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Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller's unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself... 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 af Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller's unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself... 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. In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn't mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.


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Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller's unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself... 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 af Critically acclaimed author Trish Doller's unforgettable and romantic adult debut about setting sail, starting over, and finding yourself... 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. In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn't mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

30 review for Float Plan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    What can a person expect more from a beautiful, heart wrenching, inspirational, promising second chances story? Adorable characters!✅ Riveting, emotional, adrenaline pumping journey!✅ Well written dialogues with meaningful messages!✅ A unique second chances love story!✅ Yes you may find all of those at this novel! ✅ The summary of plot line: Two easily lovable characters set sail to complete a thrilling, adventurous voyage to visit spectacular places, experiencing brand new things, broadening their h What can a person expect more from a beautiful, heart wrenching, inspirational, promising second chances story? Adorable characters!✅ Riveting, emotional, adrenaline pumping journey!✅ Well written dialogues with meaningful messages!✅ A unique second chances love story!✅ Yes you may find all of those at this novel! ✅ The summary of plot line: Two easily lovable characters set sail to complete a thrilling, adventurous voyage to visit spectacular places, experiencing brand new things, broadening their horizons, healing their past wounds, being shaken by the dangerous attacks of wild sea and sharpening their survival skills. Anna lost her fiancée who committed suicide, leaving her job, family behind to finish the trip she’s planned with Ben( death fiancée), but she is emotional mess and her sailing experience cannot help her to accomplish her mission so she hires Keane. Actually Keane finds and saves her after one of her most inappropriate situations she got herself into(getting drunk, hooking up with a man with a bar for one night stand but before the sex, thankfully the asshole’s wife calls and Anna runs away from the place without pants and the very same night and Keane finds her outside, arse naked, emotionally overwhelmed, carries her to her sailboat.)Anna thinks he’s already seen her worst so he can be trustworthy man who may help her to finalize her journey. Anna suffers from grief as Keane tries to adjust his new and still active, adventurous life after losing one of his leg at the car accident. They became their confidantes, close friends who share the secrets they haven’t told anyone before. It was pleasure to see their slow burn, pure, heartwarming romantic relationship and the growing confidence of Anna who turns into one of the strongest persons after facing her fears, anger, resentment and sadness after losing her fiancée and she finds her inner strength as she discovers different islands, magnificent sightseeings and spending days with action packed activities. And the most beautiful part of it, she found someone to share those remarkable experiences with her. This story started as a four starred read but during the chapters, I was wooed by the characters, heartfelt, genuine dialogues, their intimate, special bounding. I loved the inspirational messages of the book and enjoyed the conclusion of the story. It filled my eyes with tears and healed my soul. I wholeheartedly loved it and raising my stars to 5! Anna and Keane’s beautifully heartwarming journey stole my heart! Special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Griffin for sharing this memorable ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    If you need a tropical getaway, Float Plan is now available! "He planned an adventure he never intended to take, imagined a life he never intended to live. Instead he sailed out on a tide of pills and tequila." Ooof. When a novel begins with an advisory about self-harm and suicide, you immediately brace yourself for a gut-wrenching (and potentially graphic) read. "Float Plan" is neither of those things, but rather an escapist story about moving on from loss. Anna is a 25-year-old waitress at a "Ho If you need a tropical getaway, Float Plan is now available! "He planned an adventure he never intended to take, imagined a life he never intended to live. Instead he sailed out on a tide of pills and tequila." Ooof. When a novel begins with an advisory about self-harm and suicide, you immediately brace yourself for a gut-wrenching (and potentially graphic) read. "Float Plan" is neither of those things, but rather an escapist story about moving on from loss. Anna is a 25-year-old waitress at a "Hooters-like" restaurant whose fiance died by suicide within the last year. Rather than continue to wallow in place, she decides to leave her life behind and go ahead with a sailing adventure he had planned for the two of them. Readers become companions on her journey as she departs from Fort Lauderdale and sails the Atlantic, visiting ports in the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Trinidad, and others. Lucky for her (and us), she enlists the assistance of a professional sailor named Keane who quickly becomes more than just the hired help. Ultimately "Float Plan" is a low-stakes gentle romance. We know where the story is headed, but the vivid setting aboard a boat in the Caribbean makes the journey more important than any destination. It's a fairly clean read (PG-13-ish), which is always my personal preference for this genre. I enjoyed the characters and would definitely follow them on any future adventures. This and more of my reviews can be found at https://www.confettibookshelf.com/rev... I'd like to thank the author and St. Martin's Griffin for the opportunity to read an advanced review copy via NetGalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mental Health. This is so much more then just a romance. This book is about getting over grief. Anna starts sailing around to try to get over losing her boyfriend from him killing himself over a long battle of depression, and she meets Keane that is grieving the lost of his leg. I love this book so much. I know I was going to like it, but I did not see this book becoming one of my favorite books I have read this year. I really loved all the characte This is a Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mental Health. This is so much more then just a romance. This book is about getting over grief. Anna starts sailing around to try to get over losing her boyfriend from him killing himself over a long battle of depression, and she meets Keane that is grieving the lost of his leg. I love this book so much. I know I was going to like it, but I did not see this book becoming one of my favorite books I have read this year. I really loved all the characters. This book was beautifully written and character-driven. I felt like I was on the boat with them, and I felt all the problems/drama. The book made you want to keep reading. I felt the romance was slow and heartwarming. I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book, and I have not read a book like this book. This book made me want to jump on a boat and island hop. I really love the cover of this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (St. Martin's Griffin) or author (Trish Doller) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. Note: I also won an paperback ARC of this book from a goodreads giveaway. (*)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trish Doller

