Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: Float Plan is a contemporary romance written by Trish Doller. It was published on 3/2/21 by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, audiobook, 7 hours and 18 minutes. The genres are contemporary romance, chick lit, adult fiction, and travel. This book came from a duology called Beck Sisters where book two will be named The Suite Spot. According to Macmillan’s website, “The Griffin list features a wide range of contemporary paperbacks, from commercial, literary, and graphic (illustrated) novels to titles of African American and young-adult interest. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started listening to an audiobook for Float Plan on 12/1/2021 and finished it on 12/6/2021 at 2am. An excellent audiobook to listen to start the new month. Despite the warnings of suicide, this book was anything but depressing. I enjoyed Anna’s story on how she and Ben met. The humor in this story was fantastic. I liked the embarrassing way Anna met Keane and his easy going attitude. I liked the story on where Keane’s name came from. Loved the adventures. Many characters in this story were well liked such as Anna’s mom, her friend, Keane’s brother, etc. It’s fun to learn about Keane’s Irish background. I also liked Anna’s German background and the German farewell every time Anna ended her phone calls with her mom. The narrator Sarah Naughton did a great job with different voices and accents as well as foreign language.
This audiobook started with a letter to Anna from Ben. He told her to move on with her life and that whatever happened to him wasn’t her fault. He felt bad to drag her into his downfall but he couldn’t give her forever. Then more than 10 months later, following Anna, 25. She was the one who found Ben laying on the floor. She hadn’t left the house most of that entire time. She’s mad that why was she not enough for Ben to go and did that. She’s shopping quickly now to do a getaway, sailing on a boat, a trip around the world Ben had planned to take with her. Except Ben isn’t here but she decided on a whim to go anyway. Her mom disapproved and asked her to go see a therapist for her grief. She took off anyway and as she set out, she recalled of Ben at every reminder. She had taken sailing trips with Ben before but never alone and she’s stumbling through. She decided to hire someone to help her with sailing and through embarrassing events, Keane, 30 offered to help her for free because he also needed to go that way too. Anna set out on the trip thinking she did it for Ben, but as time went by, she realized it’s a trip she needed to help herself heal.
Float Plan was well written and narrated. This book sure makes me want to go on an adventure. I loved the interesting people Anna met along the way. I liked the slow moving romance in this story. There’s that upbeat and positive attitude that Keane had that kept me smiling. Traveling alone is definitely scary to me and I admire that Anna was daring enough to do it. This book has a lot of good reminders about life. An embarrassing situation happened but if no one saw it we could pretend it never happened and no one could tell the difference. Keane reminded Anna to learn to do things by herself because someday she would have just herself to rely on. Keane was basically a homeless but he sure made homelessness sounded like an adventure than a sad case. Of course not everyone can pull it off. Keane happened to be young, good looking, and charming! I recommend everyone to listen to this audiobook. I’m excited to start reading book 2 soon!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Trish Doller is a writer, traveler, and dog rescuer, but not necessarily in that order. She is the author of Float Plan, her women’s fiction debut, and The Suite Spot. She has also written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, camping, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
More Information about St. Martin’s Press
***Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from my library and my opinions are honest.