Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two contemporary romances that definitely hit the mark for me.


Title: Float Plan
Author: Trish Doller

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: March 2nd 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Finished reading: June 9th 2021
Pages: 272

“I’m starting to understand that some people come into your life when you need them, and go when it’s time.”


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I love a travel angle in my stories, so I couldn’t resist adding Float Plan to my wishlist as soon as I read the blurb. The promise of a story about a sailboat journey as well as second chances sounded right up my alley, and I’ve been looking forward to dive in ever since. And I most definitely liked what I found! I LOVED the travel element in this story. The descriptions of both the many travel destinations in the Caribbean Sea as well as the whole sailing experience itself really made them come alive for me and it felt like I was traveling right next to the main character. I confess that I hardly know anything about sailing, but the author made me wish I could have accepted the offer to work on a sailboat cruising Panama many years ago… It sounds like such a liberating experience. Float Plan tackles heavier topics such as suicide, grief and disability, but also shows us that there is hope for the future and second chances. The characters had their flaws, but I really liked the slowburn romance and the connection between Anna and Kean in general. As a whole I ended up having an excellent time with this story and I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written slowburn romance that combines a travel element with darker elements as well as a dose of hope.


Title: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
(Bluebell Castle #2)
Author: Sarah Bennett

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: July 1st 2019
Publisher: HQ Digital
Finished reading: June 10th 2021
Pages: 384

“Life is complicated, dearest girl. If you wait for things to be simple, you’ll find yourself waiting forever.”


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After enjoying the first book of the Bluebell Castle trilogy last month, I knew I wanted to return to the castle and its characters sooner than later. They are a delightful bunch and I’ve been looking forward to see Arthur’s sister Iggy and her gardening skills in the spotlight this time around. And I definitely ended up having a great time with Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle! Technically you could read this as a stand-alone as the main focus is on Iggy this time around, although I would recommend reading them in order as major spoilers for the first book will appear throughout the story. Both books are wonderful though, so it’s basically a win-win situation in the first place. I really liked the gardening angle and just how much of the story was focused on the restauration of (what I can imagine in my mind) is a stunning garden. Will might be a bit of a cliche, but it is easy to like him and I liked seeing the slowburn romance develop. I could have done without the appearance of Helen’s character, but as a whole Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle was a delight to read. I might just cave in and read the final book soon even though it’s a Christmas themed read and I normally don’t start reading those until December… I guess I will be joining Christmas In July after all?!


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