“A little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes.”

I’m not really sure who said that but for me it is absolutely true. In the past year books have provided a welcome respite from stress. Everyone has their idea of the perfect escapist read. Mine is romance, and since I purchase genre romance novels for the Orem Public Library, I get generous amounts of romantic reading therapy. I read an early copy of the contemporary romance Float Plan by Trish Doller, and it ended up being my favorite read of the year.

Heartbroken at the loss of her fiancé, Anna impulsively decides to take the boat he left her and solo sail their planned Caribbean trip. After one disastrous night at sea, Anna decides she needs help, which arrives in the form of Keane, an extraordinary sailor facing his own demons and a much different future than the one he envisioned. 

Anna and Keane are believable, likeable characters with genuine chemistry. The story is realistic and well paced, and filled with current, emotionally moving topics. I really appreciated that both characters had an opportunity for discovery and growth and that their relationship was integral to the journey. I enjoyed every moment of reading Float Plan and finished with a smile on face and a happy heart. For me, that makes it a successful escapist, romantic read. Highly recommended. 5 smooches.

Reviewed by Julie H, Librarian