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Swept by Torre DeRoche
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A Love Story Superlatively Written

SWEPT: LOVE WITH A SENSE OF DROWNING is a little work of magic. Torre Deroche writes likes she was born to it. Contrary to some press clippings, this story is not a travelogue suffused with emotion. Yes, indeed much of the book takes place on an adventure of sailing the ocean - a handsome Argentine born man Ivan is consumed with a passion for sailing, houses his boat in Los Angeles and travels to San Francisco where he meets Torre (yes, this is her true story) who has flown to the US from her native Australia to repair after a love gone wrong. Ivan and Torre meet, literally fall into love, get to know each other, and Torre falls in love with a man whose passion is so far from her own phobias of being on the water that she hides behind a promise to her parents and friends in Australia that she will return home, unattached, in six months. Ultimately her relationship with Ivan is so secure that she does indeed accompany him on this sailing venture to the far away islands - as true a test of love as there ever could be. How these tow extraordinarily interesting people make it through the journey and how the author surprises us with a fine ending makes up the progress of a love story as fine as any in the contemporary literature.

Torre Deroche writes prose like a poet, whether describing the endless adventures and interactions with nature or finding the right way to describe the sense of passion and scent and movement and warmth of being next to the one you love. This book may have started out as a memoir, but it unveils a writer of tremendous promise. Find this book and read it. It is worth the journey.

Grady Harp
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