Genre: Young Adult
Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.
Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressure of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else: in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledging his feelings...both for his future, and for her.
But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.
Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.
I went into reading Happenstance blind. I didn't know what it was about, just that it was written by the lovely Jamie McGuire After reading it, I highly recommend you, as a reader should also go into it blind.
Erin Easter is a very relate able character, especially with the bullying that she endures at the hands of the other two Erins' and several of their friends. This bullying is only done because Erin wasn't born into the "right" family.
Weston Gates becomes a knight and shining armor, not that Erin needs it. He finds his voice when he witnesses Erin confronting her bully's. They form a bond and discover they have more in common than they had thought and that their feelings for each other may not be one sided.
I knew that something had to happen for Erin and Weston to have any chance of happiness, so I wasn't so shocked by the tragedy that occurs. However, the events that happen after the incident blew me away. I never saw that one coming!!
I can't rave enough about this novella. I can't believe that it's just a novella because it was wrapped up nicely. In all honesty, I would love to have more of Erin's story considering her life pretty much flipped upside down. I would like to know how she adjusts and deals with her new reality.
I gave it ♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥ on Goodreads and highly recommend this to anyone who loves a contemporary romance. It's a very short read at 100 pages.