The Forgotten Recipe – Book Review

The Forgotten RecipeThe Forgotten Recipe
by Amy Clipston

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.

Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves his fiancée, Veronica Fisher. As for Veronica, she knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend.

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 . . . despite her best efforts.

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:

Unfortunately, this book didn’t particularly thrill me. There was a lot of repetition (different ways of telling us someone had blue eyes, same advice given to same characters over and over, etc.) and the plot just seemed to trudge along. It was very obvious from the beginning how the story was going to unfold, but it seemed to take forever to get there.

There was one item that really interested me, and at the end of the book I thought I was going to find out what it was, but I didn’t. It was used (kind of) as an unresolved point to draw you in to what I assume is going to be a sequel. That was really disappointing. 

Personally, I felt this would be more of a read for a younger (teen, maybe?) audience, rather than an adult audience. It just didn’t have enough “meat” to the story for me, but again, this is just my personal opinion. You might enjoy it!


Sincere thanks to the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

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  • Reply
    January 7, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I have a hard time reading Amish based stories. Much of them have the same plots or very predictable story lines. I’ve only read a few that even kept my attention. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

    • Reply
      January 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Unfortunately, I am finding the same thing. I read one before Christmas by a well-known author of Amish fiction that was so boring, and soooo repetitive that it was actually surprising to me. I figured with as many books as she had out, her stories had to be great. Well, not so much. At least not that particular book. *sigh*

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