About the book: Annie Mast and Levi Miller were best friends until his father was shunned by the church. Now, ten years later, Levi has returned to Arthur, Illinois, for a brief visit, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Spending as much time together as possible, Annie finds herself dreaming of a future with Levi. And Levi is soon dreaming of building a home on a beautiful local hillside–to live in with Annie. Yet their longings are unlikely to become reality…
Levi is part of the English world, and while Annie cannot see herself there, she knows she must reveal her heart’s truth to him. And Levi, strongly reminded of his Amish roots, knows he must heal the bitterness of the past. And together, with love on their side, they just may find their way to an answered prayer…
Paperback, 352 pages Published February 28, 2017 by Zebra
My review: I enjoy finding new authors to read and was happy to come across Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker. In a genre that can sometimes be a bit repetitive in its storylines, Lisa has written a fresh story about friendship, love, and loyalty.
Annie and Levi were inseparable as friends growing up. That is until Levi’s father was shunned and the family moved away. Levi has returned for his cousin’s wedding and runs into Annie. The two agree to meet and catch up on each other’s lives. With the soft sounds of Pebble Creek gurgling in the background, these two recapture a friendship that never died. The friendship between the two seemed very genuine and believable to me. It was absolutely no stretch of the imagination to picture these two childhood friends sitting by the creek and enjoying the company of each other and catching up on old times. Everything about these two and their relationship with each other seemed very natural and pleasant to read. It was easy to picture their friendship leading into something stronger.
Annie struggles with her feelings for Levi since his family was shunned and she is a member of the Amish community even though she hasn’t joined the church. Her inner struggle with her loyalty to her upbringing and the church combined with her feelings for Levi were easy to understand. I thought the author did a great job of writing about Annie’s struggles and also Levi’s as he is conflicted with his feelings for Annie and his family’s past with the church.
I like the author’s writing style as she kept the story flowing easily from chapter to chapter. This book was very easy to read and stay interested in. Her descriptions really made the book come alive and made me feel as if I were there right along with the characters.
This book has a bit of a YA feel to it. The two main characters are young adults and I think the book would be very relatable to this group of readers. This book is a very clean read and would be good for teenagers, too. With all of that said though this book can be thoroughly enjoyed by us who aren’t in those two categories. I love that this is just a clean, sweet romance that can appeal to readers of all ages.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Lisa Jones Baker grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She’s also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support.