Friday, February 6, 2009

Serendipity by Louise Shaffer

A child of theatrical royalty, Carrie Manning is having a hard time getting her own act together. Thirty-seven, aimless, and having just buried a famous mother she never understood, she is desperate to uncover her family’s mysterious past in the hopes that it will help her understand herself.

Carrie’s search reveals the fascinating life stories of her estranged grandmother Lu, a glamorous Broadway star whose dreams came with a price; her great grandmother Mifalda, who gave up everything to come to America as a sixteen-year-old Italian bride; and her father, Bobby, the charismatic Broadway genious who wrote some of Lu’s greatest musicals and died tragically young. At the heart of Carrie’s discoveries lies the reason for her mother’s complicated life, and a dark secret that has been buried for thirty years.

Although this book started off a bit slow for me (it was me, not the book, trust me) once I was able to really sit down and get into the storyline, it had me hook, line and sinker. The web that was weaved between the four generations of women in this story is incredible and so interesting to read about. The changeovers between women and time line flowed seamlessly and the story was captivating. I simply loved this book, and am grateful I had a chance to peek into the lives of Mifalda, Lu, Rose and Carrie. This book is jam packed with feeling and emotion, a wonderful book!!!! 5/5