    Advice givers always say you should write the book you want to read. This is it. I hope you like it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I had such a great time listening to this audiobook of FLOAT PLANl. It was my first book by Trish Doller, but it won’t be my last. I was intrigued by the premise of a sailing trip to the Caribbean. I haven’t travelled in ages and getting to experience it all via a book was right up my alley. And I’m glad to report that the book delivered on all fronts. First, Anna and Keane were both wonderful characters. Strong personalities, funny, relatable and likeable. Both had their share of emotional scarri I had such a great time listening to this audiobook of FLOAT PLANl. It was my first book by Trish Doller, but it won’t be my last. I was intrigued by the premise of a sailing trip to the Caribbean. I haven’t travelled in ages and getting to experience it all via a book was right up my alley. And I’m glad to report that the book delivered on all fronts. First, Anna and Keane were both wonderful characters. Strong personalities, funny, relatable and likeable. Both had their share of emotional scarring. Anna tried to get over the loss of her fiancé, and Keane was considering what to do next. They were on crossroads with hard decisions ahead of themselves, and they realised that everything was easier when not alone. Second, Anna and Keane’s friendship was wonderful. They clicked. And it was so easy to see their connection grow into something more. I’m not a big fan of FRIENDS TO LOVERS, but FLOAT PLAN was an example of how it’s done right. The connected between them was based on common interests, trust and friendship. Neither was ready to jump into something more, but they slowly opened up to each other. So well done!! And there was some real character development going on. And third, the book was a wonderful mix of lighter moments. I loved the wonderful visuals and descriptions of sailing and the different islands they visited. The novel also gave fantastic background information on the Caribbean for someone who hasn’t visited yet. But it also covered more emotional topics such as death of a loved one, suicide, depression, grief and amputation. The author did a marvellous job of keeping the story uplifting and perfectly balanced. This romance was so much more than I expected. And because of it I would recommend the book to anyone, even readers who don’t usually read romance. The book has so much to offer. And it’s one of the romances that are truly memorable. ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    APPLAUSE!! APPLAUSE!! APPLAUSE!! ( With a standing ovation!) What a great read! Anna Beck can't make sense of her world. Her fiance, Ben, killed himself after battling depression all his life. Unable to get on with her life, Anna makes a rash decision to complete a trip that Ben had planned for them - which would have ended with their wedding ceremony on the sandy beaches of Trinidad. But Anna soon realizes that she lacks the advanced sailing skills needed to make the long journey through the Car APPLAUSE!! APPLAUSE!! APPLAUSE!! ( With a standing ovation!) What a great read! Anna Beck can't make sense of her world. Her fiance, Ben, killed himself after battling depression all his life. Unable to get on with her life, Anna makes a rash decision to complete a trip that Ben had planned for them - which would have ended with their wedding ceremony on the sandy beaches of Trinidad. But Anna soon realizes that she lacks the advanced sailing skills needed to make the long journey through the Caribbean's unpredictable waters, so she hires Keane Sullivan, a professional sailor to help her complete her odyssey. There is a cute scene where it appears that the fates contrived to bring them together (no spoilers here - read it for yourself!) Keane is such a decent guy - and a true friend to Anna. Doesn't hurt that he is incredibly good-looking, too! Time and again Keane is a shoulder Anna can lean on while she battles her still raw grief for Ben. Keane is someone who understands life-altering suffering, having lost part of his leg in a car accident a few years back. The descriptions of all the enchanting stops along the journey, and the many harrowing incidents on the trip itself, make for totally riveting reading. There were so many quotable lines in this story. Both Anna and Keane have had to endure heartbreak and the shattering of their dreams. I love Trish Doller's clean, realistic writing style. Anna and Keane felt like real people, facing real problems, doing the best they could to find a new normal. Highly recommended!!! I give this one a 8 out of 5 score: I was that engrossed and entertained! My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    tw: death of a loved one by suicide (including the suicide note and descriptions of how he passed) 3.5 stars This is the second grief story where the main character 's fiancee has died that I have read this month, but grief stories where people are re-discovering themselves after a major loss have some of my favorite themes. This is a quick read about Anna, who is sailing the Caribbean on a trip she planned to take with her fiancee, and Keane is the man she ends up hiring to help her sail. I enjoy tw: death of a loved one by suicide (including the suicide note and descriptions of how he passed) 3.5 stars This is the second grief story where the main character 's fiancee has died that I have read this month, but grief stories where people are re-discovering themselves after a major loss have some of my favorite themes. This is a quick read about Anna, who is sailing the Caribbean on a trip she planned to take with her fiancee, and Keane is the man she ends up hiring to help her sail. I enjoyed the trip aspect of this, along with how kind Keane is, the depictions of his disability as he has a prothetic limb, and how their relationship blossomed. I loved the pacing of this for most of it, but the last 15% was way too rushed for how slowly it was built up, and that did take the enjoyment down a notch for me. If you enjoy grief stories mixed with romance, you'll likely enjoy this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    jenny✨

