The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

Book description:

After losing her fiancé 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 fiancée 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?

My review:

I enjoyed this book very much. It was different from the typical Amish novel but was a nice change. I had never read an Amish novel where the fiance was killed. It was easy to feel empathy for Veronica for her loss and for Jason wanting to reach out to her but struggling with his guilt. The characters were very compelling from the very beginning.

With these kind of books, it is kind of a given that the couple are going to get together by the end of the book. The only question is how they will overcome the conflict that could potentially tear them apart. I have to admit that there was a time in the middle of the book that I was wondering how Veronica would find out about Jason’s duplicity and thought it was taking a little bit too long to wrap up that part of the story. Other than that small criticism, the book was almost perfect.

I say “almost perfect” because I really thought there would be a recipe at the end of the book for raspberry pie. There are frequently recipes at the end of Amish novels that I like to try out. Veronica’s raspberry pies were such an integral part of the story that I thought for sure there would be a reward at the end of the book with a new recipe. I was disappointed that there wasn’t one!

However, I can’t fault the story or the author for the lack of a recipe in a novel. The story itself was a lovely love story that was entertaining to read. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, you will enjoy it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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