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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 leap of faith, hold her breath, and ride the wave wherever it takes her.

©2016 Rachael Anderson (P)2016 Rachael Anderson

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  • Heather S Johnson
  • 15-04-16

Clean Romance at its best!

Rachael Anderson has done it again! One of my favorites from her. Great characters, fantastic setting descriptions, great story line that kept me ignoring all other responsibilities for the day. A great, clean, contemporary romance.

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  • Jennifer
  • 27-12-17

Sweet story

The story was sweet and characters were well developed. I will look for more of her books.

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  • Alexandra C from Amazon
  • 27-05-18

A listening delight!

Full of colour and well drawn characters. Narration was excellent- a listening delight. I recommend it.

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  • Brenda S
  • 23-05-18

hmmm

The beginning you find out the male main character goes from place to place breaking hearts. I found it hard to like him. Then he meets girl main character and she will have none of that--getting involved and then him leave. They have a chemistry and like each other. They have to each work out their "stuff" and they go through a few bumps. He ends up doing a sacrificial act and she responds. HEA.

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  • A Voracious Reader
  • 19-05-18

Another winner by Anderson

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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.

MY TAKE
I loved Lani. I loved the setting. I have a daughter who lives on Kauai and I really enjoy the culture. The book was accurate in its depiction of the wariness about Haoles (understandably) and also how loving and supportive the people are for those they take in to be part of the family. It's appropriate that the little community is called Hana because ohana means "family" in Hawaiian.

My issue was with Easton. I wish we'd been given more of his POV to see his transition because he's got a stinky, selfish--even heartless--attitude about relationships in the beginning. I confess that I didn't like him at all. I wanted to FEEL how he grew into his own happily ever after.

The ending was really sweet, and the narrator Em Eldridge did a great job.

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