The Forgotten Recipe

The Forgotten Recipe

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by Amy Clipston

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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,


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?

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Publishers Weekly
Clipston, author of the popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, will no doubt draw fans to the first in her Amish Heirloom series. The “heirloom” is a raspberry-pie recipe found in an attic trunk by Veronica Fisher as she mourns the death of her fiancé, Seth. Veronica bakes pies to help salve her broken heart—and finds one steady customer, Jason Huyard, who begins to weave his way into that shattered heart. But Jason knows more about Seth’s death than he lets on, a secret that threatens his growing relationship with Veronica. Will he tell her the truth and risk losing her? Clipston is well versed in Amish culture and does a good job creating the world of Lancaster County, Penn. The only complaint readers may have is the repeated descriptions of the conflict that threatens Jason and Veronica. Despite the constant reminders, Amish fiction fans will enjoy this story—and want a taste of Veronica’s raspberry pie! Agent: Sue Brower, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Dec.)
RT Book Reviews
'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.'

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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 Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

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mackenzie_carol 3 months ago
The Forgotten Recipe is the first book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Heirloom series, but isn’t the first book I’ve ever read by her. I’ve 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 it’s 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 Fisher’s life is turned upside down when her fiancé 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 she’s in, and when she finds old recipes hidden away in the attic, she thinks she’s 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 Veronica’s 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 can’t find a way to be honest with her about where he was the day of Seth’s accident without putting her through more pain than she’s 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 couldn’t help but find myself yelling at him over and over for all the times he should have told Veronica the truth but didn’t! 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 could’ve had their “happily ever after” all that much sooner! All in all, I really enjoyed this story, and I couldn’t get enough of all the hints it dropped for the later books in the series. I loved getting to know Veronica’s sister Rachel, who is the heroine in the next story, called The Courtship Basket, and I can’t wait to read it, though it isn’t at my library so I’ll 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 I’ve given it four out of five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it as a fantastic book to read! (This review is from my blog,
EpicFehlReader 4 months ago
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. [spoiler] He gets all upset when Veronica turns down his advances, saying it's too soon and he needs his dad to remind him to honor a person's grieving process. Really, dude? [/spoiler] 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.
Heidi_Reads 5 months ago
I recently had an unexpected opportunity to visit Lancaster county in Pennsylvania and knew that I had to read this book while the vibe of the Amish community was still fresh in my mind. It completely enhanced my reading experience being able to acutely picture the setting. What really made the book stand out to me though was the high level of emotion in the characters and the author's skillful way of enabling me to connect with their feelings during the story. Victoria's grief was palpable and her realistic process of dealing with it. I loved the support of her parents and sisters, it gave the book a heartwarming foundation even though there is plenty of angst as Victoria and Jason navigate their way through the highs and lows of new love. The recipe for raspberry pie that Victoria unearths from a forgotten hope chest brings purpose to her days and happiness as she reconnects with the community. The wisdom she finds in an old letter her grandmother had written helps her find peace and understanding in a time of confusion. It was interesting to see Jason reach out to various family and friends in his trials, it showed how truly humble he was to seek the advice of those who could help. There is definitely a strong sense of family and community in this series. (Thank you to Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I 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.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Recipe is a lovely story about grief, second chances, and Amish life. It's simplicity and goodness were very refreshing.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Recipe: An Amish Heirloom Novel**** by Amy Clipston A terrible accident happened and Seth Lapp died—Jason Huyard—his best friend blames himself. Seth's fiance, Veronica Fisher's heart is shattered. Can two broken hearts be mended....together? After finding a box of forgotten recipes—one for a raspberry pie—of her grandmother's, Veronica embarks on a new direction for her life in hopes her heart will heal. Jason has set his own path in hopes to help Veronica and himself heal. I felt both Veronica and Jason's pain of loosing their friend and hoped they would eventually heal from their grief. I would really like to see the recipe for the raspberry pie Veronica bakes and sells at her stand. There are some twists and turns in the storyline that kept me guessing the direction it would take. I wanted to shake Jason at times when he kept putting off telling Veronica things he felt she needed to know regarding Seth's death but could understand his hesitation—however, the longer he put it off the harder it was to tell her. Emotions are high at times, love, grief and loss, forgiveness, second chances and faith are woven together making this a heartwarming, sweet story. ~I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild Team Challenge and Netgalley, this is my honest review~
