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Source: Review copy from author
Rating: ★★★★☆

This week will be my catch-up for holiday reviews. I didn’t get to read as many Christmas books as I’d wanted, but I enjoyed the few I had time to read, and that’s what counts.

First up is Newness & Wonder, the first book in Alexis Lynne’s Slyvan Hills series of small town romances. Set in Slyvan Hills, North Carolina, the book centers on Tara Crowley, an artist living with her sisters Shelby and Charlotte. Tara is determined to buy back her grandparents’ farm, where she grew up after her parents went their separate ways and abandoned her and Shelby. When some rich out-of-town lawyer swoops in and beats her to the purchase, she is consumed by anger. And despite an instant connection and a perfect lunch date with newcomer Justin Hunter, she allows her bitterness to push him away when she realizes just who he is.

Newness & Wonder is a slow-building romance that is centered on healing, learning to let go and move on, making a fresh start, and finding love in the process. Lynne follows Tara as she deals with years of pain inflicted upon her by her parents and how that affected her art and her relationships. Meanwhile, Justin is trying to build a new life with his 12-year-old half-sister, Marley, who is dealing with pain of her own.

The book follows these characters and the tight-knit community through the early days of fall to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, with plenty of humor, heart, and even a bit of steam. I loved how Lynne introduced Tara’s sisters and her cousin, Brandon, as they are sure to feature in future installments. Moreover, the door is left open for more character development for Tara, Justin, and Marley, and I can’t wait to meet with them again.

Disclosure: I received Newness & Wonder from the author for review.

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