Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction
Warnings: cancer, death of parent, anxiety
Read if you liked: The Float Plan or In Five Years
Review: When her journalist mother died on a dangerous assignment, Marin became a shell of a person, determined to live in the safety of her home state and not taking a single risk that could put her in danger. Younger sister Sadie, took a different approach, trotting all over the world as a photographer, living her best ~wild~ child life. Determined to spend some time with her sister after her most recent trip, Marin reluctantly agrees to a girl’s weekend on the beautiful island of Saba.
Marin’s worst nightmare comes true when she has to fly alone, after Sadie misses their flight, in turbulence…but this lands her in the lap of handsome stranger, Lucas Tsai. For the first time in a decade, Marin is outside of her comfort zone and it might be the best thing for her. She reluctantly agrees to explore the island with Lucas, with each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to what she has been missing out but it in a single moment she realizes the truth about why she is their in the first place and it is in no way an accident.
I just want to say, I was not prepared for this book…I thought I was getting a cute RomCom (the cover is dreamy FYI) and what I got was a massive plot twist in the best way. Similar vibes to the Float Plan with not being emotionally prepared for a vacation romance book with some major grief themes…grab the tissues! This was such a heartfelt, lovely, and beautiful story about love, sacrifice and self-discovery…Hubscher’s debut novel was glorious and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
Things I loved: The description of the island was so dreamy, I could see it all and I wanted to be transported there ASAP! The story between the love of two very different sisters and the lessons they taught us. The people on the island were so kind and were the “gold star” of side characters. Lucas was the unexpected hero we needed.
Things I didn’t care for: How fast the story changed directions and there didn’t seem to be a realistic length of relationship/interactions in order for them to fall in love…I can see them caring for each other but not really the love/marry you vibe.