The Amish Baker’s Rival by Marie E. Bast

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a wonderful Amish fiction romance! I loved the characters, and the story was easy to settle into and just enjoy!

The Amish Baker’s Rival is about a newcomer to an Amish community, Noah, and an Amish girl Mary. Mary owns a lovely bakery that has a good customer base and some great treats! When Noah opens up a Fresh Grocery and Deli across the street, Mary knows that she’s going to have some competition. She decides to enter a baking contest with a $10,000 prize. Noah though is also entering the contest! The two of them become rivals in both the baking contest and in their businesses. As the story progresses, these enemies start to fall for each other, which is one of my favorite romance tropes!

I really enjoyed the secrets that are revealed throughout this story. Noah’s parents were Amish but left during their Rumspringa. There is a lot for the reader to learn about Noah’s history, and I was really interested in how the story was going to turn out knowing that Noah had an understanding of the Amish way of life, and had returned to the area where his family used to live.

The romance between Mary and Noah was a slow, steady burn the way Amish fiction usually is, which made it lovely. I like when the feelings grow throughout the story, I think it makes such a great connection between the characters, and you really get a chance to feel that spark.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It has a lovely romance that builds throughout the story but also focuses on character growth and development. It was a fun, easy read!

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend The Amish Baker’s Rival for readers that enjoy Amish fiction with clean romance. I highly recommend this for foodies too!

Where to Find This Book:

The Amish Baker’s Rival by Marie E. Bast publishes on December 29, 2020, and is available at these sites!

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble Harlequin | Goodreads


This exciting new Amish romance is from Publishers Weekly bestselling author of The Amish Baker and The Amish Marriage Bargain.

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-fiancé 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.

Just the Facts:

The Amish Baker’s Rival by Marie E. Bast
Genre: Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired
Pub Date: December 29, 2020

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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