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.***
Loved it!! Rachael Anderson has done it again. Everytime I read a book written by her, I asked myself why I've waited so long to read it. She has such a gift for weaving stories that grab hold of you and pull you in.
** This book is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series which will be releasing one book a month for this year. But it can definitely stand alone. **
I loved the setting for this book- Hawaii. I love Hawaii. I love the culture and the beauty, and cannot wait to go back!
The characters were awesome. Easton started out as sort of a womanizer. You didn't want him to get the girl because getting girls came easily to him and he left broken hearts in his path all over the place. But he grows on you. A lot. Like I loved him by the end because I learned more about him and understood him better. :) Lani is so caring and selfless and giving. She moved from California to Hawaii to temporarily help her grandma with her bed and breakfast. She had been there 5 years and called it "home." I liked her so much, and wanted her to find true love, having given so much of herself already. Pearl, the matchmaker star of Power of the Matchmaker series, was in this book more than in Broken Things to Mend. Magical things always happen when she's around. She's the cutest.
The entire book was just really great. I didn't want to put it down. It had some twists and things I didn't expect. I loved the whole "ohana" theme. Easily 4.5 stars... pushing a 5.
Author Rachael Anderson 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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