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Love with a Chance of Drowning [Kindle Edition]

Torre DeRoche
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New love. Exotic destinations.
A once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
What could go wrong?

City girl Torre DeRoche isn't looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He's just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that's as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

Somewhere mid-Pacific, she finds herself battling to keep the old boat, the new relationship, and her floundering sanity afloat. . . .

This sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and always poignant memoir is set against a backdrop of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations. Equal parts love story and travel memoir, Love with a Chance of Drowning is witty, charming, and proof positive that there are some risks worth taking.

"If I could give it ten stars out of five, I would. I loved every single page--Torre's writing is hilarious, beautiful, poignant, and engaging--which is to say nothing about the fact that this is her TRUE story!" --Jenny Blake, author of Life after College

"In Love With a Chance of Drowning, Torre DeRoche has given reluctant adventurers, romantics, and lovers of beautifully-told tales a compulsively good read. I was positively swept away by this large-hearted, hilarious story about how deeply and unexpectedly a person can be transformed by love." --Suzanne Morrison, Yoga Bitch

Editorial Reviews


"A funny, irresistibly offbeat tale about the risks and rewards of living, and loving, with an open heart." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Torre DeRoche is an Australian native and self-proclaimed fearful adventurer. When she's not at home in Melbourne, Australia, DeRoche is at large in the world, exploring, writing, painting pictures, and snapping photos, as she faces her fears one terrified step at a time. Stories of her adventures can be found at

Product Details

  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849534187
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R9RQ7K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be swept away February 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Some people die of old age without ever having lived their dreams. Some people die without ever having loved. That's tragic. We'll both die someday, that's a guarantee. If something happens on the ocean, we'll die as two people in love who are living a remarkable adventure..."

Torre DeRoche planned to spend a year in the US working and then return home to Australia. Instead she fell in love with an Argentinian and despite a fear of the sea, agreed to sail with him across the Pacific. Love With a Chance of Drowning tells of Torre's adventures aboard the Amazing Grace during her journey to conquer the ocean, and her fears.

Torre wasn't looking for a relationship when she met Ivan in a San Francisco bar but charmed by his Latin good looks and kind, considerate nature she fell head over in heels in love. Yet their separation seemed inevitable, Torre had promised to return to Australia at the end of the year and Ivan planned to throw in his IT job and sail solo across the ocean. As the end began to draw near, Ivan suggested Torre join him and she was faced with a difficult choice, sail away with her lover or say goodbye. Despite her fear of deep water, disaster and ""anything that would fall out if you turned the ocean upside down and shook it" Torre's decides to surrender her comfortable city lifestyle for a love on a 32ft wooden boat in the middle of nowhere.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly decent travel memoir May 15, 2013
I'm not a fan of the 20/30 something travel blogger nomadic set and yet, I find myself reviewing a book by one. Torre DeRoche's impulsive boat trip with a young man leads into one of the more unusual travel stories I've heard in quite some time.

One of the strengths of the book is DeRoche's writing - she's crisp, clear, self-depreciating, funny and seeping with neuroticism and self-doubt. And yet, our fearful protagonist is chasing after her Argentinian paramour despite her fear of deep water and seasickness. It made me laugh because it seemed like a story that was too good to be true so it had to be real.

Overall, this book makes for quick reading, and will make you laugh. I enjoyed it, and I went into it thinking I wouldn't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Story Superlatively Written May 14, 2013
LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING is a little work of magic. Torre Deroche writes likes she was born to it. Contrary to some press clippings, this story is not a travelogue suffused with emotion. Yes, indeed much of the book takes place on an adventure of sailing the ocean - a handsome Argentine born man Ivan is consumed with a passion for sailing, houses his boat in Los Angeles and travels to San Francisco where he meets Torre (yes, this is her true story) who has flown to the US from her native Australia to repair after a love gone wrong. Ivan and Torre meet, literally fall into love, get to know each other, and Torre falls in love with a man whose passion is so far from her own phobias of being on the water that she hides behind a promise to her parents and friends in Australia that she will return home, unattached, in six months. Ultimately her relationship with Ivan is so secure that she does indeed accompany him on this sailing venture to the far away islands - as true a test of love as there ever could be. How these tow extraordinarily interesting people make it through the journey and how the author surprises us with a fine ending makes up the progress of a love story as fine as any in the contemporary literature.

