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

"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

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 www.fearfuladventurer.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401341950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401341954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nick VINE VOICE on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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"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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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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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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