Book Review: Love, Lists and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

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.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Love, Lists and Fancy Ships is one of the perfect summer reads! A romantic comedy type of book and it delivers good vibe, challenges, adventures and love. Aside from its beautiful book cover, the story is ravishing and joyful.

Reading this book is such a great opportunity. The characters have this very enchanting vibe that you will want to read and never stops knowing each other’s side story. The plot is something that you will instantly love also, the setting is in a yacht most of the time, how cool is that? It’s not every day you’ll find a book in this kind of setting. The whole story of the book focuses on achieving ones bucket list and falling in love to a stranger or more likely a co-worker. Jo and Alex’s meeting started in a dare and who knows that dare would turn into something “more”. At the very start, these two characters are so matched to the point that I can’t stop reading at all. Every thing is so straightforward and as a reader, you won’t get lost in their story. Despite the beautiful story line, both characters have their differences, will they get a happy ending? It’s for you readers to find out.

In this post, I’d also like to thank the opportunity to thank the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a chance to review this amazing book. At the end of my reading session, I only felt happy and excited for the next book to come. I can’t wait to explore this.

My Ratings

Sarah Grunder Ruiz is a writer, educator, and karaoke enthusiast. Originally from South Florida, she now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She holds an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University, where she now teaches First-Year Writing.

Source: Goodreads

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