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Of Foreign Build Paperback – September 29, 2014
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Of Foreign Build took me fifteen years to write (part-time). The joy in producing a story that is helping men and women in their lives - today, is extraordinary. I've received many messages saying my story is so much more than a memoir. More recently I received an email from a lady who told me how Of Foreign Build has helped her through a bereavement and it is the first book in a year that she has been able to finish. I do hope you enjoy it too. I am working on my next book. It's the story of Noel (my husband) and I trekking along part of the Bicentennial National Trail in Australia, with five horses, a tent and not much else. This extraordinary journey turned scared, blinkered horses into magnificent 'war' horses - meanwhile Noel and I suffered and were not as successful as we thought we'd be. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Horse Charity who rescued our boys - and allowed us to adopt them. Please do drop me a line - I enjoy helping other authors and engaging with readers.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Reading Jackie's words, I drifted and sailed through the chapters just like the waves enjoying each port along the way. Beautifully written with honesty, humour and love for all living creatures on this planet. She is an example to women that anything is possible. Now a master captain with so much experience I take my hat off to her. I highly recommend this book.
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! :)