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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 09-08-15

True Adventure and Romance--I Loved It!!

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 . . . .)

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Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure

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!)

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Not what I expected

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 :(

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Great story. Great narration.

Captures the spirit of life at sea, the stubborness of fools and the sacrafices made for the sake of love. The narration was emotional and perfect for the difficulty of embodying a trip across the world.

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What a great memoir!

What made the experience of listening to Love with a Chance of Drowning the most enjoyable?

The narration was absolutely fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was actually really disappointed when I learned (about halfway through listening to this book) that the narrator was not the author herself. I looked up DeRoche and had been imagining her telling me the story the whole time. After that moment it felt like a lie, but the story was fantastic, as was the narration, so I got over it.

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love true stories

Torre wrote a beautiful book about sailing with her love. If you enjoy love stories and travel stories, I recommend

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Good story, bad fake accents

This was a very entertaining story. I felt like I was right there along with the two main characters. Torre has a gift for describing details in a vivid and colorful way. I was rooting for them the entire time. The narrator sounded lovely when she spoke in an Australian accent, however all the other accents she did were distracting and not believable.

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Very sweet & enjoyable

I really enjoyed this sweet book from start to finish. Some parts felt a little slow, but overall a great read!
The narrator was cute and really good. Wasn't the biggest fan of Ivan's "accept" but it was still cute nonetheless.
An adventure for sure!

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loved it

This book really took me to another place. I loved hearing about all of their adventures. Now, wear can I sign up for sailing lessons?

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To much anxiety

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.