Huckleberry Happiness by @JudyAnnDavis4 is a Beach Reads pick #historicalromance #beachread #mystery
Title: Huckleberry Happiness
Author: Judy Ann Davis
Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
In 1885, Emelia Stone and her sister must learn to operate their deceased parents’ bakery in the small town of Pennsylvania. A large mortgage looms on their family home. When her sister leaves town, Emelia is forced to handle the bakery and burden alone.
The Pennsylvania Railroad is searching for the perfect dessert for its passengers. Joe Sawicki, owner of Sawicki Brothers Ice Company, is certain Emelia can win the contest and the hundred- dollar bonus if she creates a special ice cream to accompany her popular huckleberry pies. He has loved her since they played hooky in grade school to explore the company’s ice cave.
Can Emelia find courage to stand up to the town’s bully to win the competition? And will Joe have the mettle to express his undying love and win first place in Emelia’s heart?
He walked up beside her and took his usual spot, leaning against the counter. He smelled wonderful, like a blend of pine and fresh air.
Amelia jabbed furiously at the mixture inside the bowl with her pastry cutter. How could her very own sister abandon her without an ounce of misgiving? Couldn’t she have waited until the end of the month and, at the very least, earned her pay before leaving?
Joe watched her work, his hands shoved in his pockets. “Are you trying to kill the lard…or is it the flour that has you so riled?” He peered over the rim of the bowl.
“Be careful,” she shot back and gave him a lethal glare that would stop a rattlesnake from making a fuss. “This place is armed with sharp knives.” She dropped the cutter into the bowl and turned toward him. She flung out her arms in desperation and her hands came flying down to slap at her sides. “What am I going to do? There is no way I can run this shop alone.”
“No, you can’t,” he agreed. “You need help. You need someone who’s familiar with baking and who can run the counter out front. You need someone with more skills than just being able to turn a crank on an ice cream maker.”
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This book is unique because it features two things unique to Pennsylvania in 1885: ice caves and wild huckleberries. Two of the oldest-known Pennsylvania huckleberry bushes in the United States date back over 13,000 years ago, when the glacier ice melted and they emerged. Also, ice caves were prevalent during the 1800s and were used to store ice year ’round. Many were later destroyed after the 1920s with the introduction of strip mining.
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Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines, and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. Her contemporary novel, "Four White Roses," was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards, the American Fiction Awards, and the Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Awards.
When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.
She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
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