Something Old, Something New by Amy Clipston is a heartwarming story about family and new beginnings. It’s a wholesome story, reminiscent of a Hallmark romance movie. Family relationships are at the core of this story, and the small-town community gives it a cozy vibe.
Christine Sawyer has always felt inferior to her fraternal twin, Britney. Christine considers her sister beautiful and perfect, and herself the “nerdy twin”. When Brent Nicholson, Britney’s long-time high school boyfriend, arrives back in town for an extended period, Christine can’t imagine he’d be interested in her. Similarly, Brent feels the way his life has gone since high school, he has nothing to offer anyone in a relationship. As summer turns into fall, Christine and Brent (along with their families), have their lives changed forever.
This is my first book by this author, so I didn’t know what to expect. Overall, I enjoyed this sweet and simple love story. I especially enjoyed the endearing family members and their journey into something new. My main quibble about the storyline, is that Christine and Brent’s low self-esteem carried on for too long. It really started to take away from the story. Fortunately, the family aspect of the story made up for it.
If you’re looking for a clean, HEA story, give this one a try. I listened to the audiobook and didn’t enjoy the narration, so I would recommend the print or Kindle edition instead.
This book reminded me of The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert. If you enjoyed that story, I think you’ll enjoy this one.
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