Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Moments Like This by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha Review

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?

Book: Moments Like This
Written by: Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha
Reviewed by: Narry Ouk

For those of you looking for a beautifully written, multicultural romance novel, look no further. 'Moments Like This' is a fantastic take on the modern love story. Andrea or "Andie" is a powerhouse female character who's not just beautiful, but business savvy and quick-witted. The vivid descriptions of the islands and coffee plantations have a way of making you feel like you're right there with the characters. You can almost taste the sea salt & Kona coffee, feel the warm breeze over your face as Andie describes the scene unfolding before her chapter after chapter.

While there are moments where the story takes a nice leisurely pace, it never once becomes boring. Gomez and Polaha really provide amazing knowledge of the Hawaiian islands and realistic dialogue between the prospective lovers, Andie and Warren. The twists and turns near the ending make the entire build up completely worth it. My favorite part is when Andie delves head first into learning about the Hawaiian coffee plantations to help her best friend Api. Each and every character plays such a great role in not only making this a fun romance but a heartwarming story about family love as well.

Gomez and Polaha even provide the male voice for the relationship, telling the second part of the story from Warren's perspective. I think it was a great literary choice because the depth of the characters is better felt when you get each individual point of view. Warren is such a charming character with a somber past; his voice tied the entire plot together and provided details that would go unannounced if it had just been from Andie's perspective.

Overall, I'm delighted to have found such an amazing, heartfelt story about romance, love, family, and perseverance. I think many other readers will be engrossed by Andie and Warren's adventures, they'll find this novel hard to put down!

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