The Amish Baker’s Rival is a delightfully sweet novel that I devoured quickly over this weekend.
Mary Brenneman is a young Amish woman running her stepmother’s bakery, Amish Sweet Delights. Finances are tight after medical bills for her twin sisters’ birth. Her heart is also still broken from being left at the alter a year before by a man who decided he no longer wanted to be Amish. Handsome Englischer Noah Miller arrives in the small town and opens a grocery, deli, and bakery directly across the street. How can one small town support two bakeries?
The annual fall festival is hosting a bakery contest with a $20,000 prize that is attracting bakers from across the country. Noah and Mary both compete with the thought that if either one wins, they will be the baker that survives. As they practice their recipes and get to know each other better, they realize there may be more there than just being rivals. Who will win the contest and can an Amish woman and Englischer man have a future together?
I greatly enjoyed this sweet romance. I love to bake and enjoyed the discussion of baking and the inner workings of a bakery. I also really liked the story of Noah and his siblings returning to town to connect with their Amish grandparents. It was interesting learning about Amish customs and beliefs. The characters were well written. I learned at the end this was part of a series, but it is very much a standalone novel.
My Grandma Arlt was an apple pie baking champion in our small town and my Mom has won as well. My Dad bakes excellent desserts, but the title has eluded him. I don’t know if my home town has had any baking contests for a while. I’d like to be in one myself!
Overall, The Amish Baker’s Rival is an excellent inspiration romance that was a true delight to read.
Book Source: A signed copy from author Marie E. Bast as
part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you! For more information and to see the rest of the tour schedule, click on this link.
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