    float plan in one sentence: loved the setting, didn’t care for the characters. before i begin my review, let us take a gander at some of the destinations anna hit on her trip: bimini, bahamas (retrieved from here) pirate’s cove, providenciales, turks and caicos (retrieved from here) san juan, puerto rico (retrieved from here) montserrat – british overseas territory (retrieved from here les anses-d’arlet, martinique (retrieved from here) random picture of a sailboat somewhere in the caribbean, just 'c float plan in one sentence: loved the setting, didn’t care for the characters. before i begin my review, let us take a gander at some of the destinations anna hit on her trip: bimini, bahamas (retrieved from here) pirate’s cove, providenciales, turks and caicos (retrieved from here) san juan, puerto rico (retrieved from here) montserrat – british overseas territory (retrieved from here les anses-d’arlet, martinique (retrieved from here) random picture of a sailboat somewhere in the caribbean, just 'cause (i found it here) the sentence at the start of my review pretty much summarizes my feelings for this book, though i anticipated having a lot more to say. when i requested this, i was quite excited at the prospect of reading a story about a woman grieving for a lost love, who embarks on a journey across the caribbean to rediscover direction, passion, motivation for life. annnnnd…. apart from approximately 10 pages at the start and 10 pages at the end when anna is finally, blessedly, on her own, the rest of the novel is essentially wish-fulfillment nonsense: an insta-love-adjacent story about two attractive people being attracted to each other—but denying it, of course. no one is fooled. ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ ➟ i wish there’d been more exploration of anna as an individual, sans the spectre of ben and sans keane. ➟ i wish anna hadn’t been immediately in lust/love with keane the minute she laid eyes on him (his face, according to her after 1 second of looking at it, was “a religious experience.” 🥴) ➟ i wish anna hadn’t been so damn possessive of keane when she was swearing up and down that she didn’t have feelings for him. instead of acknowledging anna’s obnoxious jealousy when keane flirted with another woman, the book tritely paints the other woman in a totally petty light. essentially the book says: anna’s not jealous, she’s just *looking out* for keane! because he’s disabled and most girls are mean and ableist—but anna’s *not like other girls*! in fact she’s just making sure the lucky lady is actually *worthy* of keane! ➟ lastly, i wish the ending hadn’t felt so rushed and so canned, so blithely happily-ever-after. ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ bottom line: i'm coming to realize that romances between thin hot white people are just not my thing :( hit my quota for these types of stories at least a few years back. that being said, float plan was a great escapist read for quarantine times! buddy read with sheena!! 💖 many thanks to netgalley and st. martin’s press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Float Plan , Trish Doller's adult fiction debut, is a poignant and romantic story about finding the strength to pick yourself up after tragedy. Anna had planned for a life with her fiancé, Ben. She was completely rocked by his death, and has been consumed by grief for the last 10 months. But when she gets a reminder about the trip they had planned, to sail from Florida to the Bahamas, she decides to make the trip alone, in their sailboat, much to the worry of friends and family. Anna has never Float Plan , Trish Doller's adult fiction debut, is a poignant and romantic story about finding the strength to pick yourself up after tragedy. Anna had planned for a life with her fiancé, Ben. She was completely rocked by his death, and has been consumed by grief for the last 10 months. But when she gets a reminder about the trip they had planned, to sail from Florida to the Bahamas, she decides to make the trip alone, in their sailboat, much to the worry of friends and family. Anna has never sailed without Ben but she feels this is the release—and the relief—she needs. After a few close calls and one treacherous night of sailing, she realizes she needs a co-captain. She hires Keane, a professional sailor, who has been trying to rebuild his life after a tragedy of his own. Close quarters, emotionally vulnerable people, beautiful scenery, and a touch of adversity—aren’t those the ingredients for a perfect romance? But this isn’t an insta-love story. It’s a compelling, emotional look at how you find the strength to move on when there’s still part of you that doesn’t want to, and how it’s still okay to grieve what you’ve lost. And it's also a book about realizing you still can be happy if your life doesn't turn out how you planned it to be. Float Plan really was a beautiful book. These characters were so appealing and so complex, I was definitely rooting for them. And I so appreciated that there wasn’t any real melodrama, which I totally expected given the plot. (Do you ever find yourself waiting for something bad to happen in a book or movie?) This was just so good! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I don't know much about boats and sailing. I do know something about grieving for someone you loved and lost, and this hauntingly beautiful book made me feel all sorts of emotions in recognition of how hard it is to let go your past and take a chance on a new, unimagined and unplanned future. Anna is a twenty five year old waitress from Fort Lauderdale whose fiance Ben committed suicide after a long bout of depression. Ben planned to sail to Trinidad and have lots of amazing experiences on the wa I don't know much about boats and sailing. I do know something about grieving for someone you loved and lost, and this hauntingly beautiful book made me feel all sorts of emotions in recognition of how hard it is to let go your past and take a chance on a new, unimagined and unplanned future. Anna is a twenty five year old waitress from Fort Lauderdale whose fiance Ben committed suicide after a long bout of depression. Ben planned to sail to Trinidad and have lots of amazing experiences on the way. When Anna's alarm alerts her that this is the day Ben chose for their departure, she packs her bag and leaves knowing full well that she isn't ready to let go of her grief, whatever her family and friends may think. Anna's sailing experience is woefully inadequate. After narrowly escaping a full on collision with another boat, she advertises for a guide. She also finds herself in a risky situation. Call it two narrow escapes in a day. This time she is saved and aided by a kind stranger, Keane Sullivan, who she hires to help her make her way to Puerto Rico. What follows is an amazing journey from an emotional turmoil and darkness to the 'state of grace', with love, hope, sadness and happiness finding their rightful place in Anna's heart. Float Plan is one of the best books I have read this year. The characters are impossible not to fall in love with. Anna's grief is all-encompassing, and yet, she is trying hard to listen to her heart, and learn how to go on living. At first, she keeps thinking about Ben's wishes and what he would have thought of this place or that, but gradually allows herself chart a new course, wherever it may lead. She is so kind, honest and grateful, that her state of mind rubs off on the reader. I felt so immersed in her story, her journey (or rather I should say their journey) that I didn't want it to end. Her relationship with Keane develops naturally and takes as much time as they both need to be ready for their future. I haven't said much about Keane so far, because I'd love the reader to have no preconception, but just see him through Anna's eyes. This was my first book by Trish Doller and I was amazed by the ease and beauty of her writing style. Some of her lines rang so true to what I felt in my time of grief and mourning, others gave me time and space to breathe in the spindrift and feel the healing power of 'salt water- sweat, tears or the sea'. The descriptions of the places Anna and Keane visit on their journey were absolutely spellbinding and provided a welcome emotional escape. Above all, the book filled me with calm with its carefully chosen, sparse words, its sincerity and quiet belief that the person you lost doesn't have to disappear completely, but you can build something new alongside the old memories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    4.5 Stars It being February, I had decided last night to double down on my romance reads for the next couple of weeks and somehow managed to remember I had a copy of this on the ol’ Kindle. When I woke up this morning it was around 50 degrees, but by 9:00 it was 30, dropping and the snow was blowing so hard it was a near whiteout. That right there is what you call the gods smiling upon your choice to read a book set somewhere warm. Float Plan is the story of Anna who has barely been going through 4.5 Stars It being February, I had decided last night to double down on my romance reads for the next couple of weeks and somehow managed to remember I had a copy of this on the ol’ Kindle. When I woke up this morning it was around 50 degrees, but by 9:00 it was 30, dropping and the snow was blowing so hard it was a near whiteout. That right there is what you call the gods smiling upon your choice to read a book set somewhere warm. Float Plan is the story of Anna who has barely been going through the motions for nearly a year after her fiancé Ben’s suicide. As a last ditch effort to propel herself through the final stages of the grieving process, she decides to set sail – literally . . . . And takes the boat he painstakingly prepared for one epic journey through the Caribbean. However, it doesn’t take much more than making it to her first port before she becomes painfully aware that this was not meant to be a solo task. Enter Keane – a man suffering his own loss who responds to Anna’s advertisement seeking a skilled sailor who will help her get at least to Puerto Rico. Of course eventually this happens . . . . ♫♫♫And your lips taste like Sangria♫♫♫♫ Sorry, got sidetracked for a second there. Anyway, this is a super slow roller with a little bit of melancholy (which I really sort of dig) and almost fade-to-black sexytimes with two very likeable characters . . . . “In a matter of days, you’ve solo sailed across the Gulf Stream, dodged a one-nighter with a married man, eaten flying fish, and scaled a mountain. Granted, it was a wee hillock of a mountain, but how many mountains would you have scaled otherwise?” “None.” “So maybe you know more than you think.” “God, you’re like an Irish Mary Poppins with facial hair.” Who are both hoping to eventually find a “State of Grace.” It loses a half star because the added conflict was simply thrown in for dramatic purposes only and the timeline immediately prior to the happily for now got waaaaay rushed compared to the remainder of the story. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Liese

    Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin & NetGalley for this advance copy. All opinions are my own! What begins as a woman undertaking a journey by sea that her now-deceased boyfriend planned for them becomes a journey that is so much more than undertaking closure and honoring his life. Anna grieves what she's lost and finds closure, yes, but she finds and discovers so much more about herself, about her resilience, her passions, and her hopes for her future. This was a beautiful journey through grief an Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin & NetGalley for this advance copy. All opinions are my own! What begins as a woman undertaking a journey by sea that her now-deceased boyfriend planned for them becomes a journey that is so much more than undertaking closure and honoring his life. Anna grieves what she's lost and finds closure, yes, but she finds and discovers so much more about herself, about her resilience, her passions, and her hopes for her future. This was a beautiful journey through grief and healing, witnessing growth and friendship and new love. I felt so deeply connected to Anna, and I fell for Keane right along with her. It was such a fascinating contrast between the man she'd lost and was learning to let go of and the man who began as a partner on her journey, then a friend, and who she ultimately opened her heart to. Keane was a man of faith, but quite human and imperfect; he was kind and caring and steady and a dreamy Irishman. I also loved the disability rep in his amputation and prosthesis; while I can't speak to the accuracy of the representation, the author note indicates she undertook research and it all felt very respectful, empowering, and plausible, while not skirting the truth that all of us, disabled or otherwise, battle internalized ableism. From a content warning perspective, having someone close to me who died by suicide, I can say that I felt this was generally a respectful narrative around suicide, and that for anyone for whom this is a triggering subject matter this will definitely be an emotional read. That said, it felt very forward-oriented, not dwelling on grief or railing on the man she lost to suicide. It was a story about how we learn to accept that sometimes we lose and that grieving that loss is nonlinear and complicated and personal and sometimes transformational. I'm totally enamored with Doller's prose. Her writing is fluid, natural, confident, and incredibly relatable. I felt so easily drawn in, and as I've said deeply connected to Anna's perspective. My final praise is how vividly this evokes the power of community, the joy of relationships, and the truth that some people are in our lives for finite times but unforgettable ways, even when their moment with us is brief. I highlighted a number of passages that I know will stick with me, but here are a few of my favorites (please note this is an ARC and thus content is subject to change): “I reckon if you stay in one place too long, you might start taking it for granted... But if you keep moving, everything holds its wonder." and "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. I have leaned into the belief that I can’t live without [him] but kneeling here in the sand on a beach four hundred miles from home says maybe I can—and that terrifies me." FLOAT PLAN is out March 2. If you're ready for a story that draws you right in on a journey of healing, growth, and love, look no further.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    This book was nothing at all what I expected. And yet, it was so much more than anything I could have thought. In short, I loved it. Every single second of it. I was expecting a romance novel, quick and predictable. But this book isn't necessarily about romance. It’s about letting go of the past and dealing with grief. It’s about experiencing happiness and finding freedom. But yes, there is a bit of a love story thrown in there to put the icing on the cake. I loved Anna and her adventure. She neve This book was nothing at all what I expected. And yet, it was so much more than anything I could have thought. In short, I loved it. Every single second of it. I was expecting a romance novel, quick and predictable. But this book isn't necessarily about romance. It’s about letting go of the past and dealing with grief. It’s about experiencing happiness and finding freedom. But yes, there is a bit of a love story thrown in there to put the icing on the cake. I loved Anna and her adventure. She never let fear rule her. She marched right to that boat and decided to sail the ocean. She was strong and vulnerable. Her story was heartbreaking and encouraging. My favorite character in this was Keane, of course. He was so charming and sincere and kind and good and such a generally wonderful person. The relationship between Keane and Anna was lovely to read. Then there was the traveling. Never before have I wanted to hop on a boat and sail through the Caribbean. This has given me a new life goal, a new dream. All the new settings were beautifully described and each felt unique from all the others. And all the people the pair met along the way were so full of life and personality that they managed to stand out and be memorable, despite how little time we spent with them. There was just so much neatly packed into this short novel. I am so very glad I read this book, and so very thankful to have been given an ARC since I might not have discovered this book otherwise. Overall, great book, my favorite of the year so far. **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

    Float Plan was not what I expected, especially because there were so many high rated reviews. Anna decides to set sail on a planned tip that her ex- boyfriend Ben had planned for them. He committed suicide and I do think that wild the book touches on grief, the romance was so forced. The romance between Anna and Keane was so blatantly over their looks and their looks alone. They kept talking about how amazing the other one was but there was no reason or proof behind why they were amazing. They l Float Plan was not what I expected, especially because there were so many high rated reviews. Anna decides to set sail on a planned tip that her ex- boyfriend Ben had planned for them. He committed suicide and I do think that wild the book touches on grief, the romance was so forced. The romance between Anna and Keane was so blatantly over their looks and their looks alone. They kept talking about how amazing the other one was but there was no reason or proof behind why they were amazing. They literally don’t know anything about each other. On top of that, Keane continues to say that he can’t be Anna’s rebound but then will continue to flirt with her. Make up your mind!! I think the book would have been much stronger if it focused on Anna’s healing process with this trip and having Keane as a friend. The romance ruined it and their relationship was insufferable. The only thing I liked about the book was the trip that Anna decided to take through the Bahamas to Puerto Rico, etc which sounded super fun since I love a good travel adventure. That's the only thing that kept this from being a one star. A lot of people seem to love this book so I would take this review with a grain of salt but I REALLY did not enjoy this book. Thank you to Netgalley and St. martin’s Press for the advanced copy! Buddy read with Jenny <3

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    Float Plan What a sweet, moving, and emotional romance. What I loved about this one? It was so much more then a typical romance. It's about self discovery, moving on from grief, and falling in love. Anna has recently lost her fiancée to suicide. She is trying to move on from life and decides to take her fiancé's boat out and travel the world. She has the world waiting for her. Trish Dollar explores the heavy side of suicide and the difficult nature of grief in such a beautiful way through this spe Float Plan What a sweet, moving, and emotional romance. What I loved about this one? It was so much more then a typical romance. It's about self discovery, moving on from grief, and falling in love. Anna has recently lost her fiancée to suicide. She is trying to move on from life and decides to take her fiancé's boat out and travel the world. She has the world waiting for her. Trish Dollar explores the heavy side of suicide and the difficult nature of grief in such a beautiful way through this special tale of love, moving on, and coming to terms with life's lessons. I was impressed with Trish's writing style and finished this one pretty quickly. I feel like this is going to be getting high praise from many! 4/5 stars Thank you so much to Netgalley and St Martins Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Pub date: 3/2/21 Published to GR: 2/16/21

