Did you have a great Valentine’s Day? I hope so. Whether you did or not, this book can only make your week better (pinky promise).
This is February’s book in the Matchmaker stand-alone series for 2016 that I’m thrilled to tell you about. I’m really loving each monthly installment themed around a timeless Chinese matchmaker who has a gift for pairing up hearts to fall in love. Such a cool concept.
Each of these stories can be read alone, but if you want to see eat the WHOLE tamale, start with the novella that began this project HERE and catch up with January’s book HERE that I wrote about last month.
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.
Set on the tropical island of Maui, specifically in the remote Hana region, this story is the perfect get-away for when you’re stuck in the drudgery of winter. Gray, mucky skies and streets of snow can get me down. But as I read about Lani’s and Easton’s lives in this book, I almost felt like I was hiking along lush green cliffs overlooking the ocean or jumping off waterfalls into warm pools below. The descriptive scenes made winter disappear as warmth filled my heart.
Easton is a wanderer who doesn’t want to settle down. He moves from place to place and enjoys his time there (and a girl) before sneaking away without saying goodbye. Farewells only cause drama in his opinion. But when he meets Lani (Lokelani) at her grandma’s bed and breakfast in Hana, his wandering days might be over…especially when Pearl is added into the mix—the Chinese matchmaker who seems to magically float through life spreading serenity. The only problem is…Lani is engaged (kind of).
This clean, heartwarming romance was a fun read. I’ve rated it a 5 on Amazon, 4 on Goodreads and a 4 on my Sweet Scale (which you know means it’s super good since I love hot fudge brownie sundaes). It has been fun to see how Pearl works her way into each charming tale. Each author so far has woven her into the pages in different ways that makes me excited for the next one to be released.
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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