Moments Like This (From Kona With Love)
by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
“Are you ready to forgive yourself?”
“I …” I choked on my answer. I wanted to say yes, of course, but it wouldn’t come out.
The strange woman went on. “Well, be prepared. The islands are a special place. The Aloha Spirit. I don’t know if it’s the breeze that blows across the ocean and brushes over the land, or the fact some say the moon hangs lower in our sky. My ancestors believed it was the lava flowing underneath the surface of the ground keeping everything off balance, making it easy to fall over and into love. There is a very special energy on the islands. The old ones say that love itself was born in Hawaii. If you are brokenhearted, the islands will mend it. If you are lonely, the islands will guide you to your companion. The whole world is drawn to them—that’s why everyone takes their honeymoon in Hawaii.
“Personally, I believe it has something to do with the waves, the tidal pull, and the constant motion of the ocean. If you stand on the shore and look out at the Pacific, you will begin to feel as if you are on a boat. You become unsteady and unbalanced. My husband used to say it is the ions in the air, charged and bright and full of energy that makes everyone so eager to fall in love. He didn’t say it so politely, but you catch my meaning. So, my daughter”—I had graduated from little sister to daughter—“if you stay long enough, perhaps you too will be changed by these islands.”
“I hope so.”
We sat there silently until the plane landed and taxied. Then with one word—“Aloha”—she walked off the plane and down the steps to the tarmac.
Kristoffer Polaha is best-known for his long starring role in the critically acclaimed series Life Unexpected (The CW). Other TV series credits include Get Shorty with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons, The CW’s Ringer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Valentine, as well as North Shore (FOX).
In addition to co-starring with Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (FOX), he had a multi-season role on the acclaimed series Mad Men (AMC) and Castle (ABC). Polaha is also well-known for starring in Hallmark Channel movies such as Dater’s Handbook with Meghan Markle, and the Mystery 101 franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Polaha first received attention for his portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TV movie, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, opposite Portia de Rossi. He has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Devil’s Knot (Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon), and the Tim Tebow film, Run the Race.
Polaha has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and in Jurassic World: Dominion.
In addition to his work as an actor, producer, and director, Polaha is branching into the book world by co-authoring a new series. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including being an ambassador for World Vision, a board member for HerArtsInAction, and The Polaha Family Circus Foundation.
Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and he is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.
Anna Gomez was born in the city of Makati, Philippines and educated abroad. She met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. She is Chief Financial Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising company founded in 1935. In her capacity, Anna serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, namely the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Organization and Girl Scouts of America. She is also the executive sponsor for a number of employee resource groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion.
Under the pen name Christine Brae, Anna has published six novels, has an established fan base, and a dedicated following. Her titles rank in the Top 100 months following their release. Her last three novels, In This Life, Eight Goodbyes, and The Year I Left, have won literary awards and were immediate bestsellers on Amazon, ranking #1 across multiple categories.
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