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    While this book was undoubtedly good, there were times I was regretful? First, it opens with a still deep in grief Anna, reeling from her fiance's suicide and discovering him. I wouldn't normally start out with something like this, but it deserves more than a passing note. Anna's sadness-depression really-is surface for much of the novel. I read 3 pages and walked away from it for the afternoon. So, I want you to know that in case that may hurt you to read about. There is also discussion of Ben While this book was undoubtedly good, there were times I was regretful? First, it opens with a still deep in grief Anna, reeling from her fiance's suicide and discovering him. I wouldn't normally start out with something like this, but it deserves more than a passing note. Anna's sadness-depression really-is surface for much of the novel. I read 3 pages and walked away from it for the afternoon. So, I want you to know that in case that may hurt you to read about. There is also discussion of Ben throughout, and I didn't know if I liked how he was used as a device in that way. So I need to say that too. I think in a sense some of that is very honest and true-to-life because suicide is complex, but there are times that doesn't play well to move intimacy or personal growth along-in my opinion. It was a risk, and generally it was executed well, however-for me-it grated at times. And while this book is really lovely overall, I had that creeping but in my mind. Keane is a near-perfect hero from him literally saving her as the meet cute to him literally saving her later to ... well you get it. It'd be impossible not to love him. Nothing was wrong with him. He was quite literally teaching her she could save herself, always there, always saving her. So this isn't that book where the heroine saves herself, but where the heroine has it pointed out to her that she is capable of doing so. Rarely does she steer her course, which is apt for this book, right until the very end. And that conflict was super unsatisfying to me. So the main conflict here is grief and anger toward her dead fiance-and her learning her own path from there. I know-I know-I am really categorizing this as a romance. Because it very frankly is. But I felt that despite forced proximity and a heavily couple-focused novel being very okay with me, this failed in many romance fiction aspects. At least, for my contemporary eye. At times, because of Keane's lack of need for growth it just hit me that it might have been going up against my ever-growing expectations. If you got through all that and want to read about a woman letting go of her plan,her grief, her anger and falling in love along the way, it really is a solid book. There's a lot to like. But I'm an absolute snot about so much contemporary romance that in that sense it fell short for me. 3.5 rounded down, for I've no need to reread. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  18. 4 out of 5

    zaira

    My first book for the year and I did not expect to love this as much as I did. So good! I really like the premise of the story. About a year after the death of Anna's fiance, she decides to go through with their original plans to go sailing, following the float plan her husband had made for them before he died. She isn’t really the best candidate to go sailing the long distance alone. Somewhere along, she puts up an ad looking for sailors/basically anyone who knows their shit and that's how she m My first book for the year and I did not expect to love this as much as I did. So good! I really like the premise of the story. About a year after the death of Anna's fiance, she decides to go through with their original plans to go sailing, following the float plan her husband had made for them before he died. She isn’t really the best candidate to go sailing the long distance alone. Somewhere along, she puts up an ad looking for sailors/basically anyone who knows their shit and that's how she meets Keane. Characters: Though the story deals with heavy topics, I love that underneath it all is Anna trying to move forward with her life. I have to applaud her for her independence and courage. I love her growth throughout the entire book. It’s something that kind of grew quietly and she became stronger and braver towards the end. Keane is so sweet and respectful, just an overall good guy who always wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s been sailing for most of his life but ever since he got a prosthetic leg, people wouldn’t hire him anymore thinking he wouldn't be capable. He agrees to sail with Anna in hopes of finding a job opportunity in Portugal. Romance: The pacing of the romance was good enough. It didn’t happen too soon. The story is all in Anna's POV so initially, her uncertainty and second-guessing about her developing feelings were shown. They went from strangers to sailing partners to friends to lovers, and I loved that there was a right amount of development between Anna and Keane to make me actually root for them. As they continued sailing, occasionally stopping at ports and islands to rest, they end up meeting people and even some of Keane's old friends. They see a lot of sights and make a lot of memories along the way and it kind of gives me a sense of longing? Maybe it's because I've barely gone out because of the pandemic lol. What I didn't like: - Up until the 60%, I admit it got kind of draggy for me hence why I didn’t give 5 stars. I’m conflicted because although I feel that way, I understand the need for that kind of pacing at the initial parts of the story. Anna is still grieving and to move the story forward at a faster pace would be less believable. - Another reason: all the boat/sailing terminologies make the story more genuine but it just flew over my head since I have no knowledge about those things. So this one is on me 😬 What else is there to say? The writing was good. Characters were wonderful and grew throughout the story. The romance tugged at my heartstrings. Please consider the content warnings before reading, but I do recommend this book ♡ content warning: depression, suicide, death of a loved one, grief I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. look at this pretty graphic of the places they went to:

