Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston

 The Heart of Splendid Lake
Book Summary

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.
My Thoughts

Brianna Porter loves working alongside her father at the family resort on Splendid Lake.  After her father passes away suddenly, Brianna struggles to manage on her own while her mother deals with her grief.  Scott Gibson, a real estate developer, arrives to make an offer on the place.  Scott is just the first in a line of people who wish to purchase the Porter property.  A set of circumstances threatens her family home and Brianna finds solace with kindhearted Scott.  Brianna has been engaged to Taylor for three years and she is not one to back out on a commitment.  What does the future hold for Brianna and the Porter resort?  
The Heart of Splendid Lake is Amy Clipston’s debut contemporary romance novel.  I was drawn into this engaging story right away.  I admit I was surprised because this is not the type of book that I normally read.  I thought it was well-written (I would not expect less from Amy Clipston) with developed characters and a charming setting.  It is an emotional story that will tug at your heartstrings.  I could certainly relate to Brianna having to deal with her father’s death and her mother’s overwhelming grief.  I thought all the characters were realistic and relatable.  I enjoyed getting to know Brianna, Scott, Ava, Lois, and the other secondary characters.  There is a friendly cat as well.  Amy Clipston’s writing draws the reader in and holds them until the very end.  The picturesque descriptions allowed me to visualize Splendid Lake, the town, and the resort.  I could certainly understand Brianna and Scott’s desire to live there.  The Heart of Splendid Lake is one of those stories that will have you staying up late to see how everything turns out.  The Heart of Splendid Lake is a heartwarming, poignant tale with prodigious grief, moving memories, masses of maintenance, a mournful mother, a considerate developer, and an enthralling lake. 
The Heart of Splendid Lake is available from Amazon*.  I hope you enjoy Amy's first foray into contemporary romance as much as I did.  Amy Clipston has An Amish Quilting Bee with Kathleen Fuller and Shelley Shepard Gray publishing December 7.    Amy has Foundation of Love releasing on February 1, 2022.  It is the first An Amish Legacy Novel. You can find Amy Clipston's complete collection of novels here.  The images I used today are from Amy Clipston's inspiration for The Heart of Splendid Lake which is Schroon Lake in New York.  Thank you for visiting today.  I will return on Wednesday with Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey.  I am a stop on the Great Escape Virtual Book Tours for the first Bonnie & Clyde Mystery.  I hope that you have a serene day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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