Afternoon Delight Review: Charlotte’s Landing by Alexis Lynne

Posted September 6, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 8 Comments

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Afternoon Delight Review: Charlotte’s Landing by Alexis Lynne
Charlotte's Landing

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Series: Sylvan Hills #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 6, 2019
Pages: 132
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

After adoring the Christmas holiday romance, Newness and Wonder, introducing the small town of Sylvan Hills and three sisters of the heart, I was eager to snatch up the next offering for second sister, Charlotte’s romance.  Like the first, this one dove deep into the well of my emotions to deliver a sweet and endearing story of reconciliation and love.

Review

Charlotte’s Landing is book two in the Sylvan Hills series and does work best in order since the people and their situations were introduced in book one, but in a pinch, it could be read out of order.

Charlotte has always loved Brandon, her step-sisters’ cousin.  They were high school sweethearts, but then tragedy, which they were too young to weather together, tore them apart.  Brandon’s family and life fell apart and he did as well for a time which included pushing away Charlotte.  She then had to deal with her mother getting badly sick and dying even while her dad took up with another woman who finished shoving her away.  Charlotte has carried around the anger and deep hurt for years from abandonment.  It takes leaving her little town for the bright lights of the big city for her to gain perspective and get over her past.  But, has she pushed away Brandon one too many times when she ran away from the love he offered and she secretly returned for him?

Meanwhile, Brandon isn’t sure if Charlotte is gone for good.  He spent years regretting and apologizing, begging for a second chance.  If letting her go is what she wants, then he hopes that he loves her enough to not go chasing after her to bring her back.  Besides, a preacher is in town and attempting to reach out to him on behalf of his dad.  Brandon might have turned out alright after what his dad did, but he wonders what his dad means by sending this man to dredge it all up?

Shelby is at loose ends with Charlotte in New York and Tara spending all her time with Justin and Marley.  She is feeling vulnerable and that’s right when her manipulating mother Fran attempts to get her hooks into her again.  Then, Charlotte’s dad Tom comes around looking to mend fences.  Does she trust that his eyes are open to Fran’s scheming finally?  History tells her that she shouldn’t give him a chance, but for Charlotte’s sake…

In truth, this one, like the first book felt like a crossover between women’s fiction and romance because of the focus on the three sisters and their broken pasts.  Each woman must heal from their past so they can move on in the present.  I’ve always enjoyed stories that focus on family and friendship as much as romance so this series is really hitting the spot.  I love how the author shows each woman at her most flawed and vulnerable and then her journey of growth that also leads to a chance at love.  Charlotte’s Landing shows that the three sisters aren’t the only ones who were hurting with private pain and need to finish getting over the past.  I enjoyed getting Brandon’s story and how hard he was working toward and patiently hoping for Charlotte to come back to him.

The romance is a long distance one for much of the book, but it worked well because this is a second chance and there is a lot of history between these two.  There were dips into their past as Charlotte and Brandon remembered how it was before and it was neat to see how they have matured and changed to be better ready for something together now.

The overall family story progressed along with the romance so there was some closure with the parents as well as ongoing updates with Tara and Justin.  Now, I want the final sister, Shelby, and also Justin’s cousin Josh’s stories.

All in all, Charlotte’s Landing was as strong and heartwarming as the first book.  I can heartily recommend this one and the series to contemporary romance fans who love a strong dose of family paired with the romance.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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it sounds like you enjoyed this one. It does sound like it would be a pretty good read.

Sophia Rose
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I was very into this couple while they were in the background of the last book so I was primed for their story. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish escape
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I love a good second chance at love story a d enjoy when friends and family are included as well. I think it’s great that the author shows you the main characters journey’s in the past as well as the present, and that you get to see the growth and maturity that each of them have underwent. Lovely Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yes, that is exactly what was so neat about this one, Lindy. Thanks!

Carole Rae
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Long distance in a book is risky, but I’m glad it worked though!

Sophia Rose
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I think if that had been the situation in book one when I was just meeting the people; it wouldn’t have turned out well for me. But, with the host of characters from the first book, all being very present in the second and more than one storyline happening, it worked without a hitch. 🙂

Angie Elle
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I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia. As much as I love romance, I feel like Women’s Fiction is more my taste at the moment. I am really over the whole ‘woe is me, nothing goes my way’ heroine and the tortured hero. I want a story where the woman tries to piece herself back together vs. a hero doing that for her. It seems like this one could be like that.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I had to laugh at your love affair gone sour with most of contemporary romance. I read a ton more women’s fic over the last year for the same reason. Needed the romance to be diluted a bit, I guess.
You’re right about this one being as much about getting their personal lives in order and fixing their families as it is about the romance. 🙂