Serendipity (Serendipity, #1)
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Serendipity (Serendipity #1)

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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.
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Lady Heather
Wonderful story, characters, and writing!

10 years ago...
Ethan Barron's was always known as the 'bad-boy' in town, and when he was 18 he was arrested. On the way to the jail to get Ethan out, Ethan's parents were hit and killed by a drunk driver. Ethan blamed himself, running away, leaving his two younger brothers to fend for themselves and be put into the foster care system.

Faith Carrington was always known as a 'well off girl' who lived in the big mansion on the hill.
She finishes high school...more
3.5 Stars

Faith and Ethan knew each other in high school. She was the rich princess and he was the bad boy. One night he gave her a ride home and stole a kiss—and tried to steal more, although he was denied. ;) Fast forward to the present and their positions are almost completely reversed. Faith’s father was caught running an investment scam and sent to jail. Her family is now broke and a social pariah in town. Ethan left town under a dark cloud but made it big after getting out of the military a...more
Isis FG
Rating 4.5 / 5

I hadn't planned on reading this book after being so disappointed with Phillips's last series. So I thought I'd pass on this one. But I picked it up at Wal-Mart, read the back and thought it sounded interesting so I decided to give it a chance. It was a good decision. I liked this book quite a bit.

Series Note:
First book in Phillips's new series “Serendipity” about a small New York town of the same name.

Faith Harrington is returning to her hometown with her tail between her...more
Anne OK
CP's "Serendipity" series begins with Ethan and Faith, a couple who get a second chance at love. Both are back in their hometown after a decade away. Both have obstacles to overcome in their personal lives. When they come face-to-face in front of Faith's childhood home which is now Ethan's home, sparks fly and the flame is once again lit between the two. This is really captivating book that was also lots of fun to read. A great cast of secondary characters will most likely lead us into the next...more
Guilty Pleasures
DiDi's Review posted on Guilty Pleasures

AHHHHH!!!! SERENDIPITY reminds me why I fell in love with Carly Phillps' books and have EVERY SINGLE BOOK she's published in paperback, including her books published as Karen Drogin (except SERENDIPITY it's on my nifty Kindle)

Serendipity is a story about going home to a small town and trying to build a life despite your reputation. Ten years ago Faith was the "rich girl" and Ethan was the "bad boy". They've both returned to Serendipity to build lives but t...more
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Ethan’s back in Serendipity, after leaving years ago following his parents fatal car crash. He was young and not able to deal so he took off, leaving his 2 younger brothers and didn’t look back. Well, he’s back now and his brothers want nothing to do with him. Each brother was raised separately in foster homes, Nash on the right side of the tracks, Dare on the wrong, and now Ethan’s back to try and make amends and bring his family back together again. He’...more
Excellent book. I liked Faith and the way she was putting her life back together after her father's and ex-husband's betrayals. She was determined to get her new business off the ground and start her new life. When she ran into Ethan again, she wasn't sure she wanted anything to do with him. She had had enough of losing herself to someone else's desires. But she did agree to decorate the house for him. Just as things were starting to get interesting, Ethan had his previously unknown, troubled 14...more
Jennifer Probst
The start to a top notch series by an author who is a master of the small town contemporary. Loved this book!
Michelle the Romance Witch
wow what a great beginning to a new trilogy cant wait for more of these sexy men.
Marilyn Rondeau
Ms. Phillips has continued to entertain me with her lively and dynamic characters dealing with everyday live and love. With her two protagonists Ethan and Faith, Phillips shows first of all that they had a history from ten years prior. Faith was the girl that got away; Ethan was the boy she could have, and would have if she had not been brought up as a nice, respectful girl. So right from the get go, you knew these two were going to have to settle up those long ago forgotten years, and feelings...more
I got this book as an advanced read copy in a Goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's more than just a bad-boy-returns-and-makes-good-and-gets-the-good-girl story. I enjoyed watching the growth of the characters throughout the story, enough that I was glad to see the setup of some additional story lines for more books set in the town of Serendipity. If Serendipity hadn't been good, I wouldn't be interested in reading more about the people and the town, but I eagerly read the...more
When her father is convicted of running a ponzi scheme and her marriage implodes, Faith Harrington heads back to her hometown of Serendipity to regroup and find herself. Along the way, she also finds Ethan Barron, the sexy bad boy from her past who has a few skeletons of his own in his closet.

Serendipity has a decent enough plot (even if things with a certain teenager are resolved a little too easily). It has pretty likable characters. It has some nice sex scenes (aside from the use of the word...more
Book Reading Gals
I have enjoyed all of Carly’s previous books but I have never been able to choose a favorite book and while I have liked them all I haven’t found that one book. That is until this book. From the moment that I picked this book up I knew that this book would be my favorite book. There is just something about this story that I loved.
Ethan is a man that has made mistakes, some of them small and some of them so big that they effected not only his life but that of his siblings as well. When his parent...more
Bibek Thapa
Rating: 3.5

After reading so many contemporary romance novels by authors such as Susan Mallery, Susan Andersen, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Rachel Gibson, Jessica Bird, Barbara Freethy, Jennifer Probst, and many many other authors I have completely given up expecting a new, fresh story in the genre. The same clichéd story line, the same meet-fuck-love romance storyline. That’s not to say that I hate the genre, or the authors. Au contour this genre is my fail-safe. Whenever I’m in need of a goo...more
Tori  smexys_sidekick
Mini review:

Serendipity by Carly Phillips

Faith Harrington had it all growing up until her father is convicted of defrauding his clients and Faith’s marriage crashes and burns. She heads back to her hometown for a fresh start but not everyone is happy Faith is home. Her father’s crime carries a long shadow that tries to eclipse Faith’s homecoming.
Ethan Barron has also come home. A local bad boy made good, he has come home to try and make peace with his brothers that he abandoned years ago. He an...more
I liked this story. Ethan was the bad boy turned good. He abandon his family in a time of need but turned his life around. He really showed promise in becoming a better man from the start. Especially how he related to his sister, you can see how far he had come in the ten years since the fateful kiss. A kiss he shared with Faith, the princess. The princess who lost everything in those ten years. Now trying to live and do things on her own, you could see the independence she craved and achieved a...more
This was a sweet contemporary romance. Ethan was a bad boy in high school. When his family needed him most he disappeared. Now he's back and looking to make amends. Faith was the golden girl growing up but the mighty have fallen..hard. She's looking to rebuild her life. Together they have enough issues to fill a warehouse, but they just might be what the other needs...