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A second chance at love can be found in The Forgotten Recipe An Amish Heirloom Novel #1 By Amy Clipston When Seth died her future died with him. Jason only wanted to offer Veronica his sympathy. He was with Seth when he died and he knew how important Veronica was to his best friend. But when he came face-to-face with her he couldn't say a word. A long forgotten recipe has given Veronica something she thought she had forever lost. But her Mammi's raspberry pies have given her a purpose. And she has attracted a regular customer in Jason Huyard. He only meant to share in the sorrow that Seth's death caused, but instead he lost his heart. Can he ever hope to win to Veronica's heart? Or did Veronica bury her heart with the man she loved? A delightful book about second chances. My only complaint with The Forgotten Recipe is I would have liked a glimpse at this recipe that so enchanted all who tasted it. This is the first book in a series and I hope the hope chest and the maybe mystery surrounding it is further explored in future books. I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
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MamaCallie More than 1 year ago
This story resonates deep within my heart. The loss of someone that you love leaves a wound that is not easily filled or forgotten. The depth that Veronica has to go to free herself from the pain and loss is a great journey and one that she must make. Luckily she does not have to make it alone. Her mother and her sisters are continually helping her and showing their love and compassion. This is a story that is full of heartache, grace, forgiveness, hurt, and love. I so enjoyed the characters and I look forward to reading more in this series. My interest has been peaked by the forgotten recipes and I anticipate to learn more in the next book in this series. Amy Clipston makes me long read until my eyes can no longer stay open! I loved this book and hope that you will give it a read some time soon. * I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was given. *
Dawn-Read_Love More than 1 year ago
Some say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. If that's true, then I reeled my husband in the first time I baked him a batch of chocolate chip cookies. And I guess you could say his love grows each year with every slice of my pumpkin pie! In Amy Clipston's The Forgotten Recipe, the path to love is paved with raspberry pie! The opening prologue of The Forgotten Recipe allows a vivid look into a somber scene in the Lapp family living room. There we find Jason Huyard attending the funeral of his best friend Seth. The pair worked together in construction, and Jason blames himself for the accident that took his friend's life. As we watch Jason witness the grief of both Seth's mother and Seth's fiancee, Veronica, our hearts break for all three. Seth talked constantly of Veronica, so although Jason's never met her, he feels he knows her. Burdened with guilt and responsibility, and convinced that his own carelessness is the cause of her pain, Jason's determined to talk to Veronica and apologize -- only he'll have to wait 'til he can do it without breaking down. Next, we look in on Veronica at home, two months following Seth's death. Afraid that if she stops to rest her grief will consume her, Veronica is in a cleaning frenzy! Consumed with her need to clean, she decides to take on the family attic. There, tucked away in an old cedar hope chest, she finds a recipe written in her grandmother's hand -- a recipe for raspberry pie. Just like that, Veronica's fallen on the perfect way to keep busy. Before you know it, her pies are such a hit that she sets up her own road-side bake stand. When word of the delicious raspberry pies spreads into neighboring districts, Jason and his brother are sent on an errand to bring pies home to their mother. Only Jason doesn't realize that the baker of the pies is the same girl he's been unable to forget since the funeral. What follows is a tale of love and loss, healing and forgiveness. Clipston sets the framework by establishing two characters whom you genuinely want to see happy, and she does a wonderful job allowing their relationship to develop slowly and naturally. There are tender moments and adorably cute scenes where you'll find yourself smiling and sharing their secret giggles. I liked Jason and Veronica, and though, at times, I was frustrated with each, it was good fun rooting for them! As she builds the groundwork for her new series, Clipston seems content to take her time and narrow her focus. Although I would have liked a little more complexity and unpredictability, in the end, the limited plot didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. Jason and Veronica's tale is a sweet love story of two hurting, heartbroken people who learn not only how to smile again, but how to love again. So grab a second helping of pie and give thanks that, when it comes to love, God allows second chances! Verdict: 4 of 5 Hearts. A Story as Sweet and Satisfying as Veronica's Raspberry Pie. With The Forgotten Recipe, Amy Clipston begins her new Amish Heirloom series by introducing Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard. If their sugary-sweet romance is any indication, readers will be as eager for the next installment as Veronica's customers are for another yummy slice of her raspberry pie! