Author: Donna K. Weaver
Published: June 1st, 2013
Paperback: 326 pages
FTC FYI: Received a PDF from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Mindy and Sheila
When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He’s everything her fiancé wasn’t, and against the backdrop of the ship’s make-believe world, her emotions come alive.
Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn’s painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.
But it’s hard to get away from someone when you’re stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise’s snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn’s fear of a fairy tale turns grim.
I thought this book was brilliant. I loved it. I also loved how Donna threw some of my favorite movie references in it. Especially Hobbits. But, I didn’t love the book just for those reasons.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I was reading A Change of Plans, but immediately I was drawn to the cover, and while reading, what was inside it. This book has everything a reader could ask for. Romance, humor, suspense, love, hope, strong, likeable characters, and a great fast-paced plot that will keep you reading until the end. I read this book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I don’t want to give things away, but my heart would break for Lyn. Many things happened to here, but I loved how her stunning character would help her through it. Braedon was also a fav, and Jori too. I could tell that all of Donna’s characters were important to her through her writing because of the way they all shine. Am I gushing? I’m gushing, but this book deserves it. This book has it all, I laughed and I cried.
5 of out 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more from this awesome debut author.
I always love it when I’m surprised by a novel. Most of the time readers think they know pretty much what will happen in a story. Don’t do this when you read A Change of Plans. This book is SO much more than your typical romance. It has suspense, drama, adventure, and romance. One more thing, it will make you cry at some point as you are reading. (I’m not divulging where those moments will take place in the story.) You can be assured that you will go through a variety of emotions before you read the last page. This novel should be your first choice when you are looking for that perfect summer read.