"Dedicated to those who dare dream,
and those who dare fall for dreamers."
Of course, my first mistake was reading, out loud to Riley, these first few lines of a book that was so obviously dedicated specifically to the two of us. "Why don't you read me some of it," he said. We were in the car on the way to New Bern, and there wasn't really anything else to do anyway, so I obliged.
Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche was recommended by Amanda from Rhyme and Ribbons, and the title intrigued me right away. I am, of course, the kind of girl that judges a book by it's cover. But even just the few lines Amanda wrote in her comment were enough to tell me that this was a book I was going to have to read.
As I started to read about Torre, a 26 year old Australian falling in love with Ivan, a handsome Argentinian dreaming of sailing around the world, I became hooked immediately. It was clear that Riley was hooked as well, from the impatient sidelong glances he gave me whenever I paused from my reading to soothe my poor, parched and cracking throat. We soon decided that we were going to need to download the audio book, because I was not about to continue to read all 11 hours of the book out loud. And this is not the sort of duty that Riley is willing to share in.
We continued listening to the book all weekend. It was the perfect entertainment for a rainy Sunday morning in the cozy cabin of the boat, accompanied by hot cups of coffee. We gave each other repeated knowing glances whenever Torre related an experience that unfortunately, we understood all too well. We might not be sailing the Pacific Ocean (thank goodness) and my handsome lover might not have an Argentinian accent (he does have an accent, however, it's not quite as, uh... exotic), but learning how to leave our lives behind, adapt to life on a small sailboat, and the quest for adventure are themes all too familiar. Torre is a hilarious writer, and although this book is a memoir, it reads more like an entertaining novel. Her neuroticism and self deprecating humor are real and refreshing.
There are a plethora of "how to" sailing books out there, and we have received plenty of advice from the old, weathered sailors at the marina, but it was so much more inspiring (to me, anyway) to have the experience recounted by someone who probably would have understood the tragedy of bidding goodbye to your leather boots at the beginning of the fall season, when you've never even had the chance to say a proper hello. Torre is a city girl, with no sailing experience, and an intense fear of the ocean. If she could do it, maybe I'm not crazy to think that I can, too.
We haven't actually finished the book yet (I tend to devour books, while Riley prefers to savor them) so I can't really give you a complete review, but at least I can't give away any spoilers either. But if you're interested in reading a true and comical account of love, fear, sailing, and adventure, I highly recommend checking it out.
What have you been reading lately? I love hearing your suggestions! If you recommend it, I will more than likely be reading it!