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    My first **5 Star** read of 2021! Beginning with it's heart-rending opening (potential triggers - (view spoiler)[depression, suicide (hide spoiler)] ,) Float Plan is a story that deals with loss, the grieving process, and the effort to start moving forward. The author rendered grief in all it's honesty, but also lightened the story with moments of wit and charm. I loved every minute with the relatable heroine, as well as it's swoony Irish hero. While not entirely focused on romance, the relationsh My first **5 Star** read of 2021! Beginning with it's heart-rending opening (potential triggers - (view spoiler)[depression, suicide (hide spoiler)] ,) Float Plan is a story that deals with loss, the grieving process, and the effort to start moving forward. The author rendered grief in all it's honesty, but also lightened the story with moments of wit and charm. I loved every minute with the relatable heroine, as well as it's swoony Irish hero. While not entirely focused on romance, the relationship between Anna and Keane was beautifully and realistically developed. The sailing details were vivid, but not overwhelming and Keane and Anna's time on the water created a convenient forced proximity scenario. Their travels also provided introductions to a number of fun secondary characters. The author mentions that she began the process of writing this book eight years prior. I sure hope it doesn't take that long for her next adult novel to get here. Regardless, I want to be first in line.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars Float Plan is the author's adult romance debut (I believe that she usually writes YA). This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it very much. I had not read the book blurb. So the opening was even more powerful for me. I thought that the beginning of this book was very strong. And I was hooked right from the start. The narrator is 25 year old Anna (1st person POV). Something happened in her life. And now it's a year later and she is still dealing with the aftermath. I c 4.5/ 5 stars Float Plan is the author's adult romance debut (I believe that she usually writes YA). This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it very much. I had not read the book blurb. So the opening was even more powerful for me. I thought that the beginning of this book was very strong. And I was hooked right from the start. The narrator is 25 year old Anna (1st person POV). Something happened in her life. And now it's a year later and she is still dealing with the aftermath. I can't recall another book where the author got me to feel so much in just a few pages. I could tell right away that I was going to like this book. This book has romance. But it is really so much more than that. To me this book is more about a person trying to heal. My favorite thing about this book was the setting. I loved everything to do with the sail boat and the tropical setting. It was really a great thing to read in the middle of winter. This book was emotional and moving. And I wasn't expecting to feel so much. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    Looking for a second chance love story set at sea with captivating characters, thrilling adventure and heartwarming interactions? Well, look no further because Float Plan has it all! Surrounded by grief in her daily life, Anna decides it's time to set out on her own voyage of sailing around the Caribbean. She soon discovers that she may need a little help to make it through this trip. Enter Keane, a professional sailor adjusting to his new future. The two of them set sail for Puerto Rico on a jou Looking for a second chance love story set at sea with captivating characters, thrilling adventure and heartwarming interactions? Well, look no further because Float Plan has it all! Surrounded by grief in her daily life, Anna decides it's time to set out on her own voyage of sailing around the Caribbean. She soon discovers that she may need a little help to make it through this trip. Enter Keane, a professional sailor adjusting to his new future. The two of them set sail for Puerto Rico on a journey full of heartbreak, growth, and love. This book was really so endearing and I was captivated not only by the plot but by the writing itself. The dialogue felt so real and I loved the vivid descriptions. The characters were so easy to connect to! They came across as authentic and the slow-burn romance between the too was very well done. Thank you to Netgalley, St. Martins Press and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  23. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    Edited 3/18/21 Audiobook Review Overall 5 stars Performance 4 stars Story 5 stars I loved revisiting Anna and Keane via audiobook! It was even more emotional hearing everything play out, especially Ben's note at the very beginning. I thought Sarah Naughton did a great job with Keane's accent and she gave such a heartfelt performance. Definitely a book not to be missed! ***** Float Plan grabs you by the heart and never lets go. I wasn't sure I was in the right headspace for this one, but once I started Edited 3/18/21 Audiobook Review Overall 5 stars Performance 4 stars Story 5 stars I loved revisiting Anna and Keane via audiobook! It was even more emotional hearing everything play out, especially Ben's note at the very beginning. I thought Sarah Naughton did a great job with Keane's accent and she gave such a heartfelt performance. Definitely a book not to be missed! ***** Float Plan grabs you by the heart and never lets go. I wasn't sure I was in the right headspace for this one, but once I started reading, I didn't want to put it down. The writing was phenomenal and there was so much raw honesty and emotion that it sometimes made my chest ache. Anna's character arc and journey is one of the best I've read in a long time. It's painfully relatable and so wonderfully human. Her struggles and triumphs become the readers. So much so, that you might find yourself crying right alongside her and also cheering for her victories. The friendship that blossoms between her and Keane was truly beautiful. The tenderness, vulnerability, and rightness in that relationship gave me all the warm fuzzies. Yes, the forced proximity amplified everything, but the connection also shifted so organically and naturally between them. I loved how they helped each other face their own demons and made each other stronger. Strong enough to even stand alone when needed. Keane was such a wonderfully rugged cinnamon roll. Half the time he opened his mouth to speak I was swooning and the other half I was laughing. As much as I loved Keane though, I loved Anna more. Watching her grow, heal, and really come into her own is the heart of this novel. Everything that happens (even the bit of angst at the end), shows how far she has truly come. I had a huge smile on my face and a hopeful heart as I finished this one. An absolutely amazing novel from start to finish and one not to be missed! CW: suicide, depression, amputation, grief *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  24. 5 out of 5

    RateTheRomance

    I needed a day to emotionally recover from this story before writing my review. Prepare yourself for me to put on my English Lit Major cap and write a review that is significantly loftier than my usual "talk about hot kitchen counter sex!" reviews. Here we go... *drawn out feminine sigh* I loved this book. It is deliciously well written, with beautiful words and vivid descriptions. We know from the very first words that this book will be an emotional journey. The female lead, Anna, is drowning in I needed a day to emotionally recover from this story before writing my review. Prepare yourself for me to put on my English Lit Major cap and write a review that is significantly loftier than my usual "talk about hot kitchen counter sex!" reviews. Here we go... *drawn out feminine sigh* I loved this book. It is deliciously well written, with beautiful words and vivid descriptions. We know from the very first words that this book will be an emotional journey. The female lead, Anna, is drowning in grief after losing her boyfriend to suicide by overdose. His plans with Anna to sail around the world with a boat he had purchased and was fixing up came screeching to a halt and are forgotten once he cuts his life short. But Anna decides, very last minute, to take the trip solo to honor him and try to heal. The journey, both geographically and emotionally, that Anna takes is both heart breaking and beautiful. Author Trish Doller writes the grieving process with such truth and authenticity that I felt connected to her in a way I seldom do while reading an author's words. Having spent the last 2 1/2 years next to my 6 year old as she fights cancer, my heart recognized the meaningful story of traveling through grief. The love story that unfolds in this book is similarly genuine and truthful. It is slow-burn and complex, with highs and lows. Misunderstandings and moments of distinct clarity. It is the sweetest and most genuine love story I have read in a long time and I am pining for my own Irish Sailor named Keane in my life. I took off 1/2 star from my rating for a part of the book that I feel strongly about. In the beginning of this story, Anna is deep in grief, hardly leaving her bed. Her mother repeatedly suggests she seeks therapy. This idea is brushed off entirely and Anna takes a journey on the boat to heal instead. Anna could have taken this journey to heal WITHOUT ever even mentioning the rejection of going to therapy. It could have been removed from the book entirely in order for her to take her "Hero's Journey" on the boat. But mentioning therapy and then having the main character reject it is a problem. Therapy is a highly necessary tool that is imperative to navigate through major traumatic events, such as loosing your partner to suicide. Suggesting otherwise creates an ongoing narrative in pop culture that we can heal ourselves and even that it is BETTER to attempt to heal ourselves. In the background of this dismissal of therapy is a hint of shame surrounding seeking professional resources to heal. Having said that, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and life affirming and sweet and a fantastic story that will stay with you long after you close the final page. RATING:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STEAM LEVEL: Rated R TRIGGERS: Suicidal overdose, childhood parent abandonment, car accident, limb loss FEELS-O-METER: 4/5 *so many of feels, you will probably shed a tear or two* I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. BUY IT HERE: https://amzn.to/2Pw4hil (aff.) INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | YEAR OF SMUT CHALLENGE

