Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Forgotten Recipe - Book Review and A Giveaway!

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend.
Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome-
but mostly, 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 a pause.

Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life -
a memory the haunts him still.
So when he seeks out the grieving fiancee 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
I was a little skeptical about reading this book as it began with a death.
I wondered how any book could be good 
when the main character loses the love of her life in the first chapter.
And then when I started in on the story and read of how much Veronica loved Seth
and the sweet memories she had of him and I thought there was no way 
Jason and Veronica could top the relationship Seth and Veronica shared. . .
Boy, was I wrong!

Amy Clipston did a beautiful job of portraying Seth's life 
through the eyes and heart of Veronica,
but she also did a phenomenal job of setting Jason apart 
with his tender heart, kind attitude, and compassionate ways.
It was easy to fall for his character all the while falling in love with the memory of Seth 
that lived on through Jason and Veronica.

As Veronica faces each day after the tragedy of losing her fiancee
she can think of doing only one thing:
getting through one day at a time.
She keeps herself busy so that she doesn't have to think about her loss,
but when she finds some recipes from her Mammi her whole world changes
and she realizes there might be a light at the end of the dark tunnel.

"Finding those recipes had awakened something deep inside her.
The idea of baking something new, 
something that was all hers, took hold of her.
And not only was it hers, but the recipe was a link to her grandmother.
The link of her family history was a balm to her grieving soul."
{ The Forgotten Recipe - pg. 17 }

The Forgotten Recipe is an enjoyable read though not very deep.
There is a tenderness in the relationship of Jason and Veronica
that will wrap around you and draw you in to their story.
I give this book 3.5 stars

. . . Beware . . .
You will crave raspberry pie while reading this book!

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
and the Fiction Guild Team for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

* * * * * * * * * * * * *
I mentioned a giveaway and here it is. . .
I have been blessed with two copies 
of this sweet book
so I am giving one away.

Simply leave a comment sharing what kind of books you enjoy reading:
suspense, romance, historical, biographies, etc.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday the 26th.

Happy weekend, my friends!

48 comments:

Simply Linda said...

Good Morning sweet friend...I like all books, but I am especially drawn to mysteries or historical based....have a beautiful day friend. Blessings

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Don't you love a book that surprises you from your first impression! I mostly read mysteries but have also ventured into other genres because friends have recommended specific books.

living from glory to glory said...

Good Morning, Thank you for having those sweet little Tea bag holders in your shop! And did you mention raspberry pie? I do love a sweet romance, you always have such well written reviews. I would appreciate a shot at winning that book!
Hugs, Roxy

Jessica Mayo said...

Good morning to you!!
I love books!! =) hmm...don't know how to narrow down my favorite! ;) Thank you so much for this chance!
Much love and blessings to you!
Jessica Mayo <3

Elizabethd said...

I love a Christian romance or even detective story.
Amy Clipston's books are nice but I didn't find them very deep.

Mary Hutchins said...

Sounds like another 'very good' book. I love all books, you might say I am a bookworm! Romance, mystery, biography..one of each please! I really love prophetic fiction, the Left Behind series were great! Hope your day is happy and blessed.

Denise said...

I love all types of books

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Greetings, sweet lady!

My favorite kind of book is historical fiction these days.

I have never had raspberry pie but at this moment I have raspberry oat bars baking in the oven. I make them almost every week as it is easy, keeps a while and is perfect for tea time. I use a stevia/brown sugar blend so the sugar is less, so I can sneak a bite now and then. : - )

Don't count me in for the giveaway, I just wanted to say howdy. Hugs!

Stay warm and dry in this blizzarish weather we're having. It's cold! ♥

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a good book. I like a wide variety and am willing to go give most things a try but favour a historical/period based book. Have a wonderful weekend.

Camille said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway my friend...what fun! I have a little story to share with you. My Emma is an avid reader and has had books recommended to her from her peers. I vetted a few of them and found them inappropriate. I wanted to give her some good books for Christmas and came to your site to find a few titles that you endorsed. One of the books I purchased was "Secrets She Kept"...I read it prior to handing it over to Emma. It was one of the best fiction books I have read in a long time. See the influence you have had without even knowing it? Thank you for these reviews you do! :) Hugs, Camille

Ashley said...

I like reading missionary books and christian mysteries, as well as christian nonfiction and Christian fiction. :) Thank you for giving a book away. :D
Love,
Ashley
creatingpreciousmoments.blogspot.com

Ashley's Yarn Works

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Dear Friend,

I love....LOVE...books like this. I am currently reading Amish Miracle. I lean toward mystery a lot but I really like all you mentioned above as long as it is Christian or morally friendly. :)I would love to read this book. Thanks for a opportunity to maybe receive it.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a delight that you are giving away one of these books, thank you dear Stephanie! I enjoy reading biographies of those who have lived their life for the King, and yet, it would be nice to have the occasional read of a light enjoyable book too! Do enter my name in the drawing, and bless you for being so generous!!! :) Have a wonderful Saturday!

Laura Lane said...

I enjoy CLEAN cozy mysteries. The Tea Shop mysteries from Laura Childs are good, but the other series she writes are dirty.
I enjoy Christian suspense books. A bit of romance is okay, but I prefer it not be the focal point of the book. NO bad language or s or anything like that.
Blessings,
Laura
who was thinking about getting this book anyway!

Grandma said...

