Marin Cole has never:
Seen the ocean
Climbed a mountain
Taken a risk on love
....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three.
Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline.
When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters' spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin's luggage gets mixed up with another passenger's, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister's seat.
For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she's been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.
The Caribbean island of Saba provides the beachy backdrop for Hubscher's beautiful debut, a poignant, emotionally authentic story of sisterly bonds and unexpected love. Marin Cole's younger sister, Sadie, a globe-trotting photojournalist, returns from an assignment looking tired and suggests a restorative sisters' weekend on an island paradise. Marin, who's been overly cautious since the death of their mother 12 years ago, reluctantly agrees, unaware that Sadie has an ulterior motive for the trip: get Marin out of her comfort zone. Sadie pretends to miss their flight, sending Marin off on the adventure without her, having already enlisted the help of Lucas Tsai, owner of the resort they're booked into, to help uptight Marin find the fun by coaxing her into exploring the island. Lucas, who's reeling from the recent death of his father, agrees to Sadie's plan but he never expected to fall for Marin. Sadie, meanwhile, struggles with health issues she's keeping secret from her sister. The title suggests a breezy island rom-com, but Hubscher doesn't shy from heavy topics, resulting in a story that is as likely to elicit tears as laughter. This is sure to tug at readers' heartstrings. \n