DRUNK REVIEW: Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

Reviewed by GGGinny

What I drank: Pink wine! It’s from Willamette (rhymes with dammit).

Goodreads Overview:

Smarting from her recently cancelled wedding and about to turn forty, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown of Calcasset to handle the estate of her great-aunt Dot, a spirited adventurer who lived to be ninety. Along with boxes of Polaroids and pottery, a mysterious wooden duck shows up at the bottom of a cedar chest. Laurie’s curiosity is piqued, especially after she finds a love letter to the never-married Dot that ends with the line, “And anyway, if you’re ever desperate, there are always ducks, darling.”

Laurie is told that the duck has no financial value. But after it disappears under suspicious circumstances, she feels compelled to figure out why anyone would steal a wooden duck–and why Dot kept it hidden away in the first place. Suddenly Laurie finds herself swept up in a righteous caper that has her negotiating with antiques dealers and con artists, going on after-hours dates at the local library, and reconnecting with her oldest friend and first love. Desperate to uncover her great-aunt’s secrets, Laurie must reckon with her past, her future, and ultimately embrace her own vision of flying solo.

A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love, in this warm and charming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Drunk Overview: So I really enjoyed Linda Holmes’ first book so I was excited for this one. The world is tangentially related to her first book but doesn’t require anyone to read it first. Laurie goes back to her hometown to take care of her great-aunts affairs. While cleaning her aunts house she finds a decoy duck that sparked a mystery, stolen objects, a corrupt asshole, and Laurie to spend a lot of time with her first love.

Drunk Thoughts: goodness, this book felt like pulling on a comfortable pair of pants.

  • I really enjoyed the Laurie, the main character. She’s built a life for herself and is proud of that.
  • And even more, is proud of what her great-aunt (who was single her whole life) also made for herself.
  • This book does a great job of showing that independence doesn’t mean that you can’t also rely on other people.
  • Without getting too much into the plot, Laurie has so many people she can reach out to. Numerous people in small town USA, as well as her best friend, her brother, and so many of the random townspeople.
  • I feel like so much of this book is pointing out that while your hometown will never be your hometown again, it doesn’t mean that you can’t capture bits of that feeling by visiting.
  • Don’t get me wrong, Laurie’s life in Seattle (? I think it’s Seattle) sound wonderful. And honestly, I’d like to see a bit of it. Even though I’m glad this book didn’t make that the focus….
  • I digress
  • This book also has elements of “second chance at romance” which is one of my absolute favorites.
  • I love the idea that two people who aren’t quite right for each other can reconcile years later with all the knowledge they have gained.
  • The plot itself is fun. I can see why Laurie would get so caught up in this duck and the mystery around it.
  • That being said, it feels like some of Laurie’s actions were straight out of a movie. Which, while it made sense for Laurie’s character (jounralist that she is), it felt a little out of place for this book….
  • And I just say that because this book feels so grounded in reality while hiding in someone’s closet to try to overhear their conversation just seems like something that doesn’t happen in the real world?
  • But what do I know. My sense of adventure is skewed.
  • This book also made me think a lot of about different perspectives on hometowns (plus a recent read Delilah Doesn’t Care). The way that they can shape a person and how some people can’t wait to escape, others can’t wait to leave, and some are somewhere in between.
  • And then you add in the time capsule of going through a beloved relatives belongings and it becomes a little heartbreaking.
  • Basically, this book made me think about family and what that means.
  • but I’m digressing again. The plot was a lto of fun as this turned into a mystery that required multiple steps to figure out.
  • I loved the prominent use of the library in solving what had happened (LIbraries are GREAT!)
  • And I found the end really satisfying.
  • Both in terms of the msyter and the romance.
  • I think LInda Holmes does a great job of intertwiining the two. it almost feels like the different revelations build on each other?
  • Which feels like it mirrors life. I don’t know about othe rpeople but I feel like a lot of my revelations happen because of other events in my life. Like every life experience informs other things I’m doing.
  • It’s kind of wonderful really, the fact that anything you learn can inform other things you want to learn…
  • Clearly this is a book that makes me want to be a little bit sappy.
  • Regardless, so much of this book was about not judging what you see and having an open mind and I really appreciate that in a book.
  • I’m thinking if there’s anyting I would have changed, and I’m not sure I can think of anyting.
  • I really enjoyed this book. It was really cozy and a comfortable read.
  • The stakes were only high within the story. And I say that because I’ve been reading plenty of books where the “fate of humanity” or whatever is in the character’s hands. And there’s something wonderful about a story that’s like “this only matters to these three people.”
  • It’s a contained story, but the outcome still matters to the people you’ve fallen in love with over the course of 200 pages.

What it Pairs With: Sauvignon Blanc with 2 ice cubes

Rating: 4.75/5

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