Love can make a person do crazy things . . .
A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat.
But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinean man with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has to face a hard decision: watch the man she's in love with sail away forever, or head off on the watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins her lover on a year-long voyage across the Pacific.
Set against a backdrop of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always brave memoir that proves there are some risks worth taking.
About the Author
Torre DeRoche is an Australian native and self-proclaimed fearful adventurer. When she's not at home in Melbourne, Torre is at large in the world, exploring, writing, painting pictures and snapping photos, as she faces her fears one terrified step at a time.
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To start with I was put off by the title of this book. Then I read a review in my local newspaper and I had to read it. Wasnt disappointed. It was great.
Though I have little interest in sailing (and my own fearful respect for the sea), I really enjoyed this entertaining memoir of (mis)adventure. The humour is engaging, Torre has no problem poking fun at her own obsession with safety equipment, her horrendous bouts of sea sickness and Ivan's innate clumsiness. She is boldly honest about the journey's practical and emotional hardships - broken equipment, rough weather, the lack of fresh food and inescapable intimacy. Yet as Torre describes the joy of watching dolphins frolic in the boat's wake, the stunning white sands and blue water of tropical waters and the convivial welcome of islanders, you can't help but wish you could join her.
Love with a Chance of Drowning is wonderfully written. Part travelogue, part romance, it is a tale of an amazing journey that will sweep you away.
'A gripping romantic adventure - with laughs (and whales).' - Maggie Alderson
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th February 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 23.1
Edition Number: 1