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  • Reanne Powell

Love, Lists and Fancy Ships



I love it when a book surprises me! I picked this one up at the library without knowing anything about it, and loved it!


Jo works as a stewardess on a luxury yacht and has planned a list of 30 things to accomplish before she turns 30. However, instead of the carefree summer she had planned, she is left dealing with two teenage nieces, a handsome new neighbor/coworker, and the loss of a family member.


I loved Sarah's writing style and the friendship she built between Jo and Alex. The story was a romance, but focused more on the growth of the characters and how they dealt with grief and loss.


I'm already looking forward to Sarah Grunder Ruiz's next book.


Fiction ⭐️ 8/10


Content: Contains language, closed door romance, themes of death and grief. Would recommend this one for more a more mature audience.


Pick it up at your local bookstore, or click the link below to find it on Amazon.



Back Cover:


Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life.


For the last year, yacht stewardess Jo Walker has been attempting to complete a bucket list of thirty things she wants to accomplish by her birthday. Jo has almost everything she's ever wanted, including a condo on the beach (though she's the youngest resident by thirty years) and an exciting job (albeit below deck) that lets her travel the world.


Jo is on track until a family tragedy turns her life upside down, and the list falls by the wayside. But when her two nieces show up unannounced with plans to stay the summer, they discover her list and insist on helping Jo finish it. Though the remaining eight items (which include running a marathon, visiting ten countries, and sleeping in a castle) seem impossible to complete in twelve weeks, Jo takes on the challenge.


When she summons the courage to complete item number five--kiss a stranger--and meets Alex Hayes, all bets are off. As her feelings for Alex intensify and Jo's inability to confront difficult emotions about her family complicates her relationships, she must learn to quit playing it safe with her heart before she loses what matters most.

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