Monday, March 1, 2021

Book Review: Float Plan

By Cindy Roesel

Trish Doller's debut rom-com, FLOAT PLAN (St. Martin's Griffin) is about learning to live with sadness and happiness side by side.  Since the suicide of Anna's fiancĂ©, Ben she has been emotionally paralyzed by grief. She gets an alert about a sailing trip they planned together, but now Ben's gone. Without thinking about potential problems, she sets sail in their Alberg 37 from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean. 

On her first leg to Bimini she nearly gets demolished by a cargo container freighter and upon arrival decides she needs to sail with someone more experienced to Puerto Rico. 

Enter Keane Sullivan, an expert sailor who has a prosthetic leg, and sailed races in huge boats before his accident. He's from Ireland and good looking, but Anna is still grieving. They take shifts sailing, but when they leave Providenciales they come into really bad weather making sailing painful and miserable. Anna is tossed into the ocean and sees her life pass before her when Keane saves her. She has a gash on her cheek, a head injury, possibly a concussion and a dislocated shoulder. She goes to a clinic in Puerto Rico and gets fixed up.

At this point I don't want to tell you anymore, except you might need a couple of tissues. FLOAT PLAN is a metaphor for facing your fears and moving on. I thought the main characters, Anna and Keane were written so well, it felt like they were real people. Anna was a compelling character. We, the readers, feel her grief and watch her slowly heal. I read it in one sitting and loved it. I'm sure you will too and the ending is just delightful.  

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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