Float Plan, by Trish Doller
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Publisher: St. Martin’s Giffin
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Length: 272 pages
Times Read: Once
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.
Find me one person who doesn’t like Keane Sullivan I dare you
Anna’s fiancé died by suicide a year ago, and as this book opens she is still feeling stuck. Stuck in her going-nowhere waitressing job, stuck in her very trying relationship with her late fiancé’s mother, stuck in her own process of trying to move on. She impulsively decides to take the sailing trip that Ben had been planning for the two of them to take through the Caribbean, even though she has nowhere near enough experience to complete a trip like this. So after a few very trying days of sailing on her own, a series of unfortunate events leads her to the very charming Keane Sullivan.
I don’t know where I got the idea that Keane was going to be a grumpy sort of character who is secretly a softie, because that does not describe his actual personality in the slightest. Keane is a sweet, knowledgeable, super kind, wears his heart on his sleeve kind of guy. Through him we get great disability rep, and what’s more, Anna gets someone to lean on, someone steady to be there as she begins to really heal. More than a romance, this book is a journey through Anna’s grief, and through the anguish Keane is facing now that the thing he has always loved, the thing he has planned to do for the rest of his life, is gone. We follow both of these characters as they try to figure out what you do when your entire world turns around and all of a sudden, nothing is what you planned.
Final Thoughts: This is Trish’s adult debut, and I sincerely hope it will not be her last. She has long been a favorite of mine in the YA world, and if you’ve somehow been living under a rock, please go read her entire backlist and honestly I’m jealous you have so many to read for the first time.
“He is selfish. I am selfish. To the point where we cancel each other out, and we’re just humans, bumping along the dark walls of our lives, feeling for the switch that will give us light. Hoping we don’t f*ck everything up.”
“Kind is one of the easiest things to be.”
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.