The Forgotten Recipe (An Amish Heirloom Novel)- Amy Clipston
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?
Will God’s mercy shine a beacon in the fog of despair and prove sufficient to heal their souls?
Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
So begins the series that I am falling in love with. Visiting Veronica’s story has brought me a new appreciation for this author. I have always believed in Amy’s talent but reading this book was the icing on this fan’s cake.
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.
What do you enjoy about Amy’s books?
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.