Set on Gull Island in the Lowcountry, SERENDIPITY BY THE SEA by Jennifer Vido is a heartwarming story about second chances. Once Cate Ainsworth thought she and Knox Price had a future, but one day he simply left, giving no explanation. Suddenly he returns to the island to care for his uncle. Knowing he would see Cate, Knox does not expect to still have strong feelings for her, but there's no denying something is still brewing between them. Cate still has feelings for him, but they are different people now, and she's not sure she's willing to take another risky chance on her heart when it comes to Knox. Can they pick up where they left off?
Everything about this story is appealing: a beautiful seaside setting, well-rounded characters, and delicious descriptions of the food. Jennifer Vido embraces the themes of friendship, family, community, and loyalty. Easy to read and enjoyable, SERENDIPITY BY THE SEA is well worth reading. Highly recommended.
Will a hopeless romantic on the verge of landing her dream job reconnect with her wanderlust ex-boyfriend for a second chance at love?
Cate Ainsworth is poised to land her dream job when an ex-boyfriend-the guy she once loved who left town with no explanation-returns to their Lowcountry hometown. Their long-denied attraction tugs her in a new direction, but will she risk everything for a second chance at love?
A freelance photographer, Knox Price seeks adventure, not commitment. Back in town to care for his uncle gets complicated when he crosses paths with Cate, igniting a spark he can't ignore. But can he confess the truth about why he walked away?
Cate maneuvered into the parking lot adjacent to the main road, jumped out of her car, and headed for the employee golf carts used as a means to get around the grounds. Taking the first available, she hurled the little cart in the direction of Guest Services. Whizzing past beachgoers sporting island T-shirts, she spied customers coming out of Novel Ideas, the island’s long-standing, secondhand bookstore.
Slowing at the curve in front of Island Scoop, Cate wished for a cool treat to reward her sweet tooth. The strong aroma of steaming coffee alerted her to a few visitors coming out of The Wise Owl, sipping cups of morning brew. Blocking her view, they strolled along the path toward the boardwalk. Their telltale bronzed skin and relaxed demeanor signaled the end of their stay. Cate couldn’t blame them for wanting to linger, but she was in a hurry.
When they finally set out, she zipped her cart into the only open parking spot. Cate entered the building and scooted by the buzzing groups now congregating in front of the shiny Guest Services counter, careful not to make eye contact. She shifted her belongings to cover up her navy polo embroidered with the Gull Island insignia to ward off unwanted conversation until she could get settled and prepared to offer assistance.