Monday, August 5, 2013

Review of A CHANGE OF PLANS by Donna K. Weaver

I'm back! July was an awesome month filled with trips, family and summer fun. It's nice to be back in the swing of things and blogging again. And what a fun week of posts to come back with! Today I am sharing my thoughts on Donna K. Weaver's novel, A CHANGE OF PLANS, aaaand...announcing that tomorrow Donna will be here on my blog for an author interview. Oh, and she's giving away an eBook copy of her novel. A GIVEAWAY! So be sure to stop on by tomorrow.

When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old, Colorado high school teacher wants to do is forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. Lyn plans a vacation diversion; fate provides Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and temporary friendships, her emotions come alive.

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he's navigating, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship--on the very anniversary Lyn is on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs from Braedon and what he has to offer.

Their confusing relationship is bad enough, but when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa things get worse. Paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped and Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck.

Okay, so first of all, who can look at this cover without wanting to crack the book open? Praise to everyone involved in the cover design!  It's beautiful. And what a journey Donna K. Weaver took me on!

Lyn's emotional life is in turmoil. She is in major need of a change. And, oh, what a change she gets! Convinced by her best friend, Elle, to go on a cruise with her in the Pacific, Lyn embarks on a trip that will change the course of her life. Enter Braedon, a captivating single man Lyn can't help but notice. But her heart is still shattered and she is reluctant to let herself fall in love again.

Pirates, sharks and shipwreck raise the stakes and take the story to a new level. Honestly, I didn't want to put the book down for anything. At one point toward the end, my husband took one look at my face as I was reading and stated, "It's a great book." He knows my "reading faces" well. Bold, moving, and full of adventure, A CHANGE OF PLANS is a fun read.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for Donna's interview and the eBook Giveaway!