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Fiction Guild and Zondervan for providing me with a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Monday, February 8, 2016 The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston, © 2015 The Amish Heirloom Series, Book 1 Veronica Fisher has a lot of hobbies and proficiencies ~ skipping stones, and a new-found favorite ~ a raspberry pie recipe from previous generations, saved in an heirloom trunk. There is another recipe that you will find will open a lot of doors with a sweet savor. Discover it as you enjoy Amy Clipston's An Amish Heirloom Novel. I enjoyed getting to meet the protagonists, Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard and their families. I especially liked that they confided in their elders for advise, and among their siblings. How refreshing to have the openness to be heard and to hear. Their exchanges were greeted with listening thoroughly and the confidence of a reply beneficial to them from experience and godly wisdom. Pies, jams, relish, and pickles are favorites at Veronica's roadside bake stand. The peach salsa they eat up at the house sounds yummy too. Jason and his bruder, Stephen, go to buy pies for their mamm. Unknown to Jason, this is the home of the Veronica he had been searching for, the fiancée of his best friend, Seth Lapp, who recently died in an accident on their job. Seth had spoken of Veronica so often, Jason felt as if he knew her. Seeing her the night at Lapp's, he wanted to find her to offer his condolences and felt responsibility for Seth. As they come across each other at gatherings, Jason is drawn to Veronica and finds it difficult to talk to her about Seth, not wanting to add to her sorrow. As time spans on, it becomes increasingly harder for fear of losing her friendship because he hadn't told her from the beginning that he had known Seth. Excellent introduction of everyone, very fluidly as if we are walking alongside them. I wanted to tell Jason, "Just tell her." Difficult to do when you want to be known for yourself and the time has passed and you didn't say. I look forward to the next book in this series. ***Thank you to author Amy Clipston for sending me a print copy of The Forgotten Recipe for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** Watch for Book 2 in The Amish Heirloom Series releasing in July 2016 ~ The Courtship Basket
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
I could feel the sadness of Veronica when her fiancee dies in a fall. I liked how she found a way to keep busy enough to get through the days and try to work through her grief. When Jason, Veronica's fiancee's best friend wants to express his condolences, he finds himself drawn to her and can't tell her. Through her bake stand and the forgotten raspberry pie recipe, they become friends and then the struggle of a promise and the stress of Jason to confess a secret of knowing of her through her fiancee, made this is a story of family, faith and renewal. I enjoyed reading the gentle Amish romance. Thank you to the Fiction Guild for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review!
Gretchen525 More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston was a sweet novel full of new love and second chances. After Veronica Fischer lost her fiancee, Seth, in a tragic accident she grieves his loss and closes herself off to love. Her stubbornness and will to try and move forward prevent her from fully processing the loss and she cuts herself off from the grieving process. She vows to honor Seth's memory and feels that there is no more hope for love for her, that is until a certain someone crosses her path. Jason Huylard, Seth's best friend, was with Seth when he fell. He is devastated by his friend's death and blames himself for not being able to help him at the time of the accident. He sees Veronica at Seth's memorial but does not approach her during her time of grief. Jason promises to find her again and convey his condolences in person. Months pass however and he never goes to see Veronica, but she is always on his mind. As Veronica tries to keep busy after the death of Seth, she comes across her Grandmother's raspberry pie recipe and throws herself headlong into a new project. Everyone in town loves Veronica's pies. When Jason recognizes Veronica at her bake stand one day, he tries to tell her who he is and how he knew Seth but cannot bring himself to do so. As he visits her bake stand week after week, a friendship is formed and feelings for her develop. Will Veronica open herself up to Jason though after losing Seth, and will Jason find the courage to tell Veronica that he knew her fiancee? Will they both take a second chance on love after being hurt once before? This book was a sweet read full of perseverance, hope, faith and love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this nvoel. I do think that some of the characters seemed to change their mind too quickly at times but overall they were well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Amish fiction or a sweet romance! Thank you to the Fiction Guild for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review!
