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The Forgotten Recipe #1, in the Amish Heirloom series, by Amy Clipston
When Veronica fisher loses her hardworking and handsome Fiance’ Seth Lapp to an unfortunate accident, the only place she finds peace is the old recipes in her mother’s hope chest. To keep herself busy she opens up a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies. A regular customer Jason Huyard frequents her booth and soon her heart begins to soften. What is this man hiding? Will this put a stop to their second chance at love?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish Heirloom
After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mothers hope chestand 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 handsomebut most importantly, he loves Veronica.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never loveor be lovedagain. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammis raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his lifea memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expectsor wantsis to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronicas bake stand every week . . . and its for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronicas heart thaws, Jason cant 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?
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery 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
'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
'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.'
Mackenzie Carol4 Stars Out Of 5The Forgotten RecipeAugust 23, 2016Mackenzie CarolQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The Forgotten Recipe is the first book in Amy Clipstons Amish Heirloom series, but isnt the first book Ive ever read by her. Ive enjoyed quite a few of her Amish novels in the past, so I was really looking forward to getting to read this one. Especially since the whole series sounds absolutely wonderful! Plus, The Forgotten Recipe is such a thoughtful story full of what its really like to deal with grief and the feelings of guilt that sometimes come with it, and that made it so much more meaningful to read.
Veronica Fishers life is turned upside down when her fianc Seth is taken from her after a terrible accident on the job, and she fears that her future is ruined forever. Though she struggles to get out of bed every morning, she busies herself to distract her brain from the pain that shes in, and when she finds old recipes hidden away in the attic, she thinks shes discovered the perfect way to keep herself busy. After opening up a bake stand to sell her becoming-famous raspberry pies, she meets someone who just might be the perfect person to give her new hope.
Jason Huyard knew Seth before he died; in fact, they were best friends, and Jason was the last person to see Seth before the fateful accident. After witnessing Veronicas grief firsthand at the funeral, he knows he must meet her and tell her just how sorry he is. When he encounters her at her bake stand, he is floored by an immediate attraction to her, and he cant find a way to be honest with her about where he was the day of Seths accident without putting her through more pain than shes already encountered. But once he finally gathers up the courage to tell her the truth, will it be too late?
I really enjoyed getting to know both Veronica and Jason, although there were just a few things that bothered me about the two of them. While I understood that Veronica was going through a lot of pain and sorrow, and I was only full of compassion for her for the majority of the book, when I got to the part after Jason told her the truth, it was so difficult for me to understand how she could be so wishy-washy! I was able to get over it because I knew she was going through a lot, but I still got a little frustrated at how she went back and forth so many times. And Jason; while I loved him completely, I couldnt help but find myself yelling at him over and over for all the times he should have told Veronica the truth but didnt! If he had just been honest with her from the beginning, all of the pain and confusion that wracks the end of this book could have been avoided, and they couldve had their happily ever after all that much sooner!
All in all, I really enjoyed this story, and I couldnt get enough of all the hints it dropped for the later books in the series. I loved getting to know Veronicas sister Rachel, who is the heroine in the next story, called The Courtship Basket, and I cant wait to read it, though it isnt at my library so Ill have to wait whether I like it or not. However, I can still rave about The Forgotten Recipe as long as I want, and I can gladly say that Ive given it four out of five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it as a fantastic book to read!
ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Cute, but a little predictable for the genreAugust 13, 2016ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Veronica Fisher has recently lost her fiancee, Seth Lapp, in a tragic construction accident. She's just broken inside, as she'd been in love with Seth since the age of 10, and just when they seem like their life together is about to start, death steals him away from her. At first, she drowns her grief in cleaning projects, one such project taking her up to clean and organize the attic of the home she shares with her mother and sister. In the attic, Veronica comes across a box that contains various family heirlooms, one being her deceased grandmother's long lost recipe for raspberry pie. Veronica gets the idea to take up baking as her new way to work through her grief. She starts making pies from the recipe, handing them out to friends and family. Encouraged by her mother's prompting, she branches out to selling the pies to Englisch (non-Amish) tourists visiting the Amish community. Getting rave reviews for her baking skills, Veronica decides to start selling her pies at the Philadelphia Farmer's Market.
One of Veronica's customers is Jason Huyard, who was with Seth just moments before the construction accident that took his life. Guilt-ridden, thinking that he could've possibly prevented the death, Jason seeks out Veronica hoping to get to know her and offer his condolences. He hopes for friendship, never expecting to find himself falling in love with her -- at least that's what the back cover says, but I think most readers can guess a romance is to be expected ;-)
Jason keeps his connection to Seth's death secret from Veronica at first. He has every intention of telling her, but in consideration for her grieving process he wants to wait for just the right time. And.... cue the subsequent misunderstandings! But before all that mess, a friendship does slowly build between Jason & Veronica. They find they're able to bond over their mutual families pushing them to "get back on that horse" -- Jason after a recent failed marital engagement, and Veronica only 3 months out from having lost Seth! Veronica slowly warms to Jason but is hesitant to allow herself anything beyond friendship, thinking that anything more would be dishonoring the memory of Seth.
