Contemporary Romance Book Review: The View from Coral Cove

About the Book

Title: The View from Coral Cove 

Author: Amy Clipston 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 

Release Date: May 10, 2022

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Publisher's Book Description

“When a jilted romance novelist escapes to a small beach town, the last thing she expected to find was the start of an even better love story. 

In the wake of a broken engagement and the death of her last surviving family member, sweet romance novelist Maya Reynolds moves to the haven of Coral Cove, North Carolina, to take over her great-aunt’s toy store. Some of her grief is immediately eased by imaginative eight-year-old Ashlyn Tanner, who talks her into adopting a kitten and inspires Maya to create a princess tea-party room in the store. 

Ashlyn’s dad, local veterinarian Brody Tanner, is quickly smitten by the newest resident of his hometown. As a single parent, he sacrifices a lot in order to give Ashlyn the world, so a romantic entanglement with Maya is not a distraction he is looking for. 

As the three develop a deepening bond in the seaside town where Maya experienced some of her happiest childhood memories, clouds cast a shadow over Maya’s hope for the future: an impossible deadline looms over her next novel, a long-held secret by her late mother about Maya’s absent father comes to light, and Brody’s resolve to avoid romance seems unbreakable. 

But together, they just might discover that sometimes happy endings happen outside the pages of Maya’s novels too.” 

My Review

The View from Coral Cove, by Amy Clipston, graciously welcomes the reader into a relevant story that is thoughtful and meaningful. Authentic, vulnerable, and full of heart, this novel holds a satisfying blend of drama, emotion, and sweet romance. As a contemporary story of friendship, family, new beginnings, and unexpected possibilities, this book is genuinely touching.  

A charming coastal community in a small town in North Carolina offers the perfect backdrop for a story of love, loss, and hope. Beautiful beaches and quaint shops form the settings for many engaging scenes. While a small toy store, a local cat rescue facility, and a stunning beach house add plenty of opportunities for imaginative, thoughtful story development. 

With likable characters, an engaging plot, and important themes, this book is quite special. The characters are authentic and compelling. Though they face heartache and uncertainty, they dare to take risks and share their vulnerabilities. They learn the value of honesty and trust in the pursuit of their hearts’ desires. With perseverance and courage, they work to overcome hurt and rejection in order to find healing and wholeness. Page after page, this novel offers an original story that purposefully explores friendship, family, faith, and commitment. The story becomes particularly stirring as these themes are explored throughout the book. 

Ms. Clipston never fails to write stories that are appealing and truly entertaining. The View from Coral Cove is certainly enjoyable. It is a novel that is worthwhile and uplifting. I happily 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

Click here to visit Amy Clipston's website.


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