About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston

The Heart of Splendid LakeABOUT THE BOOK

Bestselling author Amy Clipston transports readers to a picturesque lakeside town in this heartwarming contemporary romance.

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.


Amy Clipston is a beloved author of Amish fiction but this book demonstrates just how versatile her writing skills are. The Heart of Splendid Lake is a contemporary romance that grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go! I loved meeting the Porter family who live in the magical town of Splendid Lake, North Carolina, and I'm convinced that I would absolutely fit in. From finding the latest best-seller at the Bookend, going to a movie at the Warner, or grabbing a special coffee at the Coffee Bean, this could be a place that I would like to call home. I might even find romance on the shores of Splendid Lake!

This story, however, isn't all light and fluffy romance. There are some heavy moments that involve death, grief, and the decisions that must be made after losing a loved one. I could understand Brianna wanting to hold on to the past, and I sympathized with the uncertainties in both her professional and personal life. Should she honor what had been, or accept that change can be good? Does her future include a love from her past, or is there a deeper love with someone new?

The Heart of Splendid Lake is a heartwarming story about family, faith, and hope, and the characters and setting make it especially appealing. I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Amy Clipston is an award-winning bestselling author and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's sold more than one million books, and 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 University and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and five spoiled rotten cats. You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, or follow her on  Facebook     
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