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Serenity House Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Shay
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kathryn Shay knows teenagers and puts that knowledge into creating a contemporary romance series about successful women who were once troubled teenagers.

"Fans will enjoy the return of the Serenity House residents, and can only hope for a second-generation series one day!” Word Weaving

Welcome to SERENITY HOUSE, a series of stories about women who spent a part of their adolescent years in a group home for troubled girls. Each story explores what effects their dysfunctional backgrounds had on them. As you might guess, trust—not being able to trust—is a big issue for all three. But with the help of those who love them, each woman overcomes her difficult beginnings and becomes the person she was meant to be.

In PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, Paige Kendrick is a successful doctor who keeps people at a distance and refuses a relationship with hunky doctor Ian Chandler. But Ian won’t stop until he gets what he wants—Paige! And because of his assertiveness, he almost destroys their chances of a life together.

In A PLACE TO BELONG, Darcy O’Malley and Hunter Sloan have more in common than they know when they meet at her daycare. Both have troubled kids, both grew up as outcasts in their hometown, and both find a deep and driving passion for the other that cannot be denied.

In AGAINST THE ODDS, troubled Anabelle Crane fell in love with Nathan Hyde, the town’s fair-haired boy. He broke her heart and she left town to become an undercover cop. But now, she’s back to guard him from a stalker. Some things haven’t changed, though, and Anabelle and Nathan find that the passion they have for each other has not died!

“For readers like myself who have been a bit disappointed with the quality of the genre of late, Shay’s latest might as well have antidote stamped right next to the Serenity House logo.” The Romance Reader

Product Details

  • File Size: 1106 KB
  • Print Length: 669 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MR4XO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent books March 26, 2013
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Wow, I loved these books. And as I was just looking the series up to make a review say Book 4 so when done with the review will be back to read that one too. So many situations of real life in these books and how people treat others. And an excellent way of solving the problems. Book 3 had a scene in the air port that warmed my heart to the core. I would wish that moment on each and every one of all girls abused. I loved the kindness, the romance, and the deep abiding love thru out each page. I especially loved no swear words and no pornographic sex scenes. The books are not wishy washy but a full bodied story with great characters. Excellent writer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yea! No swearing every other word March 31, 2013
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Very thoughtful and slow building romance. The heat factor in contemporary romances today usually falls into one of four categories.
1) Kisses only
2) Whoa Baby!
3) Give me a minute here, I need to breathe
4) OK that's just gross

This trilogy falls into category 2 Whoa Baby!I was about to tell the male leads to run quickly in the other direction when the female leads finally snaps out of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 2, 2013
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I couldn't put this trilogy down!! I want to read about the rest of the women from Serenity House. She tied every one together in each book and yet created a bit of a mystery for each character. I screamed out loud when the Braden issue was resolved, what an awesome turn of events. Each book would stand on it's own, but to have it all put together in one place to read at one time was a great idea. The characters were believable and fun. Great job!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Want more! April 27, 2013
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I downloaded these books to my Kindle after reading some reviews and was hooked after the first few pages of the first book. Read all three in a row. The character development was good and the story was moving. I hope that the author will continue writing the series because I want to read what happens to the other members of the first Serenity House group.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book but each book was too short a story April 28, 2013
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I read each book very quickly. Each book led in to the next. THE AUTHOR seemed to end the story very quickly and I was disappointed with the ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, easy reads. April 28, 2013
By Jody S.
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I got this trilogy free from Book Bub...I would probably give it three stars to 3.5 stars but liking it was four stars. I enjoyed this series about three women who were brought up in a home for girls and what they made of their lives. I thought they were well written, somewhat predictable, and enjoyed how each one intertwined with the others. Would be great summer reads!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read May 3, 2013
By Mary
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I enjoyed this book set. I looked forward to learning about each character. Probably will not do this again with the word restriction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenit house trilogy May 4, 2013
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I love this trilogy. Written well and very entertaining. I suggest readers be a least 30 years old for enjoyment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars How great is it to read a great story with no ...
How great is it to read a great story with no swear words and no explicit sex scenes. Just a terrific story. Can't wait for the other stories about Jade,Charley, and Tyler.
Published 1 month ago by CAMILLE MILAZZO
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The first two books in the trilogy were excellent, interesting with characters that had depth and interesting dilemmas. This last book was a disappointment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marsha Sirkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the stories.
Published 2 months ago by KAREN WINKELMAN SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathryn Shay never fails to satisfy me--great plot development
Kathryn Shay never fails to satisfy me--great plot development, enough twists and turns to keep me going. Looking forward to the last installment she's promised!
Published 2 months ago by lph
4.0 out of 5 stars not what i epected
good character interesting story
Published 2 months ago by Rita McBee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely stories and young women who overcome very difficult experiences to become all they can be and more.
Published 3 months ago by BAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by kathy5619
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
If you have not read Kathryn Shay before, this is a great series to start with! I have read only a couple other books by this author and they have been terrific. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NAC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always enjoy the books of this author. Romantic and fun to read.
Published 4 months ago by Ms Readalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can not wait for the next trilogy on the rest of of the Serenity House girls.
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Au Coin
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More About the Author

Kathryn Shay is a lifelong writer. At fifteen, she penned her first 'romance,' a short story about a female newspaper reporter in New York City and her fight to make a name for herself in a world of male journalists - and with one hardheaded editor in particular. Looking back, Kathryn says she should have known then that writing was in her future. But as so often happens, fate sent her detouring down another path.

Fully intending to pursue her dream of big city lights and success in the literary world, Kathryn took every creative writing class available at the small private women's college she attended in upstate New York. Instead, other dreams took precedence. She met and subsequently married a wonderful guy who'd attended a neighboring school, then completed her practice teaching, a requirement for the education degree she never intended to use. But says Kathryn, "I fell in love with teaching the first day I was up in front of a class, and knew I was meant to do that."

Kathryn went on to build a successful career in the New York state school system, thoroughly enjoying her work with adolescents. But by the early 1990s, she'd again made room in her life for writing. It was then that she submitted her first manuscript to publishers and agents. Despite enduring two years of rejections, she persevered. And on a snowy December afternoon in 1994, Kathryn Shay sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance.

Since that first sale, Kathryn has written twenty-two books for Harlequin, ten mainstream contemporary romances for the Berkley Publishing Group, and two online novellas, which Berkley then published in traditional print format.

Kathryn has become known for her powerful characterizations - readers say they feel they know the people in her books - and her heart-wrenching, emotional writing (her favorite comments are that fans cried while reading her books or stayed up late to finish them). In testament to her skill, the author has had a one of her books serialized in the December 2003 COSMOPOLITAN magazine and has been quoted in PEOPLE and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. She has won five RT BookClub Magazine Reviewers Choice Awards, three Holt Medallions, two Desert Quill Awards, the Golden Leaf Award, and several online accolades.

Even in light of her writing success, that initial love of teaching never wavered for Kathryn. She finished out her teaching career in 2004, retiring from the same school where her career began. These days, she lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. "My life is very full," she reports, "but very happy. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to pursue and achieve my dreams."

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