• Flying Solo

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Holmes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (626 ratings)

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Flying Solo

By: Linda Holmes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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.

“Moving and tender . . . A perfect book for anyone who feels a little separate from the flock.”—Rebecca Serle, New York Times bestselling author of One Italian Summer

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—BookPage

Smarting from her recently canceled 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-three. Alongside 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 her first love. Desperate to uncover her great-aunt’s secrets, Laurie must reckon with her own past and her future—and ultimately embrace her own vision of flying solo.

With a cast of unforgettable characters and a heroine you will root for from page one, Flying Solo is a wonderfully original story about growing up, coming home, and learning to make a life for yourself on your own terms.

©2022 Linda Holmes (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Refreshingly smart, funny and heartfelt

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s refreshing twist on some classic tropes of the romance genre. There’s a mystery to solve, a villain you love to hate, a delightful cast of side characters and a protagonist who is kind, funny, smart and fiercely independent. It is a joy to be along for the ride and root for Laurie. Rather than limit the concept of romance as only for marriage and kids, this story widens the scope to include more possibilities of what happy and healthy relationships could look like. As a woman in her thirties who isn’t sure if I want marriage or kids, but certainly want fulfilling romantic relationships, I felt seen. Thank you Linda Holmes!

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Pretty great

I might slightly prefer her first book, but I love them both and could happily LIVE in the Linda Holmes literary universe (LHLU)….especially if narrated by Julia Whelan. Such a perfect pairing.
More, please.

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Wonderful

Who doesn’t love a heist of a mysterious wooden duck? Also a sexy lived-in romance and a meditation on the joys of living by yourself and not having to compromise with anyone, which I felt very deeply. A full delight. Julia Whelan’s narration is spectacular as always

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Great voice but boring plot

Loved the narrator but the plot was boring and lost me halfway. Couldn’t wait to finish it

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Wonderful read

Love Linda’s writing and will definitely read absolutely anything else she writes. A wonderful summer rom com read full of heart, wisdom, empathy and an avoidance of the normal tropes. Impressive and enjoyable!

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Not worth the time

Boring, average, every day “romance” and not much of a caper. I hate to write that about someone’s work, but life’s too short.

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Not this time

Loved Evvie Drake. This one crossed the line between charming and too cute. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood.

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Less than Evvie Drake

I expected to like this as much as Holmes' earlier book but was disappointed. For me it had lots and lots and lots of light romantic comedy angst-happyish-angst-happyish and a very thin plot. I listened all the way through but was glad it was over.

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I wonderful ride

Great story. Great narration I loved every minute. The ending was very difficult to predict, but the author did not disappoint.

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Smart, enjoyable romance

Romance is not necessarily my favorite genre, but Linda Holmes’ story about grown-up love, told with equal parts tenderness and wit made this impossible to put down. If you love movies like “When Harry Met Sally” you’ll love this.