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The Road to Happenstance

(Happenstance Chronicles #1)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  61 reviews
One man running from his past, two women he’s attracted to, and a peculiar town that won’t 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
Kindle Edition, The Mosaic Collection, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Tansy & Thistle Press
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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 H
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
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 greed—and, 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 Happensta
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
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 mys ...more
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-Webster’s 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, I’ve never forgotten the saying or the teacher who had the strength of character to write it
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 doesn’t 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
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 R
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
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 t
Kathleen Friesen
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The sign proclaimed: “Happenstance: A Town You Can Trust.” But can you? When Matt arrives—by accident, it seems—in the time-warp town, he’s 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 hen’s teeth,” the Barlow sisters with their squabble-y banter, and the puzzled hero, Matt. Each character description and speech pattern p
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Happenstance: A chance happening or event” (

That is what Matthew Sadler’s (aka Matthew Smith’s) arrival at the town by that name seems to be at first—a chance event. But the town’s 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 kno
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I don’t think I’ve 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? He’s a widow who doesn’t believe in second loves or really second chances but maybe he will soon. Matt is definitely going to stick around this town as it’s captured his at
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 wonde ...more
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 longe
Apr 03, 2020 is currently reading it
I loved that the reader becomes intrigued right away at the beginning of this novel. You want to know what Matt is running from that he doesn't want to stay in Happenstance and doesn't want anyone to know his real name. For me this novel read like a Hallmark movie, which wasn't a bad thing. All of the characters had their little quirks and eccentricities but came together as a town. I really liked the dynamic between Roni and Matt. It made me want to keep reading because I had to figure out if M ...more
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 I’ve read (previously “A Beautiful Mess”; “More Than Enough”). Each one is different, but each one contai
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
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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 read ...more
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
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.

He’ll leave as soon as he gases up. Or after a night’s rest in the charming Happenstance Hotel. Or after he helps the elderly sisters who
Cheryl Wood
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Road to Happenstance, a small town filled with quirky characters. Matthew Sadler rides his Harley in Happenstance whose goal is passing through, but people conspire to prevent him from leaving.
Matt is attracted to Roni a guest staying at the hotel reminds him of his late wife. The Barlow sisters think Matt is their knight in shining amour. Ms. Percy love’s the motorcycle, but she is wary of the woman from the hotel.
However, this quiet town has its faults and its sinister side starts to show.
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 r
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 troubl
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The Little town of Happenstance that lures you in with her simple beauty and serenity. That’s how I would describe the town and its effect on Matt.

The twists, the intrigue was good.

Matt was running but happenstance stops him and gave him the chance too deal with the past while choosing to face his current charge in his present. All this showed us how God is always working behind the scene in every life

Who would have thought that having almost been run of the road by 2 s
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It didn’t take many paragraphs for this story to completely catch my attention and draw me in.

In this case, I was drawn to not only the storyline, but the unique, lovable characters who make up a quaint town named Happenstance. I loved the descriptions of the stores, library, and the once beautiful manor that was converted into a hotel. It was all so easy to visualize and fall in love with.

When Matthew Sadler, because of a near accident, guides his Harley motorcycle off the main road and through
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I liked most about 'The Road to Happenstance' was the well developed characters! There were so many memorable individuals in the story that each had a unique voice that quickly became easy to pick out; just like someone in real life. I really appreciated the roles of the elderly sisters, Grayce and Emmaline. They play quite a central role and are not who you might expect to "meet" in a mystery-type story! I loved their humour, relationship to one another, and how sharp they were. They absol ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happenstance … Drawn In To Yesteryear, Even Though It’s Today….

Its as if you’ve stepped back in time. Happenstance will draw you in to a time of civility, of busy bodies (even though they don’t know it) and of really interesting people…. Matt ’Smith’ feels the pull, the draw to stay. But he’s 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-
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