Moments Like This by Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha book review
Put on your fuzzy slippers and make a cup of hot chocolate. It’s like holding a Hallmark movie in your hands when you read Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha’s Moments Like This. This is the first of a series set in Hawaii, and Hang Le’s cover art is stunning. Andie, a workaholic, is passed over for a promotion and ends up in the hospital after a drunken fainting fit at a workplace celebration. Api, her best friend in Hawaii, needs someone to operate her coffee shop while she’s on a European trip with her new fiancé, so she invites Andie to visit her on Oahu. Andie finds that the Hawaiian breezes are exactly what she needs. Her exploits there are detailed in 46 chapters, each of which is brief enough to persuade the reader to read just one more.
In the first scene in Moments Like This, we meet a nervous Andie as she has a CT scan to confirm that her fainting and hitting her head did not result in any injuries. Before writing team Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha whisk us away to Oahu for some R&R, we quickly catch up on Andie’s backstory. Andie learns about the coffee shop, and her business sense draws her deeper into the culture and people around her, including a love interest, Warren, whom she attempts to keep at bay due to her temporary accommodations in Oahu. We learn about coffee plantations, Hawaiian topography, and the beauties of coastal sea life alongside her, and it’s a lovely setting. Yes, Warren and Andie will have their ups and downs, as do all romances, but readers will be sad to see the book come to an end.