Review: The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston

I simply adored this book! I have really enjoyed Amy Clipston’s Amish romances and was excited to read a contemporary romance written by her. I was not disappointed. The characters and setting pulled me in, making me feel as if they were real people working to save a real resort and finding love while they were at it.

This novel had some really heart tugging moments. Brianna lost her father very suddenly. As if that wasn’t hard enough, her life took a couple more sudden and upsetting turns and she found herself fighting to keep the family resort open.

I loved the way the friendship grew between Brianna and Scott, even as the possibility of something more developing between them seemed impossible. The way Scott cared about Brianna and her mother, offering help whenever possible, made it clear the type of caring person that he was. I couldn’t help but like these two characters and want the best for them. There was great chemistry between these two.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


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.

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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. 

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston

  1. Thanks for the terrific review, Brittany. I’ve been anxious to read this book!

  2. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds says:

    Would love to read this.

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