Torre Deroche writes prose like a poet, whether describing the endless adventures and interactions with nature or finding the right way to describe the sense of passion and scent and movement and warmth of being next to the one you love. This book may have started out as a memoir, but it unveils a writer of tremendous promise. Find this book and read it. It is worth the journey. Grady Harp, May 13
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annoyed my wife... August 14, 2013
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This book has been quite effective at annoying my wife because of all the out-loud laughing I was doing while reading. She is now looking forward to reading it herself. Very easy and quick read, without feeling like junk food.

Definitely recommend for anyone who has gone cruising or is in the planning stages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip you don't want to miss! April 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was about to download Torre's book in the fall of 2011, when magic struck and it was whisked away by the wonderful world of trad publishing. I've been following Torre's great adventures on her blog ever since while I eagerly anticipated this release. As I knew it would be, it was well worth the wait! Torre has a way with words that pulls you into her world, invites you to join her in confronting fears and entices you to hang around for the fun of it. Love with a Chance of Drowning is part travel journal, part memoir, with a side dish of 'Dear Diary' as Torre bares her soul and discloses her deepest fears, her honest observations and feelings about her relationship with Ivan, and sometimes secret longings for their future. The adventure begins in a bar in San Francisco when a chance meeting with handsome and charming Ivan leads to a sweet love affair that ends with Torre realizing she either has to wave goodbye to her lover from the dock or join him in his dream to sail around the world ... no matter how terrified she is. What follows is the trip of a lifetime for all of us. As a lifelong travel junkie, this aspect of the book had tremendous appeal to me but it is really Torre's voice and her gift of blending humour with sensitive, poignant, honesty that kept me riveted from beginning to end. I simply could not put this book down and when I finally did turn that last page I was sorry to see it end. There is no doubt in my mind that Torre DeRoche will be delighting us with many more books in the future. I'm already in line!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
I enjoyed the venture
Published 2 days ago by Raynette D. Cornejo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
Torre DeRoche knows how to bring it all to the page. This true story of romance and adventure on the high seas is well worth a read if you're looking for a feelgood heartwarmer... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Marcus Case
5.0 out of 5 stars a little bit of everything
Beautifully written, descriptions you can taste and smell, laugh out loud funny moments, moments that put a lump in your throat and make tears burn in your eyes. Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Ramona K Wyler
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
I enjoyed reading this book mad living vicariously through Torre. It was fun to read and definitely recommend it to others,
Published 1 month ago by white
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB! FAB! AND MORE FAB!
Great summer read! Can not say enough about this book! So glad I decided to read it! The plus is that the book is a true story! If you love to read you will really enjoy this book!
Published 2 months ago by Roberta
4.0 out of 5 stars Give up cruising? Never
As a cruising Sailor and had to choose between her life style and sailing, so she would have lost out.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for fellow wanderlusters
Great book and awesome blog! She made me laugh, cry and evolve all in the same book. Cant wait for her next one....
Published 2 months ago by Jaclyn McCallister
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book. Read it!
I am a midwestern land locked woman who does not even crave an oceans beach. This book grabbed me by the ears and dunked my head in the water. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Anyone who appreciates great writing about relationships, sailing, surmounting fears, learning about different island cultures will thoroughly enjoy this book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by quetzalsss
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've read on travel and adventure
I have been wanting to pick up this book for a couple of months now and I'm glad I did because it is incredible. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Niki T
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Torre DeRoche is an Australian native and self-proclaimed fearful adventurer. When she's not at home in Melbourne, Australia, DeRoche is at large in the world, exploring, writing, painting pictures, and snapping photos, as she faces her fears one terrified step at a time. Stories of her adventures can be found at

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