Review: The View from Coral Cove by Amy Clipston

This book would be a wonderful story to sit down to any time of year, however, it really felt right to be reading this book just before summer begins. The View from Coral Cove would be a fabulous story to take with you on vacation and is an excellent beach read!

Brody, Maya, and Ashlyn were characters that I couldn’t help but connect with immediately. I really felt for Maya, arriving in Coral Cove with a broken heart and grief over her great aunt’s passing. I enjoyed reading about the way she plunged into life in Coral Cove and the way she worked to try to help her great aunt’s store to prosper.

I felt for Brody, too, even as I hoped he would be able to overcome his hesitancy toward committing himself to someone after a bad experience in his past. He was a really great guy, who loved his daughter and wanted the best for her. He was also a great friend to Maya and it was sweet to watch as their friendship began to grow into more.

The author created a beautiful setting and a story where I felt as if I was experiencing everything with these characters. I felt their highs and lows and wanted only the best for them. And I loved the epilogue!

(4.5 stars)

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


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, 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.



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 six 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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1 Response to Review: The View from Coral Cove by Amy Clipston

  1. Cindy Davis says:

    I am reading this one now and I am loving it as well. It is such a great story!

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