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One man running from his past, two women hes attracted to, and a peculiar town that wont let him go.
Matthew Sadler rides his 77 Harley into Happenstance, intent on passing through, but people and events conspire to prevent his leaving.
The elderly Barlow sisters consider Matt their knight on a motorcycle. Matt is entranced by Roni, the other lodger at the Happenstance
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Kindle Edition, The Mosaic Collection, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Tansy & Thistle Press
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Susan
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy cow! THE ROAD TO HAPPENSTANCE is filled with mystery at its finest! Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down. The twists and turns kept me reading late into the night and I had to know what was going to happen. THE ROAD TO HAPPENSTANCE by Janice L Dick is one heck of a crazy ride. It takes place in a small town who has a motto, Happenstance, A Town You Can Trust.



The characters are very interesting, quite the oddball mix, and held my attention throughout the story. THE ROAD TO
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Deb Elkink
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Running away from his sorry problems, widower Matt happens upon the village of Happenstance to find his destiny tied up in the lives of small-town characters embroiled in love and loathing, betrayal and fidelity, charity and greedand, perhaps in the end most important of all, skepticism and faith.

One reason this novel grabbed my attention and retained it all the way through to the end is the proficient intertwining of several plot lines that kept me guessing: Would Matt stay in the
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Julia
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Road To Happenstance by Janice L Dick is a charming contemporary Christian mystery that will delight your heart and soul. It is part of the Mosaic Collection.
We all have a past that we sometimes want to escape from and need to heal. Happenstance is a town that attracts the lost and the hurting, wraps them in love and helps them heal. In this town everybody cares about everybody, even the newcomers. Needs are met by huge hearts.
There are times when we feel abandoned by God or we run from
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Randi Sampson
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Right from the start, I found myself falling in love with this story. Don't we all wish that we could escape to a unique little town like Happenstance--- a town which in so many ways feels like a bit of a step into the past... or at the very least away from the real world. I loved getting to know this quirky little town and all the unique characters as the story started... still everything is not quite as perfect as it seems in Happenstance. Things start going wrong leading to a good dose of ...more
JudyAnn
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Matt Sadler was running. He didn't know he was running away, but probably sensed that would be coming. A young widower who had been betrayed by colleagues and most friends, Matt saw a life of extreme unhappiness stretching out in front of him at Reedport

To avoid being run over on his vintage 1977 Harley by two little old ladies in a station wagon, he took a right turn on an unfamiliar road. Following the road across a covered bridge led to life changes.

On the other side of the bridge, Matt found
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Lori
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a new to me author.
I admit I had trouble getting into the book at first.
This story kind of reminded me of Stephen King's Under the Dome type of book. Not sure how I feel about that cause I don't like him. I feel that he's a weird eccentric type of guy.
I thought about putting it down but then something kept nudging me to at least finish the book. I'm glad I did!
Even though it was slow getting into it was still a good story.
I think my favorite part was towards the ending.
How I loved
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Violet
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happenstance: A chance happening or event (Dictionary.com)

That is what Matthew Sadlers (aka Matthew Smiths) arrival at the town by that name seems to be at firsta chance event. But the towns welcoming vibe and quirky inhabitants cast a spell over the fleeing-from-demons teacher, whose motorbike, pony tail, and new growth beard are outward signs of the inner changes he seeks.

However, not all is as it seems even in the town that bills itself as A Town You Can Trust. As Matthew gets to know his
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Kathleen Friesen
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The sign proclaimed: Happenstance: A Town You Can Trust. But can you? When Matt arrivesby accident, it seemsin the time-warp town, hes running from trouble. But trouble may have followed or waited for him.
I quickly fell in love with the quirky residents of Happenstance, especially gas station owner Bear with his mis-quips, like volunteers are thick as hens teeth, the Barlow sisters with their squabble-y banter, and the puzzled hero, Matt. Each character description and speech pattern painted a
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Suzie Waltner
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Happenstance is a quaint with an abundance of quirky characters who both welcome newcomers and immediately invite them in. Despite his best intentions to leave, the residents pull Matt Sadler into their little world.

