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Go to an island, my publisher said. Reclaim your writing mojo, he added. Be inspired, he suggested. Oh, sexy shenanigans, was I inspired. Drew Carolla would do that to a woman. Reclusive and brooding, an ex-pilot-come-sexy-woodcutter-come-luxury-wedding-venue-owner-come…here.

Writing romance doesn’t come easy when you don’t have a muse, and I was on a deadline. Four weeks
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Published November 16th 2018
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Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
LOVE LOVE LOVE — just finished this one and it was SO GOOD. Sweet and swoony and beautiful and lovely and made me super happy ♥ It's as gorgeous as that cover!

A Novel Christmas

I am SO excited about this book! I love Christmas novels, plus I *might* have had a sneak peek at the cover and swooned. GIVE IT TO ME NOW, LYNSEY!

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Paulette
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To say I am a fan of this author would be an understatement. Each book of hers is better than the last and that’s saying something, since they’re all fantastic. However, this book is on a totally different level. It is so much more than just a romance novel. This is the type of story you read from classic romance novelists. She didn’t just capture our hearts with a romantic story. She painted a picture with words and captured all the majestic colors of the island where you could feel the sea, sm ...more
Ann (Literary Lust)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Novel Christmas is a perfect Christmassy/winter read that will have you wishing you were snuggled by the fire with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate whilst reading it. Without going into spoiler territory (using only the blurb) I loved the uniqueness of this story. With Cal being an author she gave me insight into what the writing process can really be like. I loved witnessing her thought processes and how she worked to overcome her writers’ block, and it was because she was struggling ...more
Kel Wood
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. I need more stars than five. So many more stars.
It starts with the dedication. From just that alone you know you are going into a book that the author put her entire soul into. The story is captivating from the get go. Right out of the gate you will be laughing and swooning. You will fall in love with the characters. Your feelings as you continue to read will grow to a point it’s hard to contain them all. The characters are magic, you feel their emotions pouring off of every page. Yo
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Debbie
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first book by this author, but definitely will be checking out more. This book had it all. Humor.
Heartbreak. Steamy scenes. Great characters.

Cal is an author struggling to write her next book. She gets sent by her "people" to a cabin for a month hoping she will get "inspired". And inspired she gets! LOL

She stumbles upon Drew, the owner of the cabin and all surrounding it. He's lumberjacky (chopping wood, doing manly man things) and smoking hot. But he's closed off and brooding and their re
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Erin Mcmahon
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book!! I’m such a fan of romance novels and this one was just perfect! It’s for everyone who wants to know why their favorite author isn’t putting out a book daily!! Its real it raw it’s emotional it’s funny it sweet and just fantastic!!
I loved the characters and how love isn’t always quick and easy and perfect. It’s messy and raw and some times hurts not always heals.
This book just gave me the feels I loved the whole thing I wish it was longer I want part 2. It’s
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Jennifer
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Lynsey M. Stewart's writing ever since her I discovered her first book. She has such a way with words and builds beautiful relationships between her characters. I went into this book knowing that I was going to like it but I never imagined how much this book would consume me and before I was three chapters in I knew that there was something really special about Cal and Drew and that this story was going to be one of my favorites this year.
First off, can I just say this cover
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Susanne Scott
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading this book, I have only previously read one other book by this author and I loved it.
To be honest, I didn't read the blurb, the front cover was enough to make me download it and want to read it, so I went into this book with no idea what I was getting.

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it as it all seemed a bit too predictable, a writer goes to a remote place and falls in love with the only guy there, however I told myself that I had to give it
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Em__Jay
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A NOVEL CHRISTMAS by Lynsey M. Stewart was a delightful read. Firstly, it ticks the boxes for reader looking for a romance book that celebrates the holiday season: Cold weather and someone to snuggle with, delicious food, fitting decorations and trips to take in the splendour of Christmas events.

And then there’s our couple, Caroline (Cal) and Drew. Yowsers! The attraction between them is magnetic. Given their circumstances, their hesitation in coming together is understandable but propinquity an
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Jess  Fadden
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading A Novel Christmas early, and I knew immediately it was a book that readers are going to enjoy. A holiday story, both vacation and Christmas, it makes you feel cozy and warm. Don't let that fool you though, the story is also packed full of steam and humor.

