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About the Author

Christine Bukruian and first mate Kia live aboard their Watkins 36 sailboat, Gypsy Spirit. If you ask, Kia will say – in true gypsy style, “Home is where the boat is.” Christine is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is working on her second book.

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  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468195891
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089MN4Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Christine Bukruian and first mate Kia live aboard their Watkins 36 sailboat, Gypsy Spirit. If you ask, Kia will say - in true gypsy style, "Home is where the boat is." Christine is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is working on her second book.

Kianda, Kia for short was born in Saint Augustine, Florida in 2003. Her name derives from Angolan mythology and means, Goddess of the Ocean, protector of sailors and fishermen. Kia and Christine met in January 2004 at the Saint Augustine Humane Society. Constant companions from the start, their bond grew with each adventure until it has become hard to imagine one without the other.

Kia is a seasoned traveler having cruised extensively throughout the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic. In 2008 she flew to Italy and spent a month touring Rome, the Amalfi coast and Tuscany. Her favorite places include Saint Augustine, Florida, Camden Maine and the Bahamas ...of course. She enjoys camping, lying in the sun, hiking, lying in the sun, road trips, lying in the sun and most of all swimming.

Kia has crewed aboard Gypsy Spirit for more than eight years. She is singlehandedly responsible for saving the dinghy oars by alerting the captain when she noticed them coming loose from the dinghy. Kia's shipboard duties include: maintaining ship security, personnel evaluation, supervising operations, keeping watch for dolphins and lying in the sun.

When not on duty or lying in the sun, Kia enjoys spending time with her friends Sophie and Lindy.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Putnam on May 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like boats, adventure, dogs and a little romance, you'll enjoy this book. Great start for a new author; I hope we see more of her work soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SPC on September 14, 2012
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Gypsy Spirit really resonated with me because my husband and I have a boat (though not a sailboat). Also there was a time when I, like the author, had to start over. I love stories about strong, independent women and this is definitely that. If you'd like to read an adventure from the comfort of your favorite reading chair, this is the book for you!

p.s. It's very well-written.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BIG Creative on June 3, 2012
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It sounds trite, but I began reading the book and couldn't put it down because I was so anxious to find out what happens next. I could FEEL each and every word. When the author said she hadn't eaten and was sweaty and needed to shower, I could feel the ache in my stomach and that "yuk" sweaty feeling of needing a shower. I fell in love with her character, Kia the dog and most of the other characters and how she brought them to life. I could see the movie in my head with each and every page. I felt the exhaustion that the author incurred from many of the obstacles she faced and admired her how she handled adversity.

I would recommend this book to ALL women, dog lovers, boat owners and lovers! If I ever had a desire (because I do love boats) to run off and sail on one, it would never be alone. I can't say I share the strength and courage of the author, but I do admire her accomplishment! I can't wait to see this book turned into a movie and I'll be the first one in line!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Perry on September 3, 2012
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Don't be fooled into thinking this book is just about sailing. It is about one woman's journey to seek a new beginning after too many endings. Although she hasn't a clue about sailing, it has been a lifelong dream of Christine's to own a sailboat and she takes ownership of "Gypsy Spirit" just as her spirits are flagging. She has determinedly decided to charter a course for new experiences and nothing is going to stop her. Her relentlessly upbeat attitude after each setback is life-affirming and with Kia, her trusty dog by her side, she is up for anything. But she doesn't have to go it alone as her new-found friend, Ed, lends many helpful lessons and advice. Truthfully, if this was a work of fiction and she had to create a male lead character, she could not have conjured up any better one than the real living and breathing, I-Can-Handle-Anything Ed.

This is a terrifically fun and inspiring read.

Sandi Perry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faith A. Colburn on February 5, 2013
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I loved the author's courage in walking away from her everyday life and living her dream, especially since she had to learn everything about that new life. It was easy to identify with her desire to live that dream at a time in her life when she was faced with enormous changes not entirely of her choosing. Kudos to Christine, not only for taking charge, but for writing about it so the rest of us can learn from her.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yapouj on May 26, 2012
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Read the Advance copy of the book "Gypsy Spirit: What my boat taught me about love and life" by Christine Bukruian and I literally couldn't put it down. I stayed up until 7am the following morning to finish it, bleary eyed and exhausted. The journey that the book took me on, although familiar as Christine is a friend, was exhilarating, emotionally charged and insightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HerRoyalCatness on April 5, 2014
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Christine Bukruian has written a reasonably interesting account of realizing a long-held dream, that of sailing alone in her own boat. There were two downsides to the book for me. The device she employed in telling her tale, switching back and forth from one point in time to another with each chapter, was disorienting and slightly annoying. Also, her "romance" with Ed, the man who taught her to sail seemed very strange; it's hard to imagine an adventurous, independent thinker like Christine being so at sea in figuring out where their relationship stood throughout the time they spent together. (Kia, the dog, seemed to know her own mind better than either of the two main characters did theirs.) Still, it was encouraging to see the author learn the ropes to become as self-reliant as she did by the time the book ended, providing a positive example for other women who hold the same dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nana22 on November 24, 2012
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What an intriguing journey. I absolutely could not put this book down, waiting to see where the future would take the author and what obstacles she would face. I agree the story line did skip around a bit, but that made it even more interesting. I admire the author for her courage during the unexpected problems she faced. Not many would be up to the challenges, but she made me feel like I was actually there and enjoying the moment or facing fears with her. I also admire the bond created between the author and the sailboat resulting in boundless energy to continue the journey and become one with the boat.

I would highly recommend this as a quick and enjoyable read that will, no doubt, have the reader questioning their own vulnerability.

Rarely do I ever read a book twice, but this one would be worth a second read.
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