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Swept by Torre DeRoche
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Sep 02, 11

Read in August, 2011

Part love story, part travelogue, Swept is a hang onto your seat, laugh out loud, emotional roller-coaster across the Pacific Ocean ....
Torre DeRoche is a lady who never grew out of her childhood fears. Faced with the monsters that constantly torment the inner sanctuaries of her mind, her natural reaction is to dive under the duvet, and hide. A simple shopping trip for groceries is an ordeal for Torre as a number of hidden dangers mock her. What makes Torre special, however, is the fact that, although every cell in her body is screaming at her to curl up in foetal position and weep uncontrollably, she forces herself to step towards these fears and, to some degree, embrace them.
Meeting the man of her dreams in bar in San Francisco she learns that he is planning a trip of a lifetime - to sail round the world. Swept along in romantic free-fall—and ignoring the impending decision—she finally crashes head long into Ivan’s answer to a throwaway question at a dinner party, “Won’t you be lonely?”, “No, Torre will come with me”. A huge row entails; silence; then making up, and one big decision for Torre DeRoche.
Torre is an example to every human who’s ever had a dream, showing us time and again that adventures can be had (and enjoyed) by even the most fearful of adventurers.
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