About the Book:
Book One in the From Kona with Love series depicting multicultural romance, love, loss, and redemption woven into a family saga set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Though connected, each installment can be read as a standalone.
After Andrea “Andie” Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend’s coffee shop.
Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company.
As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.
But when Andie learns who Warren really is—and what he actually wants—she is torn between her feelings and his deception.
Will Warren be able to win her heart back?
“Really think about what you want your life to be made of…”
If you are looking for a “clean” romance with a lovely, unhurried pace, then you will love ‘Moments Like This’. I had been looking forward to reading this one because I was very intrigued not only by the writing duo of Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha, but also by the beautiful cover. And the inside is formatted beautifully as well! I appreciate those small details.
I loved the setting of the story. I have never visited Hawaii but it sounds absolutely magical in this book. The diving scenes are wonderfully vivid and very realistic. I have not been diving in many years and this book transported me back to a much simpler time in my life.
Andie is a workaholic businesswoman who is passed over for a well-deserved promotion. She has also recently ended a relationship that was just not right for her. An opportunity presents itself for her to travel to Hawaii, and take a “breather” from work and from her fast-paced life in Chicago.
Life moves at a slower pace in Hawaii, and Andie learns to adjust her thinking to the pace on the island. She meets Warren early on and he is determined to show her the “real” Hawaii.
This book is the result of a wonderful writing collaboration and I loved reading the viewpoints of both Andie and Warren. And yes, I can imagine Kris Polaha perfectly in the role of Warren! This sweet yet adult romance definitely falls under the Hallmark movie category but there is nothing wrong with that. I really enjoyed the multicultural aspect of the story and characters and appreciated the low angst of the story.
Andie learns to value what is really important in life. And of course since this is a romance, there is a guaranteed happy ending. If you are a fan of clean and wholesome romance with believable adult characters, you will love this one. I am looking forward to more stories from this new writing team!
(Thank you to the publisher for providing an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.)