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Float Plan by Trish Doller: Blog Tour & Book Review

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Float Plan by Trish Doller

Expected publication March 2nd, 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin.

My rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancé, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, 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.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn’t mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin/Press, for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.

“I walk out of my life on a Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving.”

On the day when she was meant to set out on her sailing trip through the Caribbean with her late fiancé, Anna decides to leave her life and sail the journey they had always planned to do together – alone. But she quickly realizes she’s in over her head. That’s where she meets Keane, a disabled sailor who’s struggling to find his place in the world after the accident that left him with one amputated leg means he’s more of a liability than an asset when it comes to crewing.

Together, the two set out to explore Caribbean islands and travel to Trinidad, the final destination on Ben’s map, learning more than they could have expected about loss and love along the way.

“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.”

This was such a powerful read! I didn’t realize, going into it, how emotional it would make me. But boy, did I quickly learn better. Many times while reading I found myself holding back aching sobs or unable to stop myself from laughing out loud like a maniac.

It’s a testament to Doller’s writing that I was able to connect so well with these characters. It’s not hard to immediately root for both Anna and Keane. They’re extremely likable, undeniably good people, and their character development was so thoughtful and moving, how could you not want to watch them grow? In particular, I loved how independent and strong Anna was throughout this novel. So inspiring! 💪

Both characters go through so much both before and throughout the novel that it really feels like an accomplishment when you get to the end of their story. They come so far – and not just in distance traveled. I loved where we left them. I wish them nothing but the best!

One thing to note is that this book really doesn’t pull any punches, there are some pretty heavy topics discussed throughout. But it never feels too heavy, mixing in the right amount of lightheartedness and humour when needed.

Honestly, this book was just such a sweet story of personal growth, self-discovery, and coming to terms with loss. Just thinking about it makes my heart ache – in the best of ways. If you’re in the mood for a thoughtful, emotional read, this is the perfect book for you. ❤️

“I don’t want to die to be with Ben. I would rather live without him.”

About the Author

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women’s fiction debut. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

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