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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 6, 2019
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.
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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