Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson
Lani has lived in Hana, Hawaii for five years. She’s learned to surf, fish, dive, and manage her grandmother’s bed and breakfast. She’s also learned to take one day at a time the way it should be taken—relaxed and unrushed, savoring every moment.
But, like a large wave on the brink of breaking, her life is about to crash out of control. A proposal of marriage, a conniving grandmother, a cryptic Asian woman, and a handsome guest, and suddenly everything calm begins to churn, everything clear becomes confused, and all that was normal segues into peculiar.
As Lani struggles against the current to hold her ground, she realizes that she can either continue to fight and eventually lose, or take a take a leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.
***This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***
Not Always Happenstance is a really sweet romance. I really enjoyed the Hawaiian setting. Though I’ve never been there, the descriptions made me feel like I was there – and it was nice to get away from this chilly winter weather for a while!
It took me some time to connect with the main characters. I liked them well enough, but it took me a while to care whether or not they ended up together. I did enjoy their playful bantering. Also, once I did connect with them, I really connected with them and couldn’t wait to see them as a couple.
I couldn’t put down the last ten percent of the story, and I was literally in tears at the end. If you’re looking for a sweet, fun romance that will get you by the heart strings, you should definitely pick this one up.
I’m also curious about the other books in the series. It’s a bummer that only one other one has been released.
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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