Sweet Afternoon Delight Review: Newness and Wonder by Alexis Lynne

Posted November 4, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 11 Comments

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweet Afternoon Delight Review: Newness and Wonder by Alexis Lynne
Newness and Wonder

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Series: Sylvan Hills #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 9, 2018
Pages: 115
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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The Delight

Heartwarming and sweet small town holiday romance that delivered on the feels from cover to cover.  It has begun.  My first holiday read for the season and it was scrumptious.


Newness and Wonder is book one in the Sylvan Hills series and introduces an unconventional family of three sisters living in a small North Carolina town back in the mountains.  Two are sisters of the blood and the third is their step-sister and sister of the heart.  They were damaged by parents who selfishly tore their families apart and dumped them on their own to pursue other interests.  All three thought they had a handle on things, but an upheaval in Tara’s big plans show them that change is needed if they don’t want to grow into old, bitter cat ladies.

Artistic Tara has worked hard to save up to buy back her grandparents’ farm.  She and her sister were happy and wanted there by the grandmother who raised them when their parents divorced.  Her mom returning years later to sell the farm and all in it left a sour taste in her mouth and she has dreamed of getting it back ever since.  But now, some rich big city guy threw his money around and bought it out from under her.  It doesn’t matter that before she knew who he was that she was dazzled and excited by the one lunch date she shared with Justin Hunter.  And, she really doesn’t want to lose her anger and bitterness when she discovers the reason he bought the farmhouse and moved to the country.  Justin has the care of his younger 12 year old half-sister who is grieving the loss of her mother and he wants to give them both a fresh start.

Tara’s pain and loss are palpable just like Justin’s, his sister Marley, and her sisters.  Loss is a theme in this book.  But, the holidays and time spent together lead to a healing for them all.  I loved the small town, the wonder of the holidays, the focus on Tara’s art and Justin and Marley’s work getting to know each other while restoring the old farmhouse.  The camaraderie of the sisters, their cousin and their aunt along with Justin’s ties to his friends and family back in New York surrounded the romance and made it even more special.

The romance is central, but also slow building because the pair, especially Tara, need to heal so they can be in a place to welcome a relationship.  Justin is so good and patient even when she was being an ugly witch about things at first.  He is strung tight over his sister and how to be parent and brother, but he has the time and patience to try to get past Tara’s resentment.  There were some fun moments when her sisters and cousin kicked her butt to get over herself before she lost something special.

The holidays were prevalent between Thanksgiving to Christmas and even a fun Black Friday scene.  I appreciated the touch of whimsy and humor that balanced out the healing parts.  The romance was sweet with a dab of sensuality.  I can’t wait to see what comes of that other romance that was sizzling and simmering in the background, too.

All in all, this was just what I wanted in a holiday romance set in a small mountain town I can’t wait to return to for the rest of the series.  Contemporary Romance fans looking for a quick, but well-developed holiday themed story should give this one a go.

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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3 years ago

Oh Christmas story! It’s always so nice!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was a cutie, Melliane!

3 years ago

I only read the Delight part because I am reading this after I finish the book I’m reading. Reading Christmas books are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

I agree. This one had me wanting to drag out my decorations early and do some of the activities we do each year. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds like a well-done story. I do like small town stories and I like that it covers several holidays.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Same here. These are my crack even if I try to expand my repertoire of other holiday reads. 🙂

3 years ago

That book cover is picture perfect to get into the holiday spirit and I like it a lot. The story sounds like an interesting one. Anything that touches on Black Friday and makes me laugh has to be a good one! Hugs and happy Monday! RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  ROP

Yes, the cover does make one want to curl up by the fire and enjoy a fun romance. The Black Friday scene was funny. 🙂

herding cats
3 years ago

Well! Christmas. Small town AND in NC? *flails* That just screams Anna. lol

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

It really does. 🙂 It was a cutie. I think it fits like a glove for you, too.

3 years ago

Nice! and I like the song pair-up.