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Friday, October 16, 2009

Serendipity House by Joyce DeBacco

Serendipity House by Joyce DeBacco
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (163 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Sylvie Gardner was a pleaser. She did as her mother pleased, and she did as her fiance pleased. Finally, she did as she pleased. Raised by a domineering mother, Sylvie doesn't like the submissive woman she's become. Determined to take back her life, she heads to the hills instead of to the altar on her wedding day. Coming across a quaint, country inn with an intriguing name, she impulsively checks into Serendipity House. Peopled with an odd assortment of characters, the inn has clearly seen better days. Even the regulars have a bit of wear on them. Thus, when debonair Alex Clemenceau arrives and is strangely comfortable vacationing among the geriatric set, Sylvie is suspicious and does her best to ignore him. But Alex will not be ignored, pushing her buttons until she admits, if only to herself, that she's falling in love with him. Not until she's hired to manage the inn does she learn he's not the pedigreed gentleman he purports to be, but a streetwise PI hired by her ex to find her. Adding insult to injury, he's bought the inn and asks for her help in restoring it to its former glory.

Forced to work together, both learn about relationships, expectations, and acceptance--among family members as well as strangers who become like family.

Emotions are raised from the beginning when Ms DeBaccco’s heroine finally finds her ‘spine’.

When Sylvie Gardener rebels, there is no way she could envisage the consequences of her actions. She has lessons to learn, people to meet, a life to live, and with many well placed setbacks and kickbacks placed in her way by Joyce DeBacco, Sylvie comes to terms with her own personal fears and gremlins. In doing so, the reader meets a heroine whose flaws are so realistic we can relate to them without question.

Alexander Clemenceau is used to obnoxious clients so his latest is no big deal. He has a job to do, some stolen property to return and then he can go on his way to the next case. Right? Wrong!

Nothing turns out the way Alex anticipates. No one is quite what they appear and he has to come to terms with a past that threatens to destroy his future.

This story is full of wonderful people who all have an integral part to play to bring Alex and Sylvie together. This is balanced by the other half of the cast who are equally intent on keeping them apart. Conflict, goal, and motivation! This book has them all.

Ms DeBacco’s understanding of human nature creates a heart warming story that, for me, is a ‘keeper’.