Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

Torre DeRoche

Language: English

Pages: 369


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Love can make a person do crazy things. . . A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sail boat – 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 Argentinian man with a humble sail boat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has to face a hard decision: watch the man she's in love with sail away forever, or head off on the 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 her lover on a year-long voyage across the Pacific. Set against a 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...

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birthing mammal, lubricated head to toe with black grease. He bounces to his feet. ‘Okay, do you want the good news or the bad news?’ I notice the logo on his breast pocket, which reads Graham’s Marine Mechanics in a retro font. He looks more like a mad scientist than a mechanic. Wiry grey hair sticks out from his head as though it’s been styled by a finger in an electrical socket. ‘Good news,’ Ivan sings. 88 Love with a Chance of Drowning_INSIDES.indd 88 22/05/2013 12:34:30 LOVE WITH A

lifelines makes me feel like a sailor, which fills me with pride. I watch my intimates fly in the breeze above my head: lacy flags of accomplishment. Two Mexican men zip through the water in our direction on a skiff. I look left and right to confirm there are no other boats here – they’re definitely heading straight for us. ‘What do you think they want?’ I ask Ivan. He shrugs, looking edgy and nervous. We are in a nowhere town, on somebody else’s turf, and our only means of escape from danger is

baby, listen to me. Please don’t let that factor into your decision. I don’t need you to help me sail, okay? I can single-hand the boat. I just want you to come with me. I’ll never push you into doing anything you don’t want to do. I’m not an arsehole who’ll force you to coil ropes and scrub the deck or whatever. I promise. You’re not my slave, you’re my love. Just having you there with me is all I want.’ I cast my eyes to the aqua water off the beach. Two cruise ships sit far behind our Gracie.

They have lots of people, shops, restaurants and markets.’ 159 Love with a Chance of Drowning_INSIDES.indd 159 22/05/2013 12:34:35 TORRE DEROCHE I stare, blinking, confused as to why he’s employing a negative tone to describe these fantastic features. Nuku Hiva may be the most populated of all the Marquesas, but located in the empty blue void between Hawaii and Tahiti, it’s hardly a mecca of industry and tourism. It has one hotel. I rub Ivan’s hair off my hands with a towel and pack away the

claims you can’t meet a man in a bar and that all the good ones are gay or taken. To make it worse, the rules state that guys only pursue women who play hard to get. I’ve breached every rule. Having had only one boyfriend in my life, and being single for the first time since I was nineteen, my inexperience with The Dating Game is showing. 24 Love with a Chance of Drowning_INSIDES.indd 24 22/05/2013 12:34:27 LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING I e-mail my mother with a chatty update just as I’ve

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