If you've read the novella collection An Amish Market, this novel offers a deeper look at the main family --- and some of the other minor characters as well -- Clipston introduced in her novella "The Love Birds" (that story mainly focused on Ellie Lapp, Seth's sister). The Forgotten Recipe is a cute & clean romance overall that had some parts that I really enjoyed while other parts of the story were a little problematic for me.
The good: 1) I liked the simple, sweet romance that seemed to unfold at a believable pace. 2) I think my favorite element though was how Clipston illustrates Veronica's grieving process. This, I thought, was one of the strongest features of this novel. I think most any reader has experienced some level of grief in their lifetime and will easily relate to Veronica's struggles with getting used to not having a loved one around, bonding to items that still carry a loved one's scent. 3) I also enjoyed Veronica's bond with her mother and sister and the strong sense of family Clipston wove in here. 4) Though I didn't strongly connect with any of the characters here, I did think the banter / inside joke between Veronica and Jason regarding the weather reports was kind of adorable. :-)
That being said...
The problematic: 1) Jason mentions to Veronica how Seth talked about her all the time, so much so that Jason felt he knew Veronica before he had actually ever met her. If that were the case, if Jason and Seth were that good of friends, I have a hard time believing that Seth wouldn't have likewise mentioned Jason to Veronica... but she doesn't seem to have any knowledge of him until the moment he introduces himself 2) Though Jason is supposed to be 23-24 years old, he sometimes seemed to have the emotional maturity of a 15 year old. 3) Veronica's reaction to Seth revealing his secret was a bit dramatic for me, but to be fair, I guess grieving can affect a person's sense of rational behavior. 4) The dialogue was too bland and safe for me. I understand this is meant to be a "clean" story, but at times it all felt a little too scripted for my liking.
The book ends on a bit of an annoying cliffhanger... Well, it felt cliffhanger-esque anyway. There was a hint at a new secret from Veronica's family being possibly aired out. I can't imagine why Clipston would've wrote it in if she didn't plan to touch upon it in the next book, The Courtship Basket. Honestly though, given that I didn't get too attached to the characters here, I'm not sure if I'll be continuing on with this series.
FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The Forgotten Recipe is a wonderful read,June 8, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amy Clipston knows how to draw readers into her books from the start. The Forgotten Recipe, book one in her new series, An Amish Heirloom was an enjoyable read. There were laughs, tears, joy and sorrow as I read the story about Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard. It was wonderful to connect with characters from other books by Amy Clipston; after all, they do become family to this reader.
Jason and Veronica both had experienced deep sorrow with Jason being jilted by his fiance and Veronica losing hers in an accident where Jason worked. Jason felt like he knew Veronica because of her fianc, Seth Lapp, always talking about her when they were working at the Shed Company. Veronica didn't want to be around others after Seth died, so she kept busy at home cleaning until she decided to clean the attic of her family's home. When Veronica stumbled upon her grandmother's recipe for Raspberry Pie she decided she would start baking pies to sell as everyone kept asking her to bake them another one after have a piece of her Raspberry Pie. When Jason and his brother went to purchase one of Veronica's pies at her stand, Jason didn't know what to say to her but kept going every Saturday for a pie. What will happen when Jason and Veronica accidentally meet at the pond where the youth gathering was being held? Will Jason and Veronica be able to move pass their previous sorrow? Read The Forgotten Recipe to see how forgiveness, heartache, second chances and God's love can bring healing to hurting individuals.
I look forward to reading The Courtship Basket, book 2 in An Amish Heirloom series, by Amy Clipston that will releasing soon. Amy never fails to create heartwarming tales with well developed characters and bringing in the love, mercy, grace, forgiveness that God has for everyone.
J4Life55 Stars Out Of 5Delicious FictionMay 5, 2016J4Life5Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
tammycookblogsbooks4 Stars Out Of 5The Forgotten RecipeApril 28, 2016tammycookblogsbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Amy Clipston is an author that I like to read. She says her "goal is to touch my reader's hearts". I have read several of her books and I can say she has reached my heart through her stories. The Forgotten Recipe is book one in the Amish Heirloom series.
In The Forgotten Recipe, Veronica Fisher had a loving, supportive family but it was an old, tucked away, family recipe that helped her focus on something more than the death of her fiance, Seth Lapp. When Jason Huyard first met Veronica he knew he should have told her about his ties to Seth but he did not. Veronica and Jason grew closer while grieving the losses that had occurred in their lives but a secret kept a wedge between them. This story is about letting love in, whether it is for the first or even the second time.
Amy Clipston's characters are down to earth and seem like everyday people with real issues. I enjoy collecting recipes so I would be happy like Veronica was to find an old family recipe. This story being part of a series is exciting to me because I get the find out more about the characters with each new release. Also, it is fun to look forward a cliffhanger or something else that will be revealed in the next book, which The Forgotten Recipe has. I would recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and sweet romances. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.