Monday, December 21, 2020

Blog Tour: Review of The Amish Baker's Rival by Marie E. Bast

Author: Marie E. Bast
Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication date: December 2020

She’ll do anything to protect her bakery… no matter the cost to her heart.
Small-town, Amish baker Mary Brenneman is devastated when handsome Englischer Noah Miller opens up a bakery right across from hers. Now she must win a local baking contest just to stay in business. But somewhere along the way, Noah and Mary’s kitchen wars are quickly warming into something more…

Still mourning the death of his parents, Mary helps Noah search for the Amish grandparents he has never met. And when a crisis hits Mary’s bakery, Noah volunteers his assistance.
After Mary’s now ex-fiancĂ© broke their engagement so he could go live in the Englisch world, she vows to stay away from men…especially Englisch men. Even though she likes Noah more each day, she keeps her distance.

With her heart packed with distrust, Noah hopes to soften her resolve and convince Mary of their undeniable love. But trouble brews at the baking contest when Mary thinks Noah has stolen her recipe. After the surprising result of the contest, Noah and Mary must face their feelings and decide what road God has set them upon.

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My thoughts:

The Amish Baker's Rival is a sweet clean romance and one I enjoyed.  It looks like it is part of a series, but worked fine as a stand alone.  Noah and Mary were really cute together as the went up against each other in a baking contest.  I did like Noah and how he was basically raised in a sort of hybrid of Amish and modern values.  It made his decision in the end a bit more believable.  I was definitely rooting for the couple to realize that they were meant for each other.  I enjoyed the rest of the cast of characters immensely.  It's a quick romance and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

About Marie E. Bast

MARIE E. BAST is the Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author of The Amish Baker and The Amish Marriage Bargain, and the first place 2015 contemporary winner of the Ignite the Flame Contest for The Perfect Client. She is also a finalist in the 2020 Book Buyers Best Contest for The Amish Baker. Her stories whisper words of hope, healing, and forgiveness through complex characters and twisting plots. Her books are sold all over the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and Australia. She has published short stories and poetry in book compilations to include Chicken Soup for the Soul. She lives in Illinois with her husband of twenty-nine years. When she’s not writing, she’s walking, golfing, gardening, or spending time with her family. She loves to bake and enjoys her homemade rolls and bread way too much.

Learn more about Marie and her books HERE.

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Marie Bast said...

Thanks so much for the lovely post and kind words about my book. Have a great holiday!

Sara Strand said...

I am so glad you loved this! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours