are so sweet and they deserve the very best. I fell in love with these sisters and their Aendi and felt badly for the way the community treats them. Their own grandparents didn't treat them as I would have wished. This book drew me into the story and made me root for the girls. I wanted the best for them and felt like they were my own best friends instead of characters in a book. It was very interesting to learn so many facts and details about the bee keeping and honey making business and the author had obviously researched this extensively. Many Amish facts are presented as well which will be informative to readers who are new to the Amish faith and ways.I rated this book 5 stars and am already anxious to read book two in the series.I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Debbie
    2018-12-23 08:41

    (The Honeybee Sisters) series is a series of three novels, "Sweet as Honey" "A Bee in Her Bonnet " "Like A Bee to Honey" by Jennifer Beckstrand. These stories are about three sisters who because of the death of their parents have been raised by their aunt B, who is not the typically Amish lady. These books are funny and even inspirational.These three books are love stories and each one is about one of the three sisters. The sisters raise bees and sell honey. The stories have interesting facts about what it takes to raise bees and sell honey, you might think these facts would be boring but the author writes them into the story as part of the story so they are not boring at all.There is also a mystery in this series, it is solved in the third book.Each story is a complete story, except the mystery, but each story just adds to the one before.I am glad I got to read all three together because it would have been hard to have to wait to see who and why all the vandalism at the Honeybee Farm.These books are about faith and love and forgiveness. Yes, there is revenge and plain meanness within the pages.Yes, there are characters in this book that you, like myself might like to take into a barn and make sure they are standing in the way while you are mucking out the stalls.I like each book but the third one is my favorite because Rose completely grows up and her past no longer enslaves her and it is a great ending to the series.I I was given a copy of each book for my honest review in the book tour by the author and Celebrate Lit.

  • Sunnie
    2019-01-07 07:36

    I have to say I loved this book, just as I have loved all of Jennifer Beckstrand's Amish books. This book has started me onto another series from which I can honestly say that I don't want to miss a single book! Jennifer Beckstrand's humorous, yet deeply well thought out books has got me hooked.Here is a little book blurb:Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they've grown into skilled beekeepers--and lovely, sought-after young women. . .Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn't really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that's why she's all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood--unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time. Now he's back in town after two years away--and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive--and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily's forgiveness--and her heart. But can he convince her--not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi--that despite the past, her future lies with him?... As I watch the characters grow and learn about life and understanding one another, I have become so fond of them and their sense of humor so carefully crafted by the author. I know you will love this book as much as I did.

  • Dianne
    2018-12-28 11:01

    This is an interesting take on Amish romance/fiction and that may be because the Aunt that raise these sister's had been out in the world for about 20 years.This is the story of Lily. She grew up homely and naturally became lovely. As she was growing up, the boy that she was most interested in teased her the most...actually he never really understood that what he was doing was teasing and hurting Lily. So Lily formed a friendship with another young man -Paul - this turned into an engagement of sorts. The boy who teased her -Dan -has never forgotten her and is now back in town. Now things are going to get VERY interesting indeed.I have to say that I found Lily somewhat spineless and I'm not sure if that is the Amish coming out in this character or if she really was spineless. Paul is the über creep of the story and you most likely will come to hate him (or at least dislike him) as much as I did.I learned a ton about bee keeping, and while that can be good, in my opinion, it did not add that much to the story and I hope that the next two sisters books have more story and less 'lessons'.I am looking forward to the next two books.ARC supplied by publisher.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-01-05 12:40

    This is the first of three books about the Christner girls, and their delightful Aunt Bitsy, and their means of support raising Bees. When we first meet them, Dan Kanagy dares to walk on the dandelions, oh no, a terrible infraction.Dan is not very well liked, by the Christner family, but especially Lily, as he had teased and insulted her all through her school years. Lily, has very low esteem, but a heart of gold, she took it upon herself to go and read to Dan’s Grandmother, when her health was failing.Lily found comfort in Paul Glick, a chunky self-important, young man, who constantly reminds her what a horrible person Dan is and what he has said about her.You will want to go and help Lily as you see her verbally abused time and time again, and it is not what you think.This is a sweet Amish story with a very untraditional Aunt, wearing earrings? Did I see a tattoo? You are going to be quickly absorbed in this read, and hope that our girl makes the right decision, and is not led down the wrong path!I received this book through Zebra Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Laura
    2018-12-22 09:33

    SWEET AS HONEY is the first book in Ms. Beckstrand’s The Honeybee Series. I have book three to review also, but never did get book two. The series is about three sisters who were raised by their Aunt Bitsy. Bitsy is ex-Amish and she is struggling to raise the girls Amish as their mother wanted. SWEET AS HONEY is about Lily who is engaged to Paul already, but Dan has loved her forever and makes a last effort to try to win Lily’s heart. The four ladies are beekeepers and there is plenty of beekeeping information. I love Ms. Beckstrand’s stories. The Amish always are rather unorthodox in them and they are so funny! I wish I could write with Ms. Beckstrand’s level of humor. The characters are well developed and Aunt Bitsy is a total dear. I couldn’t help but love her and her gruff ways. Paul was a true villain and I hated that he had Lily so brainwashed she just accepted it. I wanted to tell her to show some self-respect and tell him to get lost! No girl deserves to be verbally abused and lied to as she was. I was glad Dan was so persistent.I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.

