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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.
Having spent 11 years sailing, they have expert knowledge of all things maritime.
From navigation,to everyday life of cooking and cleaning,mooring in various countries- which
can be problematic.
The friendships that evolve with fellow travellers is needed when weeks at sea can take its
toll on being so isolated.
It takes courage,adaptability, and a sense of humour to get through the highs and lows of
all the work involved when sailing.
Jackie writes endearingly of day to day life on board,the joys and delights when destinations
reached,or problems solved.
As always, she writes with honesty and humour to engage sailors and non sailors alike.
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.
Jackie Parry’s tale of heartache and redemption is both a testament to her resolve to face life head-on after personal tragedy, and a reminder that such a journey cannot be taken alone.
The book does have its belly-laughs too, and Jackie's humour and outlook on life are at the forefront of this tale.
With a knack for explaining her naivety around boats with a charming self-awareness, the author shares her sense of wonder at her new life and the challenges it presents with raw emotion.
Of Foreign Build is a privilege to read and highly recommended.