I always know I can count on Kelly Harms for a great story in a gorgeous setting, and her latest novel Wherever the Wind Takes Us doesn’t disappoint in any regard.
Becca has recently broken free from her toxic marriage to a wealthy man, and is now broke, but in possession of a fancy sailboat. By selling the boat, she’ll be able to start her new life, free from the ill gotten gains of her ex-husband’s legacy and free from his controlling ways as well. The boat sells quickly, with one major problem: the buyer wants the boat delivered from its location in Maine to Miami. Lucky for Becca, her daughter knows how to sail. So begins Becca’s journey to Miami, where she’ll learn more about her daughter, her relationship with her daughter and herself.
This novel is delightful. Harms consistently creates wonderful characters who you root for even as you shake your head at their mistakes. Becca definitely follows this route, as I was shouting at her even while I was cheering her on. The secondary characters, from her daughter Liv to hunky marina-man Grant, are also well developed.
I love second chance stories, and this novel really encapsulates that. Becca spent much of her life supporting others, dimming her own spark so that her family could shine. This novel is really about her fanning the flames of her own desires, envisioning a future for herself for the first time in over twenty years. Becca’s journey of re-discovering who she is, and her fear at reaching for what she really wants, is incredibly relatable.
The setting is incredible, as Becca journeys from Maine to Miami in all kinds of weather. I definitely would not have minded being on the research trip for this novel. Weather has a huge impact on sailing, and Harms captures that without overstating the point. The weather is a crucial component of the setting, affecting everything from the temperature to the character’s clothing to the way they interact with the water.
Wherever the Wind Takes Us is a beautiful study on learning to see oneself and others clearly.
Thank you to the author, NetGalley, and Lake Union publishing for an advanced e-arc such that I could share my honest opinions.
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