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.***
This is the second book in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I love these books. I've read several books by Rachael Anderson as well, and they are always some of my favorite reads. The only recurring character in the books is Pearl. An almost mystical Asian woman who seems to always know just the right thing to say when you need to hear it most.
I kind of want to be Lani. She lives in Hawaii, has an awesome group of friends & can bake bread! She likes the laid back, easy going life in Hana. I could see how being close with her grandmother had become so important to her.
Easton was like the Tasmanian devil tornado swirling in & shaking up Lani's serene, but a bit boring, life. I loved how he challenged her & made her crazy.
The way the supporting characters were great & could just hear their Hawaiian accents come through.
The books in this series can be read as stand alone novels. Not Always Happenstance is a sweet, witty & fun read that had me chuckling to myself.
Recommended for readers 14 & up.
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.