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Monday, November 9, 2015

A Brand New Series by Popular Author, Amy Clipston!!

"The Forgotten Recipe"
      By Amy Clipston 

I am always excited upon hearing that a great author has begun a new series! Since Amy writes Amish fiction, one of my favorite genres, I knew I was in for a good read!  "The Forgotten Recipe" is the first in the collection entitled, "Amish Heirloom ".  Excitement reigned in our household upon finding this new book in my mailbox!  I found myself totally engrossed in this tale as it allowed me to escape the real world for an entire day. 

"After losing her fiance 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 an
old fashioned raspberry pie".  (From back cover of book)

Seth Lapp is a handsome, kind, hard working man who loves his fiance, Veronica with all his heart. Veronica feels extremely thankful that she is to marry her best friend in the world. 

Then, the unthinkable happens!! An accident on the job, steals Seth away from her. Her grief overcomes her. Veronica is sure that she will never be loved that way again. Upon discovering a batch of old, forgotten  recipes, she opens a bake stand where she sells her Mammi's raspberry pies. A young gentleman, a stranger to her, quickly becomes a regular customer and just happens to make her heart go pitter patter, against her better judgement.

This handsome man, Jason, just happened to have been with Seth when he died, a memory that will haunt him forever. The last thing he expected to happen, being attracted to the grieving fiance, occurred when he went to offer his condolences. He neither wanted or expected to be so attracted to her All of a sudden , raspberry pies become part of his regular diet!  He is pulled to Veronica's stand every week, but.... for more than the raspberry pie. 

Veronica feels the pull toward a new love despite her effort to ignore the attraction. The problem begins when Jason can't bring himself to tell her that he was present when Seth died. Can he bring himself to tell her?  In  order to become closer to her , he must reveal this hidden and distressful fact . Will his secret put a hold or a stop to the growing romance??? Can God help these two young folks accept the second chance that He is offering???

The characters in this book are described so realistically  that you immediately become part of of them and their story. I found Veronica someone with whom I could easily identify. At times, I felt I wanted to give her big hug, other times, a bit of push toward her second chance!

The plot is one that grabbed me from the first page!  This is a different kind of Amish story, one that is somewhat different from what we consider the norm. The story moves steadily and increases in tension as the romance progresses. Unexpected twists and turns appear when you least expect them. The quiet faith of the Amish shine through the problems and challenges of the characters. 

My only complaint.... the book ended TOO soon!! I wanted to keep reading and reading and.....  Now, I am anxiously awaiting Book 2 in this new series!! 

A five star book!! Don't miss this winning novel!!

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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