Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Forgotten Recipe Book Review

An Amish Heirloom Novel
Book One

SUMMARY:  After losing her fiance' in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother's hope chest - and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.
     Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend.  Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome - but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
     When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love - or be loved - again.  Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi's raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.
     Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life - a memory that haunts him still.  So when he seeks out the grieving fiancee to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects - or wants - is to fall in love.  Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica's bake stand every week . . . and it's for more than the raspberry pies.
    Now, as Veronica's heart thaws, Jason can't bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died.  Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed?  Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

REVIEW: The author does an excellent job conveying the depth of Veronica's grief and Jason's reluctance to tell Veronica who he is - Seth's best friend and co-worker.  He saw her crumble and weep uncontrollably at Seth's funeral and wanted to spare her the pain of remembering that dreadful event again.  This book shows their relationship as it grows very slowly from acquaintances to friends and their attraction to each other.
     When Veronica finally finds out Jason's connection with Seth, I didn't fully understand her anger.  Yes, he withheld the information that he was close to her fiancee and was there when he died, but why would she get so worked up?  I would think she would be grateful that Jason was there during Seth's last moments, knowing he was with friends and loved ones.  But, everyone grieves differently and understands differently.
     Making her grandmother's raspberry pie and opening her bake stand was a good way for Veronica to heal.  It helped her come out of her grieve-induced shell and started living again. On a side note, that raspberry pie sounded so delicious.   The way everyone raved about it in the novel and ordered dozens made me want to try one.  Umm!
     This story was interesting.  I look forward to reading the others coming in this series.

This book was provided by Fiction Guild and Zondervan
for review without compensation.

Amy Clipston is the award winning and bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.  Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA.  Amy holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.  Visit her website at, on Facebook: Amy Clipston or on Twitter: @AmyClipston

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