Format: eARC, Paperback
Serendipity by Carly Phillips
Date Read: October 2011
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Faith Harrington is a classic girl of privilege-until her father is convicted for running a Ponzi scheme. Now she's back in her hometown, where she runs into her teenage crush-dark, brooding Ethan Barron, who's no stranger to scandal himself.
Series: Serendipity #1
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Bought a copy for myself
Overall Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 4.50
Note: This is the first book in awhile that I read in just one sitting. The family dynamics, down-to-earth romance, and wonderful story was just what I needed to get out of my reading funk!
What I Loved: Tess! Normally I am not a fan of teenagers in my romance books but in this case, it really worked. The way she interacted with Ethan and Faith was just fantastic. Was Texx angsty? Sure. Did Tess have very good reasons for being angsty for a 14 year old? Yes! I think she also gave something Ethan needed–a way to prove to himself that he really had changed! The romance between Ethan and Faith was one of the most down-to-earth and organic relationships I have read lately. The interactions between all three were something I looked forward to all of Serendipity.
What I Liked: The family interactions were the heart of this story and I really am interested to see how they all play out in the series. Ethan’s attempts to rebuild his relationships with his brothers (Dare and Nash) were both heart-breaking and hopeful. I think Tess will help mend the gap over the course of the series. Faith’s interactions and acceptance of her mother was tenuous at times but done really well. Kate and Nick were my favorite side characters though and I am hoping they get a story!
Why I gave it a 4.25: The was a really good romance with a hopeful story attached!