While readers are given inklings that all is not right throughout the book, the actual mystery doesnt reveal itself until three-quarters of the way through the story (but things really start moving once it does). It annoyed me a little how gullible Matt was when it came to Roni, and
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Barbara Fuller
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
From the first page, I was enchanted with this story and rode easily into Happenstance along with Matt. Each character was well-portrayed, the story unfolded so well and with plenty of suspense. In fact, there are parts where - as if it were a movie - I found myself wanting to shout to the slightly-too-gullible protagonist the obvious reality that he was somehow missing. I loved the Barlow sisters and the other downright nice people in Happenstance (well, most of them!), the reference to a ...more
Marta Aldrighetti
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matthew is a 40 yo man,teacher on summer holiday.
He likes ride with his Harley.
During the ride,he stops in Happenstance , a small stringe village after the bridge...
Well written, easy to read, lovely and mistery, nice characters.
A nice saying from the bokk: "mother always told us, necessity was the mother of invention."
Janice Sisemore
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The Road to Happenstance

Matt ends up in Happenstance when traveling to get away. He was only going to stay a couple of days but ended up staying a lot longer. The book has a lot of surprises. Matt discovers a lot about the hotel where he is staying and the guest. The book did have a surprise ending which you will have to find out for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of the book book from the author. This book review is my own opinion.
Anne-Marie Webster
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with the theme of second chances. While I was not surprised by the outcome I nevertheless enjoyed the journey. The story contained heroes, heroines, villains and elderly crackerjacks. I was dismayed by the naivete of one of the characters and the all too common human propensity to view life through the lens of wishful thinking. No one can fool us so much as we can fool ourselves and there is much truth in the saying that experience is the best teacher. A recommended, light ...more
Janet Sketchley
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A whimsical town, a host of quirky characters, and events that seem to conspire to keep Matthew Sadler from leaving once he arrives by happenstance.

Fleeing painful memories, Matt and his motorcycle are roaring along the highway when a near-accident forces him onto a hidden side road. On the far side of a covered bridge, he discovers the town of Happenstance.

Hell leave as soon as he gases up. Or after a nights rest in the charming Happenstance Hotel. Or after he helps the elderly sisters who run
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Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author did a wonderful job writing this book.
The beginning of the story looked nothing like the end. The twists, bends and curves of the story was superb. I enjoyed how the author wrote about how God works behind the scene in the lives of his children.
Matt has lost faith in God and was running. Almost ran off the road by two wonderful sisters into Happenstance. I enjoyed reading how he got to let go of the past and face the accusations against him head-on. Even though he has to experience
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Marie
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you in advance to The Mosaic Collection and JustRead Publicity Tours for providing a complimentary advance review copy. A positive review was not required. All words and thoughts are my own.

While this is part of the Christian and Faith-based The Mosaic Collection, the previous novels are not connected to this one, and not required to be read.

This is the third Mosaic Collection book Ive read (previously A Beautiful Mess; More Than Enough). Each one is different, but each one contains an
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Stox4story
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happenstance Drawn In To Yesteryear, Even Though Its Today.

Its as if youve stepped back in time. Happenstance will draw you in to a time of civility, of busy bodies (even though they dont know it) and of really interesting people. Matt Smith feels the pull, the draw to stay. But hes running running away from life. So, maybe Happenstance is the perfect town maybe for someone wanting to escape all the weariness and hubbub of modern life. After all, Matt has been invited to a roofing-bee over at
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Laura
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever wonder why you are in a particular place or why something happened the way it did?

Merriam-Websters dictionary defines happenstance as a circumstance especially that is due to chance. When I was in high school, many moons ago, one of my teachers wrote this on the blackboard one afternoon,

A coincidence is a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.
(author unknown)

Decades later, Ive never forgotten the saying or the teacher who had the strength of character to write it on the
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Christi
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Road to Happenstance wasn't what I expected.

Almost immediately I felt shroud of mystery, constantly wondering if the town, or even the people, are real or just the figment of someone's imagination. Alfred Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone popped into my head a few times. It definitely has that old world feel. Happenstance, and its inhabitants, felt too good to be true, almost otherworldly, which amped up the mysterious feel.

Matt, the hero, has his own personal struggles throughout and my heart
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Erin
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justread-tours
My Thoughts on The Road to Happenstance
I dont think Ive ever met a cast of characters quite like this one! They are so unique and so interesting. Such a weird mix that somehow makes sense and also steals your heart.

