Title: Huckleberry Happiness
Author: Judy Ann Davis
Genre: Historical Romance
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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Huckleberry Happiness, a romantic story set in 1885, revolves around a young woman who runs a bakery and tries to make the perfect huckleberry ice cream to win a contest offered by the local railroad. She uses ice supplied by her best friend and stored in his rare ice cave where they played as children. Huckleberries, native to Pennsylvania, are one of the oldest plants. A patch, discovered north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has two plants that botanists determine are 13,000 years old, older than the Sequoias trees of the West. The gigantic patch sprang from the same plant thousands of years ago as the ice cover was melting. This is a quick fun read for only 99 cents!
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Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 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 first novel, Red Fox Woman, won a finalist place in the Best Book Awards by USA Book News and International Book Awards by International Book News. Her contemporary romantic suspense and comedy, Four White Roses, was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards, American Fiction Awards, and the Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Awards. Her latest novel is Willie, My Love, a finalist in the American Fiction 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. She divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
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