  • Lorraine
    2019-01-17 13:36

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. It’s one of those books you don’t want to put down or have come to an end.The Honeybee Schwesters are three sisters as different as can be. Their Aunt B had been living English for two decades but returned to care for the girls after the death of their parents. The four raise bees and make a living from the honey.Paul Glick had befriended Lily, the eldest sister, in eighth grade when she wore braces and coke bottle glasses and thought herself ugly. He never let her forget that either. Dan Kanagy had given her nicknames that he thought were endearing but she took them as mean.Aunt B had me in stitches….she is absolutely hilarious. Her wit and her shotgun will have you laughing too.Read the story of the Honeybees. Would Lily tire of Paul constantly putting her down and trying to mold her into a perfect Amish wife or does she feel she owes him for his loyalty? What is Aunt B doing with a shotgun anyway and why does she think she needs it?

  • Gail
    2019-01-07 15:32

    Couldn't put the book down - anxious to read the next chapter.This was a cute love story that kept me hooked. I did get a little frustrated that Lily was blind to the submissiveness she had with Paul - even though you knew how it would turn out. I love the recipes at the end of the story. Love the devotion the sisters had amongst themselves along with their love for their aunt. Looking forward to the next book.

  • Ann
    2018-12-22 10:01

    I came across this book while browsing through "Libby", desperate to find something to read! I was expecting a spectacular stopmeinmytracks story. I just needed some light and easy reading. This was the perfect choice for me! This first book in the Honeybee Sisters series focuses on Lily and the boys trying to win her heart. It's a fun adventure and fortunately she ends up with the perfect guy for her. I don't think that's a spoiler, is it?

  • Randi
    2019-01-18 14:59

    This was just as cute as it looks. Yes, I was highly irritated with Lily Christner and her self-effacing blindness (which often seemed implausible to me), but it was all the more satisfying when she finally gained eyes to see at the end. Overall, my first Amish romance reading experience was a good one. Aunt B alone made the novel worth reading.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-16 09:55

    This is a fun book/series to read. I really enjoyed getting to know "The Honeybee Sisters". It was the type of book that just makes you feel good and not have to worry about what might be coming. 3 1/2 stars.

  • Lori
    2018-12-27 11:01

    This story has enough mystery in it to make me want to keep reading. This author makes me think of Janette Oke books. I loved this book and plan to read the next book in the series.

  • Marie Buccellato
    2019-01-19 14:54

    It was a little too long & drawn out for me

  • Rita Mcallister davidson
    2019-01-07 08:43

    Thank you Miss Kris of Saltville Library for sending me a good book series of the Honeybee Sisters.I enjoyed this first one and sure to like the others. You made my day.

  • Debbie Reynolds
    2019-01-17 13:39

    Honey bee siistersThis book was interesting, learned a lot about bees and their care. It was full of humorous moments also. Can't wait to get the one.

  • Robbi
    2019-01-11 07:55

    I really wanted to shout when she picked the right guy! I can not wait to read the next book in the series.

  • Kathy Aufleger
    2019-01-06 13:40

    Thank goodness for happy endings!

  • Robin
    2018-12-28 15:32

    This book was adorable! This book had me in choked up in emotion, it had me laughing out loud. I will need to read the rest of the books now.

  • Teri Pre
    2019-01-18 09:48

    3.5 Cute!

  • Shannon Symonds
    2019-01-16 07:35

    I will be posting a full review on my blog on 8/27/17. Because I loved it. I can't wait to start the next one. This Amish culture was a wonderful setting for not only a love story but some interesting conflict. The characters are three dimensional, lovable and interesting. I won't spoil it for you but Jennifer has a wonderful way of giving you just enough information to let you feel something more is bubbling under the surface. I am glad this is a series! It's clean, fun, well written and takes you away to a place that is sweet as honey.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-08 15:49

    ~See my review of the whole series here on my blog: is the first time I have read anything by this author and let me tell you - she is funny! I laughed out loud quite a bit while reading (and listening to**) these books. The way she words things can be quite humorous. And the character of Aunt B and the way the author portrays the cats is too funny. Aunt B is fiercely protective of her girls and hilariously eccentric. I love Aunt B! :)Then there is the mystery running through all three books of the vandalism that is plaguing the Honeybee Sisters Farm! Who can it be? An Englischer? Or someone from the Amish community who thinks they should be shunned because of Aunt B?All in all, this is a very enjoyable series. With strong, earnest heroes and sweet, sometimes vulnerable heroines, you'll enjoy the romances as well as the mystery in these books.Sweet as Honey by Jennifer BeckstrandMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this story about a girl who has to learn to forgive the hurts of the past and present and look to God, not man, for her worth. She's a wonderful character and I enjoyed seeing her change and grow throughout the book. I also enjoyed the sweet romance that develops between her and Dan. It's a struggle because of the way he has hurt her in the past. Dan has a lot to learn when it comes to Lily! That being said, I gave this book only 4 stars because I got quite fed up with the way Lily kept putting up with and defending Paul!! And I also really didn't like the way Dan kept calling Lily names even as an adult. I can see how a teenager might do that but an adult really should know better. It really lessened my enjoyment of the rest of the book.*Thanks to CelebrateLit for complimentary copies of these books for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.***Although I received a complimentary e-book of all three of these books, I also purchased an audio version of all three so that I could listen to them on my way to work. I'm glad I did, because hearing the dialect of some of the words was great. I found myself wanting to say "Uff da!" more than once...LOL! :) **