Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Forgotten Recipe

The Forgotten Recipe 

An Amish Heirloom Novel

Paperback, ebook, hardcover, audio

December 8, 2015

by Amy Clipston

  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341994

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 thoughts:  Amy Clipston is not one of my favorite Amish authors. However, she is my friend's very favorite author and she raved about this book so when I was offered a chance to review it, I decided I would. This book starts with a death, and Jason wants to tell Veronica he's sorry but his brother says "It's weird" so he decided not to. Then when they meet, he is afraid to mention that he knew Seth. Veronica and Jason become friends, but ... and well before I was a fourth of the way through the book I could tell you what the black moment would be and what would happen.  

The story is predictable, the characters flat, and the romance about the thickness of a thin pancake. Veronica spent more time with her family than she did with Jason and with both of them mourning over the same person it got rather old. Okay, he died, got that, but do we really need a 300 page book telling us over and over how perfect Seth, and oh, he's dead.... 

Now several reviewers that I trust have posted reviews on this book and gave it five stars. One of those reviewers went on and on about the non-stop action (were we reading the same book?) so if you are tempted to try THE FORGOTTEN RECIPE don't take my word for it.  3 stars. 

I got a copy from Booklook Bloggers and this review is my opinion. 

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