Thank you to St.Martin’s Press for sending me a copy of Float Plan to read and review!
“Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief—until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone.
But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.”
Author: Trish Doller
Pub Date: 3.2.21
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
The cover is beautiful. The synopsis sounds intriguing. But, the inside of the book? Nothing that I anticipated it to be and it was perfection.
To start, I will share that this story focuses heavily on how Anna copes with life after her fiancé takes his life. It was raw and powerful.
“The stages of grief are not linear. They are random and unpredictable, folding back on themselves until you begin mourning all over again. I have bargained with a universe that is not listening. I have cried myself hollow.”
So, how can a book with such a heavy storyline bring me peace? I don’t want to say it just did because what would the fun in that be? I also, don’t want to give too much away because being with Anna as she sails through her grief is something I want you to experience for yourself. There was something that I identified in Anna that made me cling to her story and cheer her on as she tried, failed, and tried again.
While Keane and Anna both struggle with their inner demons, I appreciated the way that their stories seemed to collide amongst the pages but that they didn’t treat the other one as a life raft. There was space that was given, time that was taken, and feelings that were shared. Doller showed that grief comes in all shapes, sizes, and circumstances and that not everyone can just get up and shake it off.
“Every so often the universe doles out rewards. Maybe for something as small as flossing every day or choosing paper over plastic. Or perhaps loving someone so much that it helps them stay alive a little longer than they might have.”
There comes a point in every romance novel that, as the reader, you expect there to be turbulence and a “falling out” of sorts. But, that point in Float Plan felt different to me – it felt refreshing. It added so much more to the storyline.
If you can’t tell from my review, I loved this story and finished it in one sitting as I held so many of these pages close to my heart. Float Plan will be published on March 2 and I highly highly recommend you add this book to your reading list. To order, click here!
“I’m starting to understand how sadness and happiness can live side by side within a heart. And how that heart can keep on beating.”
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