Serendipity (Serendipity #1) - Carly Phillips 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 and then goes onto college, and marries a man that her parents 'approve' of. Her life drastically changes when her father is convicted of a ponzi scam. With her father in jail, and her recent divorce from her husband who only married her because of her families connections, Faith returns home for a new beginning. She is trying to find out who she 'really' is.

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Ethan and Faith shared one kiss before he left. He was 18 and she was 16, and he always considered her 'the one that got away'. Faith was always wondered what would have happened had she let Ethan have more than a kiss that night so many years ago.

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10 years later.... Ethan returns to make amends with his brother's. He also returns an established businessman, and wealthy. Now that Faith's father is in jail, their possessions have been auctioned off to pay some of the restitution to those who lost everything.
Ethan buys Faith's old house 'the mansion', thinking it will add to his credibility and his change in character.

The first person Ethan runs into when he gets to his new house is Faith. Faith is there to take a look at her old childhood home, and reminisce. Each one has got huge walls up, because of what they've been through, and can't afford to let anyone in too close. They both have plans of a new beginning and their goals have no room for a complication such as a relationship to get in their way.

..and yet neither one of them can't seem to stop thinking about the other, and eventually they kiss to see if there is any chemistry.

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As Ethan tries to make amends with his brother's (who refuse to have anything to do with him because they felt abandoned by him), his 14 year old half-sister (Tess) is dropped off at his doorstep by her half sister in a desperate plea for help. Tess is a stubborn, angry, bitter, teenager who was abandoned by her mother, and has been staying with her older sister. Tess has been spiraling out control, and has now gotten arrested, and is on probation.
Ethan feels like his personal life is out of control with only one piece of stability and happiness..and that's Faith.

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This story is one of trust, redemption, forgiveness, and learning to accept you can't change the past, but move forward the best that you can... and of course Love.

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Can't wait to read the next installment in the series :)