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The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston {Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own.  

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 the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and six spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: @AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston; BookBub: @AmyClipston.

If you love a good romance, The Heart of Splendid Lake is a must add to your TBR. From the very start, this one drew me in and pulled at each and every emotion... just as a good romance should! This romance truly had so much heart. I had read an enjoyed Amish reads from Amy Clipston in the past, and have to say that she took on contemporary romance every bit as beautifully as well. 

When we first meet Brianna, she is engaged to someone else... and I have to admit that I don't usually care for stories in which one of the romantic leads is in a serious relationship like that with someone else when they meet the new potential romance. In fact, early on with this one, I wasn't really sure how to feel about it... but as the story went on I actually found that the author handled it very well and in the end I think it all worked out wonderfully... though I won't say too much more about that! I'm personally a big fan of Hallmark movies, and in reading this book I couldn't help but think that this had the makings of a great one--- a good romance, small town charm, etc--- and that is a big compliment coming from me! Overall, I really enjoyed this one and truly hope to see more contemporary reads from this author in the future! 


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