Vivi Follow me on my blog instagram twitter facebook Mar 16, Julie rated it really liked it. A Case of Serendipity is a lovely contemporary romance. Farnham has set the plot pace to realistic. There is no insta-love where the main characters proclaim their undying love after knowing each other a few days. This allows readers to really get to know both characters. The story premise is cute and realistic.
She is recovering from several hardships, and yet A Case of Serendipity is a lovely contemporary romance. She is recovering from several hardships, and yet, she retains a very positive attitude. I loved the simplicity of her life. She is not materialistic.
She is low maintenance—spends more time being out in the world rather than primping. Henry is an uptight, overachieving lawyer, but a very nice, ethical guy. His family is pretty relaxed compared to him. Constance is beautiful on the outside, but not so much on the inside. Her self-absorption and vindictiveness make her dislikeable.
Both of these characters are likable, but they are better together since they bring out the best in one another in an easy, comfortable way. There is little angst in this lighthearted read. Farnham has written a delightful, clean, mature romance. Carefree Ruth and Uptight Henry come together in an unusual way, and their friends-to-lovers story makes for a charming, feel good read. Visit Book Junkie Reviews for more reading recommendations: Feb 25, S rated it it was amazing.
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Loved this light contemporary romance. It was just too darn cute and adorable. Both Ruth and Henry's characters were so relatable and honestly I was rooting for these two. Couldn't decide who I liked better between these two, the jovial Ruth or the uptight Henry. The author has beautifully sketched the characters and narrated the story and kept the flow of the story so grasping that my fingers keeping turning the page until I was done with the story.
A perfect weekend read. This was the first ti Loved this light contemporary romance.
This was the first time I read a story written by Farnham and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely be reading more books by this author in future. Would definitely recommend this delightful story!
A super fun, light romance, A Case Of Serendipity is a story that is quick to get drawn into and easy reading. Mar 22, Erica Palfrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Case of Serendipity is a light romance that pulls you in. It has a great story behind it that makes you want to have the same kind of relationship. Ruth and Henry are the perfect match. She helps him to get out and live, something he doesn't normally do. They compliment each other perfectly and their chemistry is on point. I would have loved to see more focus on their growing love for one another. The love part seemed a little rushed to me by the end.
This story is a slow burning, light hearted romance. I loved the characters, I thought they were great. Ruth is quirky and out 3. Ruth is quirky and outgoing while Henry is straight laced. I really liked how they brought out the best in each other. The secondary characters were also great. I also learned a thing or two about legal stuff.
J Farnham has written. Mar 21, Sandie Grise rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness what a Fun and Fabulous read by author K. This is the kind of romantic read that makes you smile. Ruth and Henry just click, well written, quirky and and I loved it to bits! Truly a fun read for those that enjoy smiling all day long after they've read a book! I received this book as an ARC and this is my personal opinion on what I've read. What a fun and quick read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book: Another aspect that I love about this book is that it is a clean read.
It is easy to write and read a book that has prolific profanity and explicit sexual What a fun and quick read! It is easy to write and read a book that has prolific profanity and explicit sexual descriptions. Thank you KJ Farnham for the fun story, and I look forward to your future work.
Mar 22, Marjorie rated it liked it. More of a 3.
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Somehow I found that I just could not connect with the characters in this book at all. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the writing or the characterisation, I think they were just too far away from the people that I know and so had no reference point for their motivations and behaviours. Beyond Ruth's love of jigsaw puzzles and Henry's workaholism their lifestyles are polar opposites to mine, so much so that I did find myself a little bit dare I say it, I dar More of a 3.
Beyond Ruth's love of jigsaw puzzles and Henry's workaholism their lifestyles are polar opposites to mine, so much so that I did find myself a little bit dare I say it, I dare, I dare bored with the book from time to time.
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The writing itself is well crafted and flows well. However, the constant jerking back to legal ish emails and then chatty texts did break the flow and spoilt the read a little bit for me. For some reason the constant full format email showing Henry's position and contact details at the law firm really irritated me and felt like page filler to bulk the page length out.
