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.***
This is another follow up story to The Power of the Matchmaker – a story about Pearl who matches people together, probably without them really knowing it!
This book is set in Maui (not my favorite island but still beautiful!) and this time it is Lani, a semi-local, whose life is about to change. Lani thinks she has the love of her life and is going to marry him, but meeting Easton has her rethinking what she has and what she wants from life.
Pearl is a little more prominent in this book than another that is tied to the Matchmaker novella, as she is a guest at the B&B that Lani runs with her grandmother. Somehow people keep cancelling their reservations and Pearl is able to remain. She is definitely in the background throughout the book but is there at all the right times to share a nugget of wisdom with Lani or Easton or even Puna (aka Grandma).
I like how Lani has more of an effect on those around her than she realizes. She is a kind-hearted and generous woman and I think that is why she is accepted as more of a local.
I enjoyed the dialogue/conversations between Lani & Easton because they weren’t always the easy conversations and the time and experiences made each of them grow in their own thoughts and beliefs.
Definitely enjoyable and a clean romance. We give it 4 paws up.
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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