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Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

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Australian native Torre DeRoche has just moved to the U.S. for a year-long stay when she meets a handsome Argentinean who sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He getting ready to leave to follow his life-long dream of sailing his own boat around the world. Torre has always hated the ocean and is terrified of being in a little boat in a big sea. And she barely knows this g ...more
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend Katie once told me that I should write a blog about all of the awful experiences I had during my two-year tenure as a single lady on the prowl. My friend Katie is constantly telling people they should start a blog for all sorts of reasons, so that doesn’t really mean a whole lot.

But then my friend Ted told me that I should write a book about all of the awful experiences I had during my two-year tenure as a single lady on the prowl. I told him that there wasn’t enough of a hook, nothin
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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) w
Mrs Giggles
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, the travel memoir isn't my first choice of reading material, especially those that feature women going abroad to discover love and enlightenment, which they then proceed to share with us, along with a photo of their fresh-faced perkiness in a cozy embrace with that hot guy they snagged on their quest for self discovery, for the price of a trade paperback. Something about their new found joy stirs the bitter flames of malcontent in my soul, making me think, for a moment, that I really need t ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

“Some people die of old age without ever having lived their dreams. Some people die without ever having loved. That’s tragic. We’ll both die someday, that’s a guarantee. If something happens on the ocean, we’ll die as two people in love who are living a remarkable adventure…”

Torre DeRoche planned to spend a year in the US working and then return home to Australia. Instead she fell in love with an Argentinian and despite a fear of the sea, agreed to sail with him across the Pacific. Love With a C
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
When I was a 7 year old on the island of Mauritius, I was dragged out to sea by a freak current and stranded for over 4 hours. I was eventually rescued by an old fisherman and ever since, have been the proud owner of a sea phobia. Aquariums are my version of a torture chamber. However, I finished reading this and immediately wanted to leap into a sail boat and set off for Tahiti. What a crazy adventure!

The writing is choppy in parts, and both Torre and Ivan are utterly insufferable at times, bu
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book -- a memoir about a one-night stand turned worldwide sailing expedition between lovers (a charming Argentinian and a woman who is terrified of the ocean) -- is absolutely BRILLIANT! If I could give it 10 stars out of 5, I would. I loved every single page -- Torre's writing is hilarious, beautiful, and engaging -- which is to say nothing about the fact that this is her TRUE story! The equally amazing addendum is that DeRoche self-published, and now her book has been picked up by a US pu ...more
Denise Pulis
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best travel memoir I've ever read. A beautifully-written book which kept me hooked and took me to faraway places I've always wanted to visit. It's timeless, funny, deep, all rolled into one.
This is a must-read, and I am not exaggerating as I am a very, very difficult reader to please.
Riley Banks
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Review for Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche:

Basic Blurb: 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 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 man with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off explo
Alex Jasper
I am afraid of aeroplanes, so if I met a man who proposed flying around the world in a small plane together, and I then spent the entire journey either freaking out, vomiting, complaining or asleep (which are the only activities that Torre engages in over the thousands of miles of Pacific sailing she does) I would NOT then write a book about it. I'm so weary of reading sailing tales by people who have amazing opportunities to sail to sublime places and then spend the pages of their subsequent bo ...more
Susan Berg
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the sole survivor of a boating accident, I was worried this book would be too confronting for me. Surprisingly, I loved it! Torre DeRoche - thank you for taking me on this journey and for allowing me the opportunity to experienced the magic of the sea and the splendor of your travels - you have great courage. Maybe one day I might be able to put my past behind me and have the courage to sail the waters, albeit not to the extent that you have. Please keep sharing your adventures - I have great ...more
Anna Spargo-Ryan
This is a cracker story - travelling across the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful man in a tiny boat? It's a tale that screams to be told. The genre--a kind of memoir/women's fiction crossover--is not my usual preference but I found myself picking it up again and again, eager to find out what happened at the next island and the next.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful, funny, sometimes serious, this memoir of life on the Amazing Grace was such a wonderful well-written book. Think joy, courage, love, laughs, whales, dolphins, Pacific Islands and the most beautiful scenery with a touch of seasickness and a few mishaps thrown in. A truly wonderful read.
Pamela Beason
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
What if you meet the love of your life but then discover his dreams are your nightmares? That's the essence of this memoir. Does love or fear win out when traveling in a small boat on the open ocean? Read the book.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So amazing! Found myself laughing and bemused and befuddled at the same time! Great beach read!!
Find yourself saying "Really Ivan? Again!?"
Rakesh Ahirrao
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing writing skills. I could actually visualise things while reading.
Amanda Johnston
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the friends who recommended it to me! Loved it.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opposites attract and then what do you do? Sail across the Pacific Ocean in a dilapidated 32-foot boat dubbed the Amazing Grace, of course. Naturally, you are terrified, but love for an adventurer pulls you forward and you risk life and limb for what? For him. Now, don’t get me wrong this is a true love story and I enjoyed the vicarious thrills of being onboard during the good and bad times with Torre and Ivan. However, I wanted to learn more about the stunning scenery of the places visited on t ...more
Bree T
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the age of 24, Torre DeRoche packed her bags, left Australia and headed overseas for a year in America. Before she left, she made a promise to her family: no American men and she’d definitely be back in a year.