I really liked how well Ethan and Faith fit. I also liked that they didn't gloss over or make light of their issues. I did think...more
Mar 28, 2014 Robbie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carly Phillips fans
Shelves: romance
I liked this book for what it was, a quick fun romance. Pretty good characterizations, some hot love scenes, imperfect characters with personalities, not a bad plot ... that's all good. If you like contemporary romance, you'll probably like "Serendipity."

My nitpicks, and I have quite a few:
1. It could have used some better editing for grammar mistakes. Carly Phillips isn't a new writer, and she's very popular, so she or her publisher should be able to afford a good editor.

2. Use of the word 'mem...more
Debbie Hanson
I am so loving Carly Phillips right now. this is my 3rd read from her and I stoked, she has uncanny way with her stories.
Ethan Barron was 18yr old bad boy that ran out on his brothers when they needed him most.
Returning to Serendipity was never going to be easy with 2 brothers that all but hate him a town that knows what he did but he didn't care, Ethan is a new man owning and running his own company.

As her turns into his new home "Harrington manor" he runs into the one and only princess Faith...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Rich girl, fallen from grace, hooks up with bad boy made good. Nothing you haven't seen before. Tess, the half sister is the best part of the book. Still light and fun but utterly forgettable.

I think the story is a solid 3.5 story with a 1.5 execution. I'm not sure what I didn't like about Carly Phillips writing I didn't like this time around. Maybe the writing seems lazy? I think an editor with a stronger hand would have done a world of good.
Danielle Calabrese
A great start to a new series by Carly Phillips! As always Carly Phillips does not disappoint with Serendipity...with a sophisticated writing style, great characterization, and some hot scenes you really cannot go wrong!
Good start to a series that left a lot open for the next installment. There was a lot of family drama in this one that I thought Phillips handled really well. It ended kind of suddenly. I would probably give it 5 stars otherwise. The next book is about a character I didn't love in this one so we'll see how that one goes. One thing I'm not a fan of is that "problem" teenagers in these books always dress in dark clothes and combat boots and are convinced to dress differently by the end of the book...more
Sara  ~Sphunky~
LOVED IT!!! I don't have time to write a good review right now, but I loved the characters in this story and Phillips writing is at it's best! I really look forward to the other brothers' stories.
Two-haiku review:

Her dad cheated town
She's ostracized on return
Except by hot guy

Loved the middle part
Beginning, end, not so much
Too much tell, set up
A very good story. At the beginning it seemed the usual bad boy against the good girl. But both of them had their ghosts.

Ethan abandoned his brothers at 18 and her father is in jail for a scam that ruined a lot of people. Both of them are back in their hometown and have to gain people trust back (even if for Faith it's not like it is her fault, her father treated her bad).

The story is full of family and a sweet fourteen girl who give Ethan his family back.

It was my first book of this author and...more
Lady Lioness
I find Carly Phillips books are usually hit or miss for me, but if there's one thing my years as a Romance Expert have taught me, it's to keep an open mind. I found the blurb a little off-putting because I thought this was going to be a tale of a spoiled brat who is redeemed through hard knocks and heads back to her childhood home where she faces the boy she done wrong. It's not, at all.

Faith is immediately presented as an innocent bystander who was just as much as victim as those who were conn...more
I grade this story a strong B+.

I recommend this book for readers that like contemporary, small town, first in a new series, light, fun romance.

It is very sweet and the romance is touching. Carly Phillips’ writing style flows smoothly and creates a clear picture.

Faith and Ethan are excellent main characters. I even like all of the side characters. I want to know more about why Nash and Dare (Ethan’s brothers) are so nasty to Ethan when he returned to town. There were only glimpses but I assume t...more
Posted on Book Chelle.

I have read a lot of somber and depressing books lately, so I felt that I needed a change of genre. I went to my list of go-to authors and decided to read a fun contemporary romance. What better way to do so than read Carly Phillip's Serendipity.

In Serendipity, the first book of Phillip's new series, Phillips introduces us to the cute town of Serendipity. I was introduced to Faith Harrington, a modern-day princess who had her life of luxury taken away from her through scand...more
Carly Phillips gives her readers another winner with Serendipity. I fell for Ethan from the start. He is a bit of a smartass, but really has a heart of gold. He still carries guilt for mistakes he made as a teenager, especially how it affected his brothers Nash and Dare. When half-sister Tess is dropped at his house, Ethan has yet another person to feel guilty about.

Faith has never , who has finally stepped out of her shell and taken control of her own life. Of course she meets Ethan again pret...more
Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
Oh contemporary romance, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. I love a romance where the sexy hero is searching for redemption and the heroine is there to help him find his way.

Ethan Barron (love the last name) and Faith Harrington have returned to their hometown of Serendipity for different reasons. After her father was convicted of spear-heading a Ponzi scheme and finding out that her good-for-nothing ex-husband was using her for her father's connections, Faith is looking to start her life...more
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