Matt is running from his past. Is it his fault? Did he do what he was accused of? Can he ever find happiness? Hes a widow who doesnt believe in second loves or really second chances but maybe he will soon. Matt is definitely going to stick around this town as its captured his
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happenstance review
When Matt Sadler turned his motorcycle onto an unknown road, he never expected his like to change like it did. Life has not been so nice to Matt, startung with being a widower, being betrayed by his friends. He really needed to just start over. But what he finds from the people of the small community of Happenstance. A small town he knew nothing about. What would happen to Matt if he stays here with these strangers in their small?

This is a really neat and meaningful story to
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Robert Stermscheg
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the book, The Road to Happenstance, to be a well-crafted and enjoyable read. There was a genuine sense of mystique and charm to the town (Happenstance) and I found myself being drawn into the story. Right from the outset, the plot slowly unravelled, like a carpet purchased at a country bazaar, revealing new and interesting characters with each turn.
The characters, taken from the authors imagination, were compelling and believable. From the ever-helpful mechanic, Gavin Bear Beresford, the
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Jane
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, a little bit of learning to live the life God has given you, and a whole lot of caring for others. Janice Dick has created a very likeable character in Matt. He comes to Happenstance on accident and grows to care for the older women who run the Happenstance Hotel. He has issues in his past that he is running away from but that he needs to deal with - losing his wife five years ago and being falsely accused at his previous job. Matt is a helper - ...more
Connie Saunders
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Something happened to me as I crossed the bridge into Happenstance. I can't explain it, except to say that for some reason, I think I was meant to be here."

These are the words found in a journal written in September, 1922, and they prove to be words that may mirror Matt Sadler's feelings in 2020. He had a strong reason for leaving his teaching job and it is kept from us for much of the story. What we do see is a man, still grieving for his deceased wife, who experiences a revival of romantic
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Jypsy
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Just Read for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Road To Happenstance
By: Janice L. Dick

*REVIEW* ☆☆☆☆
The Road To Happenstance is a charming story of, well, happenstance, or what you might call serendipity, when the hero, Matt, happens upon this quirky town. He's running from something, but what? Did chance or fate bring him to this place? Either way, Happenstance is coincidentally a place of help and healing for the lost and
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Kendra Neal
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author, Janice L. Dick, is a new to me author. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. Janice L. Dick is a wonderful writer and the storyline reels you in from the beginning.

Matthew Salder is a widow who is trying to leave his past in the past and find a new life for himself. He happens to ride into the quaint town of Happenstance, intending on only staying a couple of days. There is so much going on in town that has Matthew staying
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Christine Goodnough
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts out with Matt, a classic loner, running away from his past. We get light touches of the problem he's left behind and the happiness he once knew with a wife who's passed on. Taking a wrong bend in the road, Matt arrives in the town of Happenstance. Speaking with a local, he decides to spend a few days there, a break from his flight. We get a fair description of the place and the characters he meets, especially the two elderly sisters, owners of the Happenstance Hotel.

The town has
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Sheri Hathaway
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-own, christian, fiction
Are you a treasure hunter? Youre about to unearth an aggregate that draws you in to keep searching. Matt Sadler hits the road, escaping small-town gossip while grieving the loss of his wife. Not planning to ever stop, he lands in a mysterious town called Happenstance with its cast of characters: some dubious, some charming and some beautiful. The unexpected surprises hold him in place but the unconditional acceptance of two elderly ladies, Emmaline and Grace, their lives and problems, catch him ...more
Pam
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed The Road to Happenstance, the story of a town by the same name that somehow feels like it is in an alternate universe. It is a town with delightfully quirky inhabitants who manage to bring much needed healing to the soul of widower Matthew Sadler who feels beat up by his own world.

I loved how easily Matthew became involved in the lives of the elderly Barlow sisters who quickly pull him into various projects around town. He soon learns that when he helps others his own
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Eleanor Bertin
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read! I laughed out loud at the acerbic wit of Grayce, one of a pair of elderly sisters, and the outrageous malapropisms of service station owner, Bear.
"I've had an idea," Matt Smith, the naive protagonist says.
"Are you seeking congratulations, Mr. Smith?" Grayce asks.
There's a romance that goes sideways and another that blossoms in all the right ways. There are characters with enough backstory to entice readers into wanting more and the unique town of Happenstance itself
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