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Author: Anne Conley
Title: Saving Charlie
Published On: November 15, 2014
Series: Stories of Serendipity #9
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published
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Welcome to the final (for now) installment of the Stories of Serendipity, where real people live life and find love in small town, Texas.

100,000 children are sexually trafficked every year in the US. In the 1990s, Charlie was one of those children. She’s spent her adult life getting past that, trying to become a successful business owner in Serendipity, TX. Relationships are not goals for her. In fact, she’s not even sure she has what it takes to be a part of one.

Les is a fool for love. All he’s ever wanted was a girl. Now that every last one of his friends are married, and in happy relationships with families, he can’t stop thinking about the sexy lady who sells house parts, even if everything about her screams at him to stay away. He just can’t.

When they are thrown together on a cross-country road trip, Charlie’s past comes back to her full-force, long-buried memories inundating her. Les seems to be the only thing grounding her to the present, when everything else seems to be trying to tear her apart.

While it has a HEA, the road getting there is long, rough, and dark. Enjoy the ride.

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(4 / 5)

Saving Charlie is book #9 in the Stories of Serendipity series. But just like the rest of the series it can be read as a stand-alone story. It deals with sex trafficking and the exploitation of children, so be aware of that for anyone who may be sensitive to or triggered by those topics.

Fortunately all of the dark and heavy moment are balanced out by the humor and playful banter between Charlie and Les. One of the best things about this book and the whole series is that the characters are relatable yet able to let you escape through them.

If you’re reading this review, you probably have read the synopsis, so I don’t feel bad for spoiling things a little since they’re already in that. But shy away now if you so choose! So we know it’s going to be a happy ending, we know they’re going to get together. But it’s the journey that gets them there that’s funny, dark, sweet. It’s full of hurt and healing, and makes for a great read.

If you’re a fan of the series (which duh, you should be!) you’ll get some extended time with some of the Serendipity family which is always a nice thing. I really enjoy series of stand alones in a common setting that have cameos from previous books!

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