The text messages were far less intrusive and a good way of expressing dialogue in a way that is becoming more familiar to us than actual face to face conversation. The insights in to each character's past and their relationships with their families was interesting and did flesh the characters out in a not too overt fashion. You very definitely get the sense these are two grown-ups who have a handle on the whole adulting thing but are trying to still keep some of that childlike wonder at the world to milk the most out of every drop of life.
Although set in Milwaukee it did feel very much like it could have been Anywheresville, USA with the chain coffee shops, Keurigs and farmer's markets and there was little in the way of local colour to really differentiate this place from any other. Mentioning the Keurig reminds that "things" seem to be a touch important with the odd little bit of brand-dropping here and there, not enough to really infuriate me but just enough to make me tut over the first 2 or 3 chapters but it soon settles down to barely there levels.
I suppose the brands do give you an idea of the stage of life the characters are at and their relative incomes, somehow it irks me - bit like reality TV shows irk me. It certainly isn't a new device and it is highly prevalent in Victorian Literature with servants and carriages replacing the brand names but they were times much more delineated by class than our own. The plot itself is quite a sweet and slow romance and although there are no sex scenes we know full and well that Henry and Ruth have "done the dirty deed" because both refer to it. Fortunately the author has steered away from sex scenes - this is good for me as I find them ubiquitously cringy as my husband said "if someone were to write a passage about swimming a few lengths of their local swimming pool it would be almost unbearable to read if you had experience of swimming; all that splashing and thrusting and pulling through the flat, chemical smelling surface.
It's just the same with sex". The focus of the book is more about them each learning to trust another person with their heart and believing that they will be accepted even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket or have two left feet. The unfolding relationship with Ruth and Henry is wonderfully tender and sweet without slipping over in to nausea inducing levels of saccharine, with their attraction to each other being more about personalities than looks although they do find each other very attractive. On the whole I did enjoy this book, I think I was just a little disappointed that it didn't grip me as much as "Don't Call Me Kit Kat" and may have been unnecessarily harsh in my reviewing of it.
If you do enjoy a good romance that doesn't rely on salacious passages to sell itself then this is a good book for you. I have to be honest and say that if you are looking for a light read for by the pool this summer then you won't go far wrong with this one. Intrigued by a person you have never personally met, only through an e-mail conversation and not even about personal things?
A Case of Serendipity tells the story of Ruth and Henry, who meet thanks to an overly-active spamming coffeehouse. That certain level of intimacy. The feeling of being with someone who makes my insides quiver and knowing that I make their inside Intrigued by a person you have never personally met, only through an e-mail conversation and not even about personal things?
The feeling of being with someone who makes my insides quiver and knowing that I make their insides feel the same way. Ruth is getting her life back in order after her divorce and is figuring out what she wants and who she wants to be. As the early comprehension of the issue studied is refined and extended through additional iterations and encirclement of the discovery of further relevant works, this successfully leads to improved and deeper understanding Boell, Cecez-Kecmanovic, , Some deviated literature was also considered, since pertinent ideas emerged through analysis and interpretation of those texts.
By using the hermeneutic review, we aimed to make the temporal aspects of information serendipity more visible, trigger thinking in meaningful ways on, and provide a better understanding of, this issue of interest Boell, Cecez-Kecmanovic, ; Crowther, Smythe, Spence, ; Smythe, Spence, , with some possibly new insights.
The starting point for the review was the familiar works of several scholars on the subject of encountering information and serendipity e. This process continued until a point of saturation was reached, as additional texts made only a marginal contribution to further understanding of the explored temporal aspects. It is also found where it is not specifically sought, as an accidental concomitant of routine activities with other purposes or as pure accident Yet, a single unified and generally accepted definition of serendipity in the context of information does not exist, and indeed serendipity has been explained in the information science literature in several different ways e.