Would love this book. I read suspense and historical and Francine Rivers books.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This sounds like a very good book. I love all sorts of genre's and like to mix it up. Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Historical Fiction. Yes, I love to read!
hugs,
Linda

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

This sounds like a sweet romance, Stephanie, and yes, now I'm wanting raspberry pie, too. I love to read historical fiction, and sweet romance books. Thanks for the opportunity to win, and for your honest review.
Happy weekend, my friend! xxoo

Anne Payne said...

Wonderfully written review, Stephanie! I've read several of Amy's books, and blessed to meet her in person. I read contemporary and historical, preferring mystery in both and not too heavy on the romance. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you for your visit, my friend. I love getting lost in a good book and I love suspense as long as they are 'clean' mysteries. I do enjoy romance, biographies and historical too. I have also read many Amish stories. And raspberry pie; love it!! Hope your weekend is going well.

Blessings,
Sandi

Mehrll said...

I love reading books about the Amish, Mennonites, and other "plain" people. I have a lot of Beverly Lewis, Kim Sawyer, etc. books. Basically I love any Christian fiction and also have a supply of Karen Kingsbury books. This sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the review. Hugs.

My heart is here said...

I love historical books the most :)
mmyheartishere@gmail.com

mommar6 said...

I especially enjoy reading cookbooks. I read them like a novel. Amish books are also a favorite of mine. Reading about a simpler family oriented life makes me happy.

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie!
I normally read historical novels by Christian authors. Currently, I'm reading the Heirs of Acadia series by T. Davis and Isabella Bunn which is a sequel series to the Song of Acadia series by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn. They have a great balance of faith, mystery, history and a bit of romance.
Your book sounds like a great read, too.
Have a lovely weekend!
Toni

Melanie said...

This sounds like such a sweet book. It's nice to read something with such a celebration of love. Have a sweet weekend, my friend.

Cheryl said...

Oh, my word! You drew me right in...I was hooked into the first paragraph! I love any kind of spiritual book...mostly my precious Bible, Streams in the Desert, hymnbooks (I know, I'm weird, but I love reading the words!), primitive decorating books/magazines, and, yes, of course, I am a hopeless romantic, so when I have time, I do love to read about Godly love stories!! It is a beautiful picture when both the man and the woman love God more than they love each other. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win, sweet friend. Sending you hugs and love and gratitude!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading fiction books when I have the time, and this book sounded so interesting. Thank you for offering it as a giveaway.
Cindy

Vee said...

Fun to read your sense of humor shine through in this review. You had me chuckling.

Anne said...

This one sounds good!
I like historical fiction and Christian romance(Grace L. Hill) :-)

Brenda Fricke said...

Except for science fiction, all books are my favorites! I love to read, period!

Brenda Fricke said...

Except for science fiction, all books are my favorites! I love to read, period!

Jean Tuthill said...

I love all kinds of books, but I am mostly drawn to romantic stories. Thank you for being so generous with your giveaway.

tealady said...

I love sweet romance books, I enjoy a warm loving feeling kind of book.

Susan said...

Hello Stephanie. Sounds like a nice read. I just finished "The Miniaturist." I usually don't enjoy fiction but I read it for a book club I am in. It was a very well written book, set in the 1600s. The story is, well, kind of strange but I still enjoyed it.

Please put my name into the hat. Thanks! Susan

Lynn Bean said...
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Lynn Bean said...

A great review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the generous give away! Have a blessed weekend.

annie said...

I love reading Amish fiction best. I have read many of Amy's books but not this one, I would love to win a copy.

Wanda said...

A cooking love story...that would be up my alley. I'm making cook books for my daughters.

Paiges Pages said...

Oh my! That sounds splendidly wonderfully thrilling! I L.O.V.E. books like that! I like all kinds of books!
I would absolutely love to win this! It sounds so awesome, I love reading!
Have a blessed evening!
Paige

Aida said...

Hello Steph, happy new year. Hope you are staying indoors and keeping yourself warm. You always give a good review, I admire your talent. I read crime and mystery books but I also love romance and a bit of history.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Hugs,
aida

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: Fabulous review. A very good book. Keep in touch

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Raspberry pie! I used to make this when we first got married, almost 34 years ago! OH STEPHANIE, good morning! Are you tucked in and cozy?I suppose you are, with a good book! Enjoy your Sunday my friend. I'm over here trying to finish grading finals papers....lots of them!

Amy at love made my home said...

Another really lovely sounding book! You have been a very busy reader lately. xx

Susan said...

Hi Stephanie, I like historical/Christian fiction. I use to have a lot of books, but I have had to give a lot away since I have downsized. I gave them to my church library. I have kept my Left Behind series and my AD Chronicles series to read one more time. I have a page at my website that list a lot of the books I have read.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

At the moment, I seem to be reading a lot of cozy-type mysteries. But I like most all kinds of books.
Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Abi Ant said...

I don't normally read this genre of book, but i have a friend who would love this! -Abi

Robyn said...

This book sounds like something I could really enjoy. And who doesn't love a little deliciousness with their love stories? lol. I just love your book reviews, Stephanie!

Daniela said...

My darling, I love reading mistery novels, historical novels and biographies, as you can imagine, because of my love for history !

I think that I'd love to be blessed with this prize, .... yes, surely !

Have a lovely day today and a wonderful week to come
sending much love to you
Dany

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

This book sounds enjoyable. A nice easy read after a day at the office, is just what I need.
Thanks for the review :)

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