This is the concluding novel in the Serendipity trilogy, which should be read in order. While some of the plot points are a trifle formulaic, Phillips once again gives readers terrific, realistic characters as she shows us that we (and her characters) can overcome childhood traumas and emotional scars to form close, loving families. It’s never too late.
Much has changed in Dare Barron’s life, but some things remain the same: Liza McKnight is bailing her brother out yet again. He has had a crush on Liza since high school, but also has shared a dark and ugly past with her brother. So, his relationship with her seems stuck at the see-her-at-the-police-station phase. Liza is very aware of Dare. In another life, she would have loved to see more of him, but in this life she does not do emotions. A series of events throw Dare and Liza together, but every time they get a little closer, the dark past rises up like a storm to drive them apart. Only honesty and disclosure will change the situation. Can they reveal their painful emotional pasts to each other? Do they dare? (BERKLEY, May, 304 pp., $7.99)