  25. 4 out of 5

    Blackjack

    3.5 rounding up Float Plan worked best for me as a travelogue, with the main characters relishing the pleasures of island hopping the Caribbean. Doller creates an authentic story of two drifters, who though they have different motivations, come together by happenstance and find joy together experiencing life abroad as expats. The unique aspect of each one of the many islands they visit is brought to life for readers, and I don't think anyone can read this book and ever assume that the islands are 3.5 rounding up Float Plan worked best for me as a travelogue, with the main characters relishing the pleasures of island hopping the Caribbean. Doller creates an authentic story of two drifters, who though they have different motivations, come together by happenstance and find joy together experiencing life abroad as expats. The unique aspect of each one of the many islands they visit is brought to life for readers, and I don't think anyone can read this book and ever assume that the islands are all the same. I suppose I've always known about island hopping as a hobby, but I don't think I truly understood what a passion it is for many who take months out of their year to set sail. I loved the conversations Anna and Keane had about the ups and downs of choosing to "opt out of the nine-to-five existence." As the two fall in love, deeper conversations develop that allow them to debate settling for the materialism of western culture versus putting down roots in a shack on an island beach and subsisting on their own homegrown garden or even living off Anna's boat and sailing on endlessly. On a slightly lesser scale, I enjoyed the sailing aspect of the story too, as Anna truly comes into her own as a sailor with the help of her hired expert, Keane. Adventures with pods of humpback whales, swimming with sea turtles, catching fish for daily meals, and even the lesser appealing aspects of managing to live in such a tiny space at sea all feel very real and alive in this book. Fans of road trip stories will likely find all of this quite attractive. As women's fiction/romance, the book holds less appeal for me for a few key reasons. First, the life lessons feel too obvious and there were very few surprises in the story for me, as a result. The book begins in a jarring manner with Anna's fiance, Ben, committing suicide in their apartment, leaving Anna to stumble upon his body after work. His suicide note sets the tone for much of the story that unfolds in the first half of the novel. Guilt over the death of a loved one, feeling unloved when a person one loves departs despite being loved, feeling unable to love again, feeling unmoored when life plans are suddenly dashed - all of these themes are front and center, and none felt truly earth-shattering in their message. When Anna decides to follow Ben's dream and take his sailboat on a journey around the Caribbean, it seemed obvious that following someone else's dream is not likely to bring happiness and satisfaction. Learning to be happy with oneself is another central message in the book but one that I could see coming long before it arrived. Then there is the romance, which for far too long, felt too much like a love triangle. Keene is the hero of this book, and unfortunately, it seems that for him to be the hero, Ben is significantly diminished. Ben is mentioned almost entirely throughout the entire book and generally once every couple of pages, and far too often, he fares poorly against the new man in Anna's life. In comparison, it seems as if Ben didn't value Anna nearly as much as she valued him. His choices of which islands to visit are not as good as Keane's personal choices. He didn't cook as well as Keane. His sailing skills were not nearly as good as Keane's. Ultimately, it turns out that Anna loved Ben but not as much as she discovers she loves Keane. And maybe worse of all, Anna's perspective on suicide - that Ben chose an "exit strategy" over her - prevails as the book's message on mental health. If Ben had died from cancer, it would have been a tragedy, but that Ben died from a mental health condition means that he didn't love Anna enough, apparently, and that message troubles me. So, I enjoyed some things here quite a lot but overall, the romance didn't work as well as I had hoped.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Arkin

    Absolutely loved this! I have been a fan of Trish Doller's writing for ages it seems, but when I saw she had a contemporary adult romance coming out I freaked out a bit (in a good way)! Doller seems to hover just under the radar which is unfathomable to me because her books are always spectacular. Float Plan, like her other books, just made me feel so so much while I was reading. Do NOT let the summary scare you - yes there are sensitive topics explored here, but they are done wonderfully. There Absolutely loved this! I have been a fan of Trish Doller's writing for ages it seems, but when I saw she had a contemporary adult romance coming out I freaked out a bit (in a good way)! Doller seems to hover just under the radar which is unfathomable to me because her books are always spectacular. Float Plan, like her other books, just made me feel so so much while I was reading. Do NOT let the summary scare you - yes there are sensitive topics explored here, but they are done wonderfully. There aren't many books that are based on a boat - I imagine it was really hard to do as a writer when part of what you're trying to do is have your characters do stuff, but Doller makes you feel like you are on that boat with Anna, fighting waves, catching fish, swimming in the water... And the locales that are shared... I've never had the urge to sail to any of these places in my life, but a few of them may now be on my bucket list for someday! The romance here is subtlely done but Keane delivers the swoons like nobody's business. This is a story about figuring out who you are and finding who you are after everything in your life suddenly changes, but it's also a story about strength and perseverance and I highly recommend this one for your reading lists in 2021.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    I’m pretty sure we’ve all had fantasies about giving up on our everyday life, chucking it all, and sailing around the world. Ok, maybe that’s just me, but in Float Plan, that’s exactly what the heroine, Anna Beck, does. After the death of her fiancé, Anna is barely surviving life. She’s a waitress at a pirate-themed Hooters imitation, aimlessly drifting through the dark days of grief and learning to live without Ben. Ben was the reason for the plan to leave everything behind and sail. He purchase I’m pretty sure we’ve all had fantasies about giving up on our everyday life, chucking it all, and sailing around the world. Ok, maybe that’s just me, but in Float Plan, that’s exactly what the heroine, Anna Beck, does. After the death of her fiancé, Anna is barely surviving life. She’s a waitress at a pirate-themed Hooters imitation, aimlessly drifting through the dark days of grief and learning to live without Ben. Ben was the reason for the plan to leave everything behind and sail. He purchased the boat and made the plans for the islands they would visit, but didn’t live long enough to go on the adventure with Anna. When the day to set sail suddenly surprises Anna, she throws caution and common sense to the wind and departs on the boat. What happens along the way heals her broken heart, teaches her that she is strong enough to handle anything, and that she can indeed learn to love again. Keane Sullivan may be one of my favorite heroes to read about in a long, long time. He’s open and honest, has a devilish wit, and has learned to live through adversity. Honestly, Keane is the total package. He and Anna make the best team and he is a big part of the reason why she is finally able to move on. I loved everything about them together as a couple and watching their growth throughout the journey was so heartwarming. I finished the book with the biggest smile on my face. And truly, that’s a sign of a good book. ▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ▸ Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Apple Books ▸ For more reviews, visit http://www.totallybex.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi Becker

