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The Forgotten Recipe (An Amish Heirloom Novel) Paperback – December 8, 2015
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'Clipston, author of the popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, will no doubt draw fans to the first in her Amish Heirloom series [...] Amish fiction fans will enjoy this story---and want a taste of Veronica’s raspberry pie!' (Publishers Weekly)
'Clipston delivers another enchanting series starter with a tasty premise, family secrets and a sweet-as-pie romance, offering assurance that true love can happen more than once and second chances are worth fighting for.' - 4 1/2 starred (RT Book Reviews)
'In the first book in her Amish Heirloom series, Clipston, creator of the popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series (A Season of Love, 2012), takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through grief, guilt, and anxiety.' (Booklist)
About the Author
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston.
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Jason Huyard works at the Lancaster Shed Company (owned by his father and uncle). Seth Lapp was his best friend and co-worker. Jason was there when Seth feel to his death. He is having a hard time dealing with the loss of his friend. He has been thinking quite a bit about Veronica. Seth talked about her all the time and Jason feels like he knows her. His mother sends him to buy a raspberry pie and discovers Veronica. Jason does not tell her that he knew Seth (big mistake). Slowly Jason and Veronica spend time together and get to know each other. Veronica is hesitant at first because she had made a promise to love only Seth when he proposed. Veronica and Jason have something special. But can Jason’s secret ruin their relationship? Will Veronica ever be able to trust again?
The Forgotten Recipe is a lovely novel. It is well written and heartwarming. It is about love, soul mates, forgiveness and trust (and a good pie recipe). It is the type of book that you want to read on a cold winter evening in front of a fireplace. I give The Forgotten Recipe 4.5 out of 5 stars. You cannot go wrong with one of Amy Clipston’s novels. They are always enjoyable to read and they draw the reader into the story. The story is left with a cliffhanger (or a secret not revealed). We now have to wait for the next book. That is the only thing I found frustrating. I wish everything had been wrapped up in this book (though I do understand why the author did it).
I received a complimentary copy of The Forgotten Recipe from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
I love the complexity of the story. Veronica is madly in love with Seth and heart broken with his unexpected death. She handles it with what I am sure to be a strength in faith, in her own time heals to open her heart. I really was glad to see her open up to Jason, I felt like Amy wove them together nicely. Jason is burdened beyond just losing a friend and falling for his girl. There are secrets, that they must face.Then there is the food, I gained fictional pounds from the yummy treats in the book. I am thankful they are fictional and won’t show up tomorrow. Food and Amish go hand in hand, Amy will give you a bite from the baking bug. Or baked goods bug, if you want to go purchase some.
I loved when after Veronica found out Jason’s secret, that she was frustrated (rightly so) and Jason wrote her a letter. To have a man write a letter about lavender and rocks. Bring the rocks with you. He not only was a listener but a hopeless romantic. I was tearing up at his letter, just like Veronica. Well done, Amy, well done. Seriously, I don’t cry often or get misty eyed in a book.
I felt that this story is not only about forgiving and healing but about listening to one’s heart and soul. We are taught to forgive which can be heard, Veronica showed such raw qualities in this part. The healing was not only about Jason and Veronica but the entire community and the base of faith. Jason and Veronica’s story is entwined with the follow your heart ideal. These two follow their heart, and it is up to you to find out if they lead to each other. I know that the end of the book was just perfect for me. I hope it is for you.
It's nice to read a romance novel that isn't filled with steamy physicality. There are still some readers who like romance, but who dislike explicit physical intimacy. This novel will be perfect for them. That it is set in Amish country lends verisimilitude to the sweet romance within the novel. I believe if the novel was set in a large city, the love story wouldn't work.
Ms. Clipston is a good descriptive writer--especially when describing meals and the Amish church services. I don't like raspberries, but I surely wanted a piece of that raspberry pie that was mentioned so many times.
I gave this novel only an average rating because I felt there were some aspects of Amish culture (use of phones being one thing) that didn't seem to ring true. I also felt that some of the usage of Amish German was awkward and unnecessary.
I would still recommend this to the person who wants a well-written, clean romance novel. And I will probably be reading more in the series.