Float Plan had me crying within 5 minutes, so I was fully expecting the next book in the series to emotionally wreck me – but it was like a big, warm hug. This romance/women’s fiction crossover is still a heartfelt read, but it’s much lighter and more uplifting. The short length allowed me to binge it in one sitting, and I enjoyed it the whole way through. I really liked it. I would’ve considered a 5-star rating, but this didn’t delve as deep as I was hoping; there are a few elements of the story that felt a little glossed over. This is an instance where I think another 50-100 pages would’ve packed an emotional punch and made this a truly memorable read, but it was still very solid and I liked it quite a bit.
The story follows Rachel, a single mom who isn’t overly happy with any part of her life. She’s got a decent job, a daughter she loves, and a baby daddy who has been stringing her along for years. So when one of the wealthy patrons of the hotel she works at sexually assaults her (kisses her without permission), and she ends up being the one to take the blame, Rachel is forced to reassess every part of her life. She takes a job out of state at an up-and-coming boutique hotel… only to realize that her mysterious new boss lied to her. Mason’s woodsy resort is still under construction, and Rachel and her daughter will be moving into his home while they work on the design together. It’s not at all what she expected, but as Rachel gets to know her broody boss better, she realizes that it might be exactly what they both needed.
I’d call this romance-focused women’s fiction, because the love story is front and center, but it’s just one of the elements. This is Rachel’s story, told exclusively from her perspective, and she undergoes a personal journey along the way. I really loved Mason as a character and wanted as much of him as I could get – he’s such a great guy with a heartbreaking backstory, and I loved the inclusion of Japanese culture and even the beer brewing. I honestly wouldn’t have minded another 50-100 pages of just Mason and Rachel, lol. Their love story was really laidback and easygoing actually, and I loved that the conflict at the end revolved around something that had really bugged me earlier in the book. This potentially triggering story somehow had a lighthearted feel, and that made it a bright, swoony read. It ended up being a strong 4/low 5-star read for me, and I’m definitely looking forward to more from the author. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn, rustic romance.
Trish Doller’s The Suite Spot is a charming romance novel about taking a chance on a new life and a new love.
Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach—until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do.
On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move.
What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel—and rebuild her own life—from the ground up.
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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.
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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.
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