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BOOK REVIEW: Love With A Chance of Drowning

Author: Torre DeRoche
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Genre: Biographies and memoirs

“I faced my greatest fears and I’m still alive. The buzz of this accomplishment brings on a deeply satisfied joy that I’ve never felt before.”

Torre DeRoche moved from Australia to the United States in her early 20s, intending to experience California for one year and then return home. This decision was the beginning of a lifelong adventure. Out of this experience grew a career as a travel blogger.

“Love With a Chance of Drowning” is DeRoche’s story of finding love and overcoming fear. To be with the man she loved, she faced her fear of the ocean to spend a year sailing the Pacific Ocean.  Her book tells the story leading up to her decision and the good and bad times she experienced on her adventure.

While the title might give one the impression that this book is all about DeRoche’s romance, that is not the case at all. More than anything else, the story centers around her fears and what resulted from facing them.

I learned of this book while reading an online travel blog. Since I dream of walking away from my office job to travel the world, I couldn’t resist “Love With a Chance of Drowning.” DeRoche is a true inspiration for those of you who are hoping to step outside of your comfort zone and brave enough to explore the world.

As for this book, I might not have a sailboat or a handsome man to lead me across the ocean, but I certainly would like to follow in DeRoche’s footsteps.

Stefanie Paquin is an avid reader of books about psychology and sex education, a “gearhead,” a self-taught photographer and bicycling enthusiast. She is also a blogger, which you can follow her at Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she now resides in St. Clair Shores.
Reviewed by Stefanie Paquin on 17 March 2014

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