Friday, November 16, 2018

Review: Newness and Wonder by Alexis Lynne

It's that time of year when heartwarming holiday tales are front and center and I can't get enough of them so when fellow blogger and friend Sophia Rose told me about Newness and Wonder I knew I needed to read it.

ISBN-13: 978-0692197691
Publisher: Alexis Lynne
Release Date: 10-9-2018
Length: 230pp
Sylvan Hills #1
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound


After her only dream is snatched from her grasp, can she open her heart to something new and wonderful this Christmas?

For years, all Tara Crowley longed for was to return to the simple but happy life she lived on her grandparents’ farm. After years of saving, she finally put an offer on the old place only to have it beaten by an out of towner whose plans for her childhood home are sketchy, at least in Tara’s mind. When she meets the man, however, nothing about him says villain, but will her disappointment and bitter past allow for a future with the one who stole all her dreams?

Justin Hunter gave up his life in Manhattan to give his young sister a childhood free of stress and complications. Fixing up the old farmhouse would give them a chance to bond and build the happy home neither of them ever had. When Justin meets a beautiful artist and loses his heart instantly, “complicated” becomes an understatement. Can he convince her to believe in a new dream, one that includes him and a young girl who needs her?

Spend the holidays in Sylvan Hills, North Carolina, where the scenery is beautiful, the people are quirky, and love finds you when you least expect it.

My Review:

Newness and Wonder
Alexis Lynne

Lynne’s latest and first in her new Sylvan Hills series is a tender, touching frienemies to lovers, lust at first sight tale that mixes humor and heartbreak. Set during the holidays in a small North Carolina town near the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains it features the best and worse parts of small town living plus Hatfield and McCoy worthy family dramas. Watching Justin and Tara bare their souls, overcome their obstacles and fall in love is heartwarming and readers get hints on future stories as we’re introduced to the genuine and likeable secondary characters. All the players are super but it's the wounded bird, grieving teen sister, Marley that’s a real-deal stand out and will pull on heartstrings. Book two will be available in 2019

Local Sylvan Hills, artist Tara Crowley has dreamed for years of buying back the family generational farm that her mother callously sold. Then just when it seemed the dream was in reach someone out bids her for the property.
Justin Hunter knew raising his twelve-year-old sister on his own after her mother’s death wouldn’t be easy. But when she shows an interest in decorating her room in the old NC farmhouse he bought for them he knows he made the right choice. He’s even more positive about relocating when a local beauty shows interest in him. But that’s short lived when he learns that she also wanted the property he bought.

 My thanks to the author for a
copy in exchange for an honest review

About the author:
Alexis Lynne splits her time between two worlds--modern day North Carolina and Regency England. Already established in historical romance as Pamela Lynne, Alexis debuts her first contemporary work this fall. She is a happily married mother of five and resides in the beautiful green hills of Middle Tennessee. You can connect with Alexis on her 


  1. This was perfect to get me in the mood for the holidays. Love small town romance. :)

  2. This is on my reading list and I am looking forward to reading it!

  3. I do love small tows too, and xmas books

  4. You are tempting me! Sounds so interesting.

  5. I love a good small town romance. And that cover puts me in the mood for this time of year.

    1. I know right the perfect setting for a holiday themed romance

  6. What a lovely cover! Sounds like a great read, too :)