Lynsey Stewart keeps getting better and better. She doesn't just tell a story of the romance writer and the resort owner, she paints a picture that has me wanting to book a ticket to Cornwall. This is a friends-to-
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Laundry
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is just something about this author that makes me one click anything she writes. Seriously. I could not gobble up her words fast enough. A Novel Christmas is her latest release and just like the title - it's holiday themed. And so freaking good. You won't be able to put it down. From page one, when we meet funny, quirky Cal. And it will hold your attention until the very, very end.

This is the story of Drew and Cal. Cal basically exiles herself to an island to get her writing mojo back. The
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Caz
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had just read too deep and darkish books so when I knew that I would be reading the first Christmas novel of the season I was really excited.

Lynsey M Stewart is an author that you know you will get great words and a wonderful story and this one did not disappoint, I am not really into Christmas and Christmas themed books and movies but I really loved the sound of this book, plus it helps that I was based in a place that I have never visited but have heard of all my life. Being born in England
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Laura
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, faves, holiday, angsty, beta
I fell in love with the Music and Letters series almost two years ago and since then, I have devoured every book Lynsey M. Stewart has written since. I was so excited to read this holiday story and I fell just as hard for Cal and Drew.

From the very beginning, I was drawn into these characters. They reached out and grabbed me and wouldn't let go. This book has so much emotion that I laughed and cried and felt everything that they felt. My favorite part about this book is that it's almost like a l
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Pauline
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh My! There are not enough stars out there to adequately apply to the quality and caliber of this book. Lynsey Stewart is a storyteller that weaves a romance that pulls you in and makes you root for the characters. Cal Dixon is a writer with writers block. So her Editor tells her to go to an island and find inspiration. That inspiration comes in the form of Drew, a sexy, often shirtless woodcutter, pilot and deeply flawed man who has given up on romance and has vowed that he won't ever let anyo ...more
S Tomasz
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Romantic Masterpiece!

The romantic love story between Cal and Drew is epic. This author’s style, her words are like a magic wand that pulls you into her spell and you follow effortlessly through her words and feelings an it’s just magical.

I’m afraid I will fail epically trying to express my feelings about this book. This story is told from a unique side, that of a romance writer who falls in love with a reclusive man who has given up on love. It’s full of humor, flirting, and trial and error an
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Lisa Hahn
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Fantastic read. How do you get the guy to fall in love with you? Write a story about him but change the names to protect the innocent or not so innocent. This Christmas story is very well written. A great story line with depth. You have a jinxed male hero who is determined to live a life a solidutide. You have a strong heroine who is determined to crack his shell. It was refreshing to read a story of a beta male for once. Everyone but the Drew seems to love this Cal. Cal makes friends wi ...more
Judy
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book! Cal is a strong, sweet heroine who is battling writer’s block on her next novel. Her publisher sends her for a getaway in Cornwall where she meets owner Drew. He is closed off, broken, and resistant to opening his heart again to this luminous writer staying in one of his cottages. I appreciate the struggle they have in forming a friendship and a relationship with the obstacles they must overcome. Cal is so open even when Drew hurts her while he tries to protect himself. It is a remind ...more
Clare Perry
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To say I enjoy Lynsey Stewart's writing style is an understatement. Her last book, a sexy little novella called Stripped Bare, was one of my top reads of of 2018 so I was thrilled to read A Novel Christmas. The entire premise of the book is perfect. Novelist, Caroline "Cal" Dixon is suffering from a serious case of writers block so she embarks on a month long trip to a private retreat called Karensa on the island of Costentyn in Cornwall. Cal is hoping for a bit of inspiration to get the words f ...more
Dawn Strickland
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hope Triumphs Over Fear!
A Novel Christmas by Lynsey M. Stewart is more than a love story between two people. It is a story about love and the power of hope. Ms. Stewart highlights why the genre of romance appeals to so many readers. At is core romance places womens wants, needs, struggles and triumphs front and center. It also showcases the hope that the characters and readers experience through their journey.

The story features the hero, Drew and heroine, Cal. Drew and Cal are at different place
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Ann
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4,5 stars*
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this novel story about two people that are trying to find their own way again and maybe they can find it with each other! Loved Drew and Cal together. A perfect read for Christmas!

