Although Torre DeRoche dubbed herself the Fearful Adventurer, she still managed to put together one of the best adventures I can imagine. Disguised as a love story, Torre’s adventure draws many parallel’s to Romi and my 2010 bicycle touring honeymoon, but it takes things to a whole new level.
In 2009, my wife asked to spend our honeymoon exploring her country from top to bottom. Naturally, I bought her a touring bike, four panniers, and a one way flight to Southern Patagonia. She’d never ridden more than 40 km in a single ride but somehow we managed 96 on the first day of that ride. The adventures we strung together attempting to ride all of Argentina’s Ruta 40 made for some great memories and have served well while entertaining friends, family, and readers.
In the book, Torre admits that not did she have minimal sailing experience, but she was also terrified of water and fights a debilitating seasickness. Yet, she follows her own Argentine love onto a 32-foot sailboat and across the Pacific Ocean, and beyond. It’s pure lunacy and it makes for some great reading as she successfully touches on universal adventure themes like spending too much time in close quarters with your trip/life partner, dealing with fear, taking risks, and reaping the rewards. She also manages to share copious amounts of tropical island-grown marijuana with retirement-aged sailors, convince her boyfriend to take an 8-hour detour to buy fresh vegetables, and narrowly avoid crashing into a luxury yacht and a coral reef.
Another advenurer, Alastair Humphreys, wrote “book reviews serve only two purposes: to encourage you to buy and read a book, or to caution you against doing so”.
In that light, yes, you should buy Love with a Chance of Drowning.
It’s a brilliant read that will have you laughing, crying, and wishing to quit your job to take that risk you’ve been dreaming about.
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What Torre DeRoche Wrote:
Hook – New love. Exotic destinations. A once in a lifetime adventure. What could go wrong?
Love can make a person do crazy things…
Torre DeRoche is a city girl with a morbid fear of deep water. She is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific Ocean aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat.
But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinean with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has a hard decision to face: watch the man she loves sail away forever, or head off on the epic watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins Ivan on a year-long voyage across the Pacific.
Set against the backdrop of the world’s most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are some risks in life worth taking.
An engaging storyteller, Torre is also author of The Fearful Adventurer, a blogsite where she posts honest accounts of her deep fears and daring adventures hoping to inspire others to follow their dreams. Film rights for Love with a Chance of Drowning have been optioned and the script adaptation is currently underway.