The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland

Sink or swim
Too bad her kids didn’t get the memo.

Between the troublesome family secrets, old sibling rivalries, and her two teenage grandkids, Annette’s birthday vacation is looking more and more like the perfect storm. Adrift together on the open seas, the Feldmans will each face the truths they’ve been ignoring–and learn that the people they once thought most likely to sink them are actually the ones who help them stay afloat.

The Floating FeldmansThe Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the First to Read program.

This was SO funny! I really had a good time reading this one. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a light, summer read or a book that will break up a reading slump or heaviness of any book you might be reading right now. I would particularly recommend it to those who are headed on a cruise for their first time and to those like me, continue to work toward double diamond, pinnacle plus before retirement.

The writing style and pacing was one of those gripping build ups, cut to a flashback, then back to the scene type plot that revolved around multiple characters and POVs which sounds rather complex, but it was actually quite cleverly curated and manageable to read.

The voices were nicely distinctive with each character owning his or her introspection which was true to life-stage and occupational expertise, but it was truly the one liners and witty voice of reason, classic to cruise culture, and fresh insight that made me laugh hysterically.

The only thing that I wasn’t sure about was the use of the word “boat” over “ship,” but oh well, I’m just being picky and I’m realizing most people probably are unaware of the difference and won’t be bothered by it to the extent that I was.

It was such a refreshing and funny book, I’m still laughing about it!

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