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The Sound of Serendipity

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  162 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
So many things can happen to a person on a Central Park bench.

For Emerson Kingsley, falling in love happened, despite her broken monster of a heart.

Emerson knows more about listening than she does about love, whether it’s listening to artists as a music producer or listening to stories as she people watches.

Months of watching Maddox Bailey from a park bench are to blame fo
Published April 14th 2016 by Anterior Books
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Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Cynthia A. Rodriguez captured my heart with Crashing souls, but with TSoS, she is telling me “You are mine, and I'm never letting you go.”

There are many books that make things to my heart, but there are just a few that leave its marks in it. TSoS is one of them, I have no idea how Cynthia does it, but she always managed to blow my mind with her words. So magical.

If I had to use a word to describe this book, it would be the word “Bliss”, becau
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
Beautiful...loved every word.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Serendipity means a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise". It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754.

Dreaming of her perfect moment when souls collide and her happily ever after is born, dreaming of serendipity. Emerson Kingsley at first doesn't realise her perfect moment will be more then just one moment, She soon realises it is made up of hundreds of little moments.

Em has a tough shell around herself, she retreats into it a lot. From the moment we are introduced to her in
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book! I don't even know where to begin. My heart can't take it with so many beautifully written words and characters that you can't help but love. I loved how they met. I loved how they ended. I loved everything in between. But is it really an ending? I can hear the music, I can feel it in my bones. I woke up and went to bed with them and you should too! Must read!
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Melanie's Review

The Sound of Serendipity is my first Cynthia Rodriguez book and what I’ve come out with is the appreciation for how beautifully she writes. Emerson and Maddox’s love story had a quiet disposition about it, yet the author’s words made me see the intensity behind the calm. As beautiful as the words written across the pages were, I’m going to be very honest and say that it took me quite a while to get through this book. I didn’t feel a sense of urgency to flip through the pages like
Southern Belle Book Blog
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can I really say? All day long – at work, with the kiddos, during lunch, etc. – and for many days now, I’ve tried to come up with a way to accurately describe my love for The Sound of Serendipity. Guess what I’ve come up with? Not a damn thing, because it’s impossible for words on paper to express my adoration and the completely ridiculous amount of fangirl love I have for this book.

Kinda interesting story. I had never heard of Cynthia A. Rodriguez. Unbeknownst to me, she had a few prior re
Jessi Elliott
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First off, I just need to say this: I am not a fan of roller coasters. Actually, I hate them. A lot. However, The Sound of Serendipity was the craziest, most epic roller coaster ever, and I never wanted to get off.

From the moment Emerson and Maddox shared that first cab ride I very quickly realized I was in for something amazing.

Emerson was such a strong female character. Her insecurities were relatable, and her fears made me connect to her as a reader.

Maddox was so fucking smooth. Majorly swoon
Monica Graves (nightreads)
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2016
Where do I even start with this book?!? It was just simply amazing. There is no other way to put it. What I liked best about it was the originality in the heroine's character. I have been waiting a long time for someone to write a character like hers and Cynthia brought her to life. I can go more into detail about the characters and what I liked about them, but I am not. I want all of you to go into reading this without the bias opinion of someone else and come up with your own conclusions, but ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book makes you feel EVERYTHING. She makes you feel the weight of her words. They pull you in like your favorite song, which is important because the whole premise of the book is based around music. She created these complex, flawed characters that you can't help but adore. You feel the pain, the passion, the hurt, the beauty, you feel the significance of every word she poured into the pages. Emerson was my favorite character. You get to witness her grow into this amazing, independent woman. ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ccbh-reviewed
"And love... Love sounds like whispers and stolen kisses while the muted tones of traffic blends into the background."

Cynthia Rodriguez writes love, creating vivid images, crashing souls, and a sensory overload of "the feels."

Emerson, my quiet soul. She's lost. On a collision course to find herself. A real woman with emotions that will very well trigger the same inside of you. A woman whose been burned by a past relationship and left in the flames of heartache.

