Moments Like This
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?
Gomez (The Year I Left, written as Christine Brae) and debut author Polaha kick off their From Kona, with Love series with this atmospheric romance. After Andie Matthews loses the promotion that she's sacrificed friends, fianc , and free time for, she heads to Hawaii to relax and help out at her friend Api's coffee shop while Api is out of town. She's hoping to find herself and her new path in life instead, she meets the hunky, mysterious Warren Yates, who she believes is a surfing instructor. In reality, Warren's company is scheming to acquire Api's shop. He met Andie while looking for Api, failed to tell her his real reasons for visiting the coffee shop, and now his lies have piled up. Andie's temporary stay should fit perfectly with Warren's love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude, but her spontaneity, positivity, and intelligence soon have him thinking long-term. Gomez and Polaha's descriptions of Hawaii are postcard worthy, but while Andie and Warren clearly have fun together, their deeper emotional connection is less convincing and the drama feels contrived. Still, the breezy pace and gorgeous setting will stoke readers' wanderlust.
I picked this book up because of the Hallmark connection with Kristoffer Polaha. I’m really glad I did. Such a sweet book that leaves a smile on your face. Well done for the first book. Looking forward to the next 4!
The most beautiful story is in these pages!
Kris and Anna’s collaboration on the first book of this series leaves me looking forward to the time when each of the other books are finished and made available for purchase. This story was the most heartwarming that I’ve read in a long time and I cannot wait to find out what they have in store for the rest of the series! This should definitely be at the top of everyone’s reading wish list.
That Warm Fuzzy Feeling!
The embraceable collaboration of Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha creates that warm fuzzy feeling readers love.
The writing flows with ease as Andie and Warren grow closer. But Andie’s heart has been broken before. So, although it looks like there may be a budding romance happening along the Hawaiian seashore…is there more to Warren than Andie realizes? -Laura Jay