cover image Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

Amy Clipston. Thomas Nelson, $16.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-7852-5296-2

Set in charming Flowering Grove, N.C., this pleasant romance from Clipston (The View from Coral Cove) pairs Christine Sawyer, owner of the Treasure Hunting Antique Mall, with former town golden boy Brent Nicholson, Christine’s fraternal twin’s ex boyfriend. Brent’s back in town from Virginia to help his great-aunt Midge with home repairs before she sells and moves to a retirement home—and Aunt Midge decides to play matchmaker. She hires Christine to sort through her basement and attic, thus ensuring that Christine and Brent continually cross paths. Clipston presents plenty of believable obstacles to their budding relationship, including Christine’s belief that Brent cheated on her sister, breaking her heart, and Brent’s conviction that the injury that ended his college football career made him a disappointment to his father and the town. As the two bond over a shared love of home design, however, Brent can’t help falling for down-to-earth Christine, and her greater understanding of Brent makes her doubt her twin’s version of their breakup. The pace is leisurely yet satisfying as the protagonists find first friendship, then mutual attraction. Add in the wholesome small-town vibe, and this sweet tale proves a winner. Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary. (Jan.)