Hello everyone! I recently finished reading Chances for Serendipity by Natalie Chung and it is safe to say it is one of my new favourite books. I loved everything about this book, and I cannot wait to buy a paperback (I need this in my hands, desperately). A special thank you to the amazing Amanda @ Bookish Brews for introducing this book to me, mwah </3
By Natalie Chung
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
No. of Pages: 288
Trigger Warning: Mentions of grief after the passing of a loved one
One chance meeting can change everything.
Serendipity Tsang never suspected the kind, sweet guy she once met would become famous. Aiden Andale—Australia’s newest hotshot tennis player. And to think she accidentally hit him on the head with a tennis ball!
As years pass by, she’s busy juggling her family’s beloved Chinese bakery, her future career, and navigating relationships.
Then she starts seeing Aiden again—in magazines, on TV, in tennis tournaments. He’s everywhere she turns. Looking happy with his life. Unlike her.
But reality isn’t always straightforward. What happens when serendipity finds them both again in the most unlikely of ways?
Chances for Serendipity was everything I wanted in a contemporary novel!! It was cute, delightful, easy, fun, fluffy, and it drew me in right from the beginning.
Sixteen year old Serendipity Tsang accidentally hits a cute boy in the back of the head with a tennis ball at the court. After a lot of apologies and a serendipitous (I need to stop it, this is not funny help) chat they part ways without any talk of how to contact each other again! After he leaves, Sere’s best friend – Liz tells her that the boy was Aiden Andale AKA an up and coming tennis star! Many years pass and Sere “rediscovers” Aiden by seeing him on TV, magazines etc. She notices he looks fulfilled and successful, making her question her life and decisions. Until one fine day, all these years later, Aiden Andale walks into her family’s bakery.
This book was an absolute experience! The way Natalie Chung wrote and paced this book was remarkable. I’ve rarely read romance novels which are paced well – sometimes it’s too insta love-y, or it drags too much. BUT the romance between Serendipity and Aiden was amazing :’) While being a cute and fluffy read, this book also talked about other important aspects in ones life such as, expectations, dealing with grief, family and more! And while I’m all for slandering protagonists named Aiden- this one was too nice to deserve my slander. I loved the fact that Sere and Aiden meet many years ago and then reconnected- I felt that aspect gave the entire book a deeper meaning and made more of an impact on the readers.
Aiden and Sere’s reconnection was written skilfully. They reconnected with each other and grew their relationship through “challenges”. They were honestly just for fun, but a lot of character growth was visible throughout the book- and some of it was through these challenges!! Both characters supported each other in becoming the best versions of themselves, and was very heartwarming to read.
Serendipity’s family also owned a bakery and it was filled with Chinese baked goods that made me very hungry, and believe it or not I’ve never had Chinese bakery 😭 I want to though but I highly doubt it would be available here. So here’s another reason you all should read this book ASAP.
TL;DR A sweet contemporary romance and an easy read that will warm your heart. Full of cute tennis players, family, Chinese baked goods, and self discovery! A must read for everyone </3
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie is a big daydreamer who spends her days imagining fantasy worlds full of magical mysteries, action and sweet romance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can find her buying too many books, binge-watching anime or drowning in her accumulating pile of unfinished video games. Natalie lives in Sydney, Australia, but you’re more likely to see her lurking around Bookstagram.
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I hope you enjoyed the review and I hope you want to pick this book up!!
Sending incoherent screams about how I need a physical copy of this book right now,