A Story as Sweet and Satisfying as Veronica’s Raspberry Pie
The Forgotten Recipe
by Amy Clipston
Series: Amish Heirloom (Book 1)
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
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Veronica Fisher is devastated when her fiancé, Seth, is killed in an accident at work. Seth’s friend, Jason Huyard, was with him and blames himself for Seth’s death. Although Jason has never met Veronica, he feels as if he knows her because Seth talked about her constantly. After the accident, he can’t seem to get Veronica out of his mind.
Two months later, Veronica is cleaning the attic and comes across her mother’s old hope chest. She finds an old recipe and soon discovers that baking helps her cope with her grief, so she opens a bake stand to sell her pies.
Jason starts visiting the stand weekly and their friendship grows, but Veronica isn’t ready to court again. And Jason harbors his secret regret of not being able to save Seth.
Veronica’s mother must convince her that she can’t completely give up on love. But when the truth is revealed, can she forgive Jason for not telling her he was there on that fateful day?
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!
— Dawn Teresa
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, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”