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Love with a Chance of Drowning Paperback – May 14, 2013
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"Wow, what a book. Exciting. Dramatic. Honest. Torre DeRoche is an author to follow." Australian Associated Press
"DeRoche has penned such a beautiful, thrilling story you'll have to remind yourself it's not fiction." Courier Mail
"Hilarious... recounts the adventure of a lifetime." Vogue
"The story of how DeRoche overcame her fears, her self-deprecating humour and her way with words would have been enough to make this a great story. The fact her Argentinian boyfriend combines the passion of a Latin lover with the grit and spirit of a Scandinavian seafarer makes this book a Hollywood dream come true." Sydney Morning Herald
"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
"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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun read and real story! I thoroughly enjoyed Torre's style of relaxed and authentic writing. I felt almost like I was on the journey with her and Ivan.Published 16 days ago by ATLShopper
I didn't read the description of this book very closely when I got it and when I was reading it, I thought, this reads like a travel memoir, it would be so cool if this was a true... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RB
Sailing is a hobby of ours, and I would love to sail the beautiful islands Torre, a brave young woman, battles her fear admirably, and has a fantastic story to tell! Read morePublished 4 months ago by JennyP
Cant recommend this book enough! Especially to anyone with that wanderlust spirit. I love a good travel book/memoir and have traveled extensively myself so I could relate well to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ERICA U.
I loved this book! My husband's greatest dream and desire is to sail and explore the world, like Torre & Ivan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tracey Norton
I really enjoyed this book. It gives, me the encouragement to set off on my own adventures. Thank you Torre for showing me that you can be a chicken at heart, but still explore the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by drofproduct
I don't get the time to read much for leisure these days, but I'm glad I found this audiobook! Love the story, the narration, and seafaring adventures!Published 6 months ago by Jessica