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.*** 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.
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Not Always Happenstance is the second book in a series, and I use that term very loosely because so far Pearl, the Matchmaker is the only thing shared in the stories. At least for now, I don’t know if any other authors in the series have tried to do any more cohesion than that.
I will say I wish Pearl would be more meddlesome. When I first heard about this series, I immediately thought of the elder, Chinese women that plays in the Freaky Friday version with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. I kind of wish Pearl could have this facet to her, too. She does meddle some, but I’m kind of been wanting some comedic aspect. Then again, it might would not be that cohesive since multiple authors have her appear in their respective books.
Anyway, I didn’t like Easton that much for a while. Even though the girls he was with knew he had no intentions of staying, I hate how he used the locals for his own personal gain. He does change which is nice. I really liked Lani and wish her family was closer knit. I kind of wish Derek was more in the book, but I kind of understand why he wasn’t.
I did like this book, but I feel like not much happened. I never had a problem reading this book or found that many lull moments, but I do wish more bigger events happened. I loved that Rachael included Hawaii words, but I do wish there were more cultural aspects.
I grabbed the picture below from Rachel Anderson's blog.