- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5449 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: K. J. Farnham Publishing LLC (20 March 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078SZ913P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 30 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A light read that will sweep you off your feet and have you cheering for Ruth Bateman and Henry Mancuso! These two characters are so darn funny, odd (in their own way), lovable, likable - I just want to be their friend and hang out with them." - Romance Rendezvous Book Blog
"Funny and light hearted and swoony, swoony, swoony. I could not wipe the smile off my face--from the first page through the very satisfying ending, I was just delighted by this book." - Beth, Panda & Boodle
"This story is one that just made me feel good." - Jodi, Ruby Red Romance Review
"Ms. Farnham has written a delightful, clean, mature romance. Carefree Ruth and Uptight Henry come together in an unusual way, and their friends-to-lovers story makes for a charming, feel good read." - Book Junkie Reviews
"A sweet read for someone who loves romance above anything else." - Cranky, The Book Curmudgeon
"A super fun, light romance, A Case Of Serendipity is a story that is quick to get drawn into and easy reading." - Diane, Sheila's Book Corner
"Ruth and Henry are both realistic people, with hopes and dreams for something more. I love this couple." - Marieke's Books
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This happens to be my first story written by this author, and although I did not fully connect with it like other readers have, I still found it to be a good read.
I didn’t quite fully feel the connection between the main characters. I would have loved to see more focus on their growing love for one another. The love part seemed a little rushed to me by the end.
This story is a slow burning, light hearted romance. I loved the characters, I thought they were great. Ruth is quirky and outgoing while Henry is straight laced. I really liked how they brought out the best in each other. The secondary characters were also great. I also learned a thing or two about legal stuff. I’m definitely interested to see and read what else K.J Farnham has written.
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Somehow I found that I just could not connect with the characters in this book at all. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the writing or the characterisation, I think they were just too far away from the people that I know and so had no reference point for their motivations and behaviours. Beyond Ruth's love of jigsaw puzzles and Henry's workaholism their lifestyles are polar opposites to mine, so much so that I did find myself a little bit (dare I say it, I dare, I dare) bored with the book from time to time.
The writing itself is well crafted and flows well. However, the constant jerking back to legal(ish) emails and then chatty texts did break the flow and spoilt the read a little bit for me. For some reason the constant full format email showing Henry's position and contact details at the law firm really irritated me and felt like page filler to bulk the page length out. The text messages were far less intrusive and a good way of expressing dialogue in a way that is becoming more familiar to us than actual face to face conversation.
The insights in to each character's past and their relationships with their families was interesting and did flesh the characters out in a not too overt fashion. You very definitely get the sense these are two grown-ups who have a handle on the whole adulting thing but are trying to still keep some of that childlike wonder at the world to milk the most out of every drop of life. Although set in Milwaukee it did feel very much like it could have been Anywheresville, USA with the chain coffee shops, Keurigs and farmer's markets and there was little in the way of local colour to really differentiate this place from any other. Mentioning the Keurig reminds that "things" seem to be a touch important with the odd little bit of brand-dropping here and there, not enough to really infuriate me but just enough to make me tut over the first 2 or 3 chapters but it soon settles down to barely there levels. I suppose the brands do give you an idea of the stage of life the characters are at and their relative incomes, somehow it irks me - bit like reality TV shows irk me. It certainly isn't a new device and it is highly prevalent in Victorian Literature (with servants and carriages replacing the brand names) but they were times much more delineated by class than our own.
The plot itself is quite a sweet and slow romance and although there are no sex scenes we know full and well that Henry and Ruth have "done the dirty deed" because both refer to it. Fortunately the author has steered away from sex scenes - this is good for me as I find them ubiquitously cringy (as my husband said "if someone were to write a passage about swimming a few lengths of their local swimming pool it would be almost unbearable to read if you had experience of swimming; all that splashing and thrusting and pulling through the flat, chemical smelling surface. It's just the same with sex"). The focus of the book is more about them each learning to trust another person with their heart and believing that they will be accepted even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket or have two left feet. The unfolding relationship with Ruth and Henry is wonderfully tender and sweet without slipping over in to nausea inducing levels of saccharine, with their attraction to each other being more about personalities than looks (although they do find each other very attractive).
On the whole I did enjoy this book, I think I was just a little disappointed that it didn't grip me as much as "Don't Call Me Kit Kat" and may have been unnecessarily harsh in my reviewing of it. If you do enjoy a good romance that doesn't rely on salacious passages to sell itself then this is a good book for you. I have to be honest and say that if you are looking for a light read for by the pool this summer then you won't go far wrong with this one.
The novel is a first person narrative and each chapter alternates between either Ruth or Henry’s point of view. This choice of narrative works well and gives the reader the opportunity to really get to know both of these characters who, thanks to Farnham’s flawless style and effortless descriptions, are extremely well drawn. Farnham has a real gift for creating likable characters, the sort of characters who make you want to go along with them for the ride, who make you want to root for them. Ruth and Henry are no exception and by the end of the novel I struggled to decide which I found more endearing; off-beat Ruth with her wild hair and appreciation of life’s simple pleasures, or Henry with his neatness, seriousness and intensity.
The story itself is absolutely delightful – without giving too much away, this is a real ‘feel good’ novel, a genuine light romance about two people who seem to complement each other so perfectly that you can’t imagine them not ending up together. Whether they do or whether they don’t…well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.
If you like romance without erotica, well-rounded, likable characters and uplifting plots then this book is for you. Highly recommended – five stars.
Would definitely recommend it to everyone.
If you could have seen me last night and this morning, grinning at my Kindle . . . You might have thought I’d gone mad, but in fact, I was simply in the process of falling head over heels in love with A Case of Serendipity by K.J. Farnham.
This book was adorable. Funny and light hearted and swoony, swoony, swoony. I could not wipe the smile off my face—from the first page through the very satisfying ending, I was just delighted by this book.
Guys, A Case of Serendipity was unique and a little bit flirty, and the story and reactions unexpected. As for the characters? So. Damn. Lovable. Actually, I think know I have a major crush on Ruth Bateman—quirky, likable, kind Ruth, who was exactly the right person to carry this story. Not that Henry is not also crush material. He is. He so is. He’s compulsive, he’s structured and he’s a workaholic, but he’s also good. Like, a good man. The kind that dreams are built on, for sure.
But together? Ahhh, well, together they are just completely and utterly charming. Much like this book, TBH. It’s clean, fresh, fun romance, written with detail and read with delight, and one I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone who loves love—and who wants to wear a goofy smile from start to finish.
“I’m pretty sure most of the greatest love stories are the result of people acting with impulsive hearts.”
~ FIVE Kohlrabi STARS ~