Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Serendipity by Carly Phillips

Faith Harrington was the classic girl of privilege–until her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme and then her marriage crashed and burned.

Now Faith is back in her hometown, hoping for a fresh start. But her father’s betrayal has rocked Serendipity – and not everyone is ready to welcome her with open arms. Then she runs into her teenage crush — the dark, brooding Ethan Barron. Ethan, no stranger to scandal himself, never imagined he’d own the mansion on the hill, much less ever again come face to face with Faith–the princess he once kissed senseless. The chance meeting reignites the electric charge between them.

Still, when Ethan hires her to redecorate what was once her childhood home, Faith is sure that getting involved with the town’s notorious bad boy will only lead to trouble. But her heart has other ideas. And so do the townspeople of Serendipity …

Serendipity was my first Carly Phillips book, and I'm pleased to say I really enjoyed it.   Actually, there are a lot of things to enjoy.

While we're first introduced to Faith and learn her reaction to her father's financial scheme's failure, Serendipity is as much as Ethan as it is about Faith.  Theirs is a story of reconnection -- Faith to her hometown and its people; Ethan to the brothers he left behind -- and though these reconnections aren't always easy or end happily, they are very true to life.

I cannot wait to revisit Serendipity, New York to learn more about the town and Ethan's brothers, Nash and Dare.      

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