This was an unexpected book. It is titled a romance, and as the blurb would have you know, Anna’s wallowing in grief that she is unable to come to grips with. She makes one impulsive decision, but that changes everything. This makes it sound like a straightforward growth arc of a woman who learns to love again. The book, however, was a little darker than that. It deals with topics like suicide and depression in a manner befitting its severity and its impact on people’s lives.
Anna does not herself understand the world, and the only thing she knows is that she wants to complete the unfulfilled plan to sail. During this impulsive plan, very realistic events threaten to send her scurrying back into her sad place. Here, fate and the fact that this is a romance novel intervenes. Help comes in a neutral guise, and for most of the rest of the book, it is all about how Anna rebuilds herself. The romance stays beneath the surface till almost the very end.
It was a surprisingly quick read, and I shed a tear or two with some scenes. I would definitely pick up another book by the author.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.