Monday, February 15, 2021

Review: Moments Like This


About the Book:

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?

My Comments:

What is the proper balance between work and personal life?  I'd say most middle-income Americans have it about right--we work to live, hopefully enjoy our jobs at least to some degree and generally take about two days off per week.  We take vacations that do not include regular contact with the office.  If they can arrange it, I'd say most families have at least one parent whose job permits a certain amount of flexibility to deal with child rearing.  However, people on the higher end of the income scale often pay for those higher incomes by dedicating their life to their job.  If the surgeon's kid throws up at school he or she is not going to leave in the middle of an operation to get the child from school.  The international deal maker isn't going to be able to fly home from Paris tonight for a band concert and tomorrow for a football game.  

Andie has a high-powered career, along with the perks and pitfalls.  She loves her job which affords her a luxury apartment and designer clothes.  It is also the most important thing in her life, and when she has to choose between it and marriage, she chooses it.  Unfortunately, the company did not show her the same loyalty and when she finds out that a co-worker got the promotion she wanted, Andie has a nervous breakdown. 

Thereafter, a college friend who has remained one of the only real friends in her life asks her to take over running the coffee shop she recently inherited while the friend goes on a long-term honeymoon.  The coffee shop is in Hawaii so Andie heads over there for some R&R and low-key work, and given who she is, she turns that sleepy coffee shop around quickly.  She also gets to know her friend's employees and a very special man.  Warren won't tell her much about who he is, but I enjoyed traveling with them to various spots in Hawaii.  

Of course the book ends with Andi realizing that she doesn't want to go back to living the way she did before, but what changes will she make?

In a lot of ways it was a pretty basic romance novel, but I loved the setting, and enjoyed seeing Andi and Warren both figure out what they wanted in life,  not just in love.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley  Grade: B.  

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