As someone who should really not swim, Float Plan, and the concept of sailing a boat was terrifying and thrilling. Not to mention all the things that happen on the boat! Listening to this audio book flew by as I became swept away by Anna’s journey and her grief. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: suicide, self-harm, depression, grief
Float Plan is a book that examines grief, starting over, love, and identity. About what it feels like when we feel like an anchor to a person who leaves us. What it feels like to feel unmoored, alone, and on our own in the grief shaped hole of another person. Anna was a character I could deeply relate to and many times I thought, “that sounds exactly like something I would do”. With an almost P.S. I Love You vibe, Float Plan is a book that revolves around Anna. How she begins her journey as an attempt at recovery, and how that transforms her on the ocean. What hardship, space, and exploration does to her.
The audio book was phenomenal! Sarah Naughton is a fabulous narrator and the accents were delightful. It was easy to feel transported to the ocean, the salt air in your hair, and the breeze on your skin. I appreciated that Float Plan is not dual POV. While I loved Keane’s character, Float Plan is Anna’s story. There’s so much character nuance in both Anna and Keane as they struggle with their own personal histories and loss. If you’re looking for a character focused women’s fiction story about grief and starting over, look no further. Find Float Plan on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, Bookshop.org, The Book Depository, Libro.fm & Google Books.