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- Publisher : Jacqueline Parry (September 29, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 098755154X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0987551542
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.83 x 0.81 x 8.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,205,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this book for everyone, especially young women who have not yet found their niche in life. Jackie Parry's life story is a great example of possibility and personal courage. This book is great fodder for important mother-daughter talks . . . On the surface it's about building a life aboard a sailboat, but it's also very much about voyaging through life.
The thing that stood out most about this particular "sailing around the world" story was the route taken. This couple was not just sailing around the world in order to accomplish the feat. Although, of course, they had to plan and take into consideration the season and the local weather, they sailed to some very unlikely places. I was shocked that they were willing to venture into waters and countries with aggressive policies toward people (their own and visitors), and even into waters where pirates were a risk. Beyond that, they sailed routes I've never read about in other accounts of long-distance sailing. I was very glad I didn't know where they would head next, and enjoyed the surprises. So, no spoilers from me.
What a pleasure to read a great book, so well-written and so perfectly edited.
The author also offers her perspective of how choosing to shed the trappings of life on land began a seven year transformation of her life while at sea. The journey was not always easy, but the sum of her experiences changed her life in a profound and positive way.
The author avoided an abundance of esoteric sailing language, so the reader who may not be fully versed in nautical terms can follow along smoothly without flipping to the glossary often in order to understand what is going on.
This book is simply a good read! :)
Top reviews from other countries
Written in an easy, self-effacing, personal style that engaged me from the start, the author takes the reader on an epic journey of courage and discovery that is at once inspiring, thrilling, and thought-provoking.
Brutally honest, always upbeat, and often humorous, the author, Jackie, slips effortlessly from beautifully vivid descriptions of the journey and all the rich sights and experiences that presented, to her innermost hopes and fears, and to the amazing love and friendship developed with her new-found soul-mate, Noel.
At the end, she describes how their nine-year journey around the world changed them, and to some extent, I can honestly say that making the vicarious voyage of reading this book has, in a small way, changed me too.
The freedom to travel in this way means the author can describe not only the sailing itself and the destinations, but the thoughts and feelings which accompany their various adventures, and this I found possibly the most interesting part of the whole book.
Well worth reading, especially if you are a sailing addict or are less than mobile yourself...seeing the world through Jackie's eyes is an inspiration!