Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Float Plan: Book Review


About the Book:

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.

My Comments:

As noted about Anna and her fiancĂ©e had been planning an island-hopping sailing trip through the Caribbean but he committed suicide before they took the trip.  Anna has been mourning for  him ever since and has been existing, not really living. When the alarm on her phone reminds her that they were going to take the trip, she decides to do it herself, but quickly learns she is in over her head.  

Keane is a professional sailor but recently lost a leg and for some reason no one wants to  hire a one-legged crew member.  They find each other and cruise from island to island from Florida to the Bahamas and beyond.  

I loved watching them get to know each other.  I also enjoyed to the stories of the ports they visited and it got me googling the islands and thinking of what we could do this summer, since my husband and I are  now both eligible for Covid vaccines in our state.  As Anna told her mother, during the trip she moved from running away to moving toward something new and that was great to watch.  

A few weeks ago, I wrote about religion in fiction and said that I liked seeing religion and/or religious practices presented as a normal part of life in fiction, even if the content of the book wasn't specifically religious.  In Float Plan Keane is an Irish Catholic.  He goes to Mass regularly.  When they hiked to a garden that contained Stations of the Cross, he prayed them. He doesn't preach, he doesn't try to convert Anna, and when he and Anna decide to be intimate, it is long before marriage is discussed---in other words, while Keane's prayer life is Catholic, his sex life doesn't follow Catholic rules.  

All in all, I enjoyed the book and give it a B.  Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy via NetGalley.  

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