Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Not Always Happenstance (Power of the Matchmaker) by Rachael Anderson + $50 Giveaway

  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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There are so many things I'm feeling the love for right now.  This book, this series and this author.  I will gladly (and greedily) take anything written by Rachael Anderson and eat it right up.  She is one of my very favorites in the author world and I love reading her books.

This series is so awesome.  I knew it would be.  Each book is by a different author and can stand alone.  No book is dependent on the other although I would suggest reading the prequel novella because it introduces the matchmaker who makes an appearance in all the books.  She is the common thread in all the books in this series, but each book is it's own story and I love that.

In this book I took a trip to Hawaii.  Maui to be exact.  I've been to Hawaii twice, but I haven't been to Maui yet.  Someday, I hope.  

Lani is a fantastic character.  I fell in love with her.  She is adaptable, witty and so sweet to her grandmother.  Her loyalty and kindness is refreshing.  It was Lani's moments of doubt and then courage that really connected me to her.

The Hawaiian culture was interwoven so seamlessly into this book.  I could feel, hear, smell and taste as I read.  This book created some lovely pictures in my head.

I loved this book.  It's one of my favorites.

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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