Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson

Not Always Happenstance
by Rachael Anderson

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @RachaelReneeAnd/

Just released: February 1, 2016
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Genre: Romance (clean)
Paperback: 250 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Time to go.

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.

My two-bits:

With spring weather starting to kick in, this read was perfect for feeling warm and outdoorsy with a hint of romance.

I loved the setting for this story which was in a small town on one of the islands of Hawaii, Maui. The vibe of the place with island style living (and vacationing) were captured well - made we want to book a trip to any of the Hawaiian islands ASAP ;-)

The romance was the right speed without being drawn out or too dramatic. The scenes between the couple included some heart-to-heart conversations and caring moments that made the relationship down-to-earth.

I loved how the matchmaker, Pearl, was incorporated in the storyline. She was pretty active and had a strong presence that helped guide the main characters in a subtle way.

Got me seriously thinking of travel and travel writing.

About the author:
A USA Today bestselling author of clean romance, 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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