Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Not Always Happenstance

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Not Always Happenstance

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.***

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Another hit by Rachael Anderson!  I love her books.  They are well written and are a sweet romantic escape to another world.  In this instance - Hawaii!  One day I'd love to visit there.

Lani came to Hawaii five years ago to help the grandmother she barely knew with her B&B.  She has since fallen in love with her grandmother and Hawaii!  When the man she has been dating long distance for five years wants her to move back to California and marry him, Lani struggles with the decision.   Then Easton (and Pearl!) enters the picture.  I really didn't like him at first because you are told up front that he is a womanizer who travels the world with no goodbyes and no attachments.  And Lani was too sweet and good and loyal to have her heart broken like that!  In spite of his determination to not fall in love, Easton is drawn to Lani more than anyone he's ever met.  And in spite of herself, Lani is also drawn to Easton.   With the help of her grandmother, the mysterious new guest, Pearl, and few mystical nudges, Easton and Lani gradually get to know one another.  Then they have to decide if what they are feeling is big enough to make some changes and commit to a lifetime of love.

I loved the camaraderie between Lani and the Hawaiians she has come to know and love.   These secondary characters and her grandmother added a sweet note to the story.   I also enjoyed the mentions of Easton's family and his closeness with them in spite of his travels.  It gives one hope that his character isn't so bad.  :)

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

RachaelAuthor 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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