The Forgotten Recipe (Amish Heirloom Series #1)

The Forgotten Recipe (Amish Heirloom Series #1)

by Amy Clipston
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The Forgotten Recipe (Amish Heirloom Series #1) by Amy Clipston

The first book in Amy Clipston’s beloved Amish Heirloom series—and an ECPA bestseller!

“Amish fiction fans will enjoy this story—and want a taste of Veronica’s raspberry pie!” —Publishers Weekly

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?

“Clipston delivers another enchanting series starter with a tasty premise, family secrets, and sweet-as-pie romance, offering assurance that true love can happen more than once and second chances are worth fighting for.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, TOP PICK!

“In the first book in her Amish Heirloom series, Clipston takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through grief, guilt, and anxiety.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310342731
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Amish Heirloom Series , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,268
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead 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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The Forgotten Recipe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The more I read about the Amish, the more I wish everyone had their values.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful way to leave reality behind!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy Amy's writings. Always enjoy Amy's writings.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Believable characters and a nice peek in to Amish life.
Anonymous 25 days ago
I greatly enjoyed this story. **** esk 06/2018 ****
Anonymous 26 days ago
For anyone who has lost a loved one and had loved again, this story is so accurate in the emotional roller coaster our thoughts take us through. I loved how the author brought me back to God's will for us when the characters were most confused,
Anonymous 1 days ago
Very good, sweet and well written read.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Like all of Amy CLipson's books, this one has the reader hanging on and wanting to read what is next. This is a great read and one that I very much enjoyed.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Good book
Anonymous 23 days ago
Difficult to read because of all the angst that the main characters are experiencing. This book is more for young people or teens. If it had not been a "Free Fruday" sekection, I would not have chosen.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Easy reading. Held my interest and I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Talked to both Jason and Veronica as if I was with them. Recommend this book to everyone. Good story about grief, patience, love and forgiveness. Love happy endings but can't wait for a follow-up story.
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thall5 More than 1 year ago
Two hearts brought together by a forgotten recipe! Loved this first book in An Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston! This story is set around two main characters Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard. While at first they really don't even know each other, they are connected by a special bond they both share to someone they both lost, Seth Lapp. Veronica and Seth were engaged to be married, when an accident on the job takes Seth from this life. She is consumed with grief and the loss of love she feels she will never be able to have again. She does pretty much anything to try to keep busy to keep her mind occupied every day, just to make it through each day. One day, while cleaning the attic, she comes across an old chest and finds a recipe for her Mammi's (grandmother's) blackberry pie. She decides this could be a perfect new distraction for her, as she is running out of other things to do. She sets up a roadside stand and sells her delicious pies. Jason Huyard, is flooded with guilt and grief over the passing of his friend Seth Lapp. While he misses his best friend, he also feels guilt over the accident that happened on the job site where he and Seth had been working that day. Jason feels drawn to Veronica the first time he sees her after Seth's death, and seeks out to find her. Not realizing he would soon find her at a roadside back stand selling the best blackberry pies he'd ever tasted. As they meet and their relationship begins to blossom, Jason never says a word about knowing Seth, much less that he was his best friend and was there when he died. Jason knows his secret of knowing Seth needs to be told, but has no idea how to tell it without losing Veronica. Will Jason tell Veronica? Will his secret tear them apart? This book was a great read as all of Amy Clipstons' books are! Loved the way she left a little cliffhanger at the end that had me grabbing book 2 immediately! Great story line and well described characters! Also love the Amish glossary at the beginning of the book to help decipher any words you are not accustomed to in the Pennsylvania Dutch language.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Amy's Best Work To Date! Amy Clipston has brought her fans yet another captivating, fun ride. I truly enjoyed reading this start to her Amish Heirloom series. Her words, her characters, her story line all combine to create a read you won't be able to put down! I know I couldn't, as I read it in a day! I loved Veronica and Jason's characters. Both went through something emotional and tragic, and both had a fear in their heart. Watching them together, feeling like I was right there in the middle of Amish country with them, was so fun. Each page turn brought something to the book and kept me hooked the whole time. I definitely recommend this book by the amazingly talented Amy Clipston. She knows just what her readers want and delivers. This story is filled with God's grace and love, and characters that will steal your heart. But, be warned! Ms. Clipston's 5 star worthy work is absolutely addictive and will leave you hungry for more. I can't wait to read book 2! *I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative*
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mackenzie_carol More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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. *