Contemporary Romance Book Review: The Heart of Splendid Lake

About the Book

Title: The Heart of Splendid Lake

Author: Amy Clipston

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: September 14, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

"Brianna is the youngest of the three Porter sisters and the only one who chose to stay in the small town of Splendid Lake, North Carolina. She followed in her father’s footsteps and became an expert boat mechanic, helping him run their small resort with cabin rentals, a convenience store, and a marina. 

When Brianna’s father unexpectedly dies, Brianna is steeped in grief and guilt—then left alone to clean up the mess. To make matters worse, a constant stream of real estate brokers begins marching through her property, offering to buy the family land. In particular, she keeps running into handsome real estate mogul Scott Gibson. 

As Brianna struggles to keep it all together, Scott finds his way into her heart. And as the two fight against their feelings, they just might find themselves forging a surprising and exciting new love at Splendid Lake."

My Review

The Heart of Splendid Lake, by Amy Clipston, is a special novel that features a satisfying blend of touching drama, genuine emotion, and sweet romance. Page after page, this novel offers a contemporary story of friendship, family, new beginnings, and unexpected possibilities. 

A charming lake-front property in a small town in North Carolina, provides the ideal setting for a story of love, loss, and hope. Featuring appealing characters, an engaging plot, and significant themes, this novel is memorable and moving. The well-developed characters are authentic and compelling. As they face heartache, fear, and uncertainty, they risk vulnerability, honesty, and trust in order to save what they hold dear. With perseverance and determination, they endeavor to overcome great difficulties in order to find healing and wholeness. From beginning to end, this book offers an entertaining story that graciously and effectively explores friendship, family, purpose, and commitment. As these themes are developed throughout the novel, the story becomes especially meaningful and inspiring.

A skilled writer of fiction, Ms. Clipston always succeeds in crafting stories that are thoughtful and enjoyable. Like all of Ms. Clipston’s novels, The Heart of Splendid Lake  offers an entertaining story that is relevant and well-written. It is a truly irresistible novel that is worthwhile and uplifting. I gladly recommend it.  

*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.


About the Author: Amy Clipston

“Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.” Biography from Amy Clipston’s author page on

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