Author: Rachael Anderson
Publisher: HEA Publishing
Date of publication: February 2016
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.***
Not Always Happenstance is the second book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. It's a 12 month/book collaboration from 12 authors all revolving around Pearl. She is an elderly Asian woman who seems to have a knack for matchmaking. After having read this second book, I can honestly say that they can be read as stand alone books, so picking up any in the series would be fine without feeling lost.
If you are in the mood for a super cute and clean romance, this book definitely fits the bill. While the first book, Broken Things to Mend, was heart wrenching, this one was a lot lighter. It's about two people who are perfect for each other. The problem is that one of them needs to learn how to settle a little and the other needs to learn how to fly. I really enjoyed Lani and Easton's fall into love. I loved that they developed a friendship while learning to love each other. The best part is that they do it while exploring Maui. I've never been, but after reading this I am dying to visit and see the beautiful sights.
I definitely recommend this book and series. Stay tuned as I'll be reviewing the third book, If We Were a Movie next month!
About 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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