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Serendipity (Serendipity #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips presents the
first in a delightful new series about a quaint upstate New York town
where love, fate and fortune are intertwined ...

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
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2011)
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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
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
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
Anne OK
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
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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
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Michelle the Romance Witch
wow what a great beginning to a new trilogy cant wait for more of these sexy men.
Jennifer Probst
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The start to a top notch series by an author who is a master of the small town contemporary. Loved this book!
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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’
Carly Ellen Kramer
A classic beach read. Nothing terribly surprising, but an entertaining page turner.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Faith Harrington has moved back to Serendipity. She’s hoping to start an interior design business but she knows it won’t be easy. For one, her father was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme which affected many families and businesses in the town causing them to lose their life savings. If that wasn’t enough, she’s recently divorced having caught her husband in an affair with his secretary in her very own bed. All she wants is a fresh start and she hopes that
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
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Carly Phillips as she has a way with contemporary romance. I fell in love with her Chandler Brothers series, so I knew I had to get in on the Barron Brother love or lack there of as the case may be.

Faith Harrington was always the good girl. The princess from the mansion on the hill. She led a life of privilege, having the best of everything until the day her world crumbled. When Faith found out her dad was nothing like the man she thought she knew and loved, it was only th
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
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
Christi Snow
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review reposted from my blog, Smitten with Reading...

My Review:
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of fun, contemporary romance and this one was right up my alley. In this book, Carly introduces us to her new series set in Serendipity. The three books in the series are going to feature three brothers. This first featured Ethan, the oldest, and most hated in the family. When he was 18 years old, he was arrested. His parents were on the way to pick him up from jail, and they were hit and kill
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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
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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
Cocktails and Books
Ten years ago, an eighteen year of Ethan Barron dared sixteen year old Faith Harrington to take him up on his offer for a ride home. For Faith, it was a chance to step outside the expected and be with the bad boy she was drawn to. For Ethan, it was to prove something. That he was good enough.

Fast forward ten years and we find Faith and Ethan in very different places.

Faith's world have fallen apart with the conviction of her father in a Madoff style ponzi scheme and the end of her marriage to a
Kiwi Lloyd
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marilyn Rondeau
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Bibek Thapa
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Hope Frost
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Serendipity. I thought the teen brought a huge element to the book and made Ethan seem more....human. There were several relationships to the story. One the friendships that people make throughout their lives, the friendship between Kate and Lissa which are very different, but very dear to Faith. The relationship between mother and daughter. It was interesting to see their interaction and watch Faith stand up for herself. The relationships between brothers. As Ethan tries to put ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read for a quite afternoon or foray at the beach! The characters are well written with depth and flaws. They make mistakes, clean them up and do their best to move on - all while wrapping readers right around their fingers and making us fall in love!
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
did enjoy this book. However, I read to escape reality for a while. And when the main characters are disliked by everyone in town, it turns me off a little bit. So that's why I only gave 3 stars. I did enjoy the main characters and the secondary characters. I will read more of this series.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pac ...more
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