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This story was so wonderfully written that I felt a connection to all the characters right from the start. Love, forgiveness, tragedy, grief and even a little humor were all were written into the words of this novel. I kept pulling for Jason in his heartfelt attempt to get Veronica to notice him and care about him but at the same time I was angered at him for not being forthcoming with her right from the beginning. I could just feel the hurt and rejection that was bound to come further into the book, and it did. Veronica, having lost her fiancé in a tragic accident, was not ready to let go of her grief and contemplate a new relationship. She felt guilt at even thinking about someone else, a betrayal of her love for Seth. A long forgotten recipe for raspberry pie found in an old hope chest, written by her grandmother, gave Veronica hope to get her mind off of her grief and into the kitchen doing what she loved most, baking. But just maybe God had other plans in mind for her life and for Jason's. I can't wait to find out more about the mystery hope chest that her mother keeps under lock and key and the blue baby onesie that accidentally falls out while she and Veronica are searching for more recipes. Going to be hard waiting for July to find out more. I received this book from The Fiction Guild for my honest opinion, which I have given.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Recipe ( An Amish Heirloom Novel - Book 1 ) By: Amy Clipston The Forgotten Recipe is the first book in An Amish Heirloom Novel Series. I have been looking forward to reading this book that starts a new series, and I loved it. Amy Clipston hooked me right from the start and did not let go till the end, and then I was crying for more. Clipston did not disappoint me . The story and the characters both were well written and easy to follow. Clipston weaves us a heartwarming story of love, lost , friendship, forgiveness, and second chances. I felt so sorry for Veronica and Jason . she having lost her fiancee to a terrible accident ,and Jason lost his very best friend. Both are feeling guilty about Seth’s death. There were times when I just wanted to give them both a good shake and tell them to open their eyes and hearts. Will the two of them ever get over their guilt where they can be friends? I would love to have a slice of Veronica’s Raspberry pie that everyone is talking about, it sounds like it is really good. I can’t wait to read the second book , The Courtship Basket, in this series. I was given two copies of this book , one by a very good friend, and the other by the author for my honest review. Thanks to both of you.
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Amy's books for years now and have honestly enjoyed every single book that I have read. This book is no different, and I am so glad to get into a new series of hers! I will admit, I was a little nervous when the book started off so sadly, and was not quite sure how the book would progress without making things awkward for the characters. Or perhaps my worry was that because there was such a tragedy off the bat, I didn't think anything good could come in a realistic way. But Amy put my fears to rest. She wrote in a way that was not only realistic, but touched me deeply. Throughout the book I felt myself feeling so sorry for Veronica Fisher. She had just lost her fiancé to a tragic accident. Such a young little thing with her whole world ahead of her to be so broken and unwilling to move forward. I could picture myself sitting next to her telling her it would all be alright, but seeing the sadness in her eyes. Then after finding her grandmother's raspberry pie recipes, Veronica seemed to have new meaning in her life. This led to meeting Jason Huyard, and the rest (as they say) is history. Maybe. Jason had a secret of his own - that he was there when her fiancé died. Since she doesn't know him, he neglects to tell her that important fact when they first meet. They grow closer in a way that is innocent and completely believable. I loved how Amy wrote this love story - as two grieving souls coming together, even though one party was unaware of their similar loss. I kept telling Jason to come clean with Victoria, but alas he would not listen to me! I'll stop right there so that I do not give anything away :) And I absolutely loved how the very ending gave us a possible glimpse into what the next book in the series might be about. That makes me so very anxious for the release date! I was so thrilled with this story and think you will be too! Highly recommend to all! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Annie732009 More than 1 year ago
Veronica is heartbroken that she won't be able to marry her best friend and soul mate, Seth. How will she be able to go on? Then there is Jason who was Seth's best friend and who happened to be there when Seth died. How will these two be able to fill the void of the loss of losing Seth? Will Seth ever tell Veronica the truth about him being there the day that Seth died? Amy Clipston has done it again! When I saw that this book was coming out I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! If you love Amish stories I highly recommend this book. This book was sent to me by The Fiction Guild for my honest review. Thank you for blessing me!