Maddox is a high and low kinda guy.
Hayley Stumbo
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I'm going to start this review by saying that this was a different side of the author that I thoroughly enjoyed. Her previous works aren't as romantically involved as this, and it was a fresh take on a tale of love, loss, and discovering the beauty in yourself.
I don't do spoilers, but I'll spoil this for you; Maddox will ruin any man for you.
This story will take you on a trip through NYC and the music industry. It will also take you on a trip through one woman's out
Imani (Enamored Reads)
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

There are words in the world people use everyday to describe something or someone that is very meaningful to them or has impacted them in the best way possible. Words like appealing, lovely, delightful, and pleasant. And while all of those words are things people would love to hear when associated with them or something they have to do with, they aren't quite the words I would use when I think of The Sound of Serendipity and how it was written. If s
Michelle Trzecinski
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Sound of Serendipity was an extremely sneaky, behind-the-scenes novel from Cynthia A. Rodriguez. While I absolutely loved the deep, intellectual feel Crashing Souls delivered, the new emotions revealed from the author in this book were remarkable.

Rodriguez has a way with words; each one serves a purpose and is strategically placed to deliver one helluva story.

TSoS is so much more than a romance novel. It's the journey of a young woman in NYC trying to find her way in life. She knew she had
B. Stevens
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One thing I learned about this author is that she has the ability to stun me into silence. She wows me with the words she creates. This book was no different. From the very beginning of the book I knew I absolutely LOVED Emerson. She had this way about her that was so.... real . You couldn't help but take in her emotions and realize where she was coming from. I love when authors bring out the real in characters and Cynthia did just that. Which brings me to the sexy, irresistible Maddox. OMG. I ...more
Tarah Hodges-Wilkins
“Fuck love at first sight. Fuck lust. Fuck it all. It pales in comparison to what we have…”

Cynthia Rodriguez has went and knocked it out of the park AGAIN! Her writing is truly remarkable. Every single thing about this story was spell binding.
It was such a thrilling story with such real raw emotions!
Emerson... Bless her heart. I loved her so, Just seeing how her mind works and hearing her story, really pulled at my heart and made me love her more and more.
Maddox.... I hate him and I love
Laurie Breitsprecher
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book went above and beyond all of my expectations! It is written so damn well. I was literally hooked from the opening paragraph! Emerson and Maddox are PERFECTION! I am so excited for everyone to read this! A DEFINITE MUST READ!
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. I laughed, cried, and swooned all over this book. Honestly, I didn't want it to end. Well done Cynthia, well done. <3
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not sure about my rating because the hero was so ....I do not know he hurt the heroine(and me bad)I was angry but overall the way the book was written was great ...I look forward to read more from is author!!
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever read the synopsis of a book and got this feeling in your stomach? One that fired signals to every single one of your brain cells and you just knew it was going to be magic? That’s pretty much the way I felt as soon as I came across Cynthia A. Rodriguez’s blurb for The Sound of Serendipity. I’m always worried that when I come across a book like this with that perfect set up, I’ll be disappointed by what I find within the pages. However, I can say with utmost certainty that it didn’t ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would have been a solid 5 star for me if the ending wasn't so abrupt and out of character, I just could not understand the last 15 % of this book and for that it fell short. Overall I enjoyed but the last part left a sour taste in my mouth.

4 stars.
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Melanie's Review

The Sound of Serendipity is my first Cynthia Rodriguez book and what I’ve come out with is the appreciation for how beautifully she writes. Emerson and Maddox’s love story had a quiet disposition about it, yet the author’s words made me see the intensity behind the calm. As beautiful as the words written across the pages were, I’m going to be very honest and say that it took me quite a while to get through this book. I didn’t feel a sense of urgency to flip through the pages like
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*I received an ARC from Southern Belle Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

Thank you so very much Southern Belle Promotions for sending me an ARC of this book! I am so very honored and grateful!! :)

5 Beautiful and Outstanding Stars!!

I was so anxious to read this story and it did NOT disappoint!! It was so beautiful and the emphasis on how trying to hide from the world never really works struck my heart in such a sweet way. To say i love music would be an understatement, it's pretty
Einstene Danica Lastimosa
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The beginning is supposed to draw you in.