    I just might be ruined. In Float Plan, Trish Doller, a new to me author, creates a stunning world set on a 30 ft sailboat. Here, she also provides a literary vacation sailing through The Bahamas. This is one of my top reads, and not only for 2021. I read this over a few evenings and found myself thinking about it throughout the day. When I started the story, I shared with my husband that I was reading a contemporary romance centered on a sailing boat as sailboats have long been one of his intere I just might be ruined. In Float Plan, Trish Doller, a new to me author, creates a stunning world set on a 30 ft sailboat. Here, she also provides a literary vacation sailing through The Bahamas. This is one of my top reads, and not only for 2021. I read this over a few evenings and found myself thinking about it throughout the day. When I started the story, I shared with my husband that I was reading a contemporary romance centered on a sailing boat as sailboats have long been one of his interests. His response was, "Let me know how the trip goes". This alone warmed my heart. Then the book set it aflame. Float Plan is a wonderful story about grief and recovery. When we meet Anna, she's packing up to set sail through the Bahamas, part of a plan that her deceased fiance Ben envisioned. The first leg of her "grief" trip, from Miami to Bimini, is a bit of a wake-up call. She's incredibly vulnerable and will doubt her decision to sail ALONE. While the seas are well charted, the path to soothe her broken heart, well, not so much. She quickly realizes that the trip may be too much for her to tackle alone. Enter Keane Sullivan. A charismatic sailor looking to catch a ride to Puerto Rico, already one of Anna's stops. Their initial meet-cute is not one that Anna remembers, but it's one Keane will never forget. What's also unforgettable is their story. As they embark the challenges quickly pile up. Everything is a learning experience for Anna. Not only in sailing, but also in herself. The 1300+ mile journey finds the bond between the two growing, as Anna is also learning to let go, or to simply put her emotions for Ben in the right place, the past. Trish Dollers' writing is eloquent and impeccable. I was completely pulled in and invested in their happiness. Anna is a rare character, always aware, introspective, and one who grows so very much over the course of the story (an A+ example of a great character arc). Anna's emotions are compounded by the intent of the trip and newly found emotions for Keane. I was so proud of her when she is forced to tackle some setbacks and how she rises to the occasion. Keane is a dreamboat (pun intended, because how often can you use that and have it feel "literal" ?). He encourages Anna to work through her hurt and builds her up at the same time. The flirting and banter, the chemistry between them is simply exquisite. If you're a reader like me, you know the moment a story has transcended from a lovely read, one you are enjoying, over to one that you can only consider a favorite, and a 5++ star read. For me, when I read lines that generate tears, and lines that leave me feeling exuberant, I know I found it. Float Plan did that for me. So much so that for funzies I found myself tracking their trip via google maps, zeroing in on the docks and harbors and easily picturing Anna and Keane. This 5++ star read is one I HIGHLY recommend, a #MustRead. It left me with quite the #bookhangover. I'm so excited to have been exposed to Trish Doller and the prospect of reading through her vast library. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* Favorite quotes: "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. I have leaned into the belief that I can’t live without Ben Braithwaite, but kneeling here in the sand on a beach four hundred miles from home says maybe I can — and that terrifies me." "Sometimes it feels as if I’m trying to paint over my old life and I feel guilty that Ben isn’t one of the new colors." "The glue has only just dried on my broken heart and I’m offering him a hammer. But when he kisses my skin, just there above my heart, I feel safe." "The photo of Keane and me at the patchwork house hangs beside the photo of Ben and me. A new house rising up beside the old." "Thousands of years from now, a different woman might sail past alone; another people might settle there and make it a home. And, once more, Mother Nature puts my small life into perspective." "Traveling almost 1,700 miles might not have made an impact on mankind, but the crack in my own small world is patched." "But 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."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    "One of the things I've learned is that suicide doesn't break a person's heart just once." "Kind is one of the easiest things to be." Anna is paralyzed with grief after her fiancé commits suicide. Ten months after his tragic death, Anna gets an alert on her phone that the sailing trip she and Ben planned to take would be starting that day. Impulsively, she decides to take the trip as a way to honor Ben and to try to move forward. Once on the open water, Anna realizes she's wholly unprepared and had "One of the things I've learned is that suicide doesn't break a person's heart just once." "Kind is one of the easiest things to be." Anna is paralyzed with grief after her fiancé commits suicide. Ten months after his tragic death, Anna gets an alert on her phone that the sailing trip she and Ben planned to take would be starting that day. Impulsively, she decides to take the trip as a way to honor Ben and to try to move forward. Once on the open water, Anna realizes she's wholly unprepared and had often relied on Ben's experience. After a harrowing trip to get to the first port, Anna decides that hiring an experienced crew would be the wise decision going forward. When Keane responds to Anna's ad, Anna is relieved and grateful that Keane's experience and friendly demeanor will accompany her on her journey. Anna's sailing trip from Fort Lauderdale to Trinidad brings a lot more than a fun adventure and beautiful islands and we watch as Anna comes into her own and begins to develop a life after Ben. This was a moving and emotional story but also a ton of fun and one that I couldn't put down. I loved the growth of Anna's character and her battle with her emotions and her grief. Doller did a tremendous job detailing the grief cycle without making the book too sad. It felt like Doller has had a close personal loss in the way she was so accurately able to verbalize the confusing and conflicting emotions of anger, hurt, sadness, and guilt. Keane's character was really well developed and I loved his complex back story, kind soul, and persevering spirit. Not enough books have main characters with disabilities, and I appreciated that Doller highlighted some of the challenges and discriminations Keane faced while also showing how fully able he was. I thought this book was really sensitive to some difficult subject matters but still overall a really enjoyable and ultimately positive book. It felt well researched (though admittedly I don't have much experience sailing and haven't been to many of the specific destinations discussed) and the visuals Doller created of the different islands was really transportive. I was also really drawn to how well and authentically Doller developed the relationships and camaraderie amongst the other travelers that Keane and Anna encountered. This is definitely a book I recommend if you're looking for a sweet romance with some substance and/or you love to travel. Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for a copy of this novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    susana ♡

    i want you i need you i miss you i love you i am coming home my full review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMJ_PR_g-0p/ i want you i need you i miss you i love you i am coming home my full review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CMJ_PR_g-0p/

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