From Goodreads: 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 herMammi’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 review: As a fan of all books by Amy Clipston I was sure I would enjoy The Forgotten Recipe, book one in the Amish Heirloom series. However, I wasn’t prepared for how much I would LOVE this book. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down.
I was immediately connected to the characters and their story. It was so easy to sympathize with Veronica and Jason and to feel their grief over the loss of their fiance and friend. The characters were complex and vulnerable which made them realistic. By the end of the first chapter I felt like I had known these characters and their families forever. I haven’t felt this connected to characters since, well, I don’t remember when.
I liked the way the story unfolded at just the right pace. There is a natural progression to Veronica and Jason’s relationship that doesn’t feel rushed or contrived. Everything happens at just the right time to make the story that much more believable.
This book has a different feel to it than Amy’s other works. I feel she has really developed as an author and showcases it in this story. There is a certain depth to the characters and story that I haven’t seen before. Amy has used memories from her life in this story as explained in the dedication that add a special touch to the book. I feel this not only connects us to the characters but to Amy as well.
If you are a fan of the Amish fiction genre you are sure to enjoy this book. If you are not a fan or haven’t read anything from the genre, pick up this book and give it a try. By the end of the story you will be a fan and, like me, anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. This is truly a five-star read!
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.