Davisc More than 1 year ago
When Seth Lapp died suddenly he left behind two broken hearts--his fiancé Veronica and his friend Jason Hulyard. Veronica Fisher buries her pain by keeping busy cleaning everything. While cleaning the attic she discovers her grandmothers old recipes one of which is for raspberry pie. There are more than enough raspberries growing and Veronica loves baking, so she turns from a cleaning frenzy to a baking fury. If she can just stay busy, she will not feel the pain of losing the love of her life. Jason carries the guilt of Seth's death with him daily. If only he had not left him alone, if he had been there when Seth fell to his death, maybe he could have saved him! When Jason sees Veronica at the visitation her "agony...fuels his guilt." He longs to tell her how sorry he is and to help her with her grief. He understands; after all, he is grieving Seth's death too. When Jason does get a chance to talk with Veronica, it is at her bake stand. He can't seem to find the words, but he is attracted to her and her raspberry pie gives him reason to keep coming back. As their friendship grows, Jason finds it harder and harder to tell her the truth. While I enjoyed reading The Forgotten Recipe, I found myself getting frustrated with Jason and his inability to speak the truth to Victoria. I attribute this to Clipston's writing skills--she makes her characters so believable that I can get irritated with them for not behaving the way they should. If they were not so realistic, I would not care about them! Amy Clipston has created some delightful, warm, genuine characters in The Forgotten Recipe. I had fun getting to know them and I look forward to more stories about the Huyards, Fishers, Lapps and other families in this story.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this story because I have enjoyed many of Amy Clipston’s books in the past. What a pleasant surprise it was that this book ended up being even better than I expected. Guy meets girl. Guy falls for girl. Girl might be falling for guy. Girl doesn’t know that guy not only knew her late fiance’ but was with him when he died. What could go wrong? With a premise like that you know there is going to be a great amount of tension, guilt, and confusion in this love story. And it was so well-written! There were so many times that I wanted Jason to just push the words out that he needed to say. But his fear stopped him every time, making the omission of his connection to Veronica’s late fiance’ a bigger and bigger issue as time passed. Veronica was an emotional mess through many portions of the book and understandably so. She has suffered a horrible tragedy and things are really upside-down for her. But both she and Jason are very likable characters, so I didn’t ever feel frustration with the things that they were dealing with. The author captured such deep feelings and emotions in The Forgotten Recipe and I think it is a book that Amish fiction fans are going to love. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Food warms the heart and soul but is it enough to heal a broken heart and a shattered future? Veronica has always loved cleaning but when she discovers her grandmother's recipes she discovers a joy of baking,something she hasn't felt since her beloved Seth's tragic accident. Jason is struggling to come to grips with Seth's accident. He keeps blaming himself thinking "if only I hadn't" or "I should have". He knows it's the Lord's will of course, but he can't stop the guilt. He and Seth were friends and he should've been able to do....something. He wants to offer his condolences to Seth's Veronica but when he finally meets her he's literally rendered speechless! The Forgotten Recipe is a warm tale of heartache and tragedy softened with unexpected friendships and love. Food really can and does bring people together. One would be surprised what a raspberry pie can do for a grieving fiance'. It gives her hope. Hope that she can survive this unimaginable gut wrenching heartache. Maybe, just maybe, all her dreams and her future didn't die right along with Seth. Hope that she can be content being single and selling pies at her bake stand. This pie can also bring unexpected love to a guy who's trying to relieve his guilty conscious. Jason spends his time working and helping his parents. At night when he's alone he relives the accident and all the what if's. He and his brother are on an errand for their mother when they officially meet Veronica. Jason is so dumbstruck by her beauty that he stands there gaping. When he finally comes to his senses he tries to smooth over the situation by buying jams and jellies in addition to the pies his mom requested. This book is so much more than your