And yes, I'm drawn!!!

Emerson is just a typical girl. She wants a romantic story, a love that's defined by fate. She wants it all. (Yeah yeah hopeless romantic. I love romance hahahah WHO WOULDN'T?!!!!!)

Just like Emerson, who will sit in a park and observe others, I also love to watch people. I love to listen to convos of different group of friends or friends, or lovers.. Name it all.

When I was on my first year in college, I commute all the way from hom
Jordan (Words and Wanderlust)
I was given an ecopy of this wonderful book by the author for an honest review. I will also be posting a YouTube video review, but I wanted to spread the word about how much I loved this book, so here is a written review too! There are some spoilers in this review, so be warned! Also, this book does contain some fairly graphic sexual scenes. They are written very tastefully, but just a warning to younger readers. You know what you can handle.

First off, I loved Emerson's personality. She is the
Unofficial Book Club
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Sound of Serendipity first caught my eye when the cover reveal popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. Eye-catchingly gorgeous, I could immediately envision it nestled in happily among the other paperbacks on my shelf. So I moved on to checking out the synopsis and I went from interested to needing to read the book RIGHT. NOW! But then I started to get a bit worried because if you have a cover and blurb that amazing, you’re really getting your hopes up and surely you won’t hit the trifecta and ge ...more
Mary Ruth (TheReadingRuth)
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
*An e-copy of the book was graciously given by the author in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars

You know that feeling of sipping hot chocolate on a rainy day? Yup. That’s the aura this book established. Miss Cynthia’s calming and soothing voice in this genre is a keeper. The Sound of Serendipity smoothly differentiates the dreamy kind of love the real complications of true love.
“Because I think you’re too beautiful to pretend to be invisible.”

Em was an observer. She was the si
Jamila ID
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It's 6 am and I haven't had slept yet. how can I sleep when I couldn't put that passionate book down !
Cynthia Rodriguez wrote the sound of serendipity unexpectedly and I read it randomly. but u know what that lady nailed it oh yeah she did..
the book is about Emerson a girl in her early twenties , passionate about music and loves listening to people's stories. The daughter of the owner of a great label in New York City loves to sit in a bench in central park and watch people while drinking her mo
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the first time I have read and reviewed a book by Cynthia Rodriguez and I was pleasantly surprised. Let me start out by saying that this book isn't something I would topically review but it brought a refreshing vibe to my Kindle Library.

The story start out with Emerson Kingsley, wallflower, introvert and daughter of CEO of Kingsley records. But what many don't know is that Emerson is somewhat of a toured soul. Ever since her mothers passing, she has slowly fell within herself and only l
Samantha Schwerin
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, 2-stars
I so wanted to like this book more. It is beautifully written. Sadly, DNF at 77%.

The issue with this book for me, was how much I disliked the main character, Emerson. I actually went back and forth on relating to her to really wanting to strangle her. I related to her awkwardness in meeting new people. In her contentment in listening rather than talking. On the flip side of that- I HATED how she never spoke up!!! It drove me crazy that she didn't tell her dad where her true passion was. That sh
Amy  Crull
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautiful. You get to bear witness to a sad, hurt lost girl making herself a strong, determined woman with the power of love. With love, she is able to heal in so many ways and pursue her dreams. She doesn't have it easy and has to work at it in private. Emerson is such an inspiring character. She's been hurt in the past, has a workaholic father who has only one thing on his mind and still grieving her mom's death. She sits in the park to people watch and reflect on her life. One ...more
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