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.***
My review: I've really been enjoying these Power of the Matchmaker books and the way these are working is really cool. There was the novella Power of the Matchmaker, and then each month there's a novel by some of the best clean romance novelists out there. But the way they're written, you can read them in order or only read one or two and it won't matter. Such a great idea!
I love the setting of this one, who doesn't want to pretend they are on the beautiful island of Maui when it's 20 degrees and snowing outside? I loved the way that the author captured the island vibe of the locals. The idea of everyone being family and bonding together to help each other is really a beautiful thing.
Then there are the characters. I love Lani. She's a fiercely loyal young woman who has just agreed to marry her boyfriend of several years, Derek. But she knows that by marrying him she will have to leave her idyllic life helping her grandmother run a B&B on Maui and she doesn't really want to do that. She loves her life of surfing, cooking, and meeting new people as they come to stay.
Then there's Easton. He has no desire to settle down in one place and he hates to say goodbye to anyone. There's also his job that no matter how many times Lani asks him about it, she can never get a strait response.
Of course, Pearl, the matchmaker is in this book giving great advice and there's tons of crazy coincidences surrounding her. Things like everyone who would be staying in her room at the B&B cancelling their reservations suddenly - for almost the whole summer. I love the way she always knows just what to say to keep the lovers moving along and thinking of each other.
I loved this book, it's cute and clean! Make sure you read this one and the whole series!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.