Then she met Ivan, an IT worker originally from Argentina with a dream. For the last few years, Ivan had been pouring every extra cent he had into a 32ft boat named Amazing Grace. His plan? To sail around the world and he wanted Torre to come with him.

Torre was petrified of water and ev
Patricia Sands
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was about to download Torre's book in the fall of 2011, when magic struck and it was whisked away by the wonderful world of trad publishing. I've been following Torre's great adventures on her blog ever since while I eagerly anticipated this release. As I knew it would be, it was well worth the wait! Torre has a way with words that pulls you into her world, invites you to join her in confronting fears and entices you to hang around for the fun of it. Love with a Chance of Drowning is part trav ...more
sarah  corbett morgan
Torre DeRoche, author of the new memoir, LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING, makes no bones about it, she is terrified of water. And yet she follows a handsome Argentinean she met in a San Francisco bar across the Pacific Ocean in a 32-foot sailboat.

It has been said that a sailboat will sleep one in comfort, two in tolerance, three in friction, and four in bitter enmity. For newbie sailors DeRoche and her boyfriend, Ivan, are remarkably tolerant of each other and it's fun to travel with them hearin
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Since I listened to this in audio, I'll rate the narrator. Five stars. "Torre" is from Australia, and I am not. As far as I'm concerned, the accent sounded authentic Aussie to me. Ivan is Argentinian. The narrator (female) managed to give him an Argentinian accent (or what I think it should have been) and helped to bring him alive. So, I was happy with the narrator.
I got hooked on the story quickly, and the characters aren't hard to bond with. There isn't a complicated back story, so it's (forgi
Nick O'kelly
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Torre is able to honestly express what most hopeful cruisers (whether they'll admit it or not) feel down deep when contemplating a trip into the unknown. The fears, the second-guessing, and obsession with worst case scenarios keep most dreamers in port, but Torre is able to leap into the abyss.

Whether you've got the cruising bug or are being drug along by your mate's dream of unlimited freedom, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear blue water, Torre's tale of love, commitment, and life-changing
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, a
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say sailing is the most romantic of all sports. They also say that sailing is 90% agony but that 10% that is good is so good that it far outweighs the hardships. I agree with both.

Torre writes so beautifully of her magical adventure with the love of her life, Ivan. It is a story of courage and adventure, pure bliss and utter fear. It is a story of the ultimate romance. Her style is so honest and authentic you'd think you were right there with the two of them trying to save Gracie. Torre is
Behan Gifford
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Torre had me hooked from the beginning. Her utter frankness with her adventures (and misadventures) is shared in such an open manner- human, and accessible, despite the fact that what she's writing about doing - I felt like I was there in the cockpit with her. What she's doing - heading out across the Pacific ocean - might not sound accessible at first blush, but she pulls it off. As a sailor and cruiser who has traveled a similar path, I probably read some segments of her jou ...more
Suzan Bond
Three and a half stars. This is a solid memoir--well written and interesting. There are a few things that would have made it a four star book. First, she says she's a natural born worrier but I just don't see it. What I see is someone who is cautious and has a reason to be since a. she's traveling halfway around the world by boat b. her boyfriend and sailing partner is klutzy, not very cautious or good at reading instructions which have a big impact on their safety and well-being. The other thin ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I enjoyed this book, especially the first half. Overall, I really liked the author and enjoyed her humorous and self-deprecating voice. However, Ivan began to grate on me after a while. He came off as arrogant, narcissistic, and insensitive. Obviously if this book had been written from his point of view I might have a different idea of him, but I came away not really understanding their love story.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DeRoche meets a hot Argentinian in a bar, falls in love, and he convinces her, a landlubber, to sail around the world with him in his tiny sailboat. I've dreamed of sailing to faraway isles, not to mention meeting a hot Argentinian at a random bar, so this book was a summer book shoe-in. She writes of their adventures and misadventures with humor and eye for detail. I've read other sailing memoirs and this one is not too overloaded with boater's jargon, though I learned a few useful tips if I do ...more
Rebecca Calfina
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a an amazing read! Bravo! Australian transplant Torre, a student, and Argentinean born Ivan, a businessman, meet in a perfectly typical bar scene in America and spend the beginning of their relationship in anything but typical fashion. Setting sail from California, these two face the thrills and chills of traversing the Pacific on a small but sturdy sailboat named Gracie. Torre, prone to seasickness and an overall fear of the ocean tosses her concerns to the sea chasing love head of heels i ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
I read this for one of my book groups. This group tends to have nautical focus when we can find something we agree to read. This is a memoir about sailing from LA to Tahiti and it interested us as most of us have spent weeks or months sailing or under power on the Long Island Sound as well as the Atlantic. Torre De Roche perfectly captured seasickness and I could relate to her fear of the unknown on the open Pacific. It is a page turner and while I would have enjoyed more nautical, less love st ...more
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Torre’s first memoir, LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING, (Penguin ANZ) was optioned in Hollywood. Since then, her profile as a travel writer has continued to grow. Her blog,, has been profiled in NatGeo and was one of Viator’s Top Travel Blogs of 2015. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel and alongside Cheryl Strayed, Dave Eggers and Sloan Crosley in the Lo ...more
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