Review | Float Plan by Trish Doller

“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.” 4.5/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cold beers, pot hounds, memorials, Albergs, prosthetic legs, Christmas gifts, fresh lobsters, Island hopping, bikinis, mountain climbing, nature, whales, decks, no WI-FI and suicide notes.

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.

This book was very powerful. I saw Heather from Bookables (on Youtube) talking about it and I immediately knew I needed to pick it up.

This story is about Anna, a waitress whose fiance died recently by suicide. She was the one who found him – of course, this traumatic event had a huge impact on her. Months later, she gets a notification that reminds her they were going on a trip in his sailboat, and in that second, she decides to take the trip by herself. Unfortunately she quickly realizes that she can’t do it alone, so she hires a professional sailor to help her. Well, you can guess what happens next.But with that said, this is not a story about romance. It’s a story about a woman finding her happiness again and going through grief. 

Anna was a likeable character and I felt her pain on a deeper level. She was very strong and it was a joy to watch her healing. Keane was also amazing, and he made a great pair with Anna. He was exactly what she needed for support!

I admit I was expecting more graphic/shocking content because other reviewers kept talking about how serious this book was. Obviously the main character suffered a terrible loss, and I can understand how triggering it may be for some readers who had been through the same thing. But I personally didn’t think the book was that dark, in the sense that it wasn’t about her husband’s suicide, but about her getting her life back on track.

We are always stronger than we think, and this story is a great reminder of that. I really liked this book and I would recommend it to other readers. If you’re considering reading this book, please be aware of the trigger warnings for suicide and depression.


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