New love. Exotic destinations. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure. What could go wrong?
City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.
This sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and always poignant memoir is set against a backdrop of the world’s most beautiful and remote destinations. Equal parts love story and travel memoir, Love with a Chance of Drowning is witty, charming, and proof positive that there are some risks worth taking.
©2013 Torre DeRoche (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A funny, irresistibly offbeat tale about the risks and rewards of living, and loving, with an open heart." (Kirkus Reviews)
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This true memoir audiobook was extraordinarily fun for me. Audible does a great job of describing it. My description is more brief. Young Australian female travels to San Francisco to live for a year after promising her family she will not fall for an American and stay in the US. Instead she falls for an Argentinian who is determined to sail the world in his old but refurbished sail boat. Does she choose to go with him? You bet and there would be no story if she didn't go. Is she afraid of deep water? You bet. (But not as scared of it as I am!)
This is a very entertaining story, just perfect for armchair adventurers like me. No scares, no risking my life, no constipation, just relaxing in the house and listening to someone else's wonderful, scary, funny, one of a kind experiences. It is not just fluffy romance. There is a great deal about the workings of a sailboat, family dynamics, meeting interesting people, finding food, South Pacific islalnds/islanders, and making a relationship work when you have not a square foot of privacy and nowhere to go during a spat. Think 24/7 for months at a time. I wonder how many of us have someone we could imagine spending that much time with?
I found the story to get better and funnier as it went on and now that it is done, I wonder, what can I listen to next? Everything else seems so dry, dull, and boring. (Really, I want to listen to it again. Not sure . . . .)
Addicted to books in all forms.
I loved this book! As I'm thinking about taking up sailing I decided to do a search for good books on sailing. What I loved about the description on this book was that unlike all the others Torre was not keen on the idea at all. As someone who is also being told by her partner how great sailing is I was ecstatic to find a book written by someone who was coming at the whole adventure from my viewpoint: sailing is scary and so is the ocean!
The book is laugh out loud funny while at the same time giving an honest account of both the highs and lows of travel, sailing and doing so with your partner.
I can only highly recommend this book for anyone interested in sailing or long term adventure with your partner! (Be that of the armchair or actual variety!)
The overall story was similar to other books in this space. The overall tone of the story was dominated with worry, anxiety and fear. It was a big turn off for me. Impressive that someone with so much fear was able to do as much as she did.
This isn't the book to read if you're looking for something to change your life, but it is a lovely and inspiring story nonetheless. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a pick-me-up, or a book that's easy and enjoyable.
Excited to start this book but felt it was just constant complaining. No excitement, no drama, no real romance. Just a constant litany of apprehension. No real climax. Was happy when it was over :(
I did not expect this book to be as good as it was. It's a great story that could easily be fiction, but it's not! Humorous, sweet, interesting travelogue that will keep your attention.
Candice Moll, the narrator, is Exceptional- how did she do all the different accents so seamlessly?! The author, Torre DeRoche, tells her personal experience in an authentic way. She doesn't tell a very dramatic, Hollywood- exaggerated version of her experience. it's simple and personal. At once inspiring yet realistic, which, in an adventure story, is refreshing, since they often times can be highly romanticized and pretentious, whereas she's honest about, for example, how lonely it could be.
Not the best I have ever read but a very good and easy, light reading book.
How Torrey dealt with her fears.
Gotta say the ending was good and not one I was expecting.
No...I read at night while laying in bed and getting sleepy...the quicker I finish....the less I have to read at bedtime.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
The tale is fun for anyone that likes real life adventure. For an old salt it raises so many 'if only's' so if you are past the six oh and are still dreaming this might raise the wish level. Of course I am biased as the heroine is Australian and thus adds that optimistic kink to the world but during the tale we hear about more than one passage, we hear about the passage into the real world, one that most will never ever experience because they think they can't.
Take this one along to the beach and you will not be disappointed. Ups and downs along the way with a happy ending. I enjoyed it and I believe you will too.
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