Book Review: Fishing! by Sarah Stonich

Summer is always about “me time” reading because the kids are home and our calendar is more relaxed. This year though I seemed to have an early start due to the lock down.

So far, I’ve gone through four self help books – Book of Love by Jenny Umali, Wishwork by Alexa Fischer, The Checklist Book by Alexandra Franzen and lastly, Walk Your Way to Better by Joyce Shulman. Take note, I’m currently hosting a giveaway too for the last book I have mentioned.

Yes, that was a lot of non-fiction books! That’s why I am so excited to finally finish a novel. We all need something that will take us to an imaginary world right?

Book Summary

Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of professional sport fishing, thirty-something RayAnne Dahl is navigating a new job as a consultant for the first all-woman talk show about fishing on public television (or, as one viewer’s husband puts it “Oprah in a boat”). After the host bails, RayAnne lands in front of the camera and out of her depth at the helm of the show. Is she up for the challenge?

Meanwhile, her family proves as high-maintenance as her fixer upper house and clingy rescue dog. Her dad, star of the one season, Big Rick’s Bass Bonanza, is on his sixth wife and falling off the wagon and into RayAnne’s career path; her mother, a new age aging coach for the menopausal rich, provides endless unwanted advice, and her beloved grandmother Dot – whose advice RayAnee needs – is far away and far from well.

But as RayAnne says, “I am a woman. I fish. Deal with it.” And just when things seem to be coming together – the show is an unlikely hit; she receives the admiration of a handsome sponsor (out of bounds as he is, but definitely in the wings); ungainly house and dog are finally in hand – RayAnne’s world suddenly threatens to capsize, and she’s faced with a gut-wrenching situation and a heartbreaking decision.

The Review

At first, I was really excited because a few month ago, I started co-hosting an all woman online talk show – Expose and Express. I was expecting to read more about the ins and outs of being in that field.

As I read through the chapters, I realized that the setting is not as what I hoped for. Instead, the story revolves more around the personal life of RayAnne. I am not a big fan of her but I love the supporting characters in the story. Their colorful personalities make me want to get to know them more and more.

The pace was a bit slow for me and too much waiting. Then again, the title Fishing! says it all. While it’s tempting to skip chapters, please don’t. There are funny moments from the supporting characters that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Heartwarming and funny, this book is all about accepting and celebrating the unique traits we all have.

A Giveaway

Of course, I don’t want you to miss out. One lucky US resident will get a free copy of the book. Just do the steps below to enter the giveaway. Hurry, it will end on July 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.


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    1. Can you believe I haven’t read that book? I always see it in the library but never got the courage to pick it up.

  1. So far this summer, I’ve read Princess Diana, the Real Story by Lady Colin Campbell. Thanks for the giveaway!

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