author: Anna Gomez, Kristoffer Polaha
series: From Kona with Love #1
published: 9 March 2021
publisher: Rosewind Books
source: Jean Book Nerd
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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?
I picked this book up for three reasons.
- Author Mary Ting, whom I adore, recommended it.
- I’m a big fan of Kristoffer Polaha.
- I live on the same island as the setting of the book.
Let me give you a better reason to read it… IT’S SO GOOD!
The setting of the book was beautifully done. Admittedly, I live here, so I know the places that the authors wrote about well. But even without that, they described it all so well that I felt as if I were in each place in each moment. And the characters! They are so well developed that I felt as if I knew them.
Andie was so focused on her career that, until she came to Hawaii, she’d forgotten to live her life. She’d forgotten how to appreciate the beauty of the world around her. Warren helped her do that. But he had a journey of his own, too. His walls were high and thick, and for the first time, he feels hope that there can be something more.
All in all, it’s a beautiful story, and I can’t wait to read the next book!
If beautiful settings and a character-driven story appeals to you, this is a great book to read!
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