typical Amish love story. It's about family, friendships and love. It's about carrying on when you feel as though your world has fallen apart and trusting the Lord to put you back together. It's about food and how it warms the heart and soul. How it brings you together and helps you have those tough heart to hearts that every family must have. It's about friendships such as brothers who give heartfelt advice. Sisters, who hold you as you cry. Your mom who gives you one of her vases and flowers out of her garden to show the woman you love how much she means to you. Yes, the Forgotten Recipe is a love story but it is so much more! I hope that you will give the Forgotten Recipe a try. Even if a love story isn't your typical read I think you will adore this book.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
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.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
"The Forgotten Recipe" is a story about a young Amish woman who finds purpose in the midst of her grief when she comes across her grossmammi's lost recipe for raspberry pie. Veronica's fiance, Seth, had recently died in a workplace accident, and she is finding it hard to go on with life. Seth's good friend and workmate, Jason, is in the same boat, until he sees Seth's suddenly single fiancee. Though they have never met while Seth was alive, their paths keep crossing from the funeral until their inevitable engagement 290 pages later. I usually enjoy Amish fiction, but I have to admit that this book was heavy slogging for me. I couldn't ever quite get invested in the characters, who seemed shallow and two-dimensional. The conversations were thin and the plot was predictable. Here's an example of what made the pages so hard to keep turning: On a trip to the grocery store, Veronica says to her sister, "We need to get flour and sugar. Should we go to the baking aisle first?" "That sounds like a gut plan." Emily pushed the cart toward the aisle. "We need to get back to baking as soon as we get home." I guess my definition of good Amish fiction is that being Amish has to have something to do with the story. This romance was all about overcoming insecurites and misunderstandings, which could have happened to anyone. True, the characters are Amish, but their faith and culture don't seem to be central to the story. Veronica is unbelievably beautiful, Seth was perfect, and Jason is SO handsome..."Was iss letz?" Not realistic! I hate not being able to give an encouraging review, and I am glad that other readers have quite a different opinion of this book (and have written glowing reviews of it). If you're looking for a light read, this book may be just what you're looking for. Maybe I just expected too much from it. I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan, through The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. It is a quality paperback and the first in the Amish Heirloom series of novels. It begins with a glossary of common Amish words and phrases, and ends with discussion questions.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
've been a fan of Amy Clipston for awhile and this book is no exception. If you love Amish fiction that isn't cut and dried, but has many twists and turns to keep you interested then this is one for you. Veronica and Jason are both hurting from the death of Seth, but she doesn't know he and Jason were friends and Jason doesn't know how to tell her without ruining his chance of a relationship with her. Veronica is hiding her pain by using a recipe that she has discovered of her grandmother's to make raspberry pies. Jason has been hurt in the past, and this shows how we can make poor choices because of our past. I love how the characters develop and grow as the story progresses and can't wait for book two to find out the secret Veronica's mother has. I was given a copy of The Forgotten Recipe by Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for an honest review, which I have done.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read. Veronica lost her financee is lost to a bad accident at work and she is grieving and trying to overcome her feeling of loss. And then there is Jason, he was Seth's co-worker and friend and felt like he knew Veronica because of how much Seth talked about her. He attends the funeral and was going to talk to her but her family was around her because she almost passed out and had a time finding her when he does find her she had found her grandmother's recipes and one was for Raspberry Pie and they have become famous. He can't talk to her the first time but he feels a connection and can't tell her. There ups and down with both of them dealing with their grief. I loved the book.