Cal is experiencing writing block and is going to a retreat to try and find a way to get past it; to write a new book again. It's not going as planned although the scenery is so beautiful, there's still something holding her back. But meeting Drew is something that inspires
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DrivenbyBooks
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
*4,5 stars*
I have to say I absolutely enjoyed this novel story about two people that are trying to find their own way again and maybe they can find it with each other! I loved Drew and Cal together. It's a perfect read for Christmas!

Cal is experiencing a writer block and is going to a retreat to try and find a way to get past it; to try and write a new book again. It's not going as planned and although the scenery is so beautiful, there's still something holding her back. But when she meets Drew
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Sarah
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story. Light on the Christmas theme. I don't actually remember them spending Christmas day together. The book's time frame goes beyond Christmas and into January.

It's obvious this book is written by a inexperienced author. There's some sentences that made no sense and quite a few grammar issues. It could have used one more edit, in my opinion.

The story itself was really good. The recluse hero and city romance novelist with writers block fall in love. Who would of thunk it?! This
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Karen
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to this author and book when it was chosen as our holiday read for our online book club. I couldn't be happier that it was chosen. Lynsey M. Stewart has a level of realism in the story that makes you connect with the characters and the story itself. Her writing is descriptive enough that I could feel the wind on my face and feel the emotions as the characters felt them.

This book has a little bit of everything - heartwarming and fun characters, all the emotions, wonderful local/s
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Darlene Avery
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Novel Christmas by Lynsey M. Stewart is fun read and a hard read all in one.

Stewart sets the storyline in a beautiful place filled with hopes and dreams.

Cal and Drew are both at turning points with their lives and the futures they have planned.

Cal is facing writers block, and Drew is desperately trying to make his dream resort come to life.

Neither of them expect to find love, and both of them will face huge challenges that boils down to what and how our past shapes our futures.

Stewart did a
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Niki
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique and interesting

This story. It was unique and interesting, and actually felt as if the author was writing about herself. For that, I loved it. The steamy scenes were definitely steamy, and the emotional scenes were spot on too... my only complaint was that it felt... long. I felt like I had to “push through” in places, that the story was losing my attention. All the back and forth, WHEN DOES IT END. 🤦🏼‍♀️ BUT. Though I found it frustrating, it was also perfect, cuz THATS HOW THE HEROINE F
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Annie Dyer
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Christmas books so I was really excited to see Lynsey’s. This is a sweet, steamy read that will certainly put you in the festive spirit, and make you want to start out your own Christmas Eve traditions. The characters are convincing and I loved the whole writer’s block story, with the retreat away. Drew was well defined in more than just his muscles, his character complex and it was easy to understand his motivations. The writing is tight and the story is one to fall in love with. I’d lov ...more
Amanda
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I love Christmas books and I was really looking forward to this one. However, it just didn't grab or hold my attention. I actually found myself struggling to get through it, which is unfortunate because I love the premise. I didn't connect with the characters like I wanted to It did have it's super sweet moments and times that made me smile or laugh. I did like how their friendship was slowly formed before a relationship.
There are some really good elements but ultimately, for me at l
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Cynthia Carpenter
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cal and Drew pulls you in right from the start. With looks and stares from afar. Drew has had a very bad year running his own business and right now its not doing very well. But he meets Cal and things for him shift in a very big and very emotional way.
Cal a writer with a big problem writer's block. Going to the Island to try and write her book. But what will she find be more than book?
Emotional with laughs and tears along the way.it will keep you turning page after to page to see what happens n
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Jennifer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time to move to Cornwall! A Novel Christmas was the first book I’ve read by Lynsey M. Stewart but it won’t be the last! I loved the story of learning to be fearless and love again after past heartbreak and betrayal. The setting is magical and somewhere I’d love to be, especially if I’d find a hunky pilot/woodcutter/wedding venue owner/handyman/book loving dog owner delivering breakfast baskets! While “Christmas” is in the title it is a story to be savored year around. I enjoyed the “story in a s ...more
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Lynsey M. Stewart enjoys writing stories about characters that experience a few bumps in the road before finding their happily ever after (also known as contemporary romance with plenty of heat) She lives with her husband, her soulmate and muse, along with their gorgeous, precious, ridiculously independent little girl. Lynsey began writing after being inspired by great books, amazing writers and w ...more

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