Tolstoy once said, “"All happyfamiliesresemble
one another, each unhappyfamilyis unhappy in its own way.”RayAnne Dahl is a thirty-something year old
living in Minnesota with a flamboyant family that has helped define who she is
and also held her back emotionally.RayAnne worked the professional fishing circuit until she unexpectedly
landed a gig as the host of a PBS show “Fishing with RayAnne.”Her show is Oprah on water with RayAnne interviewing
interesting women speakers on her boat Penelope while fishing.RayAnne wants nothing more than to go from
being the “temporary” host of the show to becoming permanent with a contract.
RayAnne is on track for success until
her alcoholic father and mystic life coach mother put a wrench into
things.She also meets the perfect man,
Hal, only to discover he is one of her sponsors.Taking advice from her beloved Grandma Dot,
RayAnne adopts a new dog and tries to relax with a new trip planned to visit
her Grandma in Florida.When tragedy
strikes, RayAnne must keep her family intact while also learning that there are
more to each of her family members then their caricatures.
I enjoyed this book and reading about
RayAnne and her eccentric family.Like a
Jane Austen novel, certain portraits of family members rang true – particularly
her Grandma Dot reminded me of my own beloved Grandma Kile.All of the characters were flawed and
I didn’t like how the book is
marketed as “laugh out loud” and “evokes giggles,” etc. on the cover.I thought this book was going to be a light
hearted chick-lit novel that would make me laugh, but it was anything but.It was more a look at family dynamics and how
tragedy can play into them.It was still
good, but by setting up a certain expectation for this book and not filling it,
there will be disappointed readers.I
also thought the ending was a bit of a downer and rushed.
The FLICKS Book and Movie Club (our
official name, but we actually call ourselves Rogue Book Club) won a contest
from TLC Book Tours and each member of the book club received a copy of the
book.We’ll be discussing it at my house
this upcoming Thursday so I am looking forward to learning what my book club
members have to say.
One item I’m sure we’ll talk about is
RayAnne’s lack of faith. At the end of the novel, it makes it clear that no one
in RayAnne’s family believes in Christianity.That made me think about how maybe a lot of RayAnne’s sadness and
feeling of being lost could be in a sense her disconnection from any sort of
I also loved how RayAnne’s boat was
named Penelope – my daughter’s name!
Overall, Fishing with RayAnne is a
good story with great characters.