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.***
Easton is never ready to say goodbye. Travel experiences to beautiful places, short term relationships with the notion of never making a long term commitment, is his philosophy. However, all of this seems to change a bit when he meets Lani. Lani has been in a long term relationship for many years. However, just when the time comes for the relationship to go in a more permanent direction, something just doesn’t feel right. Lani begins to question her feelings and wonder if her current boyfriend, Derek is truly the one or maybe she is drawn to someone else.
What captures my attention the most in Rachel Anderson’s novel is the setting, Hawaii. As I read this novel I was wishing that I was reading on the ocean, at a bed and breakfast just like the one described in this story. The beautiful language and the description made it very easy to paint a picture of Lani and Easton’s experience. As always Anderson’s characters and storylines keeps the reader interested from start to finish. There is even a mystery character this time that added another level of anticipation to the novel. Are Easton and Lani meant to be more than just friends on this beautiful island, in the novel, Not Always Happenstance? Be sure to check this one out and see how “Hana” influences them both.
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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