Nevertheless, the combination of the two definitions that follow may adequately elucidate the essence of the subject: Thus, chance, information, and an information recipient are the three necessary contributors, and unexpectedness, sagacity and valuable outcome are the three essential elements, for the info-serendipitous experience to take place cf.
Information science literature has presented a number of models that try to construct and explain the serendipity phenomenon in different contexts. The IE model includes five stages: Jiang, Liu, and Chi modeled an online information encountering three-fold process that includes preliminary activities such as searching or browsing, the main steps of noticing a stimulus, analyzing the encountered content and acquiring useful or interesting information, in addition to post activities of information saving, using and sharing.
Makri and Blandford also established a process model of serendipity that starts with a mental connection sparked by unexpected circumstances and insight; the individual then makes projections on the potential value of the outcome and takes actions to exploit the connection that consequently leads to a valuable outcome. The process may end at this stage and still be considered serendipitous to some extent, but to fully utilize the event and its benefits — an iterative phase of reflecting over previous elements viz. Besides these models, several additional progressive descriptions of serendipity have also been presented see: Except for the initial phase, within which a temporal coincidence of information and awareness occurs by chance Erdelez, , ; McCay-Peet, Toms, , ; Rubin, Burkell, Quan-Haase, ; Rubin et al.
A third temporal interval may occur after realizing the subjective value, and then the individual may adjust the discovered information for use in an immediate or a deferred manner Pontis, Blandford, Greifeneder, Attalla, Neal, ; Solomon, Bronstein, Using a metaphor from the world of music, it can be said that the noticing, bisociation, and value recognition factors in the process of info-serendipity, as well as the use of the discovered information, may occur in a continuous legato or in a disjointed staccato structure.
Although each model may highlight slightly different elements of the process, it is clear across all models that the serendipitous process maintains B-type relations Zimmerman, , in which some elements are being acknowledged earlier or later than, or simultaneously with, other elements in the serendipitous episode. That is to say, while the process of serendipity is mainly prospective and its elements exist and are realized along the time stream Erdelez, ; Jiang et al.
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The process of serendipity may also involve an iterative phase of returning to certain earlier stages, in a limited cyclical temporal course Makri, Blandford, Temporal bi-directionality is the case in another matter as well. Besides the chance factor and the aspect of unexpectedness, the info-serendipitous episode combines as an inherent and basic ingredient also two qualities of the 'mind'. In a similar and concurrent manner, Solomon and Bronstein found that unexpected encounters with valuable legal information by Israeli family law attorneys — namely, in their professional sphere — referred to background concerns within the same three time frames: Their top notice priority appeared to be of present and prospective time frames, i.
It is quite possible that the subjective temporal-locations of contents and experience of succession cf. These categorizations are based upon a relational semi-temporal criterion Bardon, , which is used to a typological end and weighs the frequency of information encountering experiences of the individual and their attitude toward them Erdelez, Specifically, the non-encounterer is a person who relates to an unexpected information encounter as something they rarely experience; the occasional encounterer is a person who encounters information once in a while but relates to these events as a consequence of fate or luck; the encounterer is a person who encounters information often and uses it to their benefit, but does not understand how the experiences of the incidental encounters are related to their information behavior; and the super-encounterer is a person who encounters information in a recurrent and frequent manner, and relates to it as an important and utilitarian part of their information behavior Erdelez, That is to say, characterizing the individuals experiencing serendipitous discovery of information, according to: Thus, nine temporal classes of individuals experiencing info-serendipity can be considered:.
Recent and Near Past Connector ,. Current and Near Future Projector. Moderate Past Connector ,. Far Past Connector ,. Different temporal depths into past personal resources, when connecting. Different temporal depths of future subjective reflections, when projecting forward. Attribute does not exist. Crowther, Smythe, Spence, , p. Beyond Wild Imaginings Aug 06, Available for download now. Only 1 left in stock more on the way. Amaranth of the Wild Things Oct 29, Second Rate Groupies Dec 10, Warrior's Rise May 06, Paladin Serendipity Series Apr 11, Liron's Melody Nov 30, Provide feedback about this page.
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