Donna K. Weaver's debut novel, A Change of Plans, is no amateur novel.
It's really really good clean romance writing and I am hungry for her next one! (No pressure Ms. Weaver!)
Can love be found on a cruise when romantic dreams have been crushed? Can love blossom in false reality? What about when pirates intervene and survival becomes your only priority? How strong can love be?
The book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let me go until I finished it. It only took a few days. Thankfully two of those included uninterrupted reading time on planes. The story haunted me. I got emotionally tangled up with the heroine, hero and all the characters. I didn't cry, but sometimes I wanted to, and I didn't scream with frustration as I sympathized with the characters in their impossible situations, but I wanted to.
That's part of what makes this writing so good. Emotionally connected to the characters. Love the settings. Constantly putting Lyn and Braedon together and then ripping them apart again. Putting them in impossible situations and then extracting them in a believable way. It's a master class in romantic writing.
Totally jealous. Maybe we can convince her to teach a class at Midwest Storymakers next year. (hint hint)
In short: a worthy romance read. Don't miss it.
What's your best romance read so far this summer?
Here's the blurb and where to get it:
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.